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Best Hiking Watches 2020

    Weight 0.8 oz
    GPS Yes
    Water Resistant Yes
    Current Price $234.94

    The Suunto Traverse is durable, water-resistant GPS watch that can double as both a hiking and an everyday watch. The screen is a good size for easy reading including a backlight for darker conditions. Features include the standard GPS watch ABC’s (altimeter, barometer, compass), step counter, and temperature.

    Pros
    • GPS and digital route logging technology
    • Connects via Bluetooth to the Movescout app
    • Lots of features including temperature
    • Altimeter, barometer, compass
    Cons
    • Connectivity can be a problem on some watches

    Read our full review of the Suunto Traverse Hiking Watch


  1. Garmin fēnix 3 Sapphire Watch
  2. Editors Rating:
    (4.9 / 5)
    Weight 2.8 oz
    GPS Yes
    Water Resistant Yes
    Current Price Price not available

    The Garmin fēnix 3 Sapphire is slick GPS watch that works as a decent alternative to the Apple Watch. It works great on the trail, training for a triathlon, or even at the office. The Chroma display eliminates any glare from the sunlight and the metal wristband keeps the watch looking professional and high class.

    Pros
    • Lots of apps and widgets to add on
    • Syncs with the Connect IQ app
    • Plenty of fitness and gps movement trackers
    • Easy smart functionality
    Cons
    • Titanium wrist band can be uncomfortable for some

    Read our full review of the Garmin fēnix 3 Sapphire Watch


    Weight 2.4 oz
    GPS No
    Water Resistant Yes
    Current Price $13.99

    The Fanmis Mens Military Multifunction Digital LED Watch Electronic Waterproof Alarm Quartz Sports Watch is a great multifunctional digital watch with a cool fashionable design, comparable to a nice G-Shock at a fraction of the price.

    Pros
    • Cool looking watch similar to more expensive G-Shock
    • Nice and bright LED screen
    • Lights up to different colors
    • Comes in different colors
    Cons
    • Compass doesn't work right

    Read our full review of the Fanmis Mens Military Multifunction Digital LED Watch


    Weight 3 oz
    GPS Yes
    Water Resistant Yes
    Current Price $139.92

    The Garmin Foretrex 401 Waterproof Hiking GPS is the OG of GPS enabled hiking watches. It is less a watch and more a GPS monitor that ties onto your wrist. Even though it looks like it would be heavy, it actually sits quite lightly and comfortably on the wrist. I

    Pros
    • Lots of useful outdoors data like waypoint settings
    • Accurate point of interest GPS readings and detailed trail tracking info
    Cons
    • The unit and its initial setup is a bit advanced

    Read our full review of the Garmin Foretrex 401 Waterproof Hiking Watch


  3. Suunto Ambit3 Running GPS Unit
  4. Editors Rating:
    (4.6 / 5)
    Weight 3 oz
    GPS Yes
    Water Resistant Yes
    Current Price $599.00

    The Suunto Ambit3 is an extremely durable and dependable GPS watch that boasts one of the best battery lives on the market at around 200 hours before needing a charge. The design is very simple and will give you very accurate GPS that connects quickly with no glitching.

    Pros
    • Lots of activity tracking
    • App connectivity via Bluetooth
    • Option for a heart rate monitor
    • Fast GPS enabled for trail tracking and breadcrumbs
    Cons
    • Bluetooth is great but if you have devices that aren't Bluetooth and are ANT+ you can't connect this watch or you have to buy all new gear.

    Read our full review of the Suunto Ambit3 Running GPS Unit


    Weight 2 oz
    GPS No
    Water Resistant Yes
    Current Price No products found.

    The LAD WEATHER multifunction outdoors watch is a great watch that boasts a lot of useful features for under $50. It includes a thermometer that can read both Celsius and fahrenheit and a barometric altimeter that makes it perfect for backpacking and camping in higher elevations. It’s accurate up to 29,500 feet and displays your current elevation gain and loss.

    Pros
    • Lots of features including Altimeter, barometer, and compass
    • slick black style
    • water resistant
    • Works well in high elevations
    Cons
    • The bands are kind of cheap and can break easily
    No products found.

    Read our full review of the Lad Weather German Sensor Digital Watch


  5. CakCity Men’s Digital Sports Watch
  6. Editors Rating:
    (4.2 / 5)
    Weight 3.2 oz
    GPS No
    Water Resistant Yes
    Current Price $13.99

    The CakCity Men’s Digital Sports Watch is a stylish watch with a simple design and a full suite of useful features. Its waterproof up to 50 meters and can be worn in the shower, washing hands and swimming.

    Pros
    • Simple watch and easy to use out of the box
    • Very waterproof up to 50 meters
    • Tells time in 12/24 modes
    Cons
    • Screen can turn to gibberish if seen at the wrong angle

    Read our full review of the CakCity Men’s Digital Sports Watch


    Weight 4 oz
    GPS No
    Water Resistant Yes
    Current Price $14.99

    The Casio Men’s W800H-1AV Classic Sport Watch is a great outdoors watch for those backpackers who just need an inexpensive watch guaranteed to not only work but to also last a long time.

