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Garmin's rugged $300 smartwatch can last two weeks on a charge

It's half the price of Garmin's other rugged smartwatch.
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Garmin has added another entry to its growing list of rugged devices for outdoors enthusiasts. It's a smartwatch called Instinct, and it was built to comply with military standards for shock and water resistance. It's also encased in a fiber-reinforced polymer shell with a chemically strengthened and scratch-resistant display. Since it was obviously created for outdoor activities, the device has a 3-axis compass and supports GPS, GLONASS and Galileo, so it can track your location even if you go off the beaten path. To be safe, though, you can plan your route through the Garmin Explore app before you leave, and it will automatically send you on the same route when you head back.

In addition to being able to withstand getting soaked and slammed around, the Instinct can also monitor your heart rate, calories burned, steps taken, distance traveled, stress levels and sleep patterns. It can track different kinds of sports and activities, including hiking, running, biking, swimming, kayaking and skiing. If you pair it with a smartphone, it can receive alerts for texts and emails, as well, so you can keep your phone in your bag while you hike. The device can last for 14 days in smartwatch mode, 16 hours in GPS mode and 40 hours in battery-saving mode. It will set you back $300, which is less than half the price of Garmin's Fenix5 rugged smartwatch, and is now available on Garmin's website and some retailers.

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