I was in need of replacing my old Garmin 610 that finally failed. I delayed a new purchase as I wasn't able to run, but getting back at it and hiking more with the dogs, I decided to get another. This one does what I want plus a ton more I wont use. And that's ok. It does have the capability to pair with the dog collars I have, but I may not use it for that, but its an option. Learning the new way of storing the workout is easy, I used the old ANT stick before. Its fast to get satellites, I am still learning to navigate it correctly, as with anything, it will get easier, its not hard, just different.
For this being a refurbished unit it is like new. So far so Good. I like the features with the GPS and Nav features. Will come in real handy for hunting trips and hiking. The price was great and even purchased the extended warranty for 3 years and it was still less expensive than a new one at a discount.
I bought this watch for a few main features: vibrating alarm. GPS, comfort. A friend has another Garmin model and he said it was really comfortable. I use this watch as a hunter and really like being able to get up early and not wake my wife with my alarm. The GPS is handy as I can mark my current location and tag it to pack out meat. I also use the "Running" app to track my workouts. It's handy to see my pace and distance. The heart monitor is not very accurate soI don't pay mind to that. This watch is easy to read during full daylight and the night light button is easy to find in the dark. I use the timer that vibrates and dings at the end for my workouts when I'm doing calisthenics so I don't have to switch between my phone's music and timer. It is also really handy to track 30 seconds for SFSTs and write in my notebook without needing to look at the timer. Overall, this is a handy watch with more features than I need. I can ignore this unwanted features easily so they are not a hindrance to purchasing the watch. Very comfortable and useful watch!
The Garmin Instinct has been a great addition to tracking my fitness. Spend some time watching tutorials to set the watch up the way you want. Don't be in a hurry to figure it out. Experiment with the customization. The Instinct and the Garmin Connect app work very well together and syncs well with Strava if you're interested. I also like the rugged looks of the watch. Since I'm in my 50s seeing the watch face is important to me. Some of the parts of the face are a bit small for old eyes but play with the watch faces to find one large enough to see the time. I haven't used the navigation feature yet but if it works as well as the tracking for activities then it should be a welcomed feature. After three weeks of use it did freeze up once. Plugging it in the computer seemed to reset it without losing any settings or tracking I had done. Hopefully this was just a simple reset after a glitch.
Awesome watch! Syncs well with Garmin Connect fitness app and Garmin Explore mapping app. Also picked up the carrying case, an extra charging/sync cable, and the tiny Garmin Tempe temperature gauge (which stays in my backpack). I don’t know what software version my refurbished Instinct came with, but it was updated to 10.00 then shortly thereafter to 10.10, the current version. Had a very minor tech issue which was quickly dealt with by competent Garmin technical support. Very happy with this intriguing watch and am even being tempted by the Fenix 6 family - but only when I get used to the functions of THIS watch. Yes, I would buy this all over again!
Bought a refurb Instinct (Graphite) and just love the thing. I have 57 year old eyes and need cheaters but can make out the screen fine in daylight. It's a little iffy in early morning light. Not the fault of Garmin, the fault of my eyes.
There are a lot of the same features you'll find in the way more expensive Fenix 6X Pro which I also have. It is highly configurable and the round display in the upper right of the screen with its reverse contrast is AWESOME. I put my steps in that circle. You can also take screen shots which is cool and a feature in more expensive watches.
It feels a bit more robust than a lot of other watches but don't buy into all that Mil-Spec hype. That is just marketing hype. I work for the government and am intimately aware of the system for qualifying for mil-specs and the qualified products list (QPL).
Great watch, great price.......get the refurbished. Mine is brand new. Probably just a return somebody didn't like.
I bought this watch to replace a Polar M430. As a cyclist, mountain & road. The GPS accuracy and elevation calculation is spot on with my Lezyne cycle GPS. Battery life is great for long distance cycling. Even the ap is solid.
I've had this watch for about 3 weeks now. I charged it as soon as I opened the box. Couldn't wait to try it out. There is a bit of a learning curve to get used the buttons and what they actually do. After the first charge, I Set up everything that I wanted. Although it wasn't really necessary, I charged the watch again. I wanted to see just how long the battery would last during normal use. Turns out, I had one bar left on day 15. Pretty impressive. I haven't really done anything with the GPS mode, so I'm not sure how long the battery will actually last. The only issue I have with the watch is the weather. When selected, the display shows, "Waiting for data". Not sure what that is about, but I need to look into it. The reason for a 4 rating is due to the steep learning curve without great instructions and the weather display. Otherwise I'm very happy with the watch.
Less then 2 weeks in use-getting familiar and appreciate many of the features. Heart rate monitor through the wrist is worthless during a workout-no good without chest strap. Other features are good, GPS seems accurate. Many features to tap into.