Garmin Instinct GPS Watch - Unisex 6000-617

Garmin Instinct GPS Watch - Unisex

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Trust your instinct. Garmin knows that instinct is usually all that separates a great story from a bad day. The rugged new Instinct GPS Watch helps stack the deck in your favour and is another tool to help get you home safe. A powerful, internal antenna connects 3 different satellite constellations: GPS, GLONASS and Galileo. Multiple networks, combined with satellite position caching, give you a fast connection and a strong GPS signal wherever you are. Built-in navigation tools let you navigate to saved coordinates, follow courses you've created in Garmin Connect, or just find your way back to the car. The Instinct pairs GPS data with the onboard accelerometer to provide training metrics like speed and distance information. The latest Elevate optical heart rate monitor reads your pulse information straight off your wrist, so there's no need to wear a chest strap. Multiple sport profiles add custom metrics to your training data, letting you train smarter for all your activities. Pair the Instinct with the free Garmin Connect™ app on your phone to review activities, set up live tracking sessions, monitor real-time weather forecasting, receive notifications, control apps and much more.

  • Connects to GPS, GLONASS and Galileo satellite constellations for fast signal acquisition and a strong connection nearly anywhere.
  • Satellite caching allows your Instinct to save satellite data so it knows where to look for them when you turn it on, giving you a fast and accurate satellite signal in any terrain.
  • Tilt compensated 3-axis electronic compass shows your heading even when you're stationary, so you're always facing the right direction.
  • Barometric altimeter helps you track your ascents, descents and total elevation changes.
  • Storm alarm tracks pressure changes and alerts you when it’s time to find shelter. Extended weather data can also come in via the connection to your smartphone.
  • Extend battery life by selecting different GPS modes to find the perfect balance of GPS accuracy and time until your next recharge.
  • UltraTrac™ mode reduces the GPS recording rate to conserve battery life, allowing you to stay in the field longer (up to 40 hours).
  • Built-in activity modes for hiking, biking, running, strength training (with rep counter), walking, swimming (indoor only) and more. Each activity has a fully customizable display.
  • Pre-loaded and customizable workouts help you hone your training, plus you can even race past activities.
  • Move IQ intelligently detects your activity and tracks it in your Connect timeline to ensure you get credit for all of your daily exercise.
  • Course navigation via created or downloaded courses.
  • Breadcrumb trails track your trek, navigate you to a saved location or entered coordinate (there are no maps for routing), or navigate you on the trail you took back to where you started.
  • Internet Live Tracking during activities (through a connected smartphone) allows you to share your location and heart rate with friends, family or coaches.
  • Equipped with Garmin’s new lower profile Elevate™ optical heart rate monitor which provides more reliable constant heart rate data and allows you to train without a chest strap.
  • Optical heart rate sensors measure changes in blood volume under the skin, and work best when worn snugly, 1 to 3 finger-widths above your wrist bone.
  • Broadcast of your HR over ANT+ (so other devices can pick it up).
  • With 24/7 activity tracking, Instinct learns your activity level and helps guide you towards a more active lifestyle.
  • On-board sleep-tracking mode monitors your rest, letting you see your total sleep hours as well as periods of movement and restful sleep in your Connect profile.
  • Counts flights of stairs with internal barometric altimeter data that’s combined with your step data.
  • Weekly intensity minutes are displayed against the ideal of 150 needed to maintain a healthy life.
  • Automatically sync your data to paired smartphone running the free Connect app.
  • Smart notifications (emails, texts, alerts and more) via Bluetooth connection to a compatible smartphone.
  • Compatible with all smartphones featuring Bluetooth 4.0 (iPhone 4S or higher, and Android 4.3 or higher).
  • Connects with ANT+ and Bluetooth Smart sensors, from foot pods to speed and cadence pods (but not power meters).
  • Customizable display lets you set up your screen the way you want it, displaying what is most important to you.
  • Customizable button setups let you program “hot-keys”, setting long-presses of buttons to take you directly to certain modes or perform certain actions.
  • Rugged construction with MIL-STD-810G certification for thermal, shock and water resistance (100m).
  • User-friendly strap changes (compatible with QuickFit bands).
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery lasts up to 14 hours in GPS mode or 14 days as an activity-tracking smartwatch.
  • In the box: Instinct charging/data cable and documentation.

