Best Hunting Watches | Smartwatches For Outdoor Trips [2021]

Some people love to travel alone in the wild, wander in this beautiful world, without necessarily connecting with anyone. But sometimes, your instincts can make a fool out of you, if you can’t just rely on them and have no physical backup at all. Well, nowadays in this advanced world, where a human being is trying to reach mars, nothing is impossible, at all.

Just like that, a smartwatch can be more than just an extension of a smartphone. Yes, it doesn’t really matter if you don’t believe on physical backups, but you should at least have a companion who can find the way for you if you lose track of your destination, to give you alerts about the bad weather, to make you get up early for the morning hunt and play music if you are getting bored.

Well, guess what, a smartwatch can do all these things by hanging on to your wrist and can always be a trusted backup when things get rough.

So, if you are a fan of hunting, skiing, hiking, and swimming/diving or just love to travel by being the outdoor dweller, I have reviewed some of the very good smartwatches, which can be your companion in the adventurous trips and on which you can always rely on.

But before we get to it, here’s a buying guide which will help you in choosing an outdoor smartwatch, for sure.

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Hunting Watches Buying guide

There are some aspects you need to know about while narrowing your decision down to buying an outdoor smartwatch, because out there in the wild, nothing is easier.

Military standards (MIL-STD 819G)

It is actually a test conducted by the U.S Military to check the ruggedness and robustness of the products. Those products which can withstand these tests are considered well-built and made-to-last.

Since, you need a gadget for your trips which includes hunting, fishing, skiing, hiking and much more. So, in all these tough and rough conditions, not every wearable product can survive, which is why you should pick the smartwatch which is tested against these military standards for various tests including shock resistance, High/low pressure, temperature and many more.

Water-resistant

Although almost all the multi-sports smartwatch is water-resistant to some extent, then again it varies on your use. If you are not really a fan of swimming or diving then resistance to water up to 30m is enough for you, because it can withstand the water intrusion from washing your hands, bathing, etc.

But, if you want to use it under the water, you should at least choose the smartwatch that is water-resistant up to 100m.

Barometer

Weather forecast plays a very important role in hunting, fishing or outdoor activity of any kind because sometimes, even a slight heads up about the bad weather is enough instead of letting it catch you off guard.

Barometer actually measures the air pressure, through which you can get an idea about the turns weather can take on the day of the run.

GPS tracking

Maybe the most important factor to look while searching for a hunting smartwatch, because there’s always a chance of getting lost in the woods. Singularly, only GPS can do the work almost fine, but when the fusion of GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo is used, it works like a God-eye and the chance of you getting lost becomes zero.

Compass

Even if your smartwatch isn’t equipped with GPS, it should have a built-in compass at least, to give you co-ordinates or help you in navigating the right path.

Alarm & Sunrise/Sunset

Instead of your adventurous trip getting ruined by your sleep, an alarm always comes handy to make sure to go with the planned flow, along with Sunrise/sunset updates about the different regions.

Battery life

What are you going to do, if your battery ran out and you lost your way back? So, you should select that smartwatch, whose battery lasts for at least a day, so that you can get the chance of it getting charged and continue your journey.

Even if the battery doesn’t last for a day, you should have this option to switch off your GPS feature, so the battery drainage can be reduced to make it work even longer.

Now without further ado, let’s get started.

 

Best Hunting Smartwatches

 

1. Suunto Traverse Alpha (Editor’s Pick For Best Hunting Watch)

Suunto Traverse Alpha can be your potential hunting partner and can be termed as the Best hunting smartwatch in the game right now, without any doubt.

Design:

It comes with premium scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass which is accompanied with rugged, knurled stainless steel bezel which gives it such a “G-shock” sporty look. It also comes with a durable nylon textile strap which is meant to be water-resistant, somehow. Overall, the design and screen are made to last and it can stand extra rough conditions of any kind.

Water-resistant:

It is water-resistant to 100 meters, which makes it a swim-proof package to its maximum extent. It can be even submerged in the water and it won’t get damaged in any way possible. This kind of water-resistance really helps you in surviving the wildings, because you never know what comes next during fishing.

