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Garmin Intuition evaluation: A price range smartwatch for adventurers

“The Garmin Intuition is an effective journey smartwatch at a fantastic worth.”


Loads of outdoor options

Rugged design


Low-resolution show

No third-party apps

Garmin’s Fenix sequence is the Cadillac of journey watches, however not everybody has $600 or extra to spare on a watch. Enter the $300 Garmin intuition, an reasonably priced outdoors-focused watch that takes the perfect of the Fenix and homes it in a rugged, handsome bundle that rivals Casio. Does the Intuition ship as an outdoor watch? We took it mountaineering, path operating, and backpacking to search out out.

Rugged however not clunky

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The Intuition screams out of doors watch with a glance that reminds us of Casio’s hardcore sports activities watches. Weighing 52 grams and measuring 45mm throughout the casing, the Garmin Intuition is considerably smaller than the Fenix sequence. Its 22mm detachable strap is appropriate with Garmin’s different watches. The smaller dimension and smooth silicone band make the Intuition comfy to put on day and evening.

The Intuition could also be rugged however it nonetheless is comfy to put on 24/7.

Like most Garmin watches, sturdiness is excellent. The fiber-reinforced polymer casing is immune to scratching and each the chemically strengthened glass and raised bezel defend the display.

The 128 x 128-pixel monochrome show does the job. It’s straightforward to learn within the daylight and at evening due to the backlight. It has a two-window design that’s distinctive to this mannequin. In the precise nook is a small round window that by default shows the date, whereas the remainder of the show reveals your stats. Although you can’t do away with this additional window, you may customise each home windows to indicate no matter metrics you need.

5 buttons you may’t overlook

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The Intuition has the usual five-button structure and consumer interface that Garmin employs throughout its Forerunner and Fenix traces. The buttons are clearly labeled, however we want the precise facet buttons had been a bit extra outstanding. They’re almost flush with the casing and troublesome to press, particularly with gloves on. The Intuition makes use of the identical primary, intuitive interface discovered on Garmin’s different gadgets. The training curve is brief and when you grasp the interface, you may shortly navigate from display to display.

Garmin is know for the customizable interface on all its watches. Within the Intuition, you may customise every part from the widgets to the information screens you view throughout exercises. The Intuition is outdoorsy on the surface and the within. The interface has a robust outdoor focus with widgets for Dawn/Sundown, the climate, Xero bow sighting, and InReach controls.

Sports activities monitoring in your outdoorsy facet

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Like most Garmin watches, the Intuition has over 25 totally different actions which you can observe. You should utilize it to trace the massive three – operating, biking, and swimming — in addition to much less frequent actions like SUP, rowing and stair-stepping.

Exercise monitoring is correct — each the guts charge and distance had been much like the Garmin Fenix 6S Professional and the Forerunner 245. Throughout a exercise, you may scroll by totally different information screens that are designed for the exercise. Operating consists of coronary heart charge zone, tempo, and distance, whereas mountaineering and path operating embody ascent and vertical velocity which is useful when climbing mountains. You possibly can change these fields as wanted.

I just lately climbed a really steep part of a ravine and needed to know the grade so I used to be in a position to swap out the vertical velocity for the grade in only a few minutes. The Intuition additionally does 24/7 monitoring permitting you to see steps, stairs, stress, and extra.

Well being and wellness on the facet

The Intuition is greater than only a health tracker. It additionally covers all the foremost well being and wellness metrics resembling sleep monitoring, step counting, stair climbing, calorie burning, and extra. The Intuition has stress monitoring and provides a soothing respiration session to decrease your stress ranges after they rise. There’s additionally a transfer alert that encourages you to rise up and stroll round if you’ve been sitting too lengthy.

The Intuition has computerized sleep monitoring, however it’s on the fundamental facet. It solely screens your coronary heart charge and motion to interrupt down your sleep into gentle, deep, and REM sleep. There isn’t a pulse oximeter within the Intuition to detect respiration points and related sleep disturbances.

