Casio Pathfinder PAW1300T-7V

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This review is for the Casio Pathfinder PAW1300T-7V.

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Price Paid: $320

This review is for the Casio Pathfinder PAW1300T-7V. This is the titanium slimline version of Casio's Pathfinder watches. This is a fantastic looking timepiece. The smaller size and lower profile eliminates the "geek" look, common of most multifuction watches.

Since the watch updates the time from the radio transmitter in Fort Collins at midnight every night, its accuracy is never in question. The manual suggests that you remove the watch and place it on the window sill for accurate updates, but I wear the watch to bed and have never had a problem receiving the update - even when in the backcountry.

Compass, Altimeter, Barometer, and Thermometer all work great. As with most watches like this, you have to remove the watch to get an accurate temperature reading. The compass takes some getting used to because it only takes readings for 15 seconds after being activated in order to save the battery. You can keep pushing the compass button if you need more 15 second intervals to get your bearing.

As far as the battery goes, the watch is solar powered and charges the battery during the day. The battery level indicator on mine has never moved off of full charge even with repeated backlight usage. (The watch is supposed to last 5 months without a recharge.)

The only reason I didn't give this watch a 5.0 was because of the backlight. On the slimline version, the light comes on for two seconds max with each push of the button. (You can make the watch illuminate by turning your wrist also.) Two seconds isn't much time to take a bearing if you are using the compass at night. (Of course you shouldn't be navigating at night without a flashlight.) Some of the other versions of this watch have selectable backlight time.

The display is large, clear, easy to read, and customizable. The titanium version is extremely rugged and great looking. In my opinion, it's the best backcountry watch you can buy at any price.

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Casio Silver Slim Atomic-Solar Pathfinder TitaniumCasio Silver Slim Atomic-Solar Pathfinder Titanium is a slim silver and black men's watch from Casio. It features a resin construction and a titanium case, bezel, and band. The light green-gray dial has a digital time display and a day and date calendar. Powered by digital quartz, the pathfinder is also water resistant to 330 feet. Multi-band 5 atomic timekeeping is designed to pick up the time calibration signal. It will receive the time calibration signal automatically from the applicable transmitter (in the middle of the night) and update its settings accordingly. You do not have to worry about changing your battery again with pathfinder's solar technology. A built-in thermometer displays and checks the temperature every 5 minutes. The display can be converted from Celsius to Fahrenheit. You will always be able to read your pathfinder display, even in total darkness. El backlights make the face of the pathfinder exceptionally bright. The watch also includes an auto light. The Casio Silver Slim Atomic-Solar Pathfinder Titanium watch will lead the way to your next adventure.

- SunnySports

Casio has somehow managed to cram a roomful (or at least a backpack-full) of instruments vital to the success of your expedition into the remarkably slim, lightweight Pro Trek PAW1300T-7 Altimeter Watch. From trekking in the Alps to exploring Death Valley, this do-it-all watch keeps you informed as you explore the Earth's highs and lows.

- Backcountry.com

The Casio Pathfinder PAW1300T-7V multifunction watch sports a titanium band, keeps time via the accurate Atomic Clock and draws its power reliably from the sun! Automatically receives Atomic Clock time calibration signals in the U.S., England, Germany and Japan for incredibly accurate timekeeping. No batteries to replace! This compact unit has a large-capacity solar storage battery that requires very little light to recharge. Small sensors detect direction, altitude and temperature, keeping you in tune with the world around you. Digital compass displays current heading; reports bearing in 1° increments. Altimeter tracks elevation gain and loss from -2,300 to 32,800 ft./-700 to 10,000m in 20 ft./5m increments. Altimeter memory captures up to 40 records of high/low altitude, cumulative ascent/descent, date, month and time. Altitude tendency graph positions you with respect to your target altitude. Detect change in the weather—barometric tendency graph charts the weather changes. Barometer tracks atmospheric pressure changes from 260 to 1,100 hPa (7.68 to 32.49 inHg). Thermometer ranges from 14 to 140°F (-10 to 60°C) measured in 0.2°F increments (0.1°C). Electro-luminescent backlight activates by simply tilting your wrist 40° toward you from the horizontal. 1/100-second stopwatch measures elapsed time, split time and first- and second-place times. Features countdown timer, time in 12 or 24-hr. format, world time with 29 time zones, date, day, auto calendar (through 2039), 5 daily alarms and hourly chime. Water resistant to 100m (330 ft.).

- REI