As summer approaches we take a look at our top picks for the sunny season. These Casio watches are recent releases that we feel are particularly useful for outdoor summer activities.
G-Shock GPR-B1000 Rangeman
The G-Shock GPR-B1000 Rangeman is one of the biggest G-Shock releases of the year and represents a significant advancement in outdoor features for G-Shock. The GPR-B1000 has the G-Shock features we expect like 200-meter water resistance, solar charging, and the Triple Sensor, and for the first time adds a GPS navigation function that displays the current location on a route or bearing to a destination in real-time, as well as saves track and point data including longitude/latitude, altitude, and temperature. Like the previous Rangeman the GPR-B1000 has sunrise/sunset data and now has a tide and moon graph. Other additions include a carbon fiber insert band, sapphire crystal, and wireless micro-USB charger.
Pro Trek WSD-F20A Smart Outdoor Watch
The Pro Trek WSD-F20A Smart Outdoor Watch has all the same features as the second-generation WSD-F20 but with a list price of about $100 less (with the difference in specs being a resin buckle and non-textured side buttons). The smartwatch has a huge app library courtesy of Wear OS by Google and is suitable for swimming with its 50-meter water resistance. The built-in GPS and offline maps are useful for activities like trekking, biking, and kayaking. Other built-in sensors useful in the outdoors include an altimeter, barometer, and compass.
G-Shock GWG-1000-1A1 Mudmaster
Those who prefer their G-Shock designs simple will appreciate the basic black G-Shock GWG-1000-1A1 Mudmaster. The newest addition to the popular GWG-1000 Mudmaster line, this extra-rugged watch is resistant to mud, dust, and heavy vibration. It is also equipped with Tough Solar power, Multi-Band 6 radio time syncing, and the Triple Sensor with an altimeter/barometer, compass, and thermometer.
G-Shock GWG-100-1A8 Mudmaster
There’s no denying that the GWG-1000 Mudmaster is one of the best-looking G-Shock watches but not everyone wants to spend that much money or needs the environmental sensors. Enter the G-Shock GWG-100-1A8 Mudmaster. This watch has the same tough look in a slightly smaller case with mud and dust resistance like its bigger brother. It also has Tough Solar and Multi-Band 6, but does not have the Triple Sensor. The GWG-100 adds a unique feature to the Mudmaster line with the Neon Illuminator that lights up the index and hands brightly in the dark with a UV-A (blacklight) LED. The GWG-100-1A8 is a good choice for adventurers and extreme athletes who want a very tough, maintenance-free solar analog-digital watch and don’t need the survival features of the GWG-1000.
Pro Trek PRW-3510Y-8
With its rotating bezel, Tough Solar/Multi-Band 6, Triple Sensor, and 200-meter water resistance, the Pro Trek PRW-3510Y-8 is an excellent outdoor watch with a lot of versatility. This “3510” model features upgrades over the standard PRW-3500 like a STN LCD display for improved visibility and a silicone band for enhanced comfort. Fortunately this model was released in North America recently, so you don’t have to pay a premium on an import to get these special features.
G-Shock G-SQUAD GBA-800
The G-Shock GBA-800 Series is part of the all-new G-SQUAD line of fitness watches. These watches include training features like a step tracker and Bluetooth connectivity to share and analyze your data on a smartphone. A special timer function allows up to five individual timers (up to 60 minutes) to repeat up to 20 times for interval training. The GBA-800 is available in six colors to match fitness attire.
G-Shock G-SHOCK GA-700CM-3A
The first camouflage G-Shock series in a while, the GA-700CM Series includes the GA-700CM-3A with a traditional woodland camouflage pattern that will appeal to hunters and outdoorsmen. The GA-700CM-3A features an easy-access front LED light button and a 5-year battery that will last for many summers.
Pro Trek PRG-650YBE-3
The Pro Trek PRG-650YBE-3 from the PRG-650 series is a smaller profile Triple Sensor watch that can be worn in a variety settings and not just the outdoors. It comes with both a camouflage fabric band for the outdoors and a more formal black silicone band that can be easily interchanged. This budget-friendly analog-digital watch also has a deluxe STN LCD display and the Neon Illuminator blacklight LED for easy visibility in the dark.
For more recommendations see all of our G-Shock and Casio buying guides.