Garmin offers a wide range of smartwatches that sync with its inReach technology using the InReach Remote capability. If you are trying to decide which Garmin smartwatch to buy, we recommend the fēnix 7, but make sure whatever one you pick is compatible with your Garmin inReach device.
Here are the inReach devices that are compatible with Garmin smartwatches:
- Alpha 200i
- GPSMap 66i
- GPSMap 86i
- GPSMap 86sci
- InReach Messenger
- InReach Mini
- InReach Mini 2
- Montana 700i
- Montana 750i
There are many different styles of Garmin smartwatches depending on your preferences, but our choice for the best smartwatch that’s also compatible with inReach devices is the fēnix® 7 Garmin smartwatch. For around $799.99 depending on the retailer, you get a solar-charged smartwatch with powerful features to help improve your health and fitness and manage your waking hours, including:
- Built-in apps for outdoor sports like hiking, biking, climbing, backcountry skiing, and surfing
- Sleep tracking to measure the quantity and quality of your sleep
- Heart rate, respiration, and pulse oxygen sensors
- Hydration tracking
- Step counting
- Location tracking and sharing
With InReach Remote capabilities, you can pair your Garmin smartwatch with your Garmin inReach device. This will let you do a few important inReach device actions from your smartwatch , such as sending SOS alerts, sending custom messages, sending check-in messages, viewing message replies, and stopping or starting tracking.
Why we chose it: This Garmin smartwatch is at a midrange price point (compared to other Garmin watches) and offers an impressive range of features that can help any physically active, outdoorsy person live a healthier, fuller, and even safer life. It’s also compatible with Garmin inReach devices, letting you conduct certain actions directly from your smartwatch, without having to use your inReach device.
Unlike Garmin inReach satellite communicators, Garmin smartwatches do not require a subscription to Garmin inReach satellite service. But if you want to use the inReach Remote capability with your smartwatch, you will need to have both an inReach device and a satellite subscription plan
Deciding which smartwatch to buy depends on your overall lifestyle, personal preferences, and whether or not you already own Garmin inReach satellite devices.
If you are a dedicated Apple fan who uses an iPhone and MacBook, you might want an Apple watch to align with the rest of your Apple devices. You might be able to find a comparably priced (or lower-priced) Fitbit smartwatch if all you really want is something fitness-focused without the extra safety measures of a Garmin watch.
However, if keeping your smartwatch connected to your satellite communicator for safety during your outdoor escapades is important to you in addition to fitness tracking features, then the Garmin fēnix 7 smartwatch might be a good choice.