To be perfectly prepared for an outdoor adventure, you need not only the right clothing, but also the ideal technical equipment. With outdoor Smartwatches, even the most difficult terrain in the countryside, the water or in the mountains can be easily mastered. Without it, it can be difficult to stay on the right track and adjust to the weather conditions when you are on the road for a while. It is very beneficial that you always have to keep it close to your wrist, and you must not worry about losing it.
Which Smartwatches are best suited for hikers, mountaineers, water sports enthusiasts and lovers of nature.
Casio – Smart Outdoor Watch
Particularly suitable for: hikers and lovers of the open outdoors
The Casio Smart Outdoor Watch is particularly suitable for hiking adventurers and nature lovers who attach great importance to functionality, according to timedictionary. It is very robust and has a dual-layer display. This system consists of a monochrome and a color LCD display. This allows the Smartwatch to be turned on to a power-saving timer mode, and to display the time data in black and white while the apps are not in use. The display is controlled by the pushers on the housing edge, so it does not have a touch display. In order to be protected against water as well, a watertightness certification of 5 ATM ensures that the watch can also come into contact with water. In Smartwatch mode, the battery will last 1-2 days.
The Smart Outdoor Watch from Casio is equipped with Android Wear as an operating system and can be connected with Android or Apple smartphones via Bluetooth 4.1 or Wlan. On the Android smartphone, however, Android must run at least version 4.3 with Android, while iOS 8.2 has to be installed and you have to use at least one iPhone 5 or higher.
For a reliable outdoor watch from Casio, it includes a lot of sensors to integrate into the Smartwatch. With the pressure sensor the air pressure and the height can be measured. Another is the motion sensor and gyrometer. A magnetic compass was installed in the SmartWatch to turn in the right direction. Like most Smartwatches, the Casio also records your activity and is evaluated for you. Many weather functions that are also important and incorporated for a hike are the display of sunrise and sunset to arrive in time at the hostel, the real-time display of rain and snowfall and the display of the local weather situation. For hiking along the sea there is the tide-graphic, so you will not be surprised by the flood.
Last but not least we look at the design of the Casio WSD-F10. The Smartwatch is available in two different colors: orange and black. It is anything but a delicate model, because the outside dimensions of the case are approximately 61.7mm x 56.4mm x 15.7mm (H x W x D). However, it weighs comparatively little: only 93 grams. Furthermore, the urethane plastic bracelet, which is very adaptable, ensures a comfortable wearing comfort over a longer period of time. In order to be able to operate the watch also with gloves, the large control buttons have an anti-slip coating.
Garmin – Fenix 3 Sapphire HR
Best for: multi-athletes (hikers, climbers, boaters, cyclists, triathletes, …)
The Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire HR is a true all-rounder, as it can be for all outdoor activities by various User profiles. The diverse and high-quality properties are evident in all areas. The Fenix 3 has a Chroma color display, as well as a negative LCD, so that everything can be read perfectly even in the sun. Like the Casio WSD-F10, the display can not be controlled via a touch screen, but via the push buttons on the housing edge. However, it is GPS-capable and can score as a reliable companion. In UltraTrac mode, the battery life is up to 40 hours, 16 hours in GPS mode, and up to 2 weeks in Smart Watch mode. The watertightness of this watch is 10 ATM which corresponds to the water pressure at a depth of 100 meters. Swimming is possible with the clock.
The watch is fully compatible with Bluetooth, Android, IOS or Windows Mobile smartphones. With the Garmin Connect Mobile App, all your data can be stored and evaluated.
The Garmin Fenix 3 has basic functions such as a timer function, a stop function, an alarm function, barometer and altimeter. In addition, the alarms can be adjusted, for example, for sunrise and sunset, which can be perceived acoustically, visually or by vibration. The Fenix has many outdoor functions.With the back-to-start function, you can be returned to the starting point of the activity by GPS navigation when you have run out. The typical Smartwatch features such as the ActivityTracker, the notifications and the music function are enhanced by innovative features. This allows you to use individual features for running, cycling, swimming, fishing, hunting or golfing.
