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Garmin Tactix

Product Code: GARTAC

The Garmin Tactix is a watch that has GPS capabilities. It is known as an ABC watch which means it features a altimeter, barometer and a 3-axis compass. It will also calculate distance, pace, cadence and calories so you can measure your effort and performance.

You can share routes and waypoints using BaseCamp software. You can connect using ANT+ technology and Bluetooth to a compatible Garmin devices or a smartphone and you can also control VIRB action cameras too.

The Garmin Tactix is also compatible with a heart rate monitor, speed/cadence bike sensor and a foot pod which can be used indoors or outdoors.



Garmin Tactix has been discontinued.

The latest Garmin tactix multi-sport GPS watch is the Garmin tactix Delta Sapphire Edition (pictured below).

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The Garmin Tactix is a GPS navigational watch with many features and varied functionality. It is an ABC watch meaning it features an altimeter, barometer and compass. It is waterproof up to 50 meters, is rugged and scratch-resistant, can survive shocks and features a curved lens. Furthermore it has an LCD screen with green LED. The battery life of the watch is 50 hours (in GPS mode) and up to 5 weeks (in watch mode).

The Garmin Tactix has an altimeter, barometer and compass. The altimeter will display elevation data showing ascent and descent information. The barometer will predict weather based on short-term air-pressure changes. Plus the 3-axis compass will keep your bearing whether you are moving or not.

If you are looking for a wrist watch that specifically connects to your marine chartplotter we recommend that you consider buying the Garmin Quatix instead.

The Garmin Tactix will calculate performance data such as distance, pace, cadence and calories. It will also work with heart rate monitor, speed/cadence bike sensor and a foot pod which can be used indoors or outdoors.

You can use the Garmin Tactix to create routes and navigate to coordinates. You can also use BaseCamp software to share routes with friends and family. The Garmin Tactix can be connected using ANT+ technology to other compatible Garmin devices or a smartphone. Plus it is bluetooth enabled to allow wireless sharing of tracks and waypoints. You can also control VIRB and VIRB Elite action cameras. Furthermore when used with a tempe external temperature sensor it can measure the temperature.

The Tactix is equipped with sun/moon information and hunt/fish calendar. It also features all the basics you would expect from a watch including alarms, tones, vibration alerts, a timer, stopwatch and world clock (with several time zones at once). The Tactix will also automatically set the time based on location.

It also features a TracBack feature to enable you to get back to your starting point which may be a campsite or your vehicle. The Tactix can also store 1,000 waypoints and 10,000 track points.

Garmin Tactix Features

‣Sleek, slim design
‣LCD monochrome screen
‣3 axis compass
‣Waterproof to 50 metres
‣Sun/Moon information and Hunt/fish calendar
‣Temperature sensor (Optional)
‣Calculate performance data such as distance, pace, cadence and calories.
‣Optional heart rate monitor, speed/cadence bike sensor and a foot pod
‣Create routes and navigate to coordinates
‣TracBack feature
‣Battery life 50 hours (GPS mode) and up to 5 weeks (watch mode)
‣Connects with VIRB and VIRB Elite
‣Supports ANT+ and Bluetooth technology)
‣BaseCamp software allows you to share routes with friends and family

What's in the box? (when purchased from

‣Tactix GPS watch
‣USB/Charging cable
‣AC adapter with plug
‣Quickstart manual

Garmin Tactix Technical Specification

‣Technology: GPS
‣Display size: 1.2-inch (3.1cm) diameter
‣Display resolution: 70 x 70 pixels
‣Display type: Monochrome LCD
‣Touchscreen: No
‣Barometric Altimeter: Yes
‣Waterproof: IEC 60529 IPX7 (50m)
‣Battery life: 16 hours (GPS mode), 5 weeks (watch mode)
‣Dimensions: Width - 49mm, Height - 49mm, Depth - 17mm. (4.9 x 4.9 x 1.7cm)
‣Weight: 82g
‣Guarantee: 1-year
Garmin Tactix manual

Manual requires Adobe Acrobat Reader
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This product is a sophisticated electronic device which requires that you read, understand, and act upon the information given in the instruction manual (usually available via the above 'manual' link). You will need internet access and, in accordance with the manufacturers’ recommendations, regularly seek out and accept all firmware or software updates offered by the manufacturer. All GPS devices need to ‘see’ the satellites in the sky. Therefore you will need to know that your vehicle does not have glass that will block or impede the GPS signal.

Updates to this product are via the internet. At this product page we state compatibility with specific versions of current internet connection devices, for example: PC, laptop, MAC, smartphone etc. The Consumer Contract Regulations allow you 14 days, from receipt of purchase, to check compatibility with your internet connection device/s. If you choose to replace or update your PC, MAC etc. neither we nor the manufacturer will be responsible if the new/replacement Operating System (OS) is not compatible with the purchased product.

Why buy from us?

We are official Authorised Internet Retailers for Garmin. We sell genuine Garmin products, accessories and maps. We purchase from assigned Garmin UK distributors. We do not buy on the grey market and we do not sell counterfeit products. You can rest assured that by purchasing from ActiveGPS you will receive the full support of Garmin.

Page updated: 15th March 2024

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