FINALLY I got a Riseman (G-9200-1DR)! I was after one since the beginning of the year, but there was always some other model that took it's place for one reason or another on my buying list. In truth, I was after one since 2010, and almost got the orange 9200R4 version a couple of times back then, but never convinced myself that I would like an orange watch. So this year when I started selling a few of my other watches and got back to Gs, the time finally came for the Riseman. To be on the safe side I got the plain-Jane version, but I am thinking of getting some new clothes for it .
First thing I have to comment on is the back. To my surprise, the 1DR has the dragon badge, which I find cooler then the other (manta ray?) badge. But that's a problem, since if you look at my sig I now have the wrong badge. Anyone has a white and black dragon badge ?
A new G, so that means a bike ride ! We were having miserable weather all week long, and today was the first time this week that we could see that glowing yellow disk in the sky, so I raced home after lunch and swapped my Final Frog for the Riseman and smashing pedals I went. The pic above is at a park about 1 click from my house, where I usually start my dirt rides. In the early 1900's my region was extensively colonized by Italians, and they thought the soil and climate were good enough for wines. In the early 1930's an enology station was created, to experiment with grapes and wine production techniques. All was going well but in the late 50's a fungus plague attacked grapevines all over the region, and by early 1960 grape production around here was finished. The enology station was abandoned, and the City bought the grounds in the 70's, but never invested in it. It became the stage for motocross races and jeep raids, that were basically tearing everything up . Some 15 years ago City Hall finally woke up and transformed it into a municipal park, and slowly it's becoming a fantastic place to hang out with your kids and family. And, it has some awesome dirt trails .
I was genuinely impressed with the Riseman. It's VERY comfortable to wear, a watch that you forget that it's on your wrist. With 67 g it's not my lightest G, but light enough to wear unnoticed. The module is fantastic, and it's just not perfect because like with every other altimeter from Casio, it only shows altitude increments in 5 m . But the "time functions" are pretty good IMO: current time displayed in SW and CT and you have day/date/month/year in the main time screen. Also, this was the first G where I heard the hourly beeps while riding.
In terms of size it's a middle term, with 47,6 mm of diameter and 13,3 mm of height. As you see in the pic above, it's in-between the smallish 5600 (41,6 mm) and the biggish 9300 (52 mm). For my tastes the perfect size for a G is something between 45 and 50 mm, so in the size department it's perfect. No too tall also, so it doesn't snag on shirt or jacket cuffs.
But now I understand why some people regard the Riseman as a "fragile G". When I unwrapped it on Wednesday, the first thing I noticed was the thin strap. I won't go as far as calling it flimsy, but sturdy it ain't . It's not like I'm afraid of it easily breaking, but it's definitively not as rugged as the strap you find on a Frog or Mudman. I can't understand how Casio couldn't make it comfortable but stronger - that is NOT a tall order, since they did it with the 9300. Because of the strap, I have the feeling that I will find more "under-engineering" when I take it apart. Pity, it sure deserved better .
All in all it was a very pleasant ride (though short - 25 km) and I loved the Riseman. I think, despite the strap, it deserves being part of the Master of G lineup, and at least in my eyes is a very good current example of what I think a G-Shock should be (again, wimpy strap notwithstanding). If you collect Gs I would say this is a must-buy, but if you just want a "casual" G, with the benefits of a pretty good altimeter, the Riseman is a great option .