Garmin Tactix GPS watch
The Tactix from Garmin

Garmin International Inc. went all in with the all new Tactix, a rugged high-sensitivity GPS navigator and ABC watch inspired by the requirements of Law Enforcement and Police Special Operations.

Built for training, exploring, and more, this field-ready wristwatch boasts an altimeter, barometer, 3-axis compass, and extensive tracking capabilities for precise navigation in the field.

It comes preloaded with tide data (U.S. units only) and Jumpmaster software, which could prove invaluable for amphibious and airborne operations. It has a stealth, matte black design with a curved lens and green backlight, so it won’t flare out with night vision devices or compromise the user’s position.

Tactix combines a strong housing with a forged stainless steel rear case to survive shock and impact, and has a scratch-resistant, curved mineral glass lens that reduces “hot spots” from sun reflections.

The watch features a large LCD display with a negative mode liquid crystal display for low light conditions. The black background and green LED backlight won’t flare out with night vision devices.

Tactix is waterproof to 50 meters and has a battery life of up to 50 hours in UltraTrac mode, 16 hours in full GPS mode and five weeks in watch mode. Basic watch functions include alarms, tones, vibration alerts, timer, stopwatch and world clock with the ability to display several time zones, military time and zulu time at once.

A comprehensive navigational toolset allows users to plan trips, create routes, record waypoints (up to 1,000) such as rally points, landing zones or potential campsites. Users can record GPS bread crumb trails on the move, can navigate to coordinates, along a track or route, towards waypoints, geocaches or along any other selected bearing.

A navigation arrow provides clear directional guidance and the TracBack function can guide users back along a previously recorded tracklog. This function provides users peace of mind, knowing that they’re never “lost” and can easily find their way back in case of emergency or bad weather conditions.

Tactix also features a dual-position readout, so users can view their current location in multiple formats, including latitude/longitude and MGRS (military grid reference system) on the display simultaneously, simplifying navigation for professional, search-and-rescue and recreational uses.

The watch comes preloaded with a worldwide basemap that displays cities nearby. Using the BaseCamp desktop and mobile application, tactix users can easily plan trips and share their adventures with friends and family.

Tactix is equipped with both ANT+ capabilities and Bluetooth to wirelessly share tracks, waypoints, routes, and geocaches with other compatible Garmin devices or smartphones with the BaseCamp mobile app. It can also be used as a remote for the new Garmin VIRB action camera.

Equipped with ABC sensors (altimeter, barometer and compass) Tactix provides users with relevant, real-time information. The built-in altimeter provides elevation data to accurately monitor ascent and descent, and the barometer can be used to predict weather changes by showing short-term trends in air pressure. Users can keep their bearings the with 3-axis electronic compass, no matter if they’re moving or not.

Using its GPS receiver, Tactix can auto-calibrate its ABC sensors and auto set the time based on location. For an extremely accurate temperature reading, not influenced by the wearer’s body temperature, the watch can be paired with tempe, Garmin’s external temperature sensor.

Tactix provides real-time performance data, such as distance, pace, cadence (sensor sold separately), and calories, helping users keep track of their progress during physical training (PT), or other fitness activities.

The watch is compatible with the premium heart rate monitor for heart rate info, and with the speed/cadence sensor for distance, speed and cadence while on a bike. The displayed data fields are fully customizable right from the watch.

The new Garmin Tactix has an MSRP of $449.99.

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