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Rated 5 out of 5 by from best watch I've ever owned I've used and abused this watch on a deployment for a year, and it's still in beautiful condition. Unscratchable! The GPS is accurate and the downloadable apps and widgets make for a user-friendly, customizable experience. A word of caution, many of the widgets you might download need connection with your phone (weather apps in particular download data via your phone) so you may not be able to access that data when your phone doesn't have reception. Otherwise, having data at my fingertips, and the ability to quickly check my grid (the GPS is FAST FAST FAST!) has been invaluable. The fitness data is on point as well. I currently pair it with a Garmin chest strap during PT, and I get accurate readings for my HR. With mixed activity, the battery charge lasts a little over a week (10-ish days). Charging is super fast. If you're on the fence, take the plunge with this watch. You will not regret it.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from No Regrets! I purchased my Garmin Tactix Bravo GPS watch a couple of months ago and I am very pleased with it. Battery life is amazing and the functionality is great as well. I mainly use the watch for the step counting, swimming distance/time, GPS, and the watch face for telling time. I can get a week maybe a little more out of the battery on the regular which is great. The watch band is a really cool feature I enjoy because its really comfortable, comfortable and easy to interchange the different bands. I recently went out of the country on vacation, I wore it all the time hiking and swimming with and it took a beating and still functioned flawlessly. Its ruggedness shined through with no scratches or scrapes on the watch face. I purchased the leather band sold with the Fenix 3 and currently use it with my Tactix Bravo for formal outings and it looks amazing dressed up with the leather band. Also changing the watch face to dressier backgrounds is a cool feature to dress the watch up. This watch is a chameleon of sorts, suiting my casual activities without being to bold but at the same time being able to pull off a formal/dress look at the same time. Best watch Iv owned, I would recommend this for anyone looking for a great all in one watch! I have no regrets buying this awesome Garmin watch.
Date published: 2016-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love my new tactix bravo!!! I love my tactix bravo, and so far a been using it for about week and I'm auto technician field and i was looking for a watch that would stand scratches and stuff from been working on vehicles. i had the f3 sapphire which has the grey bezel and that one it scratch way more then the tactix. I'm glad i made the right decision on returning the f3 sapphire and thanks to rei return policy which is the BEST out there i was able to change it to my new tactix bravo. would i recommend it? YES i would recommend and if you main concern is about scratches then look no further than the TACTIX BRAVO... and by the way the tactix bravo comes with the same software as the fenix 3 and the new fenix 3 hr. other thing i want it to mention was that if you never had a strap before on a watch you might need to replace it with something better than the strap that the watch comes with because in my first week i had blisters around my wrist due to strap that irritate my skin so if that would be a concern with you then have to replace the strap band like I did.
Date published: 2016-04-03
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Questions & Answers

Does this GPS watch (or any for that matter) have any emergency functions when hiking/backpacking in the back country?

Asked by: VI66
This watch (or any watch that we currently stock) does not offer 2 way communications or any type of emergency beacon.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-27

This watch is made in China?

Asked by: Jayjimmy
​This item is made in Taiwan. Please keep in mind the country of origin can change over time and some items are sourced from multiple countries.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-02

How come REI is no longer carrying this watch?  Is there a newer version coming out soon?

Asked by: selmerp
As of October 2016, we are sold out of the Tactix Bravo and will not be receiving more in the near future. A replacement has not been announced at this time.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-10-19

does this come with the nylon strap or the silicone? I want the nylon. How can I order it to make sure I get that strap? Above, it says a replacements has been announced. Has there?

Asked by: saltzoftheearth
​The wrist-band that comes with this watch is silicone. If you want a different material band, we recommend ordering through Garmin.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-04

does this watch tell the temperature also?

Asked by: ronn252
The Tactix Bravo GPS Watch does have an internal temperature sensor.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-17

What is the recommended heart rate monitor recomended for this watch for multipurpose?

Asked by: GreenMachin3
The Garmin HRM 3 Premium Heart Rate Monitor Chest Strap would be a fine choice for the Tactix Bravo. https://www.rei.com/product/859428/garmin-hrm-3-premium-heart-rate-monitor-chest-strap
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-08-21

Is there a way to charge when backpacking ?

Asked by: HobartLives
Yes, the Tactix Bravo GPS Watch can be charged with the Garmin External Battery Pack: https://www.rei.com/product/825373/garmin-external-battery-pack The included charging clip has a USB, so solar battery/chargers with a USB port can charge the watch.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-02-01
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