Garmin is on a roll with product releases lately. Just as the VIRB action camera and Edge Touring are now ready to order, Garmin rolls out a new GPS watch, the Tactix. Inspired by Special Ops team requirements with enhanced tracking capability, this sleek and stealth looking watch is great for exploring the outdoors.
The rugged Tactix features an altimeter, barometer, 3-axis compass, and high-sensitivity GPS. Waterproof to 50 meters, the watch can run up to 50 hours in GPS mode (5 weeks in watch mode) on one charge. A stainless steel rear case is impact resistant, while the scratch-proof mineral lens is curved to reduce sun glare. The large LCD display can been seen in low light conditions and something all of you wanting to go undercover in the backcountry will be happy to know, the green backlight doesn't flare out for night vision goggles to see.
For all you surfers and jumpers, the Tactix comes preloaded with tide data and Jumpmaster software. The GPS watch also comes preloaded with a worldwide basemap that displays cities nearby in case you have been kidnapped and dropped somewhere unknown.
The Tactix navigational tools enable you to plan trips, create routes, and record up to 1,000 waypoints. While you are out on an adventure, the GPS watch can be used to record bread crumb trails, navigate towards certain coordinates, waypoints, simple bearings, or along a specified track and route. A large arrow on the LCD screen tells you exactly which direction to go. The TracBack function ensures you will never get lost, as you can simply navigate back along a previously recorded route.
The Tactix GPS watch is equipped with both ANT+ (for pairing with sensors) and Bluetooth to wirelessly share tracks, waypoints, and routes, with other compatible Garmin devices or smartphones with the BaseCamp mobile app. Doubly cool is that the Tactix works as a remote for the new VIRB action camera.
The new Garmin Tactix retails for $449.99 and is available to order now.