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Instinct 2 Solar Watch

4.368421052631579 out of 5 stars
171 Reviews
Color:Mist Gray


Size Chart


Why We Like The Garmin Instinct 2 Solar Watch

With unmatched grit, the Instinct 2 Solar challenges us to go further and harder. From daily steps to backcountry ventures, the customizable features give us a full view of our fitness and pursuits, while the bomber housing doesn't think twice about hucking drops. Harnessing power from the sun and letting us make battery-extending changes on the fly, this watch is all ride and no die as we test our mental fortitude and physical limits.


  • Burly fitness and outdoor watch to track all your feats
  • Solar charging capability for near limitless battery life
  • Water-resistant up to 100m for exploring the open water
  • Chemically strengthened case endures your most rugged adventures
  • Multi-GNSS support to track your movement deep in the backcountry
  • Smart notifications keep you in touch when you want to
  • Large face and high-contrast display for easy on-the-move viewing
  • Please see size chart for complete list of technical features
  • Item #GRMF034
Housing Material
fiber-reinforced polymer
Strap Material
Face Material
Corning Gorilla Glass
yes, GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, TracBack, UltraTrac
Heart Rate Monitor
Technical Features
see size chart
Bluetooth, ANT+
Operating System
Garmin Connect
Dual Times
Date Indicator
Weekday Indicator
alarm clock, high/low HR alert, inactivity alert, custom alerts, goal reached alert
Battery Type
Battery Life
[smartwatch] 28 days, unlimited with solar (3hr/day in 50,000 lux conditions), [battery saver watch mode] 65 days, unlimited with solar (3hr/day in 50,000 lux conditions), [GPS] 30hr, 48hr with solar (when used in 50,000 lux conditions), [max battery GPS] 70hr, 370hr with solar (when used in 50,000 lux conditions), [expedition GPS] 32 days, unlimited with solar (3hr/day in 50,000 lux conditions)
Low Battery Indicator
Instinct 2 Solar, charging / data cable, documentation
Claimed Weight
yes, 10ATM (100m)
Face Size
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year
running, hiking, backpacking, climbing, training, MTB, cycling, skiing, snowboarding, nordic skiing, SUP, rowing, paddling, fishing, hunting, tactical, golfing, yoga, casual

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 171 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 9 reviews
2 Stars - 5 reviews
3 Stars - 13 reviews
4 Stars - 31 reviews
5 Stars - 113 reviews

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4 out of 5 stars

February 12, 2024

Great access to features

I've been using the Instinct 2 solar for several months. It's the best fitness device I've used yet. It's great for tracking my health stats, and has great navigation to read out data on the watch face. I haven't explored all the features yet, but the tracking for hikes works well. It constantly nags me to get better sleep, but the on-line Garmin Connect app says my biological age is 15 years younger than my calendar age, so maybe it doesn't realize I'm old. I can't wait for spring bicycling season, so I can see if my scores improve.


Originally reviewed on Garmin

5 out of 5 stars

February 10, 2024

Great features

Easy to learn how get things set up and easy to use


Originally reviewed on Garmin

4 out of 5 stars

February 5, 2024

Good everyday watch

I bought this watch about 3 weeks ago and so far so good I do wish it was color tho and feel that it should be for the price.

CB 42

Originally reviewed on Garmin

5 out of 5 stars

January 29, 2024

Great technical support

Just got the Instinct 2 Solar watch and neither I or my wife are techies! So we got connected to Parrish who help us set up the watch and pair it with my phone. He was knowledgeable, patient and flexible with our calls. My wife has a Vecu SQ and loved it so I decided to get a Garmin watch for me. Once set up and review with Parrish on buttons and how to access various options it is proving easy to use so think I will really be pleased with this purchase. Parrish also sent me information via emails on how to use and access ways to enable even more options so we can add in the future if I so choose. Highly recommend Garmin and again a great thanks to Parrish.


Originally reviewed on Garmin

4 out of 5 stars

January 26, 2024

Instinct 2 Solar

I love the solar recharge feature. After initial setup programming of the watch is difficult and the app is also difficult.


Originally reviewed on Garmin

3 out of 5 stars

January 25, 2024

Great features but not very intuitive

Not very intuitive to find the feature you are looking for.

Captain Mike

Originally reviewed on Garmin

4 out of 5 stars

January 25, 2024


I'd buy again garmin provides the best service of any company I've ever dealt with. their technicians have unlimited patience. I buy garmin because of them. the product is acceptable. but the technician s are the best selling feature. nancynan


Originally reviewed on Garmin

4 out of 5 stars

January 23, 2024

Nice upgrade

Bought this for the holidays and really like it.Check it out!


Originally reviewed on Garmin

4 out of 5 stars

January 23, 2024

Pretty Neat

Has nice features. Seems to do a pretty decent job of measuring activities. I've used it for CrossFit, running and hiking. I do find it pretty impressive for exercise.

Eagle Fang

Originally reviewed on Garmin

5 out of 5 stars

January 22, 2024

Exactly what I needed

My wife bought me this for Christmas. I quit wearing watches once I retired and figured I'd never use a watch. But I was wrong. This has all sorts of features I use all the time. I track my steps because my insurance gives me rebates based on that. This counts steps automatically. I love having a compass, and I use the altitude measurement and graphs just because it interests me. Same with barometric pressure. When kayaking its nice to know if a storm is coming. The hiking with gps is awesome for not losing your way on unfamiliar trails or finding your car in a large parking lot. Getting my text and call notifications on my wrist is great since often my phone volume is off and I don't hear it ringing. I also use it for scheduling notifications (setting with google assistant). Temp and weather is also a feature I use every day. I could go on, but you get the idea. There are many other features I have yet to use... like golfing interface and kayak trip tracking. Oh, alarms are also useful!


Originally reviewed on Garmin