Garmin Instinct 2/2S: Full Specifications

Back in 2018, when the original Garmin Instinct was released, it became instantly popular among athletes and adventurers who want a rugged, reliable watch with features for fitness tracking and outdoor navigation.

Garmin Instinct 2 builds on the success of its predecessor with some new features and improvements, making it an even more appealing option for backcountry explorers, hikers, and other activities outdoors enthusiasts.

Many people get confused about whether to pick Garmin instinct 2 or the Garmin Fenix 7, both are released side by side, and offer the almost same level of durability. However, the price tag does come into consideration when making the choice.

When it comes to the design, the Instinct 2 features a more rugged and durable build. In Garmin Fenix 7, the company tried to add more bells and whistles, Whereas with instinct 2 it stuck with the basics: practical features over add-ons.

Anyways, both are great watches.

Here, I will give you the full specifications of Garmin Instinct 2/2S, and there is a two-minute review for those who want to know more about this rugged beast.

Garmin Instinct 2/2S: Two Minute Review

With Instinct 2/2S, Garmin has created an outdoor watch that is tough, reliable, and packed with features for fitness tracking and navigation.

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While the original Instinct Series was aimed at hardcore outdoor adventurers, the successor watch has expanded the role a little further. For instance, new sports features were added to surpass the number 50; the user interface was improved and so does the battery performance; and surprisingly enough, the company added contactless payment technology to the watch.

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In the design department, a few yet remarkable changes were made: thickness was reduced, a new smaller option was added for small wrists, and screen resolution was made more refined.

However, there are areas that were purposefully neglected. The watch does not have music storage; there is no voice assistant, and the fitness and health tracking are almost the same as in Venu 2 Series: Heart rate, Stress, Sleep, Hydration, and Blood Oxygen.

Pros
  • Rugged Build
  • Garmin Pay
  • Full integration with Garmin Connect
  • New sports modes
  • Marathon battery performance
Cons
  • Monochromatic Display
  • A little Expensive

General Specifications:

Product NameGarmin Instinct 2/2S
Price$300-$500
PredecessorGarmin Instinct
Models40mm, 45mm | Instinct 2 Solar, standard (non-solar), Surf, Tactical, and Camo editions
Release DateFebruary 2022
Parent CompanyGarmin
Operating SystemGarmin OS
CompatibilityAndroid, IOS
Competition
Suitable ForOutdoor, sport & fitness
SensorsGarmin Elevate heart rate sensor, GPS, GLONASS Galileo, Barometric altimeter, Compass, Accelerometer, Thermometer, Pulse OX blood oxygen saturation monitor

Design and Display:

Garmin Instinct 2/2S
Dimensions, Weight45mm: 45 x 45 x 14.2 mm, 52g | 40mm: 40 x 40 x 13.3 mm, 42g
Band Size45mm: 22mm | 40mm: 20mm
Build materialssilicone
ColorsElectric Lime, Poppy and Neo-Tropic
Waterproofing10 ATM
Display Size45mm: 0.9” x 0.9” (23 x 23 mm) | 40mm: 0.79” x 0.79” (20 x 20 mm)
Screen Type & Resolutionmonochrome, sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) | 45mm: 176 x 176 pixels , 40mm:156 x 156 pixels (active area)
Pixel Per InchNot Specified
Screen Protectionchemically strengthened glass
Always-on DisplayYes
Rotating BezelNo

Smartwatch Features:

Garmin Instinct 2/2S
ConnectivityBluetooth, ANT+
Companion AppCONNECT IQ
Storage32 MB
ProcessorN/A
RAMN/A
Notification AlertYes
Calendar, WeatherYes
Offline SpotifyNo
Timer & AlarmYes
Customizable Watch FacesYes
Voice AssistantNo
Music Storage, ControlYes
Third-Party AppsYes
Make calls, send texts & EmailsYes(Text response/reject phone call with text (Android only))
Browse WebN/A
Contactless PaymentYes (Garmin Pay)

Health and Fitness Feature:

Garmin Instinct 2/2S
Built-in GPSYes (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo)
Heart Rate TrackingYes
SleepYes
StressYes
Blood OxygenYes
ECGNo
Bioelectrical Impedance AnalysisNo
Steps, CaloriesYes
Menstrual cycleYes
Sport ModeYes
Sync Data With Strava, Apple HealthYes

Battery Life:

Garmin Instinct 2/2S
Battery Size2S: Smartwatch mode: Up to 21 days/51 days with solar*, Smartwatch mode (w/ battery saver): Up to 50 days/unlimited with solar*, GPS: Up to 22 hours/28 hours with solar**, Max Battery GPS mode: Up to 54 hours/114 hours with solar**, Expedition GPS Activity: Up to 25 days/105 days with solar* | Instinct 2: Up to 28 days/unlimited with solar*, Smartwatch mode (w/ battery saver): Up to 65 days/unlimited with solar*, GPS: Up to 30 hours/48 hours with solar**, Max Battery GPS mode: Up to 70 hours/370 hours with solar**, Expedition GPS Activity: Up to 32 days/unlimited with solar*
Battery SizeNot Specified
Charger TypeUSB charging cable.
Fast ChargingNo

Activity Tracking Features

STEP COUNTERYes
MOVE BAR (DISPLAYS ON DEVICE AFTER A PERIOD OF INACTIVITY; WALK FOR A COUPLE OF MINUTES TO RESET IT)Yes
AUTO GOAL (LEARNS YOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL AND ASSIGNS A DAILY STEP GOAL)Yes
CALORIES BURNEDYes
FLOORS CLIMBEDYes
DISTANCE TRAVELEDYes
INTENSITY MINUTESYes
TRUEUP™Yes
MOVE IQ™Yes
GARMIN CONNECT™ CHALLENGES APPyes (optional Connect IQ app)

Gym & Fitness Equipment

AVAILABLE GYM ACTIVITY PROFILESStrength, HIIT, Cardio, and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing, Yoga
CARDIO WORKOUTSYes
STRENGTH WORKOUTSYes
HIIT WORKOUTSYes
AUTOMATIC REP COUNTINGYes

Training, Planning and Analysis Features

HR ZONESYes
HR ALERTSYes
HR CALORIESYes
% HR MAXYes
% HRRYes
RECOVERY TIMEYes
YesAUTO MAX HRYes
HR BROADCAST (BROADCASTS HR DATA OVER ANT+™ TO PAIRED DEVICES)yes (using ANT+)
RESPIRATION RATE (DURING EXERCISE)Yes
GPS SPEED AND DISTANCEYes
CUSTOMIZABLE DATA PAGESYes
CUSTOMIZABLE ACTIVITY PROFILESYes
AUTO PAUSE®Yes
INTERVAL TRAININGYes
ADVANCED WORKOUTSYes
DOWNLOADABLE TRAINING PLANSYes
POWER MODES CUSTOMIZABLE IN-ACTIVITY BATTERY SETTINGSYes
AUTO LAP®Yes
MANUAL LAPYes
CONFIGURABLE LAP ALERTSYes
HEAT AND ALTITUDE ACCLIMATIONYes
VO2 MAX (RUN)Yes
VO2 MAX (TRAIL RUN)Yes
TRAINING STATUSYes
TRAINING LOADYes
TRAINING EFFECTYes
TRAINING EFFECT (ANAEROBIC)Yes
PRIMARY BENEFIT (TRAINING EFFECT LABELS)Yes
IMPROVED RECOVERY TIMEYes
DAILY SUGGESTED WORKOUTSYes
CUSTOM ALERTSYes
AUDIO PROMPTSYes
FINISH TIMEYes
VIRTUAL PARTNERYes
RACE AN ACTIVITYYes
AUTO MULTISPORT ACTIVITIESYes
MANUAL MULTISPORT ACTIVITIESYes
COURSE GUIDANCEYes
TOUCH AND/OR BUTTON LOCKYes
HOTKEYSYes
AUTO-SCROLLYes
ACTIVITY HISTORY ON WATCHYes
PHYSIO TRUE-UPYes

Running Features

AVAILABLE RUN PROFILESRunning, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running
GPS-BASED DISTANCE, TIME, AND PACEYes
RUNNING DYNAMICSyes (with compatible accessory)
VERTICAL OSCILLATION AND RATIOyes (with compatible accessory)
GROUND CONTACT TIME AND BALANCEyes (with compatible accessory)
STRIDE LENGTH (REAL-TIME)yes (with compatible accessory)
CADENCE (PROVIDES REAL-TIME NUMBER OF STEPS PER MINUTE)Yes
PERFORMANCE CONDITION
LACTATE THRESHOLDyes (with compatible accessory)
RUN WORKOUTSYes
RACE PREDICTORYes
FOOT POD CAPABLEYes

