Garmin has expanded its range of outdoor fitness watches with the highly unusual Instinct Crossover, a hybrid watch that combines physical arms with a display similar to that of the Garmin Instinct 2.
This is not the first time Garmin has made a hybrid fitness watch, but the Instinct Crossover flips the priorities of the style-led Garmin Vivomove watches on their head.
It looks like a hardcore Garmin wearable that happens to have a pair of watch arms sticking out of its centre.
There is a solid argument for having these arms too. Just like the Instinct 2, the Instinct Crossover uses a transflective display. This means it will be completely illegible in darkness until you press a side button to fire up the front light.
Its analog arms have a Super-LumiNova coating, which glows in the dark.
During the day they may get in the way, but Garmin’s rendered images show how the analog components will move to accommodate the Instinct Crossover’s interface and apps.
The Garmin Instinct Crossover is available in solar charging and standard flavors, and the solar version can last up to 70 days with a good amount of sunlight each day, or 28 days without.
Other features roughly mirror those of the Garmin Instinct 2. The Instinct Crossover has a monochrome screen, 10ATM water resistance and a mid-tier spread of Garmin features.
This means you can’t download and view maps, which wouldn’t look great on the 176 x 176 pixel screen anyway, but it does provide advanced metrics and all the tracking essentials including GPS. These metrics include Training Load, Training Status and Performance Condition — stats not available in lighter-use Garmin trackers.
The standard Garmin Instinct Crossover costs $499, the solar-charging model $549.99. They are currently listed as available in “5-8 weeks” according to the Garmin website.