I was reluctant to spend alot of money on a watch, but after reading reviews and specs on this Casio Pathfinder, I decided I'd give it a try, and I've been very impressed and happy with this watch. I've been impressed with the accuracy of the compass for a watch, (after you set the magnetic declination for your location). The altimeter is fairly accurate too (usually within 200 ft) but it is key to set a reference altitude at a trailhead or summit of a known location. The barometer also gives a fairly accurate representation of the changing weather, but I've found that sometimes the barometric pressure falls outside the range of the watch's measuring capabilities making "gaps" in the barometric pressure graph. I've not really used the thermometer because you have to take it off for a few minutes to get an accurate reading (without body temp) but when I have, its been very close to a real thermometer.
The solar power cell of the watch works great, mine has never dropped below full strength (high) and I've never had issues getting the atomic calibration signal in Denver, all over Colorado, and Montana, but motion disrupts the signal when your up past midnight. I also sleep with mine on and it always successfully receives the signal. The watch is super durable and highly water-resistant - I wear mine waterskiing and climbing - and never have any issues. The ability to track trip and lifetime vertical gain and lost works great. All 29 time zones is another cool feature and having 5 alarms is great - my previous watch only had 1 so having 5 is a great improvement.
One downside is that there is so much technology packed into this watch, it took me alot of referencing the owners manual in order to memorize all of the controls. Overall, this a good watch that I'm very happy with and given its high quality and construction, I know it will last me for many years to come, which makes the price easier to swallow.
An outdoorsman review
I just bought this watch because I needed a watch that would fit my lifestyle. Something that can take a beating in the outdoors, but nice enough to wear to a dinner party. Out of the box, it is kind of intimidating because of all the features, but after about 2 days of referencing the user manual, you will find it very easy to use. I spend a lot of time in the outdoors either bouldering, hiking, backpacking and exploring and so far this watch has stood up to its name. I love the altimeter and barometer functions. The altimeter has been fairly accurate, but the thermometer does tend to get thrown off by 3-4 degrees if you check it while you are wearing the watch. 5 alarm function is cool too, but I usually use 1 - 2 alarms on average. The alarm sounds a little weak, but I don't mind, I usually hear it go off unless I'm super burnt out tired! The barometer is pretty cool too. It is very easy to read and pretty accurate. The solar atomic time keeping is awesome. You never have to change the battery and the time is always on point! The watch has an internal memory function that tracks data by setting reference points. The watch does a lot! If you are looking for a multifunction watch that is tough, compact, easy to use and stylish, this is definitely a great choice.
As the other reviewers said, this is a pretty good watch. I have had it about 2 years now and it hasnt failed in any way. The one thing that bugs me is the backlight. If you push the light button, the entire screen will glow green (good), but it only lasts 2 seconds...and you cant hold the button down to make it stay on longer. So if you are trying to look at something longer than that, you have to keep pushing the button...its a pain. Other than that, its a good watch. Oh, the wrist band...this is UNLIKE any other wrist band out there, so if you dont like this one, you cant get a different type to replace it...the design is backwards from most every other watch ever made. I wanted a velcro band...nope, cant do it. Look closely at the pic, you will see its opposite from any other watch you have.
Almost Perfect, Weak Alarm
This watch is nearly perfect. It does all of what the spec sheet says. You can select from several modes for the normal display and some of the button functions. Getting the time signal is not a problem in Albuquerque, but I didn't get it in Virginia. The watch is relatively thin and light for this type of multifunction watch. The watch band is large enough to fit my relatively-fat wrist.
The watch has five alarms, and I generally use several of them when on my adventures. However, the alarm sound is relatively weak, compared with the many other Casios I have used. The alarm lasts only ten seconds. I sometimes don't hear these weak and short alarms even when I'm awake. If you don't care about the alarms, you will find this a great watch.
A good multifunctional watch..
A very useful watch! Accurate, atomic clock calibration automatically adjusts at midnight which will work in the U.S., Japan, and Germany. Thermometer works best with the watch off, otherwise it will read your body temp. Compass is accurate, but needs to be kept in a horizontal position. Solar battery lasts about 5 months, is rechargeable, and there is an indicator for low battery. I kept this watch in my purse and the alarm was audible from 15 feet away. Although bulky for my thin wrist (5" around), the straps were adjustable for a comfortable and snug fit. Too bad Casio doesn't make a women's watch with these same features.
Its all i wanted
First let me tell you, I do not use this watch for any hikes and runs i do ( i use the Garmin GPS). But this watch is the best travel buddy. Most used functions by me: Alarm, Altitude ( is approx. right in normal weathers), Temperature (you will have remove it and check after couple of minutes otherwise it will show your skin temperature.... which is also useful if you keep a track), the Auto-illumination is great, controls are easy ( have not read the manual yet), world time (i have family all over the world) , and timer.
It does GREAT
Push the buttons and hold 'em down to make changes or rotate your wrist to view in the dark. Synchronizes to the atomic clock! Direction, altitude, temperature, weather - all right there and durable with an alarm! Way to go Casio.
I use this watch everyday and i absolutely love everything about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!