There plenty of GPS sports watches out there from brands like Suunto, Polar, Garmin, and all sorts of smaller outfits. That means, there’s no shortage of options for those looking to keep a close track of all their workouts. If you want a tough build and rugged style to go with it, there are few choices much better than the Casio G-Shock Move GBDH1000-1A7.
The outfit’s first sports watch with a built-in heart rate monitor, it gives folks a more complete picture of their workouts, as it incorporates heart rate data to the rich collection of information previous models collect. Whether you’re an athlete, a gym rat, or a time-strapped dude looking to make your workouts more efficient, this thing lets you keep better track of your training during both individual sessions and cumulatively over time.
The Casio G-Shock Move GBDH1000-1A7 has the full complement of sensors required for detailed activity tracking, including an accelerometer for monitoring you every move, an optical sensor for measuring your heart rate, an altimeter for tracking elevation, a temperature sensor, and a GPS for checking your exact position. All these, along with its accurate timekeeping, allow you to keep track of detailed running information, from basic stats like speed and distance to more advanced data like VO2 max and aerobic training effect. This should put the new sports watch in line with offerings from Garmin and Suunto, which many folks have been using to get a deeper dive into their training data.
Any of the values can be displayed onscreen at any time, so you can choose exactly which information to focus on while you’re in the middle of your workout, whether it be your speed, distance, or how close you’re getting to your target heart rate. The display, by the way, is pretty straightforward, with no unnecessary graphics or clutter – just numbers, labels, and other pertinent information, likely making it more attractive to those who prefer minimal interfaces. Aside from real-time tracking, it also offers a way to track your fitness level and training progress over time, all while automatically creating training plans based on your personal fitness targets.
The Casio G-Shock Move GBDH1000-1A7, naturally, integrates many of Casio’s various tech, so it should perform as capably and reliably for time-telling as any G-Shock model. That means, it comes in a rugged case that can withstand impact and pressure, apart from surviving immersion in depths of up to 200 meters. It also gets the outfit’s Super Illuminator LED backlighting, 38 time zones with automatic switches, and even the solar charging capabilities, so you don’t have to bother plugging it in the way you would with other GPS sports watches. Do note, while other G-Shock watches can keep charge for months (sometimes, even years), the inclusion of the GPS and the heart rate sensor means the battery is going to deplete a lot faster if you can keep them both on. According to the outfit, using it with those sensors running should cut down battery life to between 14 and 18 hours.
The Casio G-Shock Move GBDH1000-1A7 comes out in May, priced at $399.99.