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The solar powered triple-sensor watch that lives up to its advertisement.
- Highly reliable features.
- Quality build, it has the famous triple sensor.
- Possibly the best value for the money on an outdoors watch.
- Countdown timer settable only by minutes and hours, not seconds, making it unsuitable for precision counting.
There are a lot of things to be said about the Casio Protrek Pathfinder. Shortly speaking it is one of the best sports / outdoor watches in the Protrek line when it comes to value for the money, the number of functions and design. If you are an avid outdoor enthusiast then I assure you that the Pathfinder can be your next to go watch, so read on to discover more about it.
Starting with the design it has a pretty complex look with three buttons on the right side for the triple sensor; one of them is for the compass, one for the barometer and one for the altimeter. Besides these, there are four another buttons for different adjustments or for the backlight. Although they are pretty easy to understand I would suggest reading the online manual or the one that you will get in the box in order to learn the true configuration power of each one of them. The fully digital display has a duplex LCD which basically has two different layers for exposing multiple functions simultaneously. It offers very crisp readings but when you look from extreme angles things seem to get blurry. Other aspects include a highly resistant case to all sorts of shocks and scratches made from quality resin, a strap which is made of the same resin plastic as the case that features a standard and secure one pin securing mechanism. If you don’t like the strap you can change it anytime since there is a large selection of all sorts of fancier bands on the internet which are available due to the watch’s popularity. A good source for aftermarket straps is ClockworkSynergy.
The best part about the Pathfinder is that you won’t have to think about swapping the batteries whatsoever. With a full self-charge from the sun, it can take you up to 6 months of continuous working without any other light exposure. Another very smart thing is that it displays the sunrise and sunset data so you can be sure that the night won’t catch you unprepared with the tent in the bag and the wood fire not set up. However if you are interested in a tide graph too, you should take a look at the fancier Protrek PRW-2500.
Since the icing on the cake is the triple sensor I will speak about each sensor composing it in particular.
The compass is very easy to use. You will only have to press the dedicated button on the right side and four indicators for each cardinal point will show up with the north being marked by three arrows and the rest of the points with only one arrow. From this point, you will only have to move around and figure out where you need to go.
The barometer is a very useful sensor to have since you can basically make weather predictions. Is the air pressure low? Then it will probably rain. Is it unusually low? Then most likely a storm will come by and the air conditions will become unstable. Is air pressure high or rising? Well, here you know that good, sunny weather is on the way.
The altimeter is used to make accurate readings of the altitude based on the sea level, a reference which you will have to set yourself. Configuring it, however, is not that of a big deal. It is advisable to configure it at a location where you know the precise height and then set it as a reference point. For example, when you are climbing a hill and see an indicator that specifies an altitude of 300 meters above sea level, you set it accordingly. After that, the altimeter does the entire job by refreshing the altitude every 2 minutes.
All the basic features like the alarm, countdown timer, and other stuff work as expected with the alarm being loud enough for most situations, the countdown timer being reliable, but still, I have to say that not having the possibility of counting by the second is really frustrating and imprecise. The stopwatch, the calendar, the power saving function and others all work as they should.
There are a lot of other features I would have loved to talk about, mainly among the basic functions, but since time is not always in my favor I will jump straight to the conclusion.
To get things together, the Protrek Pathfinder is a watch that is made for the active person that doesn’t accept compromises when it comes to the number of sensors or functions and most importantly the quality of them, but also likes to get a beautiful design and a high-quality build. For what can be seen at the moment, nearly all customers seem to agree that Casio, through the Protrek series and, in particular, the Pathfinder, truly made all of these possible. This is one of the watches that I highly recommend to anyone who relates to the things described throughout this review.
- 330 ft. / 100 m water resistance
- Solar charging
- Triple sensor composed of Altimeter, Barometer, and Compass
- World time with 31 time zones
- Full Auto EL Backlight
- Automatic Calendar
- Countdown timer
- Digital Compass
- Very accurate with a deviation of only +/- 15 seconds per month
- Loud daily alarms
- 1/100 second stopwatch
- 12/24 hour format
Size and weight of 57.3 X 50.9 X 15.3 / 65 g
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