Looking for an altimeter watch. Really only need 2 key functions for my use. Tracks distance and altitude. Battery life for a few days minimum without charging also because will use for backpacking. My goal is Mount Whitney this year and have already applied for lottery permit for dates. I was looking at the Garmin Instinct Solar GPS Watch. Seems to have good reviews but lots of functions I do not think I would need and at $400 little pricey but not afraid to spend it. Was trying to find something cheaper but reviews for cheaper ones all had mixed reviews.
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Hi @Quizzer - Thanks for reaching out! It's great to hear you are training for Mount Whitney.
As you've seen, the Garmin Instinct Solar does have a lot of features beyond the altimeter and distance tracking, with its solar capabilities and battery life being a highlight. Because it should have the power to stay on throughout trips of a few days, you could eventually find that some of those additional bells and whistles are nice to have around.
There are a lot of other watches available, but the less expensive options do not have a battery meant to last multiple days while using the GPS. Smartwatches are a popular subject here in the community, so might you also want to take a look at these conversations on the topic: