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Garmin Tactix Bravo Review

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The Garmin Tactix Bravo is a highly functional GPS and multisport training watch ideal for any hardcore adventurers or fitness enthusiasts.

The military grade watch is rugged, durable and stylish and has a multitude of different features to suit your specific needs, whether you are looking to utilise some of its more advanced features or use it as a regular smart watch.

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Garmin Tactix Bravo - Best Overall (5/5)

Garmin Tactix Bravo Review

The Garmin Tactix Bravo is built for serious outdoorsmen. It is a stylish all-black multisport and GPS training watch. It is durable and rugged; its face is protected by a domed sapphire lens and a specifically designed knurled bezel. The watch is covered in a carbon coating to help prevent scratching.

The Garmin Tactix Bravo is great for both navigation and fitness tracking. It has an EXO antenna, which makes getting a signal much easier when way off road, along with GPS and GLONASS support.

The watch has great fitness tracking features; it has advanced workout recording, daily tracking and the ability to track real-time performance such as pace, calories burnt and other sport specific information.

The Garmin Chroma sunlight readable colour display with a special mode that makes it easier to read in bright light as well as gives you the option to pair it with night vision goggles.

Other helpful features include a compass, a barometer to help you better predict the weather and a built-in altimeter which helps you monitor your ascent and descent while hiking etc.

The Garmin Tactix Bravo is a smart watch and can be paired with your smartphone via Bluetooth. You can sync and store data on the Garmin Connect app.

You are also able to receive notifications such as text and email notifications on your Garmin Tactix Bravo.​

The watch is also compatible with other fitness apps you may be using to help track your physical progress.

There are also a number of more advanced functions to utilise if you are in the military, but most people probably won’t need to use these features.

You can also enjoy the great battery life that comes with the watch. It can last up to 50 hours on UltraTrac mode, 20 hours on GPS mode and up to 3 weeks in smartphone mode.

Along with your watch you will also receive a USB clip for charging, an AC adapter, standard instruction manual and an extra strap.

What We Like
  • Good battery life
  • GPS/GLONASS and UltraTrac mode
  • Night vision mode compatibility
  • Easy to navigate
  • Full multisport capabilities and activity/sleep tracking
  • Durable
  • Comfortable
  • Stylish enough to wear every day
What We Dislike
  • Expensive
  • A lot of features that may not be fully utilised by people
  • Not touch screen
  • Large face
  • The knurled Bezel sometimes snags on clothing
Key Takeaway

The Garmin Tactix Bravo is an exceptional multi-functional watch. It is durable, tracks your activity and is easy to use and read both day and night. However, it is expensive and many of the functions will be deemed useless to most users.

This watch is designed for more hardcore adventurers, outdoorsmen and athletes. If all you are looking for is a simple fitness tracking watch there are certainly cheaper options out there.

Key Features 

Comfort

Although the Garmin Tactix Bravo has a relatively large face, it is lightweight and comfortable to wear. It has a comfortable strap made of flexible materials. The “ballistic nylon” strap is durable and comfortable enough to wear as an everyday accessory

Durability

The Garmin Tactix Bravo is fairly expensive and at that price you definitely want a watch that will last. With this watch you get what you pay for; it is highly durable and resistant.

It is water-rated to 100m and is reinforced in ultra-strong glass fibre for extra durability. The watch is scratch resistant and designed to withstand harsh conditions.

Navigation

The Garmin Tactix Bravo comes with comprehensive navigating and tracking functionalities to help guide you in any outdoor situation. It comes with a GPS plus GLONASS for increased coverage accuracy as well as a stainless-steel antenna to make getting coverage easier when way off road.

The TracBack feature helps you navigate back to your starting position in case you get lost. The GPS also records a track log as you move so you can track your movements and allows you to mark certain important locations.

The presence of an altimeter, barometer and compass also make it easier for you to gauge the kind of environment you will be in, so you can avoid any nasty surprises on your route.

Connectivity

Smart notifications let you receive emails, texts and alerts on your watch even when you’re on the trail. The watch receives a wireless signal from your compatible smartphone.

The data tracked by your watch will also be automatically uploaded to the Garmin Connect online fitness community.

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