Tracking

Tracking comes really handy in any situation, whether it’s your activity tracking or your location tracking. But, when you are in the wild doing adventure, you most probably lose track of time, along with your location. It would have been a problem a decade ago, but in this modern era, it’s not even a problem.

Suunto Traverse Alpha comes with the ideal fusion of GPS and GLONASS technology, which is mean to track your location via SIRFStarV chip, very accurately. The automatic breadcrumb trail makes sure, that you get on to your track and doesn’t get lost anywhere. You can also savepoint of interest along the way in between doing so. This means, that even if you get lost somewhere, you’d have an ideal backup, right on your wrist.

Automatic shot detection:

This feature here separates it from any hunting smartwatches out there. What Automatic shot detection does, is that it uses the built-in Accelerometer to find the point of interest. It uses the GPS to track your coordinates and tells you when and where to shoot.

The algorithm of this feature is designed in this way that it lets you keep track of your shot distance and elevation which helps in making your altitude profile. This will actually help you in making your next tour or hunt really easy and can pick point interest in the way too.

It should be noted that this feature is strictly made for rifles and shotguns and it might not work properly with gun-toys or smaller handguns.

In order to utilize this feature to its fullest, it is advised that you should wear the watch on the trigger hand, due to which its algorithm will keep track of both your wrist and gun recoil movement. It works on both wrists too, but it would give more accurate results in that way.

Perfect for hunting and fishing:

There can’t be a better companion of you than this watch if you’re on a solo trip to discover the wonders of the world.

Vibration: It comes with vibration alerts which will give an alert about any notification or activity on the watch, without making any irrelevant or unnecessary noise.

Red backlight:

If you are on a night trip and wearing a night-goggle, then you don’t have to worry about using the features of it, because it has a red backlight, which is compatible with Night-vision-goggles that would help you in seeing without taking it off.

Flashlight:

This feature goes unnoticed when we’re in our home/office but out in the dark, the circumstances get very unpredictable at times, which is why Alpha has put a discrete flashlight in this watch, through which you won’t be able to lose in the dark, at least.

Made to last:

It is handmade in Finland and tested against military standards (MIL-STD 819G), which shows how robust and durable it can be.

Sunrise alerts:

In order to keep you away from mismanagement, it is equipped with a feature where it tells you the time of sunrise and sunset so that you can plan your day accordingly.

Lunar calendar:

Along with Gregorian, it also comes with a location-based Lunar calendar, which helps you get an estimate of your hunting nights and determines the best hunting and fishing nights for you.

Weather alerts:

It is engineered with Barometric pressure graphs and the storm alerts, which notifies the changes in weather and helps you plan your hunt accordingly.

Digital compass:

It comes with a built-in digital compass which lets you quickly get hold of the situation and the direction if you lose track of your co-ordinates.

Suunto Movescount web app:

With this app, you can plan your next trail and routes with topographic maps, along with keeping the memory of your fishing and hunting trip in the form of a diary.

Along with being the hunting smartwatch, it can work like a typical hippie watch too, and gives you calls and text notifications when connected with Bluetooth.

It also has activity tracking and sports mode, which calculates your distance covered, steps counts and calorie intake. In sports mode, you can customize different sports and can keep track of them as you want to.

Battery life: 

Even though the battery life always depends upon the usage as well, but you are good to go for minimum two weeks after a single charge if you are not going to use the GPS feature. However, with GPS tracking, it falls short to 100 hours or less than that, depending upon the usage of other features.

But, it is equipped with enormous features, even if it lasts 2 days or so, it is quite good. Because these heavy features drain the battery life to its fullest. So, I have no reservations on its battery life, at all.

