The Garmin Instinct 2 is a GPS-enabled smartwatch designed for outdoor enthusiasts and athletes with excellent built in apps and software for hiking and running. It has a rugged and durable design that is water-resistant up to 100 meters, and is built to withstand extreme temperatures, shock, and vibration. It features a 1.4-inch display with a resolution of 280 x 280 pixels, and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
The watch comes with a range of activity tracking features, including GPS, heart rate monitoring, and a variety of sports modes. It also features a built-in compass, barometric altimeter, and accelerometer, as well as support for GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo satellite systems. Other features include smartphone notifications, music control, and compatibility with Garmin's Connect app for tracking and analyzing data.
One of the major improvements from the original Instinct is the addition of Garmin's Body Battery feature, which measures your energy levels throughout the day and provides personalized recommendations for rest and activity.
Overall, the Garmin Instinct 2 is a solid option for those looking for a durable and reliable GPS smartwatch with a range of outdoor and fitness tracking features. My only negative feeling about the Garmin instinct 2 is there is currently only 3 very bland colour options, my one is the graphite. there is also a Deep orchid and Poppy which in my opinion are just as bland. I might try and paint customise the watch face bezel...I'll show pictures and video when its finished.
I've just received this watch on March 7th 2023, I've only ran once with the watch and my initial impressions were really good, reading the running data on the fly was excellent and the Garmin Connect App is brilliant to use. I'll do more in-depth reviews on future hikes and runs including trail running and will update on this article page. If you have any questions about the Garmin Instinct 2 or buying a Garmin watch in Cyprus, get in touch with me at the next Limassol Running Club run or Rejuvenation Hiking meet-up.
Garmin Instinct 2 is available in Cyprus for â¬299.99, with a typical battery life of one month, I really don't see the need to pay the extra â¬100 for the solar version.
Two accessories that I got for my Garmin Instinct 2 from Amazon DE, although the watch has Corning Gorilla Glass 3, I still feel better having a glass screen protector. I also got a nice navy blue strap to add some colour to the very dull graphite watch.
Camping Lunch after hiking in the Troodos mountains with my Bestargot pot.
Absolutely love this lightweight all stainless steel cooking pots and pan set from Bestargot. Tried and testing on my hiking adventures in Cyprus, made from 304 stainless steel, I find these pots and pans cook food and boil water much faster than the typical aluminium camping sets which by the way are coated in materials that can be scratched into your foods.
This stainless steel camping pots and pan set is a best seller on Amazon DE and for good reason, its a quality product that does exactly what a hiker needs. Fantastic value at just €24.99, after using on my hikes in the Troodos mountains and Vasa Kellakiou hills in Limassol, I can highly recommend, click for more info.
Makes sense to avoid those cheap aluminium camping pots and pans
Best multitool for hiking and camping in Cyprus: Leatherman Signal Camping Multitool. The perfect gift to yourself or for that person you know, who loves the outdoors and hiking, camping, nature walking in Cyprus.
Best deal is on Amazon DE with shipping to Cyprus, €143
Polar Bottle makes these fantastic lightweight, triple insulated, BPA free, handheld water bottles in various sizes that are ideal for hiking in the Limassol mountains. Cost of the 709 ml size is around €18 on Amazon and worth every scent.
I absolutely love these handheld water bottles, I find this design so incredibly comfortable to hold. These shaped cuts out allow the minimum amount of grip to keep the bottle secure in your hand.
Polar Bottle is not just another plastic sports water bottle, firstly it’s ingeniously triple insulated with an internal reflective foil as the second barrier to keeping your water cool for many hours of summer hiking in Cyprus. From start to finish of my hikes, I know my water will be cool and delicious.
I often use High5 electrolyte tablets during the summer. It's really convenient to drop one or two of the electrolyte tablets into the bottle for my longer hiking routes.
Polar Bottles are easy to squeeze when you want to drink and easy to shut off the valve during your run with no leaking. I love the versatility of these durable bottles, perfect for hiking, running and cycling.
Maintaining a Polar Bottle is a simple rinse and wash under the tap with a drop of dishwashing liquid and storing the Polar Bottle in your freezer will stop any mould plus the bottle will also be nice and cool for your next hiking adventure,
These bottles may seem a little expensive compared to the regular plastic sports water bottles that you see everywhere in sports shops, but really there is no comparison in my experience. I’ve been using Polar Bottles for more than 10 years now, it’s the only bottle I’ve found comfortable to hold, keeps the water cool, is silent during hiking with no noisy sloshing sound, easy to wash and keep hygienically clean and lasts for many years before needing replacing.
I can highly recommend the Polar bottle as a tough and versatile water bottle for hiking in Cyprus. Available in various sizes, I'd highly recommend the 24oz size which is 709ml.
Founder of Rejuvenation Hiking, Limassol
Motorola Defy, 1.8m drop proof, fully waterproof up to 1.5m waters for 35 minutes, sand and dust proof and built to military specification 810H for thermal shock ranging from -30C and +75C for up to 30 minutes.
At around €200 and with a sleek profile, great stock android performance and a really good camera, this could well be the best budget rugged smartphone for hiking and outdoor adventure seekers.
Over the last two month I’ve been living my everyday outdoor lifestyle with the Motorola Defy. I've been really impressed by its build quality and performance, and most importantly for me the camera is also really good.
Every phone I’ve bought over the years ends up getting smashed when I drop them on the road while running and the last phone I had got destroyed when I dropped it in the wet sand at the beach.
Incredibly the Motorola Defy can withstand all of those scenarios in a sleek and attractive design. If you remove the supplied wrist strap, it really just looks and feels like a regular smartphone in a tough rubber case. And that’s what I really love about this phone, this rubberised rugged case is actually part of the phone. Also the screen is a scratch proof super tough Corning Gorilla glass Victus which is slightly recessed into the case for even more protection.
Performance is smooth with the Android 11 included update. Rear fingerprint reader works without any flaws and the battery life is mighty impressive. I can easily get a day and a half of battery life even with heavy use of the camera and video.
Camera quality is a big surprise for me. The quality is far better than I was expecting, providing sharp and bright photos in any condition thanks to the 48MP sensor with Quad Pixel technology. Video is pretty good too, although I find results are much better with the image stabiliser switched to off. Camera quality on other rugged smartphones I’ve tested in the past has always been disappointing to a point of being useless for my social media work, not so with the Motorola Defy. All the pictures on our new Instagram were taken with the Motorola Defy and the videos on our TikTok were also taken with the Motorola Defy.
Best budget priced rugged smartphone for hiking and extreme sports and with a really good camera…I can highly recommend the Motorola Defy, I really love this phone as my everyday companion built for hiking adventures in Cyprus and beyond,
Founder of Rejuvenation Hiking, Limassol
Motorola Defy, unbreakable construction, fully waterproof, great value hiking adventure phone at around $200. Available from Amazon.
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