Garmin Instinct Solar GPS Surf WatchGET IT
Tide watches have been around for a long time, but Garmin has taken it to the next level by integrating its vast GPS technology into a watch designed around surfing with every other activity that you can possibly imagine.
Let us start by stating that this is not a casual watch for simple activities. With so many functions and so much capability, it is designed for more than the casual surfer or athlete needs. This is a certified super computer on your wrist that can basically have an unlimited battery life. The solar aspect means it charges by the sun, which is ideal for the full time waterman. Or charge it by your bed at night. And once you get the watch wired (which will take some time), you can work to customize the functions to preserve battery life, only using the ones you need. And it pairs with your phone for convenient texts and other info.
It’s also essentially bulletproof, shock and water resistant up to 100 meters in a fiber-reinforced polymer case with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla glass. As far as the surf aspect, most notably, the Instinct Solar works with Surfline Sessions, which will create a video of ever wave you ride in front of any of their 740 HD cameras around the world. Although the technology isn’t brand new, it still feels like the equivalent of getting your own jetpack. And if you’re not in front of one of those cameras (those spots tend to get a little crowded) you can still record your waves, length of ride and top speeds of each session.
This is also a high tech sports watch, to keep track of your snowboarding, swimming, running, biking, hiking, rowing, strength training, and anything else you do to keep in shape for wave riding. The wristband has the ability to monitor your body stats and see how your body is working or reacting to different conditions. The Pulse OX function works to help acclimate to altitude or even monitor your sleep. It even goes as far as pairing with different GPS devices to trigger an SOS to emergency response teams for when your adventures take you just too far out of bounds. This watch might be from the future.—Jon Coen, Men’s Journal contributor
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