The best watches, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on April 2, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Watch Reviews

Casio Pro Trek PRG-300CM

rated 4 of 5 stars Casio Pro Trek PRG-300CM—For what it costs and the superb durability you get from it, it is a no-brainer for a beginner and casual user. First of all, I am not a professional trail runner nor an avid trekking or hiking goer. Overall I am an outdoor enthusiast and that has from time to time the chance to go to the beach, mountains, or project sites. For all these duties, and more, this watch is more than capable. In a world where the summit is for the SUUNTOs and TISSOT T-Time (in terms of technology… Full review

Garmin Forerunner 235

rated 5 of 5 stars GPS watch that can track a variety of activities and generate a load of helpful data about your activities. Stand-alone GPS means you can leave your smart phone at home. Waterproof with outstanding battery life, so fit for bad conditions, swims, stream crossings, and trips. Can download apps that add functionality. The Garmin Forerunner 235 falls in the middle of its wrist-worn GPS units. Garmin sells a few less-expensive fitness trackers and running watches; the 235 is a step up from those in terms… Full review

Garmin fenix 5X Sapphire

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A complex, high functionality watch that blew me away with all of its features! For three weeks now I've enjoyed getting more out of my trail runs, hikes, treadmill runs and gym sessions and all the other daily tracking capabilities! I find the GPS excellent and HR monitor superior to some I have tried before. For me, definitely worth the price so far! As a first time Garmin user I am impressed, but I suppose that is to be expected with the Garmin Fenix 5X! The GPS accuracy has been on point for… Full review

Suunto Ambit2

rated 4 of 5 stars I have both the Ambit and Ambit2. The first got a cracked cover eventually—user abuse, so no bad on Suunto on that. The second's battery quit after three years (just outside warranty) of similarly intensive use, and the recharge cable also wore out (contacts snap off, fyi). I'd be disappointed if not for the fact that Suunto replaced the entire watch with a new Ambit 3, despite the fact that the warranty had expired. They probably took one look, saw the gouged bezel, scratched cover, and decided… Full review

Garmin Foretrex 101

rated 5 of 5 stars Good basic wrist GPS available for £xx on Ebay and actually more useful than many GPS devices at £xxx So why would I bother reviewing a bit of kit that is so old it was probably the second backup nav system for Noah after the dove and the olive branch and probably guesswork? Simply put, I am a fan of writing down what you need then finding the cheapest but most bomb proof way of getting it. I understand the attraction of easy link wifi enabled blue-tooth watches, but in the end so few people even… Full review

Garmin Foretrex 301

rated 4 of 5 stars Tough little device, handy for hiking and other active sports. I use this device for hunting, jogging, canoeing, and hiking for about three years. While it’s too small to have detailed maps and other niceties, its “breadcrumbs” mean I can always find my way back to the start, and I can focus on looking for game, instead of looking for markers to backtrack. The “AAA” batteries make it a little bulky, but it means you can change to fresh batteries while you are out for extended periods. … Full review

Suunto X9i

rated 1 of 5 stars Save you money—poor manufactuer support! This GPS device was made to support the Suunto brand directly by not providing their product through general retail outlets, and to make the product sealed, preventing customers changing their own battery. This device must be sent to the local national Sunnto-owned and operated office for battery change. This product is priced-fixed through Suunto authorized dealers only. A MAP price is forced on those Suunto-authorized dealers.  They are not allowed to… Full review

Suunto X9i

rated 2 of 5 stars I have owned two (2) X9i watches for several years which I purchased when on a cruise. After a couple of years the wristbands started to break and chip. Wristbands on the watch housing are made out of rubber. Every year afterward the wristband started to chip and break more frequently. Paying the amount for two watches you would think the rubber parts of the watch would last more than a few years. I recently called for service and the service dept. said that it would cost between $45-$65 to replace… Full review

Suunto X6HR

rated 1.5 of 5 stars I had the watch for about five years. I like it because it is comfortable and not too heavy. After replacing the band for the third time, the display went south and now shows all features displayed at once. If I take the battery out the display shows normal for about 1 second then goes out for lack of power. I done fooling around with this turkey. Older watch so you don't have to worry about buying one. They were advanced when they first came out. They had lots of problems. Customer  support is … Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Forerunner 235 GPS
$250 - $329
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Suunto Ambit3 Peak Sapphire GPS
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin fenix 5X Sapphire GPS
$450 - $599
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin fenix 3 GPS
$500 - $549
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin vivosmart HR Heart Rate / Watch
user rating: 2 of 5 (25)
Suunto Core Compass
$150 - $299
Garmin Forerunner 35 GPS
$130 - $169
Garmin fenix 5S GPS
$350 - $499
Garmin fenix 5S Sapphire GPS
Garmin fenix 5X Plus GPS
$650 - $799
Suunto Ambit3 Peak GPS
$399 - $449
Garmin fenix 5 Plus GPS
$600 - $749
Garmin Forerunner 630 GPS
Casio PAG240-1 Compass
Garmin Forerunner 25 GPS
Garmin Epix GPS
Casio PRW2500-1 Compass
Suunto Ambit3 Run GPS
$165 - $183
Garmin Forerunner 935 GPS
$500 - $650
Garmin vivosmart 3 Heart Rate / Watch
Suunto Traverse GPS
$260 - $419
L.L.Bean Self-Illuminating Sport Watch Analog
Garmin fenix 5 GPS
$350 - $719
Garmin fenix 3 HR GPS
Garmin Forerunner 735xt GPS
Casio Pro Trek PRG600YB-3 Altimeter
Suunto Ambit3 Vertical GPS
$250 - $519
Leatherman Tread Tempo Analog / Multi-Tool
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Garmin fenix GPS
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Suunto Observer Compass
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Polar AXN500 Heart Rate
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Casio Pathfinder PAG80-1V Compass
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS
$200 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Casio Pathfinder PAW1500-1V Compass
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Suunto Vector Compass
$199 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Casio Pathfinder PAW1300-1V Compass
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Casio G-Shock Rangeman GW9400-3 Altimeter
$300 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Garmin Forerunner 310XT GPS
$250 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Highgear Axio Max Compass
$150 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Casio Pathfinder PAW1300T-7V Compass
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Polar AXN700 Heart Rate
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Suunto Ambit2 GPS
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Casio PRG270 Compass
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Casio Pro Trek PRG-300CM Compass
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Garmin Foretrex 301 GPS
$150 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Casio Pathfinder PAG40-3V Compass
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Casio 3202 Twin Sensor Watch Altimeter
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (2)
Timex Expedition WS4 Compass
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Casio Pathfinder PAW1100T-7V Compass
user rating: 3 of 5 (7)
Suunto X10 GPS
$650 MSRP
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