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Most of the Fenix, Half the Price: S$499 Garmin Instinct Comes to Singapore

Tough and capable, the Garmin Instinct brings most of the vast feature set of the Fenix family to a more affordable price point. 

At SGD 499, the Instinct far more accessible to a wider audience. GPS, GLONASS and Galileo satellite navigation along with wrist-based heart rate sensing combines with the onboard ABC (altimeter, barometer and compass) sensors for a full suite of functionality.

The Garmin Instinct in Tundra (Foreground). Monterra Gray and Flame Red units are in the background. Image: Ian Ling

With plenty of additional smart features like built-in sports apps, smart connectivity and wellness information, the Instinct makes for a good fit for a wider range of use cases. 

Built to U.S. Military Standard 810G (MIL-STD-810G), the Garmin Instinct is thermal, shock and water resistant, and is  able to endure temperatures between -20 to 60 degrees Celcius, drops up to 122cm and immersion up to 100 meters. Corrosion resistance means you can take your Instinct to the open seas without any hesitation.

Scratch-resistant and chemically strengthened, the display is optimised for legibility for heavy outdoors use.

Jimmy Chuang, Regional Product Manager at Garmin, announces key facts and features on the Instinct. Image: Ian Ling

With its extensive compatibility with multiple navigation satellite networks, the Garmin Instinct is able to accurately and comprehensively track your route alongside information from its ABC sensors. 

The Garmin Explore mobile application allows for easy route planning, while the TracBack feature ensures users never get lost in the wild by providing directions to trace back the route they took.

All-day activity tracking, along with sleep, stress and wellness data. Activities like hiking, running, cycling, swimming, kayaking and skiing are supported. Heart rate sensing also allows for stress level detection, enabling users to more accurately identify sources of stress.

With in-built GPS, the Garmin Instinct provides navigation information at a glance, ensuring safety on your adventures while maintaining a small, lightweight and durable form factor. Image: Ian Ling

Garmin Connect enables users to share and compare workouts and sleep patterns, or even compete in virtual fitness challenges. The Instinct is also compatible with the Garmin inReach Mini satellite communicator to send and receive messages, along with declaring SOS. It can also be used alongside VIRB action cameras as a remote for start/stop operations.

With up to 14 days of battery life in smartwatch mode, the Garmin Instinct delivers smart notifications like text messages and emails. With 14 hours in GPS mode and 35 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode, the Garmin Instinct can last the longest races and endure the roughest conditions.

The Garmin Instinct is available in Monterra Gray, Tundra and Flame Red locally at a MSRP of SGD 499.

Ian Ling
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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