Hi guys, I wasn't expecting it for another couple of days at least but lo and behold! It came today. So I'm accustomed to wearing 5600 and 6600 and 6900 series G's and have a great amount of respect for them. A few weeks ago I became interested in a Mudman. Not really sure why. I think a lot of it has to do with aesthetics, I love the double buckle and all the doubled up holes in the strap. I love the covered buttons but beyond aesthetics I love the idea that this watch is impossibly tough (like most G's) and available for about $65 if you shop around.
Here's a bit of background if you're interested. If not feel free to skip to the pics! I'd never considered a Mudman previously for several reasons. 1) I thought that they were going to be too big. 2) I felt on some level that I couldn't really justify having a watch with the moniker 'Master of G'. 3) I thought they were a LOT more expensive than they are. Granted this is the cheapest model you can buy but still, for the money it is an awful lot of watch in a very nice package.
First impressions are that it is not as big as I thought it would be. You get people on both sides of the fence on this issue but for me that's a good thing. I don't want a watch that hangs off my wrist attracting all kinds of hazards at work or during active recreation. I also just don't like the aesthetic of obnoxiously big watches, which is totally a personal thing and I'm not judging anyone else's draw to big, bulky timepieces, I realize that they are very much 'in' at the moment. I'm very utilitarian in my view of certain things. To me a watch is a tool. It should function exactly as I need it to and only be as big as it needs to be to serve it's purpose well. In this respect I think Casio have done a great job with this model, it's very well balanced size-wise and one of my favorite things about it is that it doesn't stand very high off of the wrist like my 6600/ 6900's. Fit and finish is just staggering. I'm blown away at how high quality the watch feels to handle. The display is remarkably crisp and the backlight is a nice kind of spearmint green as opposed to the blue on my other G's. The buttons, the infamous buttons. Yes, they're definitely harder to push than on my other G's but not by a whole lot and not nearly as much as I was expecting. In fact, I rather enjoy the buttons, stiffness and all, it gives the watch a sense of toughness. The fact that they are red also does not bother me as much as I thought it would, however I will still be dying them black (probably this evening). Comfort wise the watch is fantastic. The resin band is very comfortable, the watch as a whole is very light, the clasp feels very secure. The strap keeper is, as has been mentioned by others, a little too loose but it's too early to tell if I'll have an issue with the end of the strap staying in place. I'll probably post an update with some more observations/ thoughts in the near further.
So that's about it, sorry to bore you all with my ramblings, hopefully what I've written is useful to someone.. now on to the pics!