Tech specs

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Weight 52g
Ideal for
  • Running, fitness and training
  • Swim training
  • Camping and hiking
Face material

Polycarbonate is inexpensive and light, with good clarity and wear-resistance. Mineral crystal glass offers greater clarity and significantly greater wear-resistance. Sapphire crystal is better still for clarity and wear-resistance.

Mineral crystal glass
Wrist strap material Silicone
Display dimensions 2.3 x 2.3cm
IPX rating

Indicates the degree of protection against liquid. IP X1: Dripping water while in normal operating orientation; IP X4: Splashing water; IP X5: Water jets; IP X6: Powerful water jets; IP X7: Immersion up to 1m ≤ 30 minutes; IP X8: Suitable for submersion as specified by manufacturer.

Built-in memory 16MB
Dimensions 4.5 x 4.5 x 1.5cm
Snooze No
Countdown timer Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Electronic compass

An electronic compass allows the user to view their heading in situations where they are either standing still or moving too slowly for the GPS to detect.

12/24 hour format Yes
  • USB
  • Wireless
Lug width 22mm
Low battery warning Yes
Calorie consumption

Calculated based on data from a heart rate monitor.

App compatibility

An online community where members upload, analyze and share activity data.

Garmin Connect
Add maps capability

These units allow you to add maps, so you can mark and name waypoints and create routes on your PC, and then upload the map of your choice to your GPS.

Programmable workouts

Want an easy jog? A fast-paced ride? A workout with lots of variety to keep you on your toes? With programmable workouts you can tailor your training to match whatever you are looking for on a particular day.

New lap auto start

Automatically triggers a new lap after reaching a specified difference.

Heart rate monitor Yes
Distance/time alarm Yes
Interval training Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Auto pause

Automatically pauses timer when you stop or go below a specified pace.

Heart rate in real time

Displays beats per minute during activity.

Calories in real time

Displays calorie expenditure during activity, based on heart rate monitor data.

Speed/cadence sensor

Monitors pedalling cadence and measures pedalling strokes per minute.

Sold separately
Battery life 16-336 h
Chest strap Sold separately
Custom POI

A POI (point of interest) is a specific location that someone may find interesting (i.e., favourite viewpoint, best coffee stop before the trailhead). The custom POI feature allows the user to load only the POI's that interest them onto their GPS unit.

Metric/imperial units format Yes
Power meter

Displays output in watts as you ride.

Not compatible
Unit to unit transfer

Shares data wirelessly between compatible units.


A basic set of map data that is included with the GPS. Basemap detail may vary from unit to unit.

Area calculation Yes
Tide tables Yes
Battery power indicator Yes
Data card Not accepted
Foot pod

Attaches to your shoe, captures your running data (i.e., pace, distance), and transmits it to your heart rate monitor or GPS.

Sold separately
Touch screen No
Heart rate target zones

Displays heart rate zones during activity.

Barometric altimeter

Barometer function helps forecast weather trends. An altimeter can provide one line of position for location on a topo map, useful if the GPS isn't working.

Coded signal

A coded instrument ensures no interference between your chest strap and your watch, necessary if you are training in busy gyms or trails where other signals may be encountered.

Workout history Yes
Wireless sync Yes
WiFi No
Button lock Yes
Batteries Rechargeable battery pack (non-removable)
Haptic feedback Yes
Case diameter 45mm
Virtual partner

Allows user to monitor training goals with either a virtual partner or alarms.

Pause timer

Pauses the timer when slowing or stopping, and automatically resumes when moving again.

Replaceable wrist strap Yes
Pace alarm

An alarm that notifies you if you vary from a pre-set pace.

ANT+ compatible

Ensures seamless digital wireless communication between ANT+ devices. For example, data from an ultra-low power wireless sensor can be displayed on a bike computer or smartphone, then downloaded to a PC, etc.

Product sustainability Rechargeable batteries
Made in Taiwan