Most smart watches can’t take the abuse that outdoorsmen dish out. With that need in mind Casio created the Smart Outdoor Watch (WSD-F10) that’s as rugged as you are.
The first thing you will notice is that the Smart Outdoor Watch is bigger than your average smart watch. That’s because it’s packing some serious features into a watch that’s Military standard MIL-STD-810G rated and water resistant up to 50 meters. With that being said the watch does not feel big nor does it look out of the ordinary on an average-sized wrist. The watch also features a bigger-than-average 1.3-inch, 320 x 320 watch face which allows the wearer to get all sorts of information with just a quick glance.
After playing with the watch for a while you really get a sense of how well built it is. It’s also comfortable to wear with its soft urethane band, and it also draws a lot of compliments for its rugged style. Speaking of style, the watch comes preloaded with a number of customizable watch faces, and you can also download a number of other watch faces from the Android store. The watch face also features a dual layer display with monochrome LCD. This mode gives you the date and time without taking almost any battery life which is perfect for long fishing, cycling, or hiking trips.
There are three hardware buttons ( “App”, “Tool”, and Home) on the side of the watch that allow you to quickly jump to different modes. Pressing the “Tool” button will open up a number of specialized watch screens. The screens include a compass app, an altimeter, a barometer, a sunrise/sunset display, a tide graph, and a custom gauge called “My Graph” that allows you to track your activity levels and calories burned throughout the day. Casio also preloaded some popular outdoor apps like RunKeeper, ViewRanger, and MyRadar.
Not having to worry about breaking this watch while being active is something that’s hard to describe. Having quickly broken a number of other watches ( a Pebble, Apple watch, and even a Suunto Observer) the ruggedness that the Casio Outdoor Smart Watch offers is a breath of fresh air. No more having to take your smart watch off before being active is something I could really get used to.
Stayed tuned for an in-depth review.
Images courtesy Edward Pierz