As far as a rugged ABC watch, the Casio PRW-3500-ICR Pro Trek is a beast. You can see how it compares to other Altimeter, Barometer & Compass hiking watches on our Best Hiking Watches review.
The Casio is solar powered. The large stainless steel bezel insinuates indestructibility while still looking sharp indoors. It’s solid and tough, but at 3.13 oz, is still light enough to enjoy outdoors.
It can be submerged to 200 meters and the unidirectional bezel can be turned to help guide your compass bearing while hiking.
It syncs with an atomic clock that keeps the time super accurate at all times and several daily alarms can obviously also be set if needed. (up to 4 alarm times)
The temperature/barometer works better if you remove the watch from your wrist for a minute.
Here’s what we didn’t love
The altimeter is accurate and simple. Don’t expect too much. It shows an altitude “tendency” graph. You can’t see an actual graph of your altitude history. It merely shows if you’ve been moving up or down in the last few minutes.
The compass shows bearing (degrees) in large digits with North, East, South, West markers around the outer ridge of the face. This is OK, but not fantastic.
I guess we’ve become used to the cleaner look of the smart watches which is why the face/bezel area can look a bit “noisy”. Also, unlike the Casio Pathfinder (lower down), the PRW-3500-ICR makes it a little harder to see which button does what.
Make no mistake, this is a great backpacking watch! Overall, we love it and strongly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a mid-priced outdoor ABC timepiece by a quality brand known for its accuracy and durability.
- Solar Powered
- Sensors: ABC & Thermometer
- Water Resistant: 200 Meters (660 feet) Diving