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    Value for money trekking watch

    Hi Guys


    I am looking for a good trekking watch to replace my old Casio PRG 50 which lasted close to 10 years before finally giving out few months back.


    Ideally I wanted a watch with GPS features but soon realised that none of the GPS watches had any decent battery life and a non GPS watch is longer lasting espcially on treks.


    So I fell back to Casio trekking watches but was amazed to see so many options in different price scale however the features appears to same in most of them.


    So this is where I require your help, from Trekking \ Hiking \ Wilderness \ water sports perspective


    1) Can you recommend a good trekking watch ( at minimum should have great battery life / good Alti meter / Thermometer / Compass) - Any good models even if its not Casio as long as it meets my requirement.


    2) Alternatively can some one tell me whats the real diffrence between these models of casio - other than the price the features seem very similar PRG-270D-7 , PRW-6100Y-1, PRG 250


    Budget approx : 500 USD


    Expectation :
    1) Long battery life
    2) Alti / Thermo / Compass
    3) Filled with partical features
    4) Water proof
    5) Durable ( can withstand abuse of outdoor/ trekking )
    6) larger screen/display than my old PRG 50 if possible

    Mods : I have posted the same in Casio & Public forum as I was not sure which would be the right forum for this post.

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Value for money trekking watch

    I'd look for a Garmin or another CASIO. I'm not sure if the CASIO Protrek has everything you want, but if you could get a solar model it would overcome the power issue. Garmin has a good range although some have some ........ characteristics like ability to pay. Will be interested to hear what you end up with.
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    Re: Value for money trekking watch

    I have two watches for trekking and find the altimeter the most useful function.

    I bought SGW300HB (the green one) some years ago for $50. Best value for money. It has all the functions of a program without the price tag. I tested the altimeter on this with a GPS based system. It’s dead on at sea level and higher. The biggest gap I found was 15 metres and that was at 5000 metres above sea level

    The pro trek I bought because I like orange. It has a few more functions with compass and a bunch of other things I don’t really use.

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    Re: Value for money trekking watch

    What do you consider "long battery life"? Battery life on a Garmin 235 is 11 hours with GPS turned on, and 9 days in basic watch mode. GPS is a power hog, so you're just not going to get real good battery life when the battery has to fit into a watch case. You may also look at Suunto watches. Suunto Spartan Sport claims 120 hours battery life in GPS mode.
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    Re: Value for money trekking watch

    I used a Casio Protrek PRW3000 (https://www.casio.com/products/watch...rek/prw3000-1a) when I went trekking in the Himalayas. It works well - the altimeter and compass is particularly helpful.
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    Re: Value for money trekking watch

    Quote Originally Posted by MissileExpert View Post
    What do you consider "long battery life"? Battery life on a Garmin 235 is 11 hours with GPS turned on, and 9 days in basic watch mode. GPS is a power hog, so you're just not going to get real good battery life when the battery has to fit into a watch case. You may also look at Suunto watches. Suunto Spartan Sport claims 120 hours battery life in GPS mode.
    Based on his parameters and my experiences hiking 9 days is short. More often than not you don’t have electricity and carrying a battery pack to charge a watch is too heavy
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    Re: Value for money trekking watch

    I daily wear my PRW3000.. Awesome!
    Plus they baro scale has helped me predict rain multiple times. :)

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    Re: Value for money trekking watch

    Hamilton khaki field watch.

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    Re: Value for money trekking watch

    Quote Originally Posted by TwentiethCenturyFox View Post
    Hamilton khaki field watch.
    Holy crap, have you even read the OP before you posted?
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    Re: Value for money trekking watch

    If it wasn’t for your budget I’d point you in the direction off the G Shock Rangeman B1000.
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