The Best Hiking Watches

The Best Hiking WatchesA good hiking watch is more than just a timepiece; it's an important tool that can be used for navigation and safety in the wilderness. Good hiking watches combine a number of outdoor-related features with standard watch features to provide a multifunctional device that can help your performance on a hike or backpacking trip. Here are some hiking watches from top manufacturers.

Suunto

Suunto is known as a leader in outdoor timepieces. Use the watch to track your journey, calculate your speed, distance and altitude or track your way home with the Track Back feature. This brand is an outdoor sports watch and basic GPS unit rolled into one. When you arrive home, you can connect the watch to your computer to download and share your route. You can also view your trip on Google Earth, where you can pull up satellite imagery. 

Casio Pro Trek Collection

Just as advanced as the Suunto X10, the Casio Pro Trek Collection includes all of the important hiking functions in a large, easy-view package. The wide-screen display allows users to view four readings at a time, eliminating the need to flip through function after function to get the information you need.

Garmin fenix® 5

The Garmin fenix 5 watch is a multisport GPS watch with wrist heart rate technology. The watch delivers solid functionality and an option for a chest strap for additional heart rate capabilities. Battery life is 2 weeks in smartwatch mode and 24 hours in GPS mode. 

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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