The Fenix 3 is not exactly a delicate watch and measures 51.5 mm x 51.5 mm x 16 mm (H × W × D). But the case shows a very simple but sporty design. The bracelet is made of silicone and offers a comfortable wearing comfort.However, it can be replaced if necessary because the watch has a quick-change function. The Fenix 3 Sapphier HR can also be operated very well with gloves thanks to its large control knobs.
Garmin – Quatix Bravo Marine
Particularly suitable for: water sports (sailing, fishing, surfing, …)
The Garmin Quatix Bravo Marine is particularly suitable for water sports but also shows good performance in the country. Just like the Fenix, the Quatix Bravo has a Chroma color display with LED lighting. The buttons of the watch are made of stainless steel and have an integrated, high-sensitivity GPS and GLONASS antenna. In GPS mode, the battery life is up to 20 hours, while the UltraTrac energy saving mode can run for 50 hours at a time, keeping the battery in the clock mode for up to 6 weeks. The Smartwatch has a water tightness of 10 ATM which corresponds to the pressure at a depth of 100 meters, so the watch can also be worn during water sports activities.
Like the Fenix, the Garmin Quatix Bravo Marine is fully compatible with Android, IOS, or Windows Mobile smartphones. The Garmin Connect mobile app offers the possibility to store and evaluate all data. Features The Smartwatch is at home on the water and provides important functions related to water sports. Local time data, regatta data, fishing counter, competition bucket and anchor monitoring are just a few of many special features. In addition to these functions, the Quatix Bravo also has typical smartwatch functions, for example, to measure the activity. However, in order to be well-equipped in the country, a compass, an altimeter and a barometer are indispensable. The comprehensive GPS functions show up with a track and waypoint navigation. The ascent and descent can be monitored and planned using local weather data. Design The Quatix is also one of the brighter candidates with its housing dimensions, which also measures 51.5 mm x 51.5 mm x 16 mm (H × W × T). The design of the display can be individually modified and adapted to the respective sport. As is typical for outdoor watches and especially for watches that are used on the water, the Garmin Smartwatch also has a practical silicone bracelet. The bracelet of the watch is either in a simple black or a blue suitable for the water.
Nixon – The Mission
Best for: surfing and snowboarding fans
The Nixon “The Mission” is mainly for surfing and snowboarding fans a helpful companion. It is particularly robust and does not allow moisture to penetrate the inside of the watch. With a waterproofness of 10
ATM you can go with the Nixon Mission without any doubts into the water. So that you can read your data under all conditions, a large AMOLED screen was installed. The recharge time at the Nixon is unfortunately only 24 hours in constant use. With QuickCharge 2.0, however, the battery with 400 mAh is back in just under an hour.
It is equipped with Android Wear as an operating system and can be connected via Bluetooth with Android as of 4.3 as well as with iOS 8.2 or later.Through the “Nixon Mission” app of the same name, you can access not only the evaluated data, but also useful applications for the sport.
As a true outdoor watch, the Mission also has the standard features such as a compass, a thermometer and a barometer, as well as a GPS receiver, to ensure the best possible performance. It goes without saying that all functions of a typical smartphone can also be found on the watch. So you are always informed about the latest news. Helpful evaluations and statistics from the app ensure that you get a detailed look at your activity. You can also use the clock to monitor the level of your flight into the mountains and manage your music, for example. In collaboration with the app Snocountry and the app Surfline, you can get the latest snow reports and resort and surfinfos directly on your wrist. With the Nixon Mission you can also control the camera of your smartphone, the recording of reminders or the weather situation by voice command.
Despite the very robust housing it is surprisingly easy to wear on the wrist.You can even choose the color of the housing yourself and also adapt the box mount as you like it best. It is also the same with the touch display, which you can either design individually or put on an analog display. The gritty gorilla is resistant to strong impacts and is therefore a reliable companion on the snow or the water. The bracelet is made of 100% silicone, so it is always comfortable to wear it on the wrist.