I love the great outdoors and spend a lot of time with my friends and family either trekking, geocaching, or simply just get away for a weekend with our camping equipment. I tend to combine my hobbies with my love of technology and so am always eager to road test new bits of kit ranging from outdoor GPS handhelds to the latest digital compasses.
A new product I’d like to talk to you about today is the Casio PathFinder PAW1500T-7V digital watch – which combines a digital compass, altimeter, barometer, and thermometer with tide and moon graphs – all encased within highly durable and water-resistant titanium casing. Read on for my full and un-biased Casio PathFinder PAW1500T watch review.
Casio PathFinder PAW1500T Watch Review
First impressions of the Casio PathFinder are that it looks like a proper man’s watch – and what I mean by that is that it’s large, chunky, has a quality feel of weight to it, plus looks stylish enough to be worn as a day to day watch. The titanium casing gives it an almost indestructible factor (titanium is commonly used to construct elements of jet engines and spacecraft) and the Casio PathFinder 1500T can definitely withstand the punishment that could get meted out to it whether being used at sea or out in the wilderness.
First Impressions of the Casio PathFinder PAW1500T-7V
Once I had the Casio PathFinder strapped to my wrist I was ready to go. The watch face has loads of information which in truth I found quite over-complicated to start with. However it didn’t take me long to get to grips with how it worked, and I didn’t even need to read the instructions. The edges of the watch face contain the time as well as the compass in navigation mode. Plus you can see the pressure trends when in the barometer mode.
At the bottom of the Casio PathFinder watch face there is a graph. The graph tells you all about the tides – so whether the tide is in or out, or high or low. It’s also possible to see how much battery charge you have left – but it’s worth noting at the point that the Casio PathFinder PAW1500T-7V is solar powered so should remain charged at all times.
Comparing the In-Built Compass on the Casio PathFinder
One of the first things I did was compare the Casio PathFinder’s digital compass to a more traditional style compass to see how the accuracy measures up. Thankfully on the morning of my test there was some dense fog in the valley area we were camping in, and being approximately 2k from our campsite it seemed an ideal opportunity to test out the PathFinder PAW1500T-7V.
I also was carrying a Silva Polaris Type 7 compass which is what I usually travel with when trekking so held the two up together and was able to compare. I am happy to say that the Casio PathFinder digital compass matched the traditional compass exactly, plus I was able to activate the backlight too in order to read the settings better and make them clearer. We got back to our campsite with no problems whatsoever. You can leave your compass at home if you buy the Casio PathFinder PAW1500T watch.
Testing the Water Resistance when River Rafting with Casio PAW1500T
Next up was to check out how water resistant the Casio PathFinder PAW1500T was which leads me nicely on to day two of our trekking trip. We had some river rafting scheduled and so this was the perfect opportunity to now only bash the heck out of the Casio PathFinder but also see how it withstands water treatment.
We had a 5k river raft scheduled and knowing from previous experience that I was bound to come off the raft at least twice, then this was really going to give the Casio PathFinder a decent work out. Needless to say I did end up getting submerged four times that day and the watch seemed to suffer no ill effects.
Using the Casio PAW1500T at Sea or Treacherous Conditions
I wasn’t able to test the Casio PathFinder watch out at sea, but given the water rafting I can safely say that it will cope in wet conditions. The manufacturer states it is water resistant up to 200m – although I cannot independently verify it – so you have to take their word on that.
However, there are some other features that a seafarer will love to see on this Casio. The in-built altimeter and barometer are very fast and accurate and show the user graphs of measurement against time – meaning you can keep a track of how the weather might be bearing up in the future.
By pressing the Adjust button on the outer bevel of the Casio PathFinder you can switch between displays and view a graph of recent barometric pressure. So for people at sea (or inland for that matter) you can get some reasonable predictions on whether a storm is approaching – because a drop in pressure could mean exactly that.
Should You Buy Casio PathFinder PAW1500T-7V?
Hopefully my review of the Casio PathFinder PAW1500T-7V has given you some valuable insight as to whether it’s the outdoor adventure watch to suit you. Before you purchase though, it is always worth considering other devices – there’s information on the Garmin Fenix lower down the page.
The PathFinder combines so many different pieces of functionality which means you can slim down on the equipment that you have to pack – whilst just relying on one tool that could get you out of many different scrapes whilst on your outdoor adventures.
Rival Outdoor GPS Watch – The Garmin Fenix
Of course, this Casio is not the only one on the market you should consider. Garmin, who are the world leader in GPS devices have also recently announced a new device which is the Garmin Fenix. This is a fully functional GPS outdoors watch that comes with loads of functionality. Admittedly it does not look as good as the Casio, but it does come with full ABC (Altimeter, Barometer, and Digital Compass) – so definitely worth a closer look.
Guest Post: This article was written and supplied by Peter B who runs an independent Garmin Fenix GPS watch website. You can find out more on www.GarminFenix.com.