Garmin Descent G1 Solar
The Garmin Descent G1 Solar is powered with a solar smartwatch module. Although the brand keeps the details of the Descent G1 Solar’s microprocessor close to the vest, the dive computer’s battery is robust, with Garmin claiming a maximum life of four months after a full solar charge. Garmin pairs this module to an extensive sensor suite, including a GPS tracker, a heart rate monitor, a barometric altimeter, a compass, a gyroscope, an accelerometer, a thermometer, a depth sensor, a pulse blood oxygenation monitor, and more. To complete the package, Garmin mounts the watch on a case-matching textured strap in silicone.
The touch-sensitive 176-by-176-pixel MIP dial of the Garmin Descent G1 Solar is optimised for underwater use, but offers additional suites of features to make this a reasonable choice for day-to-day wear. Its circular subdial at 2 o’clock draws the eye immediately in initial images, allowing each customisable dial display to highlight vital information at a glance.
The Descent G1 Solar offers customisable display options aimed at every level of underwater enthusiast, from recreational free divers to technical diving professionals. The amount of available telemetry is robust here, ranging from dive modes for single and multiple gas dives including options for air, nitrox, trimix, and 100% oxygen, to tracking information for apnea, apnea hunt, gauge, and closed-circuit rebreather divers.
Divers can track depth, dive time, water temperature, ascent and descent rates, current gas mix, decompression stops, and standard time during dives, and the Descent G1 Solar offers further complications tailored specifically towards spear fishing as well. Thanks to integrated GPS tracking, the Descent G1 Solar can also be used to mark surface entry and exit points automatically during a dive, and log key details such as maximum depth and overall dive time in the available Garmin Dive app.
When paired with a portable satellite communicator, the Descent G1 Solar can even deliver an interactive SOS message in the event of a diving accident. Outside of diving options, the Descent G1 Solar’s customisable dial displays and solid suite of connected features makes this more than a specialist tool. For athletes outside of diving, the Descent G1 Solar offers a broad range of fitness tracking complications from in-depth sleep monitoring to heart rate tracking, recovery time monitoring, HIIT workout monitoring, daily workout tracking, VO2 max, and tailored workout tracking suites for hiking, running, golf, yoga, swimming, and the brand’s integrated Surfline Widget for surfers. The Descent G1 Solar also offers the usual smartwatch suite of mobile connectivity options, including sending and receiving messages, customisable app notifications, and hands-free payment through Garmin Pay.
Garmin Descent G1 is also available in store!