Golfing Features

YARDAGE TO F/M/B (DISTANCE TO FRONT, MIDDLE, AND BACK OF GREEN)Yes
YARDAGE TO LAYUPS/DOGLEGSYes
MEASURES SHOT DISTANCE (CALCULATES EXACT YARDAGE FOR SHOTS FROM ANYWHERE ON COURSE)manual
DIGITAL SCORECARDYes
STAT TRACKING (STROKES, PUTTS PER ROUND, GREENS AND FAIRWAYS HIT)Yes
AUTO COURSEVIEW UPDATESYes
GREEN VIEW WITH MANUAL PIN POSITIONYes
HAZARDS AND COURSE TARGETSYes
PINPOINTERYes
ROUND TIMER/ODOMETERYes
AUTOMATIC CLUB TRACKING COMPATIBLE (REQUIRES ACCESSORY)Yes
TOURNAMENT LEGALYes

Outdoor Recreation

AVAILABLE OUTDOOR RECREATION PROFILESHiking, Indoor Climbing, Bouldering, Climbing, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Hunting, Fishing, Tactical
POINT-TO-POINT NAVIGATIONYes
BREAD CRUMB TRAIL IN REAL-TIMEYes
BACK TO STARTYes
TRACBACK®Yes
ULTRATRAC MODEYes
ELEVATION PROFILEYes
DISTANCE TO DESTINATIONYes
BAROMETRIC TREND INDICATOR WITH STORM ALERTYes
TRAIL RUN AUTO CLIMBYes
VERTICAL SPEEDYes
TOTAL ASCENT/DESCENTYes
FUTURE ELEVATION PLOTYes
COMPATIBLE WITH BASECAMP™Yes
GPS COORDINATESYes
SIGHT ‘N GOYes
AREA CALCULATIONYes
PROJECTED WAYPOINTYes
SUN AND MOON INFORMATIONYes
XERO™ LOCATIONSYes
EXPEDITION GPS ACTIVITYYes

Cycling Features

AVAILABLE CYCLING PROFILESBiking, Road Biking, Mountain Biking, Gravel Biking, Bike Commuting, Bike Touring, eBiking, e-Mountain Biking, Indoor Biking, Cyclocross, Triathlon
ALERTS (TRIGGERS ALARM WHEN YOU REACH GOALS INCLUDING TIME, DISTANCE, HEART RATE, OR CALORIES)Yes
COURSESYes
MTB GRIT & FLOWYes
BIKE LAP AND LAP MAXIMUM POWER (WITH POWER SENSOR)Yes
RACE AN ACTIVITYYes
FTP (FUNCTIONAL THRESHOLD POWER)Yes
COMPATIBLE WITH VECTOR™ AND RALLY™ (POWER METERS)Yes
POWER METER COMPATIBLEYes
SPEED AND CADENCE SENSOR SUPPORT (W/SENSOR)Yes

Swimming Features

AVAILABLE SWIM PROFILESPool Swimming, Open Water Swimming
OPEN-WATER SWIM METRICS (DISTANCE, PACE, STROKE COUNT/RATE, STROKE DISTANCE, SWIM EFFICIENCY ( SWOLF), CALORIES)Yes
POOL SWIM METRICS (LENGTHS, DISTANCE, PACE, STROKE COUNT, SWIM EFFICIENCY ( SWOLF), CALORIES)Yes
STROKE TYPE DETECTION (FREESTYLE, BACKSTROKE, BREASTSTROKE, BUTTERFLY) (POOL SWIM ONLY)Yes
DRILL LOGGING (POOL SWIM ONLY)Yes
BASIC REST TIMER (UP FROM 0) (POOL SWIM ONLY)Yes
“REPEAT ON” REST TIMER (POOL SWIM ONLY)Yes
AUTO REST (POOL SWIM ONLY)Yes
TIME AND DISTANCE ALERTSYes
COUNTDOWN START (POOL SWIM ONLY)Yes
POOL SWIM WORKOUTSYes
UNDERWATER WRIST-BASED HEART RATEYes
HEART RATE FROM EXTERNAL HRM (REAL-TIME DURING RESTS, INTERVAL AND SESSION STATS DURING RESTS, AND AUTOMATIC HEART RATE DOWNLOAD POST-SWIM)Yes