Specifications:

  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 70grams
  • Dial size: 50mm
  • Dial thickness: 15mm
  • Glass: Sapphire lens
  • Strap: nylon textile
  • Bezel: knurled stainless steel
  • Batteries: Rechargeable lithium-ion battery

Key features:

  • Extreme water-resistance
  • Automatic shot detection
  • Radio transceiver
  • Altimeter & Barometer
  • Built-in Compass and bearing lock
  • Sunset/Sunrise and location-based moon calendar
  • Composed activity tracking
  • Thermometer and Chronograph
  • GPS and GLONASS
  • Discrete Flashlight/Red backlight
  • Call/text notifications
Pros
  • Solid, rugged, robust and made to last
  • Compatibility with night-vision-goggles
  • Dual-positioning system making the tracking game strong
  • Gives vital alerts for planning your trip
  • Perfect for hunting, fishing, etc.
Cons
  • Seems to have problems in changed time zones

 

2. SKMEI (Best Affordable Hunting Smartwatch)

If you are looking for a cheap and affordable outdoor smartwatch that can stand slight rough conditions and do its job pretty well, this is for you.

Design

It has a solid design and comes with a high quality ABS case with a Hardlex crystal suitable and durable package. The case diameter is 50mm and the thickness is 18mm which is good enough. The straps are comfortable and are 21mm long and the stainless steel buckle provides a good fit.

Overall, the design is really solid but it’s not real rugged or that robust that it can last against extreme environmental conditions, but having said that, it can withstand slight rough conditions and will be a good companion of you in your journey.

Weather forecast

It doesn’t give you weather forecast as it gets displayed on smartphones, but it actually uses the combination of thermometer and barometer for that manner. It comes with a built-in Altimeter, Barometer, and thermometer though. The barometer displays the air-pressure, the altimeter measures the height with the 24 hours history with an altitude graph. While thermometer, on the other hand, measures temperature ranging from -10 degrees centigrade to 60 centigrade.

You can get the weather forecast by combining the air pressure and temperature.

Built-in digital compass

When you are on hunting, most of the time you lose track of time along with the location, which is why you need to have a backup for it, and this smartwatch provides a really good backup in this regard.

As it doesn’t really have GPS or GLONASS technology which will track your location easily. However, it does with this amazing digital compass which will point the directions and co-ordinates for you easily, so even if you lose track of your co-ordinate, it will guide you in the right direction.

Activity tracking

It comes with basic activity tracking in which it tells you the amount distance covered, steps and gives an account of the calorie intake and doesn’t really need an app for this. However, it only has the capacity to keep your records for 7 days, after that it will be erased. These steps and distance are calculated by a pedometer, which of course isn’t that accurate but it really gives you a good rough estimate of these activities.

Water-resistant

Even though the smartwatch is water-resistant up to 30 meters which makes it a really good package for swimming or bathing while keeping it on, but there’s a drawback.

On the back of this smartwatch, there is a hole through barometer works and measure the air pressure, so if you are going to submerge it into the water, there’s a high chance of water intrusion into the watch, which obviously will damage it in one way or the other. So, even if it says it is water-resistant, it’s advised not to do any kind of experiments in this regard, at all.

More features:

Even at this cheapest price, it doesn’t really disappoint you with its features and you can make the best use out of it. Firstly, it comes with a stopwatch, which you use in running or completing a mile after getting your step count and distance covered. Secondly, countdown and pedometer which really helps in doing the tracking done without any help of a smartphone.

The features don’t really end here and it also comes with dual-time zones and provides accurate time. It comes with two independent alarms which you can use to wake yourself up for the early hunting and the calendar which shows the day, date and month.

Specifications:

  • Color: Black/Green
  • Strap size: 21mm
  • Case diameter: 50mm
  • Case thickness: 18mm
  • Strap: PU
  • Mirror: resin

Key features:

  • Altimeter
  • Barometer
  • Weather forecast
  • Thermometer
  • Activity tracking
  • Independent alarm clocks and calendar
  • Pedometer
  • Digital compass
  • Stopwatch/countdown
Pros
  • Simple, compact design
  • Basic activity tracking
  • Weather forecast
  • Water-resistant
Cons
  • Can only be used for basic outdoor activities
  • Very limited features

 

3. Garmin Instinct

A solid design which can withstand extra rough conditions and can be your pick for your adventure rides.

Design/Screen

The design is flawless in general and has a really good combination of ruggedness and robustness. The case is made up of fiber-reinforced polymer which is there to add durability and strength to its physical appearance while it’s beautiful chemically strengthened, scratch-resistant display adds up the whole show of class and tough looks into it. The display is quite nice and has a two-window design with a resolution of 128 x 128 pixels, which makes it easily readable in bright daylight, unlike some of the smart gadgets.

