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Garmin Instinct - as running watch? (Read 39 times)


Interval Junkie --Nobby

    I'd be interested in hearing some early adopter feedback on the Garmin Instinct smart-watch, and whether it makes a good Forerunner replacement.

     

    The Forerunner is really overkill at this point for a single-purpose running watch; I have only ever used the following features;

    • Overall time
    • Lap time - Auto per mile and manual splits
    • Lap pace 
    • Total mileage
    • Wifi sync with RA

    Personally, I really enjoyed the FR610, but the FR620 not so much.  And I'll admit the Instinct's primary allure is that it looks like the FR610 (which is probably not a good reason to lay down $300).

     

    So, if anyone has any anecdotal experience to share, I'd be interested in hearing how you use it, and what its limitations might be.

    2016 Goals: Lose the 10lbs I gained for not having goals

      This may not be helpful, but I bought a Vivoactive 3 - same price as the Instinct.

       

      I planned to buy a Forerunner and simply log my runs as I always had. I had no intention of being a smartwatch 23-hour/day wearer.  But in the store, I was somewhat taken with the lovely design/display of the Vivoactive, and it seemed to do a good deal more than the FR.  Not at all rugged compared to the Instinct, but it's waterproof, and there are no scratches so far, in seven months. I don't have the model with music.

       

      Surprising, for me, because I didn't think I wanted these things:

      All-day/night HR monitoring is interesting.

      Sleep monitoring is interesting.

      As a musician, it's nice to have a metronome on my wrist (downloaded 3rd party app).

      I routinely walk into stores and make my purchases without pulling out my wallet, using Garmin Pay instead.

      I read, and sometimes respond to texts on my watch only.

      Now I keep my phone on silent all the time. I just feel a little buzz on my wrist when there's a call or message.

      I'm tolerating the extreme tan line that results from wearing this thing all the time.

      Nothing so needs reforming as other people's habits.
      - Mark Twain

      DavePNW


         

        The Forerunner is really overkill at this point for a single-purpose running watch; I have only ever used the following features;

        • Overall time
        • Lap time - Auto per mile and manual splits
        • Lap pace 
        • Total mileage
        • Wifi sync with RA

         

         

        I agree with this, with the addition of the ability to create/download workouts from GC. This is probably the only reason I would avoid going with something really bare-bones like the FR 25/35, since I think they do most of the basics listed above. I have an FR220, which I will keep as long as it continues to operate; the logical replacement looks like the 235, which seems to have way more functionality than I need.

         

        So what is attracting you to the Instinct? If anything it seems like a step up from the Forerunner, at least by price tag - $50 more than the 235.

        Dave