Garmin Tactix Bravo

Garmin Tactix Bravo

By Jim Draper

Garmin is a well-known name in the GPS and communication industry, but many don’t know that they also create some very nice watches that are very useful to us hunters. I have never really been one to wear a watch but when I got the chance to test out the Garmin Bravo Tactix watch I was very excited. The Bravo Tactix is not only built to withstand almost anything we can put it through but also has many great and very useful features. The Tactix features a protective stainless steel bezel and buttons, and reinforced housing for extra durability, a high-strength domed sapphire face, Omni-directional stainless steel EXO™ antenna, with GPS/GLONASS satellite reception to guide you on and off the beaten path using GPS plus ABC (altimeter, barometer and compass). The GPS is one of my favorite features because it allows me to get in and out of hunting areas without needing to pack in a handheld gps, so it cuts down weight in my backpack. The Bravo Tactix also pairs with your smart phone to receive texts, email, and phone calls. The Altimeter, Barometer and Compass are very helpful tools while packing into the mountains or backcountry to help keep you from getting lost or caught in inclement weather. The Bravo Tactix is loaded with features and also looks good enough to wear out on the town.

True Performance Meets Tactical Functionality

  • 1.2-inch high-resolution, sunlight-readable Garmin Chroma Display™ with high-strength domed sapphire lens, capable of switching between 2 modes: day use and night vision goggle compatibility
  • Omni-directional stainless steel EXO™ antenna, with GPS/GLONASS satellite reception, has the ability to track in more challenging environments
  • All-black, rugged and durable design inspired by the requirements of tactical gear intended for use in the field
  • Knurled bezel with a black diamond-like carbon (DLC) coating for increased abrasion resistance and black PVD-coated stainless steel buttons, knurled start/stop button, rear case plate and screws
  • Tactical specific features like Jumpmaster, projected waypoints, dual-format GPS coordinate data and TracBack®
  • Battery life: up to 2 weeks in smartwatch mode (depending on settings), up to 20 hours in GPS mode or up to 50 hours in UltraTrac™ battery saver mode

The Bravo is not an inexpensive watch but well worth the price for everything it can do. Check it out at

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