If you are on a night-hunt and wearing night-vision-goggles, Garmin made sure that it will be compatible in that condition too. By activating night vision mode, which actually reduces the backlight to that extent, where it doesn’t really do any wrong, even if you are wearing the goggles. This is really important because you don’t have to take your goggles off every time from getting direction through GPS and works absolutely fine with them.

Coming with two independent keeper loops, Garmin instinct comes with a silicone band which makes sure in getting hold of your wrist to its finest and fullest.

Overall, the design is really amazing and has the ability to withstand any kind of rough circumstances.

Tracking

It comes with dual-positioning technology which uses GPS and GLONASS and tracks your location precisely and accurately. If you get lost during your hunt or an adventurous trip, you shouldn’t be worried about it all, because you’re getting tracked from a reliable feature.

You can also use the built-in three-axis compass which gives the coordinates and along with this, if you want to follow the same track back to your destination, you can use its ‘TracBack’ feature, which will guide to go on the same patterns for your journey back.

Made to last

When you are out for the hiking or any other trip which involves any sort of risks, you never know what comes next, and that’s why you should be prepared for any difficulty ahead, which is why this smartwatch is made rugged and robust to that extent, it can actually stand any sort of conditions, anytime.

For that purpose, it is tested against Military standard 810G to make sure that it can survive the rough conditions easily. From being thermal and shockproof to resist the intrusion of water under 100m, Garmin instinct is good to go for any adventurous, hunting or fishing trip.

Stealth mode

This feature basically helps in secret operations, where there’s a chance your location getting taped. So, what it really does, is that it hides your GPS location and cut ties with any wireless communication that can be connected to your watch, in any way. It might sound odd that why this feature is needed in a fishing or hunting trip, but as I said, when you are out there, you never know what comes next, so it does help you go wirelessly underground, somehow.

By using a dual positioning system, it can also display MGRS (Military Grid Reference System) in Degrees/minutes/seconds, along with accessing waypoints.

Activity tracking

With all the ruggedness and robustness it does care about your health too and comes with proper activity tracking features. It has the ability to keep track of your heart rate all day, along with the stress management feature. This helps you in getting insights about the areas, where you have to work hard, in order to improve your health.

It actually acts as your fitness trainer, because whenever you are ready for your exercise or workout, you can start from there, where you left. These preloaded activity profiles really help in getting you in shape and provide motivation for your fitness goals.

You can easily track your biking, running and swimming activities through it, and if you are into mission-specific training, it can provide you this too, which is pretty amazing for a smartwatch.

Battery life

All these features will go in vain if the battery isn’t supportable enough. Well, in this case, Garmin instinct didn’t really disappoint and is equipped with a battery that can last closer to any smartwatch with this many features. It’s a universal fact that if the product comes with features dependent upon GPS, the battery drainage will be automatically severe in it.

It can last for 14 days without GPS. Now, here’s a thing, if you are on a long trip and there’s no chance for you to charge your gadget anywhere near, try using less GPS related features, because it’s only going to last for 16 hours, if you are going to use the GPS, constantly. Which frankly is closer to Apple watch series 5. So, I must say, the battery life is not that bad, at all.

You can also make it last for 40 hours by using ‘UltraTrac’ battery saver mode, which is quite good.

Specifications:

  • Color: Tactical black
  • Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Case Material: Fiber-Reinforced Polymer
  • Band size: 22mm
  • Band Material: Silicone
  • Display resolution: 128 x 128 pixel
  • Display Type: Monochrome, Sunlight-visible, Transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)

Sensors:

  • GPS/GLONASS
  • GALILEO
  • Barometric Altimeter
  • Accelerometer
  • Thermometer
  • Heart rate monitoring

Key features:

  • Smart notifications
  • Weather alerts
  • Accurate tracking using GPS/GLONASS
  • Three-axis Compass
  • Night-vision mode
  • Thermal/Shockproof
  • Water-resistant
  • Activity tracking
  • Sports mode
  • Stealth mode
Pros
  • Solid, rugged design
  • Easy to read display
  • Compatibility with night-vision goggles
  • Accurate tracking
  • 24/7 heart rate monitoring
Cons
  • Battery life needs improvement
  • Very less space for storage

 

4. SUNROAD Men’s Smartwatch

It can be easily one of the best companions on an adventure trip which is equipped with all the necessary features for it.

