Hey everybody ,
I recently did my first ever review over the Rangeman GW-9400 and I thought after using it outdoors for a few days, I let you guys know what I think of it.
So this will be an outdoor functionality review:
Firstly, I think with every ABC watch you have to make adjustments to its accuracy of measurement. In my opinion it is not a precision instrument according ABC functions. But to be honest I am very surprised of the quality of the new v3 sensor, it works fast and quite accurate. For using the barometer to predict weather, I use it on a certain altitude for a while and then it delivers good results. What I really like about the rangeman is that you can see a barometric trendchart in your main screen, with time and date (as seen below) quite useful while outdoors
I was nearly at the same altitude for 42 hours and the result is a good and clear falling barometric pressure curve --> and yes the weather got worse and it startet to rain. I am used to the riseman, which works really well for me, the rangeman is just faster and the chart is displayed bigger. Also this Barometric alarm is quite ok...it works well but I donīt use it outdoors, I much more prefer to see the 42 hours measurement displayed instead of the 21. Here a more detailed shot:
As I mentioned in my Part 1 review, I was wondering about the readability of the little bezel which displays the compass arrows. And to be honest I am still not sure what to think of it. I guess it is good but not great. Especially when the indicating NORTH arrow is exactly on one of the bezels quarter lines (I hope you know what I mean, need to improve my english I guess).
What I really like is that the watch displayes quarters, eighths and sixteenth parts of the cardinal direction; not every ABC watch does that.
Works really well, as I mentioned about the barometer before. I calibrated it at my hometown where I know the exact altitude and after a few days it still is quite accurate. I went for a hike and did a 400m change in altitude and still it was spot on...(Rangeman: 803 m and the place was marked at 801,5 m)
I donīt use the altitude trendchart so often when I am outdoors but the altitude differential value is quite useful for me. When you donīt have an orientation point you can use it to have at least an approximate value of your contour line and if you know the altitude of your target location you can just reach this altitude and walk left or right (50/50 chance you get it right) That happened to me in India, without GPS and map, but I had my Riseman --> worked perfectly. This method is also mentioned in the manual, I really like that fact, too.
This function is a real asset, I calibrated it first because I donīt live at sea level. But after calibrating it works perfect...spot on...
I think this is very useful outdoors, especially for hunters and photo enthusiasts. In the little bezel there is the current time, sunset time and sunrise time displayed .
Display visibility (day and night):
As I stated in my review part 1, the display is awsome. Even under hard light conditions it is very easy to read. I donīt know how that is working with the negative display. Even in darker conditions the display is easy to read without using the light. Much better in comparison to the riseman. If you need to use the light you can change between 1 and 3 seconds of light duration, this is very practical, if your navigating by night or need to see all of the information the display is offering. one second felt always a bit too short!
In the next picture I try to show you guys the awsome display in shadow and direct sunlight. I think this is a very important point of an ABC watch and in comparison to the PRW 2500 it is much better in direct sun light, perhaps this duplex display of the Protrek reflects more.
I think this is an really good outdoor ABC watch, the new v3 sensor works good and shows more preciseness. Stability should not be an issue for this "tank" and the display is perfect. The only negative thing I could spot is the small bezel inside and its readability outdoors. My wrist is a bit over 8 inches and the watch feels very comfortable but you feel the weight if you are used to a riseman for example. I really like the Rangeman...
Last but not least ,during my first review my dog was really enthusiastic and curious about the rangeman, I guess she accepted the Rangeman, now!
all the best,