The Best Hiking Watches

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Electronics such as watches while hiking can be an important navigational and safety tool in the wilderness. Watch companies include several features in their hiking watches such as a compass, altimeter and barometer. The best hiking watches include these features while serving as a multifunctional device to enhance your hiking experience.

Suunto Core

Suunto often refers to its watches as wrist computers because of the numerous features. One of the best hiking watches is the Suunto Core. The Core is waterproof, lightweight--60 g--and comfortable with the vented rubber strap. Features include an altimeter to determine elevation, barometer to predict weather patterns and a compass for navigation. The barometer includes a storm alarm by tracking barometric pressure trends. Other features include an alarm, stopwatch and timer.

Tech4o Trail Leader 2

The Tech4o Trail Leader 2 weighs 51 g with an easy-to-see watch face with a 2 inch diameter. Along with an altimeter, barometer and compass, the Trail Leader 2 features a speed and distance mode. Using this mode calculates speed, distance, pace, calories and steps to track your performance during the hiking trip. The altimeter calculates total ascent and total descent to show elevation changes. The barometer predicts weather patterns and provides a current temperature. A stainless steel casing protects the watch from rough elements to provide years of use.

Casio Pathfinder

Casio has produced watches since 1946, and its Pathfinder watches are among the best hiking watches. According to the Watch Report, the Pathfinder watches are among the best with the combination of features, including a compass, barometer, altimeter and thermometer. The Pathfinder is resistant to shock, water and low temperatures, making it suitable for extreme weather conditions. Casio has focused on “going green” by using solar power to operate the watch and using recycled packaging.


About the Author

Based in Nebraska, Jeremy Hoefs began writing fitness, nutrition, outdoor and hunting articles in 2006. His articles have been published in "Star City Sports," "Hunting Fitness Magazine" and RutWear field journals, as well as on the Western Whitetail website. Hoefs graduated with a Bachelor of Science in exercise science from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

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