As someone who loves the great outdoors, you probably yearn for the moment when you can get off the grid and be one with nature. While that’s always a great feeling, you can’t be 100% off the grid while trekking or hiking as certain technologies can enhance not only your experience but also ensure a certain degree of safety. Getting your hands on a rugged smartwatch that’s built to last outdoorsy conditions can be a great way to minimise your reliance on multiple devices while still catering to all your needs. Here are some of the top rugged smartwatches for men that are available on Amazon.
The Garmin Instinct Solar is, as the name suggests, a solar-powered watch that cuts down your reliance on electricity while you are camping. It has preloaded sports apps that track running, walking, swimming, rowing and more. The Pulse Ox sensor checks your oxygen saturation levels, making this a good option for those who want to go trekking at high altitude locations. The smartwatch also tracks your heart rate and stress. Finally, this smartwatch is built to US Military standard 810G to make it resistant to water, heat and shock. It is water-resistant up to 100m.
The Huami AmazFit T-Rex Smartwatch is a great option for serious hikers as it has passed 12 different tests to assure you of its military-grade build. It has a 5ATM waterproof build and should be able to withstand the harshest conditions without impacting the user experience. The battery is claimed to last 20 days, which should make it ideal if you’re planning to go camping. It has a 1.3-inch AMOLED colour screen that displays all the important information that you need to know. This is an always-on display, which means you don’t have to tap the screen to see the data.
The Garmin Instinct is a rugged smartwatch built to meet the U.S Military Standard 810G, which makes it resistant to heat, shock and water (up to 100m). The smartwatch is compatible with three navigation systems - GPS, GLONASS and Galileo – so you don’t ever have to worry about getting lost in the middle of the woods. It also has a 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter. If you’re planning to push yourself on a trek, note that this has a heart rate monitor and can also monitor your stress and activity so that you challenge yourself in a safe way. The TracBack feature can help you find your way back from a starting point so that you can wander and explore areas near your campsite without worrying.
The Noise NoiseFit Evolve is compatible with the brand’s NoiseFit app, which tracks your activities and stress levels. It has nine different sports modes and tracks different activities like running, walking, yoga, mountain climbing and more, along with a dynamic heart rate monitor that lets you evaluate your performance. It has an IP68 rating which indicates that it is waterproof. It is also claimed to have a 3-day battery life (which lasts for 10 days when the device is on standby mode). You can access your smartphone notifications on the AMOLED touch display. You can also change the straps to suit your mood.
The Casio G Shock is perfect for consumers who want a watch with a more classic aesthetic, along with a few features that should help them track their fitness. It has a built-in 3-axis acceleration sensor that tracks your steps, and the data is displayed on the watch’s face right under the number six. The watch can also show you the calories you’ve burnt while also letting you set timers for different workouts. The LED digital display should let you see the time even when it's dark outside. The smartwatch is water-resistant up to 20m, so you can take it for a swim too.