Well, my latest and first G-shock is barley one months old and I am hooked... A bitten G-Shock newbie.
Anyway, I am now on a hunt for a G-Shock with Altimeter and Barometer, those are the key components. Why G-Shock? Well I have looked at some Suuntos but they don't seem as sturdy as the G-Shocks, I like the watch to be able to take a beating. The watch will be used for Alpine adventures, cross-countrey skiing, hiking/fishing and my travels, therefor the Alti/Baro components.
A natural choice seems to be the Casio G-9200 Riseman, a durable watch that has everything. The problem is that I live in northern Scandinavia, aka Sub-Arctic environment. This is great for adventures in the wild but this come with a cost, during the winter it is almost completely dark, there is only a few hours of daylight during November, December, January and February. The good thing is the 24/7 sunlight during the summer.
So the problem I can see is that the G-9200 is the lack of daylight during the winter. As the climate is quite cold the option to wear the watch visible during those hours are not realistic as temperature can drop to -40° Celsius. A solution would be to charge the watch under a lamp or spotlight when not in use, how do you think that would work? I am not sure how long the battery would hold after a full charge, Casio say about 9 months but from what I understand that number is with power-saving (?). If it would hold for a couple of weeks without constant charging and normal use it would be fine.
The perc with the solar-power is that I would not have to worry about the battery going flat while backpacking or during any other activity when daylight is not a problem.
The other choice is the Casio G-Shock GDF-100-1AER, this watch uses an ordinary battery solution and Alti/Baro components, but how does the GDF-100 stack up to the Riseman? Both in durability and the Alti/Baro functions?
I hope you could follow my post, sorry if the English is bad.