This high-tech surf watch is more than a waterproof smartwatch – Gear Patrol | Hot Mobile Press

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The world of surfing technology is evolving rapidly. Today, users can secure sophisticated gear to boost their performance, from motorized surfboards to state-of-the-art wetsuits. However, there’s one surfing gadget that’s sure to impress on and off the waves – and that’s a purpose-built surf watch.

Garmin is new Instinct Solar 2 – Surf Edition ($500) is a welcome upgrade to its first version (the original $450 Garmin Instinct Solar – Surf Edition) and includes all the favorite features of its predecessor, plus a better size and a bunch of new perks. But first things first – what exactly is a “surf watch”?

A surf watch is an evolution of a waterproof smartwatch: it includes technologies that allow users to access real-time data on tide and sea conditions anywhere. To that end, most surf watches use a mix of GPS systems and Garmin’s new model is no exception as it gives users access to GPS, GLONASS and Galileo satellite systems. However, this new version is one of the best watches for surfing, as it also allows users to track their personal surfing performance stats and health data, includes additional security features, and is solar-charged. The Surf Edition can even be reconfigured for windsurfing and kitesurfing, mountain biking, hiking, trail running or skiing. Here we dive deeper into what makes Garmin’s Instinct 2 one of the most exciting smartwatches for surfers.

Steven Lippman

The backstory

Garmin Instinct 2: A rugged smartwatch for active users

At this point, most people are familiar with the Garmin brand. Founded to create reliable products for active users, the company prides itself on “bringing GPS navigation and wearable technology to the automotive, aerospace, marine, outdoor and fitness markets.”

Earlier this year, the company announced its Instinct 2 series, which became the latest addition to its “popular Instinct family of custom-built smartwatches.” Garmin emphasized that these watches were “built to withstand every element” and remain “technology-driven,” while also noting that they’re built to military-grade standards (MIL-STD-810) for heat and shock resistance and boast 10ATM water rating (100 meters depth).

The most notable part of the new lineup, however, is the inclusion of purpose-built editions. These included the Surf Editions as well as a Tactical Edition, which offers tactical features like a kill switch, stealth mode, night vision goggle compatibility, and dual-format position coordinates. Between these different editions, two size options and a wide range of colors, customers can choose their favorite Instinct 2 from a whopping 240 different design combinations.

Meanwhile, the Instinct 2 – Surf Edition is available in two sizes, each with a color variant available for the solar or non-solar option. Still, it has a long list of features that make it a welcome addition to the company’s larger suite water sports watches.

The essentials

With New Surf Wave Tech, this surf watch is more than just a waterproof smartwatch

The new Instinct 2 comes in two sizes, the traditional 45mm bezel and a smaller one instinct 2S Size with a 40mm bezel. Both the bezel and case are made from a fiber-reinforced polymer, and the display features a two-window design. The solar version also offers essentially unlimited battery life for all smartwatch and GPS functions – assuming you wear it outside for at least three hours each day to get enough juice.

As far as surfing specs and tide data go, once you pair your Instinct 2 with your smartphone, this watch can help you track basic ocean conditions. You can also record your own surfing activity, such as the number of waves surfed, the top speed reached and even the distance covered.

Download the Garmin Connect app and you can also access “Surfline Data” which shows the tides, wave heights, wind and surf ratings for each of the five closest surf spots. Set up your own surfline cam to create one surfline sessions Video of every wave you ride in front of it.

Of course, the Instinct 2 is also equipped with all the features you would expect from a smartwatch, allowing you to receive email, text and calendar notifications. You can even use Garmin Pay to make contactless payments and access safety and tracking features (e.g. accident detection). There are also plenty of health features to scroll through, like heart rate monitoring, stress tracking, and advanced sleep monitoring. In addition, the watch also calculates your fitness age (to estimate whether your body is younger or older than you) and your “body battery” (i.e., a feature that includes “heart rate variability, stress, sleep, and other data” to suggest whether you should stay active or rest).

Our POV

This high-tech surf watch is one of the best surfing gadgets you can find

if so long long list of features wasn’t enough to convince you that this is a groundbreaking, High-tech– surf watch, maybe it will be their versatility.

As mentioned, the windsurfing watch can be reconfigured to provide your GPS position, speed, distance and heart rate while windsurfing. Adjust it for kitesurfing and you can track all this information, as well as your altitude so you can track and record your jumps.

The watch is also built for adventure on and off the trails, with Tracback® routing that can navigate back to a starting point and ABC sensors that can monitor elevation and weather data. With plenty of additional features for basic cardio, you can also use the Instinct 2 to optimize your fitness routine or daily run, making this one smartwatch you won’t want to sleep on.

So not just them Instinct 2 Solar – Surf Edition really one of the best surfing watches out there, but it’s also a versatile smartwatch that’s equipped for practically any active user. It makes tracking and optimizing your surfing performance easy and catching killer waves even easier. Grab one soon—and get ready to hang ten.

Price: $500

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