Tools for outdoor activities

Sunroad Men’s smartwatch provides every type of tool and features for your journeys and can be a good companion of you if you want to.

Pedometer: It actually is used to keep track of your steps count and the amount of distance covered. Along with this, it also gives an account of the calories that are burnt. Hence, the basic activity tracking can be easily done.

Altimeter: During hiking or traveling through steep trails, this feature really helps in determining the elevations, which comes in handy, because you get detailed insights about it.

Barometer: It measures air pressure and is used in forecasting the weather. As the change in air pressure towards upward direction means the weather is going to be good while the downward motion means the bad weather. It just gives you a rough estimate for it, you cannot rely on it entirely.

Compass: Since these low budget smartwatches don’t really come with any positioning system which will track your location down. But what they can do is to give co-ordinates of your location and you can find your path on your own. This feature of compass helps you in every condition, it isn’t just about giving you the direction.

Sunrise/Sunset: Being a good companion for your outdoor journey, it gives you the details about the sunrise and sunset of 28 different cities. You can also change the timing of these cities and can look at the respective day’s sunrise or sunset. This feature helps you in making plans for your early morning hunt and coming back from it on time.

Waterproof:

This smartwatch is water-resistant up to 50m, which means it can withstand the water intrusion under such depth. But, it is advised not to press any buttons under the water nor use it in hot water. You can use it while bathing or on rainy days, the rain won’t damage it in any way possible.

Specifications:

  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 80g
  • Gross weight: 260g
  • Case: ABS + Stainless Steel
  • Watch face: High anti-friction Mineral glass
  • Band: High-Quality Nylon Strap
  • Clasp: Advanced Stainless Steel

Key features:

  • Altimeter
  • Activity tracking
  • Water-resistant
  • Barometer
  • Stopwatch & countdown timer
  • Pedometer
  • Calendar
  • Built-in compass
  • Sunrise and sunset alerts
Pros
  • Stylish design
  • Necessary tools for outdoor adventure
  • Water-resistant
Cons
  • Altimeter needs improvement

 

5. Garmin fēnix 5 Plus

If you are wearing this smartwatch, you can NOT lose track of time, direction and destination anytime, anywhere and that’s guaranteed.

Design/screen

Garmin Fenix 5 plus doesn’t come with the touch screen and is controlled manually with 5 stainless steel buttons. Each of them is meant to perform functions given to it accordingly, which are written on the circular edge too. It comes with a 1.2-inch screen with a 240 x 240 resolution. The case size is 47mm and it weighs almost 87g and the screen is made up of Sapphire crystal domed glass. Overall, the design is pretty rugged and looks promising in withstanding all the rough and rough conditions that might come in your way.

GPS tracking and sensors

Without having a complete GPS backup, you cannot rely on human instincts only when going on an adventurous ride. Which is why this Garmin made sure that you accompanied with the best GPS combination that is being nowadays. It comes with GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo satellite reception, which gives the most accurate and promising location tracking ever.

Not only the God-tier tracking, but it also comes with the beautiful combination of ABC sensors (Altimeter, Barometer, and Compass) which comes really handy when you are out on a hiking or steep trailing place. The built-in altimeter gives the actual account or elevation data while hiking or activities like that, through which you can get easy insights about it. Along with that, the built-in three-axis electronic compass tells you co-ordinates, whenever you want.

Built-in Mapping and Navigation

Built-in Mapping actually means that you literally have a map on your wrist and you don’t need to use for the phone at all for getting navigations, Fenix plus 5 got it for you. In order to get easy navigations or if you have lost your route, the full colored TOPO mapping helps you in finding it, as it comes with map data that is optimized and does your work.

Now if you are a fan of cycling and want to go for a long ride, this smartwatch will tell you the best trails and routes you can follow, so that you can continue your journey without any possible interruptions. This feature is not limited to cyclists only, but it also goes for the runners too.

