Published on May 29th, 2012 | by Greg0
Casio’s Pathfinder: Blaze A New Trail This Memorial Day
This holiday weekend, we’ve been enjoying the pretty-much-official start of summer. Outdoor barbecues, late night subway rides, free concerts, walks on the High Line- Manhattan has plenty to offer for the urban explorer. And we regularly go further afield, to the many beaches, parks, and nearby day trips that involve getting away from the hustle and bustle.
In crowded trains, good look sneaking a peek at your phone. And outdoors, your smartphone will pretty quickly suffer from battery drain. Which is why we recommend considering a timepiece, one that can withstand the water, rain, bumps and come through unscathed, without worry, anywhere in the world. The Casio Pathfinder series has three basic lines, and we’ve been testing out the middle ground- lacking in the atomic precision of the most expensive watches, but offering solar recharging, meaning that as long as you give your watch some time in the sun, you won’t have to think about batteries. The PAG240-1CR might have an awkward name, and it’s definitely a watch aimed at the gadget-loving male. Women, think gift idea- it’s pretty large and bulky.
All of the basic features are there- decent water resistance, the alarms and clocks and timers you might expect, and a very bright backlight that is better than most we’ve seen- it even can automatically illuminate when you are trying to read it! But along with that set, there are also a few other killer additions that set this one above your basic wristwatch- a digital compass, altimeter, barometer, and thermometer. Now you can win those arguments about exactly how hot it is outside, and track your changes in elevation as you climb or hike. Other models have leather or titanium bands, this one is a lightweight resin that’s durable and classy. Navigating the menus is actually pretty simple and intuitive, though the manual is a bit intimidating. Measurements seemed to be accurate- comparisons against dedicated thermometers and compasses showed them to be impressively so, though the altimeter seemed a little off.
There aren’t some high-end features like trip recording and such that some travelers may want. We didn’t miss the atomic timekeeping at all. And it’s surprisingly lightweight. At $200, it’s not a watch for everyone, but for those in the market for a multi-function, multi-sensor watch that will last, definitely check into the Casio Pathfinder line and especially the PAG-240-1CR, or it’s cousin, the PRG-240. For those in need of something a little more business-oriented, the Casio Edifice line is what we wear to meetings and to impress.