Smartwatches are everywhere these days. All across the US, it’s hard to leave your home without seeing someone with an Apple Watch or Samsung Galaxy Watch on their wrist. While these pieces of wearable tech may have good applicability in day-to-day life, the uses for shooting have been a bit more limited – until now. Garmin has taken their Tactix Delta smartwatch and partnered on a version with Applied Ballistics, and it’s also solar-powered. In a July 8th press release, they say:
OLATHE, Kan. -(BUSINESS WIRE)- Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the expansion of its solar charging technology to its Instinct, fēnix 6 and 6S, and tactix Delta adventure smartwatches. Building on the success of Garmin’s first solar charging adventure watch, the fēnix 6X – Pro Solar, these new solar editions allow customers to “Do What They Love Longer” through significantly increased battery life and new purpose-built functionality including surf, mountain biking and climbing activities...
The tactix Delta – Solar Edition is the fourth generation of the tactix family, which is developed on the fēnix series platform. Built to military standards (MIL-STD-810), the tactix Delta – Solar Edition uses solar charging to extend battery life and Power Manager mode to provide up to 21 days indoors and up to 24 days with sufficient solar exposure.
Mission-ready features on the tactix Delta – Solar Edition include stealth mode, which disables location sharing and wireless connectivity, and a kill switch to wipe all user memory. The rugged, sophisticated design features an always-on 1.4” display, scratch-resistant sapphire lens, black DLC-coated steel bezel, black PVD-coated steel rear cover and all-new military-inspired black tactical nylon QuickFit® band with reinforced stitching and exposed black metal hardware.
With specialized tactical features as well as mapping, music, advanced training and the same smart features from the fēnix 6 family, the tactix Delta – Solar Edition is built for demanding field use and everyday wear.
Although the $1399.99 MSRP is hefty compared with many other smartwatch options, plenty of shooters opt to wear traditional timepieces from makers like Omega or Rolex that fetch much higher prices. And while those elegant chronometers may feature fine craftsmanship and timeless style, they don’t come with GPS functionality or a ballistics calculator, like the Garmin/Applied Ballistics collaboration does. If you like this watch’s capabilities and decide to get one, please comment below and let us know about your experience with it. See you at the range!