Garmin Instinct 2X Solar, Rugged GPS Smartwatch, Built-in Flashlight, Solar Charging, Multi-Band GNSS, Graphite


(10 customer reviews)

  • Bold, rugged GPS smartwatch is built to U.S. military standard 810 for thermal, shock and water resistance — with a large solar-charged display and durable 50 mm polymer case
  • Solar charging: Power Glass lens extends battery life, producing 50% more energy than the standard Instinct 2 solar watch
  • Infinite battery life in smartwatch mode when exposed to 3 hours of direct sunlight (50,000 lux) per day
  • Built-in LED flashlight with variable intensities and strobe modes gives you greater visibility while you train at night and provides convenient illumination when you need it
  • 24/7 health and wellness tracking helps you stay on top of your body metrics with wrist-based heart rate, advanced sleep monitoring, respiration tracking, Pulse Ox and more (this is not a medical device, and data presented is intended to be a close estimation of metrics tracked. Pulse Ox not available in all countries.)
  • Gain a deeper understanding of your overall health, training and recovery through heart rate variability while you sleep, based on technology developed by our Firstbeat Analytics team
  • Built-in sports apps to take on running, biking, swimming, strength training and more, plus VO2 max and other training features
  • Multi-band signal reception technology delivers more accurate positioning than single band devices
  • Navigate the outdoors with built-in sensors for 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter
  • Integrated torchlight feature with SOS strobe mode commands attention in emergency situations
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Garmin Instinct 2X Solar Series

Garmin Instinct 2X Solar Series

Garmin Instinct 2X Solar Series

Important information

Visible screen diagonal

2″ / 4 cm

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Additional information

Weight2.36 kg
Dimensions1.97 × 1.97 × 0.57 cm
Product Dimensions

1.97 x 1.97 x 0.57 inches



Item model number



1 Lithium Ion batteries required. (included)

Date First Available

April 12, 2023

Country of Origin


Item Weight

2.36 ounces, 67 Grams

Standing screen display size

1.27 Inches



Reviews & Ratings

(10 customer reviews)

10 reviews for Garmin Instinct 2X Solar, Rugged GPS Smartwatch, Built-in Flashlight, Solar Charging, Multi-Band GNSS, Graphite

  1. Andrew

    This is the perfect activity watch/smartwatch for me. It can’t call or text from the watch itself, but those are features I rarely used on my Apple Watch anyway. It’ll still show you if you have a text, call, or any other notification but is geared toward being more of a great activity watch than a phone on your wrist.What’s great about this is how jam-packed with features it is. They took a ton of stuff that previously was only available in the fenix and epix watches and brought it to this instinct 2x solar. It has sleep tracking, activity tracking (with customizable screens for each activity), training readiness, heart rate, vo2 max, blood oxygen level, etc. Most apps charge money for the amount of detail this watch and app give you about your day to day and activities, but there’s no subscription on this. It’s all freeAnd it constantly checks heart rate. My old Apple Watch would check periodically but you could never glance down and see what the current hr was without tapping on the icon and waiting. With this watch it constantly is reading heart rate and keeps a graph showing the history (which you can have show on the watch face if you want).The battery is awesome, something like 40 days with how I have mine set up. And the solar charging actually works. I’ve heard that past versions it didn’t help all too much, but this one it really makes a difference. I added 2 days to my battery life from just a few hours in direct sunlight.The only places where this watch is lesser are the display and the navigation. If detailed maps and touch screen/oled screen are important to you, then go with the fenix or epix models. The navigation on this watch can be useful as it includes the trackback feature where it’ll guide you back on the path you came in on, line-of-sight tracking (keeps you on path if you have to go like down in a valley or around an obstacle where you might lose sense of direction), and you can even pre-load courses to follow later. However, it’s a pretty bare-bones navigation map. It has a pointer for your watch and a line showing the path and that’s about it. The epix and fenix watches have nicer displays, color, touchscreen, and more detailed maps which help a lot with navigation but you also sacrifice a significant amount of battery life for those features. And they’re double the price of this one.All in all, I think this is the perfect middle point for a watch. It has all the features from the top of the line ones that I need, along with crazy battery life and a decent price. If you don’t need detailed navigation but want great gps and activity tracking at half the cost of some of those other watches, this is a great option.

  2. C. Witmer

    I wanted a new fitness based smart watch that could tell time, track steps, give heart rate information at a glance, and a battery I don’t have to worry about. This checks all those boxes! Honestly it quadruple checks the battery box and gives me a flashlight that I didn’t even know I needed.I immediately bought a replacement nylon band because silicone ones typically make me sweat and irritate my skin. I have yet to put it on though because this one has enough sizing holes that it’s reasonably breathable.I was a little worried about the X size but bought it because of the extra battery and functions over the normal 2 solar. I’m glad I did because despite it’s size it’s very lightweight and doesn’t feel that big on my wrist. I wear it 24/7 and it’s only bothers me if I get water under it while washing my hands, but it’s easy enough to take off and dry.

