Garmin Instinct 2 Solar review: rugged and unassuming, this solar watch really shines

The Instinct 2 Solar is Garmin’s entry level offering in an increasingly busy smartwatch market: this rugged timepiece incorporates many key features for less. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
It uses toughened Gorilla Glass, meaning it should be able to fend off the worst of what you can throw at it. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
Garmin’s Elevate Gen 4 optical heart rate sensor, which is also found on the Fenix and Epix line, resides at the rear. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
This means it pumps out all manner of fitness and health metrics, as well as tracks a huge array of activities. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
Using solar charging built into the watch face, the Instinct has an almost unlimited battery life. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
Aside from metrics, the Instinct 2 Solar also pairs with your phone to deliver notifications straight to your wrist, as well as Garmin Pay. (image credit: The Gear Loop)
We enjoyed our time with the Garmin Instinct 2 Solar, as it proved unobtrusive, but provided a wealth of outdoors information. (image credit: The Gear Loop)