Garmin Instinct 2 Solar

Men's GPS Watches + Heart Rate Monitors
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The Garmin Instinct 2 Solar is rugged enough to keep up with your adventures.

This watch will track your adventure for days thanks to its expansive solar charging lens that extends the battery life. It powers the advanced training features for a number of built-in sports apps, health and wellness tracking and other smartwatch features.

The Instinct 2 Solar helps you navigate your way on runs, hikes, backcountry skiing and other activities by using the multiple frequencies sent by navigation satellites to pinpoint your position in areas where GNSS signals are reflected, weak or don’t exist. You also can use the ABC sensors that include an altimeter for elevation data, a barometer to monitor weather changes and a three-axis electronic compass to find your way.

Getting lost is a thing of the past with Tracback® routing that helps you take the same route back to your starting point. You can also keep track of a known place, such as your car or the trailhead, relative to your position to find your way back.

There are safety and tracking features if you feel unsafe or if your watch senses that an incident occurred—the phone can send a message with your location to your emergency contacts when it is paired with a compatible smartphone.

Do more of what you love with preloaded activity profiles for running, hiking, obstacle course racing, HIIT workouts, cycling, swimming, skiing, golf and more. You can track your times, paces, VO2 Max, distances and other data to help you train smarter. Plus, if you don’t know what type of workout you want to do, Garmin has daily suggested workouts that adapt after every run or ride.

The Instinct 2 Solar also has your standard Garmin smartwatch functions. You can receive emails, texts and alerts right on your phone with your compatible smartphone. It also has health monitoring by tracking your heart rate, steps, sleep score, Body Battery™, Pulse Ox and more.

Whether you are going on a multi-day (or week) hiking trip, doing an obstacle course race or just want a rugged and durable watch, the Garmin Instinct 2 Solar can help you with your next challenge.

Not sure which Garmin is right for you? Check out our guide to choosing the best Garmin watch for you.

Tech Specs

Garmin Instinct 2 Solar


45 x 45 x 14.5 mm

Fits wrists with a circumference of 135-230 mm


53 g

Battery Life

  • Smartwatch: Up to 21 days/51 days with solar*
  • Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 50 days/Unlimited with solar*
  • GPS: Up to 22 hours/28 hours with solar**
  • Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 54 hours/114 hours with solar**
  • Expedition GPS Activity: Up to 25 days/105 with solar*

*Solar charging, assuming all-day wear with 3 hours per day outside in 50,000 lux conditions **Solar charging, assuming use in 50,000 lux conditions

Water Rating

10 ATM

Heart Rate Monitor

Yes; wrist-based monitor


Chemically strengthened glass

Compatible Watch Bands

QuickFit® 22mm Watch Band Silicone

QuickFit® 22mm Watch Band Leather

QuickFit® 22mm Watch Band Nylon

QuickFit® 22mm Watch Band Silicone Dive Set

QuickFit® 22mm Watch Band Vented Titanium Bracelet

QuickFit® 22mm Watch Band Vented Titanium

Clock Features

Time, date, GPS time sync, automatic daylight savings time, alarm clock, timer, stopwatch and sunrise/sunset times

Health Monitoring

Wrist-based heart rate, daily resting heart rate, abnormal heart rate alerts (high and low), respiration rate, Pulse Ox blood oxygen saturation, fitness age, Body Battery™ energy monitor, all-day stress, relaxation breathing timer, breathwork, sleep, sleep score and insights, hydration, women’s health, and health snapshot.


GPS, Glonass, Galileo, Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate monitor, barometric altimeter, compass, accelerometer, thermometer and Pulse Ox blood oxygen saturation monitor

Daily Smart Features

Battery saver (customizable low power watch), Connect IQ, find my watch, find my phone, controls smartphone music, Smart notifications, text response/reject phone call with text (android only), calendar, weather, realtime settings sync with Garmin Connect™ mobile, battery saver, controls smartphone music, find my phone, find my watch, VIRB® remote, smartphone compatibility (iPhone and Android) and pairs with Garmin Connect™ Mobile

Tactical and Activity Features

Dual Grid coordinates, step counter, move alerts, calories burned, floors climbed, distance traveled, intensity minutes, Trueup™, Move IQ™, Garmin Connect™ Challenges App.

Training, Planning and Analysis Features

HR zones, HR alerts, HR calories, % HR max, % HRR, recovery time, auto max HR, HRV status, HR broadcast, respiration rate during exercise, GPS speed and distance, customizable data pages, customizable activity profiles, Auto Pause®, interval training, advanced workouts, downloadable training plans, power modes, HRM running pace and distance, Auto Lap®, manual lap, configurable lap alerts, heat and altitude acclimation, VO2 Max during run and trail run, training status, training load, training effect, training effect (anaerobic), primary benefit, improved recovery time, daily suggested workouts, custom alerts, audio prompts, finish time, virtual partner, race an activity, auto multisport activities, manual multisport activities, course guidance, touch and/or button lock, hot keys, auto scroll, activity history on watch, unified training status and Physio Trueup.

Sport Profiles

Running, outdoor track running, indoor track running, trail running, treadmill running, biking, pool swimming, open water swimming, automatic rep counting for gym and fitness equipment, cardio workouts, strength workouts, HIIT workouts, yoga workouts, pilates workouts, golf, hiking, indoor climbing, bouldering, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, backcountry snowboarding, XC classic skiing, road biking, mountain biking, gravel biking, bike commuting, bike touring, ebiking, mountain biking, mountain biking, indoor biking, cyclocross, triathlon, backcountry skiing, stand up paddleboarding, rowing, kayaking, surfing, hunting, kiteboarding, snowshoeing, fishing, horseback riding, obstacle course racing, tennis and tactical

Running Features

GPS-based distance, time and pace, cadence, running power, performance condition, run workouts, trail run auto climb, race predictor, foot pod capable, run/walk/ stand detection. Features with compatible accessories: lactate threshold, stride length, ground contact time and balance, vertical oscillation and ratio, and running dynamics.

Golfing Features

Yardage to front, middle and back of green, yardage to layups/doglegs, measures shot distance (manual), digital scorecard, stat tracking, garmin autoshot™, auto courseview updates, green view with manual pin position, hazard and course targets, round timer/odometer, auto club tracking compatible, tournament legal and pairs with Garmin Golf App.

Outdoor Recreation Features

Point-to-point navigation, bread crumb trail in real time, back to start, Tracback®, Ultratrac mode, reference point, elevation profile, distance to destination, barometric trend indicator with storm alert, vertical speed, total ascent/descent, future elevation plot, GPS coordinates, sight ‘n go, area calculation, projected waypoint, sun and moon information, xero™ locations, expedition GPS activity, and tides

Cycling Features

Alerts, courses, MTC grit & flow, bike lap and lap max power (with power sensor), race an activity, functional threshold power, compatible with Vector™ and Rally™ power meters, power meter compatible, compatible with Varia™ radar and lights, speed and cadence sensor support with sensor.

Swimming Features

Open-water swim metrics, pool swim metrics, time alerts, distance alerts, pool swim workouts, underwater wrist-base heart race, heart rate from external HRM. Pool swim only features: stroke type detection, drill loggings, basic rest timer, “repeat on” rest timer, auto rest, and countdown start.

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