If you’re someone who regularly engages in outdoor activities such as trail running, hiking in the mountains, or exploring new trails, you’ll definitely want a watch to help you navigate your trip with ease. Featuring built-in sensors, these small, high-tech devices will measure all sorts of useful information on your hiking trips, so you will never need to worry about getting lost again. If you want to find out more about these stunning watches, we invite you to have a look at our top 6 regarding the best outdoor watches for hiking with GPS.
With a battery life of up to 11 hours in GPS mode and water resistance of up to 40 meters , the TomTom Adventurer GPS Watch helps you track your exact position at any given time, and it does it without depending on any other device. Featuring a built-in heart rate monitor and ABC (altimeter, barometer, compass) sensors, this TomTom hiking watch with GPS allows you to quickly upload a route or see incoming calls and texts. Priced at $350, this watch also includes special modes for rail-running, skiing, swimming, and snowboarding, as well as 3 GB for music storage.
Suunto Traverse Alpha
Available in five different colorways, this Suunto GPS watch with altimeter and barometer comes with extra fishing and hunting features like moon phase tracking and automatic shot detection, but it can also tell you everything you need to know about your position, air pressure, and weather changes. The Suunto Movescount and Suunto Movescount App helps you discover new routes, while the GPS/GLONASS and POI navigation keeps you on the right track. Oher noteworthy highlights include a calorie estimator, a customizable red backlight, and a digital compass.
Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20
Another ABC watch available on the market is the Casio WSD-F20 smart outdoor watch with Android Wear 2.0m, which is an incredibly hiking companion. Thanks to its built-in sensors it can accurately monitor altitudes, atmospheric pressure and directions. Its integrated GPS system can show you real-time information about your body on a full-color map. Other great aspects include being 50m water resistant and being able to operate in low temperature conditions (up to 14 F / -10 C).
Garmin tactix Bravo
This outdoor watch for hiking from Garmin features a very special Garmin Chroma Display that is capable of switching between 2 modes in order to make the display crystal clear even in the most unfavorable conditions. Water resistant up to 100m, this Garmin GPS hiking watch with heart monitor incorporates an omni-directional stainless steel EXO antenna, as well as a TracBack feature that is able to find a route back to your starting point. Thanks to its stainless steel bezel, buttons and reinforced housing, it is a very durable GPS watch with a long-lasting battery life of 14 days in smartwatch mode, and up to 20 hours in GPS mode.
Suunto Ambit 3 Vertical
Provided to you by Suunto, the Ambit 3 Vertical is a GPS watch that features training and recovery functions, as well as a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides up to 15 hours in GPS mode. This Suunto hiking watch is equipped with a route planner with topographic map that allows you to plan your trip, while its Trackback feature helps you find your way back. Furthermore, this watch works as a heart monitor and an extension of your phone, by displaying all your important messages and notifications.
Garmin fēnix 5
Boasting a clean, modern, and practical design, the Garmin fēnix 5 features an Elevate wrist heart rate technology that monitor your entire activity throughout the day, including steps, distance, calories burned, and active minutes. Also, this Garmin GPS watch for hiking allows you to check your notifications at a glance, including calls, texts, and emails, so you won’t need a smartphone anymore. The ABC (altimeter, barometer and compass) sensor capabilities are also present, as are the outdoor sensors, GPS and GLONASS satellite reception, and 3-axis compass with gyroscope and barometric altimeter. Last but not least, the battery lasts up to 2 weeks in smartwatch mode and 24 in GPS mode.