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    Appalachian trail thru-hike, which watch?

    I'm planning an Appalachian trail thru-hike and I'm trying to decide which watch to take. My top choices so far are the Casio Pathfinder PAG240, Suunto Core, and the Suunto Vector. I'm wanting something that will hold up considering that it will get wet, muddy, and possibly take a few bangs against rocks. I thought someone might have some suggestions. Maybe you know of another watch that would be better. I'm thinking I need an ABC watch. Are there any G-shocks with this capability? Thanks for any suggestions.

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    Re: Appalachian trail thru-hike, which watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by patrolman602 View Post
    I'm thinking I need an ABC watch. Are there any G-shocks with this capability?
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    Re: Appalachian trail thru-hike, which watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by patrolman602 View Post
    I'm planning an Appalachian trail thru-hike and I'm trying to decide which watch to take. My top choices so far are the Casio Pathfinder PAG240, Suunto Core, and the Suunto Vector. I'm wanting something that will hold up considering that it will get wet, muddy, and possibly take a few bangs against rocks. I thought someone might have some suggestions. Maybe you know of another watch that would be better. I'm thinking I need an ABC watch. Are there any G-shocks with this capability? Thanks for any suggestions.
    Something simple, rugged, digital and inexpensive because it will inevitably get banged and dropped during that multi-month hike.

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    Re: Appalachian trail thru-hike, which watch?

    fresh batteries in the core and you should be set as the storm alarm and end of daylight feature set should come in handy (as long as you don't detour to argentina)
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    Re: Appalachian trail thru-hike, which watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by novedl View Post
    fresh batteries in the core and you should be set as the storm alarm and end of daylight feature set should come in handy (as long as you don't detour to argentina)
    You are right about getting a fresh battery in the Core. I don't think that my first battery even lasted a year, more like 9 or 10 months. It was easy to change out though.

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    Re: Appalachian trail thru-hike, which watch?

    That's why solar makes sense. Atomic reception also. +1 on the Riseman, or similar G-shock. Nothing too expensive.

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    Re: Appalachian trail thru-hike, which watch?

    Rolex sub if you run out of money and want to go home, you can always sell it and get a nice plane ticket and last time I hear, they are pretty rugged.

    Of course, you can always go G-shock but that will be just too obvious choice.
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    Re: Appalachian trail thru-hike, which watch?

    Patrolman,
    I hiked in 1996.. and by the end of the 1st week you'll not even need a watch... trust me- you'll find a different life rhythm and time looses all meaning.

    Good luck on the hike!
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    Re: Appalachian trail thru-hike, which watch?

    i like the riseman.........a lot, but it is an a-b-without the c. the core gives you a really cool feature set that is hard to beat(granted solar would be an improvement)
    i've seen it argued that the core may be the best of all field watches.
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    Re: Appalachian trail thru-hike, which watch?

    I forget the specific model but I think its the Pathinfinder 1500 that has the ABCs along with being atomic solar.... I think it has tide and moon graph as well.

    It will probably be my next watch purchase. I like it over the Riseman due to the design and increased features.
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