  3. TehObLiVioUs

    I dunno what the negative reviews are going on about, this watch is greattttttttttt and a huge upgrade over the instinct 1 non-solar, that felt lacking yet this has all the extra things I wanted. I am coming from a samsung galaxy watch 4 classic, and while that was nice at the time, the battery was not whereas for this, it says weeks long battery life makes me at ease of not having charging anxiety every night hahaha phew. Best upgrade over this from the instinct 1 is more battery life, bigger screen, more features overall, but also having the connect IQ watch app store which allows much more customization than you’d ever hope for. Better yet, you can even program your own apps/widgets if you’re a knowledgable programmer. Overall, daily driver, love having it on. Better yet, if you have a privacy respecting android rom like calyx OS and have micro G a samsung smartwatch won’t work, BUT THIS WILL. Honestly my samsung watch is kinda a paper weight timer/clock now compared to this. The garmin instinct 2x solar is greattttt. I rated value for 4/5 because nearly $500 is a bit much imho but I guess that’s the smartwatch market these days. Also rated sleep tracking 4/5 as well because instinct 1 didn’t have sleep score and this does, but honestly unless you get an apple watch or a dedicated sleep tracker the sleep stages are never truly that accurate. However, you do get to see your stress level, restless moments, and total time slept, so it’s still very useful. Better yet, when you wake up you can see how much you’re rested via the body battery, and it roughly gives a feeling of your energy for the day. Like going to sleep almost completely drained physically, waking up with only 50% body battery, you’re gonna feel tired today. But, waking up with 100% body battery, you probably slept 9 hours or more hahaha. So overall, love having the watch and the garmin connect app.

  4. Alexander Buturlakin

    Tried 3 different phones (2 androids, 1 iphone – all had same issues). Tried factory reset, removing phone from app, reinstalling app. App was able to find phone, but pairing did not work afterwards. No pairing code, no open dialog to verify it.Spent 1/2 day. Returning. Will try another copy. 1 star until then.Update 10/01/2023:Received another copy. Pairing works w/o issue. Adding 2 more stars for excellent customer service from Garmin and Amazon. Will test more and update.Update 10/06/2023:Everything seems to be working as expected. Adding one more star. So, 4 of 5 because of quality control.Other than that – happy user now.

  5. Robert White

    I feel like the term “smartwatch” is overused in the industry. All the major players actually strap a “dumb terminal” to your wrist, as most functions can’t be used unless tethered to a phone or the internet. And who wants to charge a watch every day? This simple watch is truly smart, able to perform most functions without internet access or a phone.I feel the only thing offensive about this watch is the price, but you soon forget about the cost of ownership after getting comfortable with the settings which took me about a week to get used to. All the normal functions like health/steps/heart rate are included.* Red light flashlight is perfect for night-time vision and doesn’t strain eyes* If you are fine wearing a watch to bed then it will let you know how recharged you are for the next day* Used flashlight for about an hour or so at max brightness, it drained only half the battery.* Storm alerts are awesome, uses built-in barometer to measure sudden drop in pressure.* Hold Ctrl/Light for 7 seconds to initiate emergency beacon to ICE contacts* SOS beacon light when stranded in the darkThe battery life and solar charging aspects were very surprising, both are not a gimmick. Watch claims 40 days of battery life at full charge and 99 days in battery saver.* Actually using the watch throughout the day (GPS/compass/flashlight) cuts battery to about 2 weeks* Spending time outside in the sun for work/play actually maintains the watch’s charge* Gains about a days charge for two hours outside/driving with watch in direct sunlightMy career is in Wireless Communications and involves using a compass and gps coordinates constantly, and looking in tight dark spaces, and unsure footing/ semi-unsafe environments, climbing mountains, scaling towers, etc. This watch is extremely handy and works off-line for most aspects. It’s the Leatherman of smart watches.

  6. Nazeal

    I primarily use this watch to monitor my running sessions. It comes packed with numerous useful features and boasts a month-long battery life. The interface is mostly straightforward and easy to navigate. It feels incredibly lightweight on the wrist. The flash and strobe light feature is definitely my favorite.

  7. Amazon Customer

    Love the watch, but don’t waste money on the solar option. It does NOT even keep a charge. I don’t use this watch much for the GPS option, it’s very rare that it’s on for more than 10 minutes…a week. I’ve been outside, in Florida, for multiple days in a row, and it lost battery life daily just from telling the time. No good. Everything else is great

  8. dep

    As pictured, you can see the right watch (my old Instinct) is MUCH sharper and bolder than my new Instinct 2x Solar. For such a high price-point, I was surprised that the display was such a step down from my previous watch. This has tarnished what is probably an excellent watch. But yeah, the display downgrade is a bummer.

  9. Scott Cutter

    The one I bought did not come with a USB to USB-C cable. Garmin phone support APK were available after some searching. They have been helpful and easy to use. I have ordered the charging cable and will review more in depth after I spend some time with the Instinct 2X.

  10. KURT

    I have original Garmin. This is larger and more features. Downfall is learning how to use it..Great watch. Accurate on compass and gps usage.

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