Best Watches for Outdoor Activities: Features, Durability & Battery Life (January 2020)

Suunto 9

The idea of outdoor watches is gaining popularity quickly amongst masses. A couple of years or decades back, the size of the outdoor watches used to be heavy and the battery life wasn’t as successful as we can find today. But the outdoor watches that are coming in 2020 provide much more.

They’re coming with lightweight and are very attractive in its design and performance. The new outdoor watches are not heavily built, and you can also use them in your daily routine. Some of them are also providing the functions of a smart-watch and they can also help you in emergency navigation.

 

 

Ultimately, it is impossible not to suggest the Garmin Fenix 6, which for every occasion packs everything from golf to mountaineering into a single wrist-mounted toolbox. It’s an all-rounder, though, so we’ve picked out some specialized watches to balance the books for various outdoor activities.

How can you buy the best outdoor watch?

Smartwatches for Outdoor

The outdoor watches that are providing strong GPS trackers are designed to consume a lot of battery power. However, you’re going to need an outdoor watch that is going to work in all conditions.

There’s a large range of outdoor watches on the competition, so you should be clear how much technology you really need from the start. Too much, and within a few days you’re going to be out of the battery, too little, and your training program will pay the price.

You can easily decide based on your priority. You can use your watch for remembering your progress while training or you can simply use it for navigation purposes. Both of these functions are not going to work together.

Models that use GPS and other sensors such as a barometer, are often more precise, but this may eat the battery more quickly. The newest models appear to have a variety of settings if we look into the brighter side. So you can match precision with battery power.

Apart from the Fenix and Suunto 9, the best outdoor watch depends on what do you want to achieve from your gadget? Suunto 9 and Fenix are the ones for every occasion but you should be choosing your outdoor watch wisely.

Best Watches for Outdoor:

Garmin Fenix 6

Garmin Fenix 6

The Garmin Company has been doing this business for quite some time now. And what can we say about their latest model? Well, it is cheating to say the least. We claim this because there are a variety of models of the Fenix 6.

There are three case size choices, optional music, maps and wifi, sapphire glass and even solar options. It’s more like a new car than a watch. To be precise, there are absolutely no functions of maps, Wifi or music in the base Fenix 6 models.

The newest Pro models have them with extras on top of it. You’re going to need a whole week before you understand all the functionalities of the Fenix 6 Pro. It is one hell of a watch for sure with so many features.

This watch has everything from preloaded ski maps to fitness instructions, golf course maps and HR monitoring focused on the wrist underwater. The solar charging function, which will take the battery life to a maximum of 24 days, is particularly strong for outdoor peeps, as is the substantial navigation package that will easily get you out of trouble, if you’ve been working out how to use it properly.

This is your kind of watch if you’re looking for something with decent functions such as GPS, GLONASS and Galileo. The highly anticipated navigation system is also going to help you in not getting lost. This is the largest and the most suitable outdoor watch.

 

Casio Pro Trek WSD F30

Casio Pro Trek WSD F30

Guys who mostly stay outdoors should be using this wrist-watch because it is purely made for them. The Casio Pro Trek WSD-F30 is a standard and digital wrist-watch with a hidden GPS and smart-watch deception designed for the benefits of the peeps staying outdoors mostly.

The style may be unappealing perhaps, but all the resources are present and correct. By combining a Wear OS smartwatch with a ‘ normal ‘ digital watch, Casio has pulled off a sneaky trick here.

The center of this technique is the dual-layer screen, which increases battery life immensely by showing regular time and date etc. Also, it provides the information about the energy-saving monochrome, then firing the thirsty OLED and Wear OS for more complex projects. There are a host of sensors and transmitters here, GPS, GLONASS & Michibiki, Wifi, Compass, Altimeter, and Barometer as well as the power of Google Play applications like View ranger, Runtastic, Spotify and Strava, but most outdoor necessities can be taken care of with the right apps.

Something less accessible platforms will suffer doing. However, the charger can be fiddly, and for everyday wear, it is a chunky watch, so first check it out personally.

