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Published on May 29th, 2012 | by Greg


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.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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