Garmin Tactix Bravo review

Garmin Tactix Bravo Review

Garmin Tactix Bravo

Garmin Tactix Bravo

The Garmin Tactix Bravo GPS watch is an upgraded version to the Tactix watch released a couple of years ago. This carbon coated wearable is basically a normal smartwatch only on steroids that offers a wide range of tactical endeavors including GPS navigation and HALO jumps. Garmin is one of the biggest names in the fitness wearable arena, but in recent times has introduced a few wearable military gears  – the Tactix Bravo being one of its elite models.

Even though the original Tactix was a hit itself, the Tactix Bravo adds a whole lot of features to the mix starting with its night vision screen. This simply means that the screen of the Tactix Bravo is now optimized for night vision goggles, making it a great fit for both a covert mission as well as a weekend warrior adventure. The key differences between the Tactix and Tactix Bravo include:

  • 218 x 218 pixels; transflective MIP color; sapphire lens
  • Color display
  • 100 meters water resistance
  • EXO™ antenna
  • Connect IQ™ app support

The all new Tactical Mode allows you to display two sets of coordinates on one screen. The Tactix Bravo is available in two versions – black with black nylon (black or olive colors) strap and black with black silicone band. Apart from its special operations features, the Garmin Tactix Bravo also offers all the features one would expect from a class leading fitness wearable including advanced workout recording, daily tracking and Bluetooth Remote control for Garmin’s action cameras.

What’s in the Box?

Garmin Tactix Bravo

Garmin Tactix Bravo

Black with Silicone Band

  • Tactix Bravo
  • AC adapter with plug
  • User guide
  • USB charging clip

Black with Black Nylon Strip

  • Device with black nylon strap
  • USB charging clip
  • Olive drab nylon strap
  • User guide
  • AC adapter with plug

Highlights of the Tactix Bravo

  • Sunlight readable display
  • All black rugged design
  • PVC coated stainless steel buttons
  • EXO antenna completes with GPS and GLONASS support
  • Long battery life

Design and Use

Measuring 2” by 2” and with a thickness of 0.6”, the Garmin Tactix Bravo is not a  small smartwatch, but this is something you’d expect from a military style wearable. It is appointed with a sapphire, scratch resistant color screen, which has its bezel optimized for night vision goggles. Adding to this, the Tactix Bravo is outfitted with a host of sensors and toolsets that make it a perfect fit for exploration, navigation and military training.

It even features an EXO antenna complete with GPS and GLONASS support and backed by some pretty serious software to aid in both aerial and land missions. The Garmin Tactix Bravo brings also TracBack feature, which allows you to store an astounding 1,000 waypoints anywhere in the globe and navigate back to the starting point with ease. The Jumpmaster software allows the Tactix Bravo to initiate different jump types when you’re up in the air.

The Garmin Tactix is appointed with PVC-Coated black stainless steel buttons for added durability and ruggedness. Navigating around the various screens of the Tactix is easy as well with this small array of buttons to guide you to up, down, back, action, and backlight. After you’ve selected your desired option, simply press the action button to select that option, whereas hitting the action button directly from the main display will bring up a list of a number of activities that you can perform.

Garmin Tactix Bravo

Garmin Tactix Bravo

This military style wearable arrives pre-programmed with a wide range of tactical features including jumpmaster activity, tactical activity profile, and projected waypoints. The two most notable modes are Jumpmaster and Tactical mode,  which combine three modes – HAHO, HALO, and Static line, and is geared towards military rather than civilian jumps. The Tactical mode enables GPS and another sensor to capture additional metrics.

Powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, the Tactix Bravo is good for roughly 20 hours in GPS mode and an amazing 50 hours in Ultra-Trac mode and six weeks in “watch only” mode.

Pairing the Garmin Tactix with your smartphone or fitness sensors is extremely easy thanks to the onsite ANT+ and Bluetooth connectivity. Once successfully paired with your smartphone, the multisport watch will send your daily activity to Garmin Connect app. The Garmin Tactix Bravo is also able to pair with other fitness apps in the app store such as My Fitness Pal. This information proves extremely valuable regardless if you’re just trying to track your calories burned during your daily activities or you’re on a regimented diet and exercise plan.

Apart from being a military style fitness tracker, the Garmin Tactix Bravo is also a smartwatch, therefore, has the ability to show alerts for emails, texts, and app notifications on the crisp Garmin Chroma display, which is sunlight readable. With its onboard night vision mode, you can change the display’s color scheme and light output to match your night vision equipment. This mode is particularly useful if you play airsoft night games with night vision goggles.

Additionally, the Tactix Bravo smart fitness watch can also be paired with a Garmin VIRB XE action camera to capture high definition footage. With regards to fitness tracking, the Garmin Tactix Bravo doesn’t disappoint with advanced training modes to track real-time performance such as pace, distance, calories burned as well as advanced running dynamics including ground contact time balance, stride length and vertical ratio plus physiological measurements such as stress score, lactate threshold and performance condition1.

Garmin Tactix Bravo

Garmin Tactix Bravo

Another noteworthy feature of the Tactix Bravo is its onsite GPS receiver, which allows the unit to display your current path as well as waypoint information. Adding to this, the device will also display your current location in MGRS – an important metric for those in the military. The Garmin IQ website even allows you to download extra pages to the device and offers an excellent choice of watch faces, speedometers, navigation data and more.

Pros of the Garmin Tactix Bravo

  • Onsite GPS
  • Ability to download watch faces, speedometers and navigation data from Gamin IQ website
  • Several advanced training modes
  • Email, text and app notifications
  • Jumpmaster and Tactical mode
  • EXO antenna completes with GPS and GLONASS support
  • Preloaded with tactical features
  • Sapphire scratch resistant screen coated display

Cons of the Garmin Tactix Bravo

  • A little on the expensive side

Final Thoughts

The Garmin Tactix Bravo might seem like a wearable for Rambo or G.I., but it is designed for anyone looking for a robust fitness device that is able to track a wide range of advanced metrics. It offers a superior battery life and can even be connected with the Garmin I.Q. website to download additional watch faces and speedometers. Additionally, the Tactix Bravo  offers email, call and text notifications so you have an all round fitness and smartphone right on your wrist.

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