Garmin Instinct 2X Solar vs. 2 Solar: Should you upgrade?

The Garmin Instinct 2X Solar launched this April, less than a year after the original Instinct 2 Solar blew us away with its long-lasting battery. With the 2X, Garmin shifted the definition of “long-lasting” even further, while adding a few new tools like an LED flashlight and more accurate tracking. 

But do you need these new tools if you already own the Instinct 2 Solar; and if you see the older model on sale, should you save some money? It’s a fair question, given the Instinct 2X Solar’s size will be a problem for some people. As the person who reviewed the Instinct 2 Solar, and is currently testing the Instinct 2X Solar, I’m here to help you decide. 

Garmin Instinct 2X Solar vs. 2 Solar: Design and display

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The Garmin Instinct 2X Solar and 2 Solar side-by-side

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Garmin’s “X” variant watches usually arrive fairly soon after the original models, upgrading them in a few key ways. While the differences between the Instinct 2X Solar vs. 2 Solar are significant, Garmin obviously didn’t make too many changes in such a short span.