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Garmin Introduces New Solar Versions of Tactical Watches

Garmin has introduced new solar versions of their Instinct Solar Tactical Edition, tactix Delta Solar Edition, and tactix Delta Solar Edition with Ballistics. This is a great upgrade that will aid those who wear these wrist mounted computers in the field.

However, let’s to be clear that this isn’t going to run your watch indefinitely. It’s just going to extend its battery life between proper charging. For instance, they claim the tactix Delta will go 21 days indoors and up to 24 with direct sunlight, but that’s not using the apps at the rate someone in the field would.

Instinct Solar Tactical Edition

The Instinct can be paired with an inReach device (sold separately; active satellite subscription required) to view and send messages, get weather alerts on your wrist and trigger an SOS to the GEOS 24/7 emergency response team.

tactix Delta Solar Edition

The tactix Delta displays maps right in your wrist.

There’s also a Kill Switch which wipes the memory, right on the spot.

tactix Delta – Solar Edition with Ballistics

Same watch as the tactix Delta, but with the inclusion of Applied Ballistics software.

Common Features

First off, all of these smart watches incorporate an altimeter for elevation data, barometer to monitor weather and three-axis electronic compass.

Each of the models is built to Mil-Std 810 for thermal, shock and water resistance (rated to 100 meters). They also incorporate a Night Vision mode, with a face designed to be read under NODs as well as Stealth mode which prevents storing and sharing your GPS position and disables wireless connectivity and communication.

Additionally, all three models accept GPS, GLONASS and Galileo signals so even with signal degradation (either natural or intentional) your odds of accessing accurate point data is pretty good. You’ll see both universal transverse mercator (UTM) and the military grid reference system (MGRS) points on your screen.

Finally, you’ll have access to all of apps you’ve come to expect from Garmin, including Jumpmaster, Fitness tracking, Pulse Ox, Heart Rate, and Stress Tracking.

Available now. We always recommend that SSD readers buy their Garmin devices through Strohman Enterprise.

5 Responses to “Garmin Introduces New Solar Versions of Tactical Watches”

  1. mike says:

    Joe Strohman is a national treasure and I too am glad to recommend Strohman Enterprise to buy Garmin products!

    I’ve been a Suunto Ambit guy since the first gen and I’m currently using the Traverse Alpha, but it’s hard to ignore the wildly advanced things going on with the Garmin models and the inclusion of a solar face has successfully converted me. All of my other GPS devices over the years have been Garmin; guess it’s time to catch my watch game up…

  2. Tony P. says:

    I have worked with Joe Strohman for years obtaining equipment and I already get all of my Aimpoint optics from Joe. If I ever decide to upgrade to a Garmin wrist-worn computer it will also be from Joe. Joe Strohman is a true American hero and there is always Daisy!!!

  3. rob c says:

    Wow, were you guys paid to shill or what…

    • Edwin P says:

      I don’t know Mike and I don’t know Tony P. However I do know Joe Strohman. One of the hardest working people in the industry. It is obvious that you don’t know Joe or you wouldn’t ask the question. Joe is one of the best companies to deal with for any of the products they sell. Their customer service is top-shelf.
      In the words of Jim Hodge “If you know, you know”.

  4. Danny B. says:

    Just had to comment… do you even know Joe bro? Sounds like a guy I need to look up.