- Incredibly versatile, suitable for all outdoor activities
- Rugged, well-built, long-lasting
- Highly accurate GPS, compass, altimeter, barometer, and thermometer
Mobile app iffy, connectivity and syncing issues.
Functionality: If you want a killer watch for outdoor use, this is your top pick. It comes with a 3-axis compass, barometer, altimeter, thermometer, and GPS functionality that will make it impossible to get lost. The software and app can be a tad buggy, but you'll find the multiple built-in programs are compatible with every outdoor activity--from hiking to mountaineering to climbing to cycling to camping to running to backpacking. It's also suitable for everyday use, but it's designed with outdoorsmen in mind.
The GPS functionality keeps the time and date always updated and accurate, and the built-in fitness features--like VO2 estimator, recovery advisor, activity tracker, calorie counter, route planner, and so on--will make this an amazing tool to help you keep up with your fitness efforts. It's compatible with both Android and iOS, plus it can be connected to Garmin's ConnectIQ app for all the features and upgrades that offers.
Durability: The watch bezel is built of stainless steel that's fairly damage-resistant, though some users complain it scratches easily. The sapphire glass (of the 5x Sapphire) won't break for anything, and it's fully water-resisatnt up to 100 meters. The band is prone to breaking, however, so you may need to be prepared to buy a replacement watch band if you plan hardcoure outdoor activities.
Price: At $650, this is on the pricier side, but absolutely worth it if you plan on spending time in the great outdoors. It comes in 3 different sizes to choose from, and you'll find its rich functionality and reliability make it a top-dog pick for a GPS watch.
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