Top Ten Outdoor Watches

Top Ten Outdoor Watches for the Action Man

Mountain lovers can already enjoy the latest technology on their routes thanks to these modern hiking watches. Here's a detailed discussion of the Top Ten Outdoor Watches. 

More technologically advanced, these handy watches help us with an altimeter, a barometer, a compass, a GPS and other features. They also allow us to determine our average speed, the number of calories we have burned or the distance we have left until we reach our destination. Built with modern and contemporary designs, these watches can be used by mountaineers, backpackers, travelers or any lover of outdoor activities.

I bring you an analysis of the top ten outdoor watches of the year so you can see the news, the differences between them, their characteristics and their designs.

Check out other articles to find the best watches for adventure sports, military watches and mountain gps!

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Considerations to keep in mind before choosing the best mountaineering watches


A good mountain watch should have many more features than a regular watch. They are usually equipped with GPS, thermometer, barometer, compass and altimeter. Although some of them do not have GPS, I think it is an important factor when it comes to buying a good watch.

The altimeter tells you how high you are, the thermometer and barometer give you an idea of the weather, and the GPS and compass help you locate your position.


We have to look at quality and durability. These watches are specially designed to withstand extreme situations, scratches, impacts, low temperatures and water.

Comparison of Top Ten Outdoor Watches



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Garmin Fenix 3, Sapphire

2.9 oz



Garmin Tactix Bravo

3.2 oz



Suunto Ambit 3 Peak

3.1 oz



Suunto Traverse

2.8 oz



Casio PRW 2500T-7CR

2.85 oz



Casio Pathfinder PAG240-7CR

2.8 oz



Suunto Core Crush

2.9 oz



Casio PRG270-4CR

2.4 oz



Casio PRW6000Y -1ACR

2.6 oz



Garmin Epix

2.9 oz



Top Ten Outdoor Watches

Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire GPS

The Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire is definitely one of the best watches. You can find on the market. It is not a toy you would buy from your children. It is a watch for walkers who take it seriously!

This high-tech watch has absolutely all the navigation features. You could need on your routes: compass, GPS, altimeter, barometer, rechargeable battery, WIFI software, Chroma display, IQ compatibility for custom applications and many more.

In addition to being fully equipped with the latest technology, the Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire has a sophisticated and elegant design. This GPS watch is perfect for hiking, swimming, running, skiing and other outdoor activities.

Probably the best mountaineering watch of 2018!

Garmin Tactix Bravo

Garmin Tactix Bravo. Based on the previous Garmin Fenix 3, this incredible watch comes with some additional tactical features.

It has a sleek, totally black, non-reflective and sturdy design, designed for the tactical environment. Does your dual-mode operation optimize the display for normal daytime use? Or night vision when it gets dark.

It comes equipped with all the features of Fenix 3: compass, GPS, altimeter, barometer, rechargeable battery, WIFI software, Chroma display and high strength sapphire crystal. In this version, in addition to the lens, the strap is also super scratch resistant, making it a very durable watch.

For a few more dollars, you can have the sapphire crystal and scratch resistant strap in black.

Suunto Ambit 3 Peak GPS

Suunto Ambit 3 Peak. One of the best trekking watches with heart rate monitor. This multi-sport GPS watch will help you track your progress while hiking, running or swimming.

It measures time, distance walked, altitude, temperature, pressure, heart rate and respiratory rate. It comes with other features: GPS, digital compass, storm alarm and barometer, and you can receive notifications from your phone.

It has a GPS navigation system equipped with route maps. In addition, you can access the Moves count Suunto Application, which tracks all your walks and stores them in an online cloud.

The watch comes with a band that controls your heart rate and calculates the number of calories burned. This watch is compatible with Bluetooth, so it will also show you messages, missed calls and other notifications.

Without a doubt one of the best mountaineering watches you can find in value for money.

Suunto Traverse

Suunto Traverse. The sleek design and advanced features make the Suunto Traverse a great mountain watch.

It has the most features of the Suunto Ambit 3 and some additional features like: vibration alerts, flashlight backlighting and activity monitoring that calculates daily steps and calories. On the other hand, it has no advanced training analysis or multisport mode.

You can synchronize the watch with your phone through Bluetooth and access all the information. It also comes with the Moves count application that allows you to import data to track.

A great hiking clock with all the most important features, including GPS, and a very attractive design.​

Casio PRW 2500T-7CR

Casio PRW 2500T-7CR. One of the best mountaineering watches at an affordable price. It has a more traditional design so you can use it on any occasion.

