Garmin Instinct 2X – what’s different about Garmin’s big, new beast? pre-orders available now

Garmin Instinct 2X – Available for pre-order in USA/Canada on Amazon

Garmin Instinct 2X Solar

Several flavours of Garmin’s humungous, new Instinct 2X are listed for pre-order on and

Links to: Amazon in North America only

These are the versions available

  • Instinct 2X Solar with Colour Options: Whitestone, Flame Red, Graphite and Moss – $449
  • Instinct 2X Tactical Solar with Colour Options: Black & Coyote Tan – $499

What’s New

Other listings, including these from suggest the following differences between the 2X and older Instinct 2 models.

  • 50mm diameter case but the same 14.5mm depth, compared to the 45mm model
  • 1.1″ x 1.1″ display compared to 0.9″. Or 27mm compared to 23mm.
  • Now 67g was 52g
  • GPS recording time is now 60 hours up from 30 hours.
    • Expedition mode has also doubled the recording time to 60 days (unlimited with solar)
    • Battery Saver Watch Mode: 100 days; (unlimited with solar)
  • Onboard memory is doubled to 64Mb
  • Multifrequency Positioning (GNSS, no SatIQ) is added as is a gyroscope (for improved incident detection)
  • Gets a flashlight with flash option
  • Morning Report is added along with Training Readiness
  • Grade Adjusted Pace data field is added
  • Advanced Cycling Dynamics are added (may have been there already)


It’s bigger, with a bigger physical battery and a more efficient top-end GNSS chip. The resulting battery lives are incredible as is the tantalising prospect of unlimited battery life if there’s enough sunshine for the solar models.

For most people looking at Instinct, then 2X is the one to go for.


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2 thoughts on “Garmin Instinct 2X – what’s different about Garmin’s big, new beast? pre-orders available now

  1. Instinct 2X tactical coyote tan on my wrist in the last 24h
    Light and not too big to wear
    In March I had for few weeks both Instinct 2 tactical and crossover, but I had send back both:
    Instinct 2 tactical was was too thick for its diameter while I didn’t like the crossover for the handes latency for each screen change.
    I am satisfied with this last one. Just the watch faces are less customizable than the Instinct 2 (for example is not yet possible to show a second time zone) but for the rest I like it more.
    Now I need some week for full appreciate it.

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