Take it outside with these rugged timepieces.
By Mitch Rustad
Garmin Instinct Solar & Garmin Forerunner 255
Backpackers and thru-hikers will love Garmin’s Instinct Solar easy-to-use watch, with extended battery life (70 hours in GPS mode), solid digital mapping and customizable data for a wide range of activities. Plus, built-in sports apps to monitor running, biking, swimming, strength training and more, with a fiber-reinforced polymer case and scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla glass.
The Forerunner 255 watch hits the sweet spot for runners, swimmers, bikers, hikers and skiers, and for good reason: intuitive user interface, strong battery life, accurate tracking and Goldilocks design. Better yet, the 255 comes in two sizes (the 41-mm 255S and 46-mm versions). Garmin.com Instinct Solar $399; Forerunner 255 $349.99
Sure to bring out the alpha explorer in you whether you’re fishing, hunting, running, hiking, walking or at the gym, this outdoor sports watch combines an altimeter, barometer and compass with weather information—in a rugged and robust construction. SUUNTO.com $219
If you’re hitting a short local trail or tackling an epic climb, the Regulus has it all: including an altimeter, barometer, compass and thermometer. The injection-molded TR-90 case is ultra-durable with an integrated stainless-steel bezel. The silicone strap and locking looper with a double-prong buckle stays secure during any excursion. Nixon.com $250