 

Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar

Tissot T-Touch Expert Solar

The Tissot T-Touch Solar Expert, snappily-named, check several expedition boxes. Strongly built with titanium, the face of the touch screen also covers up a solar panel, so if you’re wandering around even in Karakoram, you shouldn’t be worrying about your dead battery.

With 25 features including weather forecast, altimeter, second time zone and a built-in compass, the features it is providing are solid. While the latter may be better reserved for real emergencies, the barometer/altimeter feature could be very useful to acclimatizing your hikes.

With a range of strap materials available to match all priorities, this is classy and elegant enough for a town, but also hard enough for mountain journeys.

 

Victorinox I.N.O.X.

Victorinox I.N.O.X.

When you want ease and form, functions but no annoyances, that’s when it makes full sense to go for the Victorinox I.N.O.X. A plain exterior and simple quartz movement offer no bling or stylistic flair, but the case claims to be the only Swiss watch that can withstand 130 tests of intense endurance homologation and that is not an idle boast.  

The strap is blended from a survival favorite paracord, high breaking strain cord that can be used to build all kinds of useful rescue center-related items, and included is also a removable compass bumper for scratch protection and smoother navigation.

 

Garmin fenix 3

Garmin fenix 3

Since its release, the Garmin Fenix has grown, resulting in a formidable array of software capabilities all packed in a relatively compact smart watch-style case.

You are also going to get the monitoring system for your wrist-heart rate along with a strong fitness training functions like dynamics of step length, vertical ratio and VO2 max. This outdoor watch is indeed an all-rounder for all the outdoor kind of people.

For instance, a full-fat satellite navigation system GPS / GLONASS is available here, supported by a 3-axis compass, altimeter and barometer for better-quality tracking and triangulation.

As far as the battery life is concerned, then the color screen and the GPS tracking system is going to consume the whole battery in less than 16 hours. It is still a very good rate but if you want to get more out of it, you can lower down the accuracy in the UltraTrac battery-saver mode and can use it up to 40 hours.

 

Nixon Mission SS

Nixon Mission SS

If you’re concerned about you falling apart by fragile outdoor watches, then the Nixon Mission SS is your beast. A 48mm stainless bezel and 23mm solid stainless steel band set the tone for a very thick smartwatch with Google Wear, facing Gorilla glass.

The surfing competence comes from synchronization with Surfine, the world’s largest source of reporting surf conditions, and Snocountry that is an alert system if you’re trekking on mountains.

The Mission SS also has plenty of onboard capabilities as well as Google Wear ingenuity when synchronized with your Smartphone, such as remote camera operation, maps, etc. It is also coming with a thermometer, altimeter and barometer.

 

Shearwater Teric

Shearwater Teric

In the world of dive watches, the Shearwater Teric is a bit special and has already forced larger brands to fall into line. Essentially it’s a diving smartwatch that might sound pretty clear, but a crash and reboot to factory settings might be a bit traumatic when you’re 50m deep on trimix.

There is a large AMOLED screen above water, a chunky stainless bezel and a sapphire lens with a variety of different watch faces and strap colors to be chosen. Wireless tank pressure integration, configurable display and full trimix, nitrox, air and measure settings are available underwater.

In short, as well as being a daily watch, the Teric is a highly powerful dive computer. They’re very short in supply so the only issue right now is that whether you can find this watch to buy or not.

 

Suunto 9 Baro

Suunto 9 Baro

Whenever and wherever you need fitness monitoring, the Suunto 9 Baro comes at the top of the list. The ‘baro’ in the title refers to the stock model’s additional barometer sensor, and it doesn’t only provide information about the weather but also makes the GPS monitoring much more reliable on long treks.

You can choose up to 80 sports in the Suunto Baro 9, while the uses of this watch are beyond your imagination. Its ability to synchronize with the uploaded routes and PBs to your moves count account is really helpful in comparing and sharing with your friends.

The wrist-heart rate is built-in in the Suunto Baro 9 and it also includes a collection of fitness metrics including sleep tracking. With all these features, it still comes with a surprisingly great battery-life.