Explore the Outdoors With These Rugged and Stylish Wearables From Garmin

Different people handled the global pandemic and the resulting shutdown in different ways. Some...


Different people handled the global pandemic and the resulting shutdown in different ways. Some started playing crosswords while others went for outdoor activities.

It has been called the “Great Outdoor Revival” — the mass exodus of people back into wild places. For some, it was easy to fall back into old habits. But for others, the opportunity to explore new and different places leaves us with a question: How do we get started? This is where Garmin technology comes in.

Garmin’s collection of wearables can make it easier for you to explore the outdoors.

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GPS Smartwatches

Garmin launched the first fēnix® watch in 2012. It was initially developed for Alpinists, so its ethos has and always will be built from the side of a mountain. Since the first fēnix, Garmin has continually developed wrist-based technology for outdoor enthusiasts, according to Garmin.

As the fēnix family expanded, Garmin continued to integrate features for daily life, making it one of the most popular “everyday” GPS smartwatches available.

However, as many people discovered last year, Garmin never stopped improving the outdoor heritage of the fēnix. With the launch of fēnix 6 Pro Solar watch in 2020, its outdoor features are as robust as ever.

Here are some features that can help you get started, stay safer and enjoy your outdoor experience more:

Solar Charging

  • In 2019, Garmin introduced solar charging to increase battery life. This allows you to focus on what you love doing outdoors and worry less about your charge.

Multi-GNSS Support

  • Knowing where you are and where you’re going is critical to staying safe in the outdoors. fēnix has access to multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo) to track you in more challenging environments than GPS alone.

ABC Sensors

  • ABC stands for Altimeter, Barometer, and Compass, which are three critical data points when exploring new places. This helps you navigate your next trail with an altimeter for elevation data, a barometer to monitor the weather and a three-axis electronic compass so you always know where you’re going.

Built-in Sports Apps

  • Use preloaded activities profiles for trail running, biking, hiking, climbing and much more. These activities will track various metrics and then upload to Garmin Connect® so you can review information from your activity like calories, times, distance, the map of your course, and much more.

MTB Dynamics

  • This provides details of every ride you take with mountain biking metrics, plus specialist Grit and Flow measurements that rate trail difficulty and how smoothly you descend, giving you a “score” to beat next time.

Surf-ready Features

  • If you’re lucky enough to live by the ocean, you better be taking advantage of it. Recently introduced surf features integrate with Surfline Sessions™ (requires app downloaded to a compatible smartphone), which creates a video of every wave you ride in front of a Surfline® camera so you can watch them later and see how you did.

Hydration Tracking

  • Staying hydrated in the outdoors is critical. With this feature, you can log daily fluid intake as a reminder to drink up. When the auto goal is enabled, you’ll even see estimated sweat loss after an activity, and your goal will be adjusted accordingly.


  • If you are hiking, climbing or camping in various altitudes, everyone’s body acclimates differently. Altitude sickness is a real and dangerous thing. The acclimation widget shows your current elevation, acclimated elevation, and correlated Pulse Ox, heart rate, and respiration rate so you can see how you’re holding up to the current elevation.

Other watches

  • The fēnix started it all, but since then the technology has been incorporated into various new watches. In fact, Garmin has a watch for almost everyone.
  • Instinct: You want rugged. You want bold. You want a GPS smartwatch that doesn’t look like other GPS smartwatches. This is a great choice for those new to the outdoors.
  • Enduro: You’re an extreme endurance athlete and you need a lightweight ultra-performance GPS watch with epic battery life. This one will help you go the distance.
  • quatix: You’re a mariner. And you want a GPS multisport smartwatch that’s active on land and at home on the water. So here you go. Connect with your boat, in more ways than one.
  • tactix: You’re on a mission to find a rugged GPS smartwatch with special-ops functions that help you travel in the shadows. This one will serve you well.


Outdoor Communication. With inReach satellite technology from Garmin and an active satellite subscription, you can stay in touch globally. You can send and receive messages, navigate your route, track and share your journey and, if necessary, trigger an SOS to help get assistance to you from the Garmin IERCC, a 24/7 global emergency response coordination center via the 100% global Iridium® satellite network. inReach allows two-way messaging so you can reach out to a loved one immediately.

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Additionally, using Garmin Explore, users can set up live tracking so family or friends back home can join in your adventure from the comfort of home. From a safety standpoint, this is very beneficial. For example, using live tracking, family or friends can check to see if you’re moving along your planned route. If you are, great — all is well. If you aren’t moving and you should be, they can check in to see if everything is alright. If not, they can arrange help.

Sam Draper
June 2, 2021

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