    Pros
    • Lightweight watch works in most conditions
    • Fairly durable for a cheap watch
    • Includes a stopwatch/alarm/timer
    • Water resistant up to 100 meters
    Cons
    • The glass scratches easily
    • Overtime the wrist bands may break off the lugs

    Read our full review of the Casio Men’s W800H-1AV Classic Sport Watch


    Weight 2.5 oz
    GPS No
    Water Resistant Yes
    Current Price $9.99

    The ETEVON Men’s ‘Captain’ Stylish Outdoor Sport Watch is a stylish analog watch that also includes a digital display. The EL backlight lights up the full background display to help make the watch perfect for a dark setting while the simple, sporty stylish design makes it so you want to wear the Etevon where everyone can see.

    Pros
    • Tough/durable casing and display
    • Inexpensive watch
    • Long battery life lasts up to 2 years
    Cons
    • As great as the dual timer is when the hands cover the digital clock it can be annoying

    Read our full review of the ETEVON Captain Men’s Outdoor Sport Watch


    Weight 4 oz
    GPS No
    Water Resistant Yes
    Current Price $52.02

    The Timex Men’s Expedition Field Chronograph Watch is a slick watch with a cool retro design modeled after vintage military watches. Although you don’t get a ton of bells and whistles with this watch, it looks great whether outdoors or in casual indoors dress, it keeps accurate time and is water resistant up to 330 feet

    Pros
    • Nice vintage aviator style
    • Water-resistant
    • Smooth wristband
    Cons
    • Chronograph hand is a little off
    • analog style takes some adjustment

    Read our full review of the Timex Men’s Expedition Field Chronograph Watch


  7. UWEAR GPS Outdoor Sports Watch
  8. Editors Rating:
    (4.1 / 5)
    Weight 3 oz
    GPS Yes
    Water Resistant Yes
    Current Price Price not available

    The UWEAR GPS Running watch is a powerful that utilizes Triple-positioning system to keep your GPS tracking on point. It kept up with us while hiking in the AZ Superstition Mountains and under the roof in a Home Depot. The GPS is powered by GLONASS and Beidou Triple-positioning system and can reliably track your points of interest including starting and destination points.

    Pros
    • Reliable GPS tracking,
    • Fitness and activity trackers
    • Weather and barometric info
    • SOS functionality shares your location with friends and family
    Cons
    • Firmware and GPS were glitchy at times

    Read our full review of the UWEAR GPS Outdoor Sports Watch


  9. Timex Men’s Expedition Watch
  10. Editors Rating:
    (4 / 5)
    Weight 1 oz
    GPS No
    Water Resistant Yes
    Current Price $32.23

    The Timex Men’s Expedition Full-Size Classic Digital Chrono Alarm Timer Watch is a dependable watch perfect for the man who spends a lot of time working outdoors. The simple design keeps the watch sitting comfortably on your wrist and offers a backlight for readability at night.

    Pros
    • Simple/comfortable watch
    • Stopwatch and alarm settings
    • Water resistant up to 100 meters
    Cons
    • Indiglo feature can be hard to read at night

    Read our full review of the Timex Men’s Expedition Watch


  11. GoLife Running GPS Watch
  12. Editors Rating:
    (3.8 / 5)
    Weight 2.6 oz
    GPS Yes
    Water Resistant Yes
    Current Price Price not available

    The GOLiFE Adventurer Outdoor Smart Sport Watch is perfect for the backpacker who wants a GPS watch under $100 ($99.99 on Amazon). The GPS will track your time, distance, speed and calories. The only thing missing from this GPS watch is a heart rate monitor.

    Pros
    • GPS and athletic performance tracking
    • Waterproof up to 50m
    • Made for athletes by athletes
    Cons
    • It doesn't come with a user manual, GPS mode drains battery

    Read our full review of the GoLife Running GPS Watch


  13. Reabeam GPS Hiking Smart Watch
  14. Editors Rating:
    (3.8 / 5)
    Weight 2.8 oz
    GPS Yes
    Water Resistant Yes
    Current Price $79.99

    The Reabeam GPS Hiking SmartWatch is a great, affordable watch for those looking for a lot of useful features under $150. With 3 different navigation systems GPS, GLONASS and BDS all in play, the Readbeam may be one of the most accurate GPS watches on the market.

    Pros
    • Very accurate 3 GPS system from 3 different sources
    • Lots of data to play with including sport activity trackers and hiking trail info
    • Water-resistant
    Cons
    • Battery life is not the best

    Read our full review of the Reabeam GPS Hiking Smart Watch


  15. Vickeylla Survival Bracelet Watch
  16. Editors Rating:
    (3.6 / 5)
    Weight 2.6 oz
    GPS No
    Water Resistant Yes
    Current Price No products found.

    The Vickeylla Survival Bracelet Watch is an awesome multi-function watch for under $15. For the lightweight backpacker this is a great lightweight tool loaded with basic, but necessary survival tools including compass, whistle, thermometer, fire starter scraper and paracord that you can unravel to use as a rope for shelter, trapping, and fishing!

    Pros
    • Lots of survival tools like fire starter, whistle, compass, thermometer; nylon
    • Paracord feels comfortable on your wrist
    Cons
    • Not very waterproof
    No products found.

    Read our full review of the Vickeylla Survival Bracelet Watch


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