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The Best Garmin Wearables and Other Great Gear for Outdoorsmen

Garmin wearables, which serve as GPS watches and other accessories, are popular outdoor accessories. Here's what you need to know.

It goes without saying that the outdoor sporting life is an active one, and for those who demand that their gear stay with them throughout, the Garmin series of GPS watches and accessories has stood the test of time.

Make no mistake, it's not like we never got along fine in the outdoors before these things were invented, it's just that we never knew how useful they were until we got our hands on one. 

Whether you want to tune into your health, measure distance or simply wear a good looking time piece, Garmin has what you need. From fitness trackers to multi-sport smartwatches, these stainless steel, bezel- and silicone-banded tools were made with the outdoor sporting individual in mind.

Fenix 6 Pro Solar

The Fenix 6 has an awesome solar feature that allows it to stay powered up in the smartwatch mode for 14 days, and 16 days using the added solar power. It comes with the famed Garmin Power Glass lens and either a stainless steel or a carbon-coated titanium bezel.

It can be accessorized with several apps including for trail running, skiing and biking.

Instinct Solar

Comes in five great color patterns including orchid so it looks great on both men and women. It features a fiber-reinforced polymer case, chemically strengthened, scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla glass lens and a solar-powered battery which creates a device that's built to last and look good doing it.

It comes with preloaded activity profiles for swimming, running, biking, hiking, rowing, strength and more for the outdoor enthusiast. Another great feature is the quick-fit accessory bands for matching the user's style.


Features the solar charged battery that many styles have, power manager for impacting battery life, and for real backcountry excursions it has the ClimbPro accent planner which includes gradient, distance and elevation gain.

The strap material features an ultra-lightweight elastic nylon hook and loop, which is more pliable and more comfortable for the long haul.

Tactix Delta

Featuring a solar-charging lens, this tactical GPS smartwatch offers specialized strategic features as well as mapping, a night-vision-capable screen, stealth mode, a kill switch memory wiping feature, a jump master high-altitude feature and projected waypoints for geo-navigation.

More Garmin Products

Garmin also has a great lineup of handheld GPS units, satellite communicators and sporting dog training equipment. Other products include outdoor maps, hunting maps, wearable maps and an atlas gazetteer. 

Featured outdoor apps include sports and fitness, outdoor recreation, marine and even aviation. We'll also pass along an honorable mention to the Forerunner, the Vivomove, the Forerunner 945, and the Vivoactive 4.

Garmin also offers some tech for the serious hunting crowd, such as the Xero X1i Crossbow scope with an auto-ranging 3x5 power optic, and most recently, the Xero A1i Pro auto-ranging digital bow sight, which leaves all the guesswork behind by calculating for range, angle and potential obstructions.

One great item that you may not have heard about is the Xero S1 Trapshooting Trainer. The first live-fire mobile trapshooting trainer captures every shot and provides immediate feedback on sunlight-readable touchscreen display.

Garmin has been handing us some of the most revolutionary technology since its inception and seemingly isn't stopping any time soon.

While they continue keeping the world up to date with their unique instruments, they haven't forgotten about outdoorsmen and women.

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