The Intuition additionally tends to overestimate your sleep and I discovered it usually couldn’t inform the distinction between laying quietly in mattress and sleeping. Much less-than-accurate sleep just isn’t a deal-breaker for me. It’s shut sufficient to be helpful and, truthfully, I’m extra within the outdoorsy options of the watch than the sleep monitoring.

Navigation that retains you on the path

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The Intuition is an outdoor watch, so it’s not shocking the watch excels at GPS monitoring and navigation. The Intuition helps GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo and connects shortly to those satellite tv for pc programs. GPS monitoring is correct when in comparison with the Garmin Fenix 5X Plus.

On a number of runs and hikes, the 2 gadgets measured roughly the identical distances and tempo. Although some folks report points with elevation, I had no issues with elevation. Elevation was correct — inside a 100 ft of my Garmin InReach and printed summit elevations. I run the identical mountain path a couple of occasions per week and elevation was constant between these runs.

The Intuition’s primary navigation options saved me from getting misplaced on multiple event.

In contrast to the Fenix sequence, the Intuition lacks onboard topo maps which aren’t appropriate with the low-resolution, non-color show. What you get as an alternative are breadcrumb maps with a slew of navigation options. You possibly can add routes which you can comply with or return to the fundamentals with the built-in compass. You too can add coordinates to which you’ll navigate.

When you get rotated on a hike, there’s a backtracking function that helps you navigate again to the beginning and a compass. The Intuition’s primary navigation options saved me from getting misplaced on multiple event. On one hike, I by chance adopted an outdated logging street as an alternative of the path. I used to be ready to make use of the breadcrumb map and the backtrack function to search out my approach again to the unique path.

Energy for per week at a time

Garmin advertises 14 days of battery life underneath common utilization and 16 hours in GPS mode. Primarily based on my expertise, these estimations will not be exaggerated. I routinely went 10 days or extra between charging and that was with every day hour-long exercises. I additionally used it mountaineering on 10 to 12 mile hikes and located the battery had sufficient stamina to trace a day-long hike with juice to spare. The few occasions it ran out, it was my fault as a result of I had not totally charged the watch earlier than I left.

Not so good smartwatch

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The Garmin Intuition is extra of a GPS watch than a smartwatch. You possibly can obtain incoming notifications on the watch, however that’s about it. You can not hook up with Garmin’s Join IQ app retailer. You possibly can management music on the cellphone utilizing the watch’s music controls, however you can’t add music information or set up Spotify on the watch. It additionally doesn’t help Garmin pay.

Pricing, availability, and guarantee info

The $300 Garmin Intuition could be discovered on Garmin’s web site, Amazon and different on-line retailers. Garmin provides a one-year restricted guarantee that covers defects in supplies or workmanship.

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Our take

At $300, the Garmin Intuition hits the candy spot for each options and worth. It provides a set of sensible outdoor and sports activities options that’ll maintain outdoor fans pleased with a price ticket that received’t break the financial institution.

Is there a greater different?

Garmin Intuition fills the hole between costly journey watch and reasonably priced health watch. It borrows the important thing options from the outside Fenix sequence however retains the value low with an reasonably priced, however rugged construct. Although we suggest it for outdoor athletes on a price range, the Intuition just isn’t for everybody.

If cash is not any object, potential watch house owners can improve to the $700 Fenix 6S Professional, which has all of the options of the Intuition and provides a complete lot extra together with topographical maps, altitude-based pacing plans, and ClimbPro which shows incline. For a couple of hundred extra, the Apple Watch can be a strong alternative. It might not have the detailed metrics of the Intuition however the Watch OS app retailer provides loads of outdoors-focused apps.

Examine our round-up of the perfect smartwatches for extra choices.

How lengthy will it final?

The Garmin Intuition is solidly made with a raised bezel to guard the show. We anticipate the watch to final at the least three years underneath regular utilization.

Must you purchase it?

Sure. Outside fans who need a few of the outdoor options of the Fenix sequence with out the journey watch worth ought to strongly contemplate buying the Garmin Intuition.

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