You’re in the market for new GPS watches and completely overwhelmed. There are a lot of cheaply made sports watches out there being marketed for the outdoors. Don’t get snookered.
Today, we look at two of the most popular and reliable brands, Garmin and Suunto.
GPS Watches: Garmin Instinct Solar-Surf Edition
This is the perfect hunting and fishing companion. Weather info, wave and tide charts, moon and sun data and with health checks like heart rate and energy monitors.
Access multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) to track in more challenging environments than GPS alone.
It has an altimeter, barometer, Tracback routing and smart notifications. You can pair it with Garmin’s inReach devices for super fast SOS emergency triggers when things go south quickly (like a boat sinking or a hunting emergency).
With this watch you’ll experience unprecedented battery life too. Special solar charging capacity gives you up to 54 days use in smartwatch mode. Specialized Hunting & Fishing recreation profiles complete the grand slam. $449 Garmin
Suunto Traverse Alpha: Stealth
A beautiful looking GPS/GLONASS watch with versatile outdoor functions for fishing and hunting. Made in Finland. This watch has a full set of outdoor features. You’ll look good in the elements too as this watch has a lot of style.
Specific fishing and hunting features provide useful tools for outdoor activity. Moon phase calendar, shot detection, sunrise alert, weather trend, and red backlight for nighttime use.
Its easy to track where you’ve been. Use the route preview and route altitude features too. All the usual health monitors and its got 100 m/330 ft water resistance. $349.30 Suunto