The main features are: water resistance 200 meters, digital compass, altimeter, altimeter memory, barometer and thermometer. The barometer and thermometer will help you determine what time is coming along your routes.

The battery is recharged through an integrated solar panel, so you will never have to change the batteries. In addition, the watch shows five daily alarms, world time, a stopwatch, a battery level indicator and many other features.

This is one of the best watch for hiking you can find at a reasonable price. A very practical tool for your routes.

Unfortunately, it has no built-in GPS.

Casio Men’s Pathfinder PAG240-7CR

Casio PAG240-7CR. It’s another great model with one of the most beautiful and elegant designs on the list.

This watch features a round stainless steel dial with a window marker and a sturdy titanium strap with double folding clasp.

It comes with all the main features of the Casio: 100 meters water resistance, resistance to low temperatures, world time, daily alarms and, of course, altimeter, barometer, thermometer and digital compass.

Suunto Core Crush

Suunto Core Crush. Another good watch you can find at a reasonable price. However, the Suunto Core Crush does not have GPS like other Suunto models; is, let's say, simpler.

Its main features are: water resistance 30 meters, altimeter, barometer, thermometer and compass. The barometer of this watch is really good as it has a trend chart that makes a prediction of the next time. The clock detects possible storms and the alarm alerts you. Is not it great?

This is the best option for those who want a good mountain watch with almost all the features except GPS, without spending a lot of money.

Casio Men’s PRG270-4CR

The Casio PRG270-4CR has a modern and youthful design with the quality and solid construction of Casio.

It has all the main characteristics: resistance to water 100 meters, resistance to low temperatures (-10 C / 14 F), altimeter, altimeter memory, digital compass, barometer, thermometer, auto LED, world time and others.

The batteries are recharged by solar panel and like other Casio watches; there is a level indicator so you know how much battery you have left. The battery life is 9 months at full charge (no more exposure to light).

Casio PRW6000Y -1ACR Pro

Casio PRW6000Y - 1ACR. This is a beautiful sports watch with multifunction dial and analog and digital display.

It has a triple sensor altimeter, digital compass, barometer, thermometer, world time (29 cities), five daily alarms, LED light, 100 meters water resistance, 1/100 second stopwatch, energy saving function and timer . The battery is recharged by solar panel.

It is a good choice for those looking for an elegant and attractive mountain watch, with all the main features except GPS.

Garmin Epix

Garmin Epix. The best gps watch for hiking with a real GPS system. This watch has a very different and practical design. It is definitely not as elegant and attractive as some of the previous models, but it is probably the most performance watch you can find on the market.

It has a 1.4-inch high-resolution touchscreen, 8 GB of internal memory, a multi-activity option for hiking, running, surfing, swimming, indoor training and more.

The main difference and advantage is the touch screen that shows a GPS with a real integrated map. It is equipped with other features: step counter, activity tracking, altimeter, barometer, thermometer, digital compass and much more.

A handy option for those looking for a good integrated GPS with real map.


If it is within the budget, I recommend the Garmin Fenix 3 Sapphire for its design and the best features.

Another great choice, and probably the best value for money, is the Suunto Ambit 3, which comes very well equipped.

If you are not interested in having a GPS, but want a best watch with an attractive design, the Casio PRW 2500T-7CR can be your watch.

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Some tips to enjoy your mountain watch:
  • Some watches are recharged by solar panel. If they work with standard batteries or batteries, make sure the watch is fully charged before going on a trip.
  • Most manufacturers want to keep their models up-to-date, so they get new applications and software constantly. Make sure you've installed the latest Apps on your watch.
  • You must have a plan B. These watches have the latest technology. However, you cannot rely solely on the watch's GPS when hiking. Even if it does not happen frequently, you may find dead spots where the satellite does not capture the signal well. Always carry a good map besides the clock.
  • Import tracking data from your routes to your computer or phone and check your progress.
A personal story

A few years ago I was trekking Mount Williamson in California. It’s an absolutely spectacular place. At that time we did not have GPS, so we got a map. It is also a great choice; I like to read maps and you feel more adventurous, but this was a 10-day route through the Andes! One day it was snowing quite hard and the snow started to cover the road. We tried to continue on our way but in the end we lost. We are on a very steep hill; It was very cold and we could not set up our tent. It was not funny. After that day, I thought, 'I want a GPS watch for my next trek!'

About the Author Donna Owens

Hello, I'm Donna; A traveler addicted to adventure, diving, and mountain. I've been touring the world for six years and I hope to inspire you to travel with fascinating stories, photographs, and mountain routes.

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