Health monitoring

Along with providing you the toughest design and features for your hunting trips, it does care about your health monitoring and fitness tracking. Like all the famous smartwatches, it also comes with basic activity tracking too. Which means, it will count your daily steps, the amount of distance covered along with giving an account of the calories burnt.

But, the heart rate monitoring looks very promising in this one, because it uses the ‘Elevate wrist band’ technology, which actually measures your heart rate in any conditions. Obviously, when you are out there on an intense trip, you should get insights about your heart rate. This actually helps you in keeping yourself calm and composed in certain conditions where the consistency of breathing is required.

It kind of measures your stress level too and tells you if your body is ready for a heavy workout by making a stress score which mainly uses your heart rate as a benchmark.

Fitness trainer

If you go with this smart gadget, you are not only buying a smartwatch, but you are also getting a fitness trainer as well. And unlike other fitness trackers, it actually trains you in a more sophisticated way so that you can excel and achieve your fitness goals more often.

By tapping into the physiological metrics, it shows your various workout stats and tells you if you are underachieving or training hard enough to achieve your goals. It automatically evaluates your exercise history and tells if you are lacking, not pushing hard enough, or doing less than you could.

It comes with preloaded activity profiles for sports and workouts including biking, hiking, skiing, rowing, paddle boarding, swimming, running, and many more. So, not only you can enjoy all the features of smartwatch doing all these amazing workouts and sports, you can track your performance down and see if you are peeking or maintaining your stats, on your wrist without anyone’s help.

Pay from your watch

You don’t have to necessarily bring a wallet or cash for the payment of anything you like, you can pay it easily from your watch, which could be really helpful in any trip. But, since we are talking or adventurous trips, you can pay for purchasing stuff from your watch and leave the headache of constantly keeping your wallet with you, all the time.

Enjoy the music

It gives you 4GB of storage for music only, which means that you can put 500 songs of your choice in it that you can listen to anytime you want. Especially when you are running or cycling, you often get bored and to lighten your mood, you can listen to them easily. So, leave your phone behind if you are going for a run because you have songs already stored in your smartwatch.

Stay connected

It gives you smart notifications and notifies you about the incoming calls, text messages or emails, so even if you are busy enough to not use to your smartphone in reading the actual texts, you can easily check it out from it. Along with this, you can also stay connected to Garmin Connect online fitness community and socialize easily.

Battery life

It can last up to 8 to 10 days without GPS related features, but with constant GPS and music, it can last up to 8 hours, which frankly is a slight problem, when you are on a long run and can’t charge your smartwatch regularly. But, having said that, it’s not that bad either, but yes, the battery life does need some improvement.

Specifications:

  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 87g
  • Case size: 47mm
  • Glass: Sapphire crystal domed glass
  • Display: 1.2 inch
  • Resolution: 240 x 240 pixels
  • Band size: 22m
  • Storage: 16GB

Key features:

  • The fusion of dual positioning system
  • Water-resistant up to 10 ATM
  • Smart notifications
  • Pre-installed activity profiles
  • Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Heart rate monitoring
  • Built-in Altimeter/Barometer/Compass
  • Detailed sophisticated activity tracking
  • Smart payments
Pros
  • Elegant and stylish design
  • God-tier activity tracking
  • Preloaded mapping and navigations
  • Detailed activity tracking
  • Swimproof
Cons
  • Battery life needs improvement

 

6. Casio Men’s “Pro Trek”

A smartwatch that is designed specifically for your outdoor activities including fishing and Gold, along with GPS tracking.

Design/screen

Casio Men’s “Pro Trek” comes with a flat dial design comprising of 1.32-inch display TFT display with a resolution of 320 x 300 pixels. The display is good, but it could have been better, along with the resolution which isn’t that sharp enough, but it works properly and smoothly.

The watch gets operated with the help of buttons that are assigned to do specific tasks. You have to get comfortable with the usage of buttons as well, in order to get deep insights into its features. You can also access different wear OS applications using the big middle button and give commands to Google assistant.

GPS tracking

If I say that this “Pro Trek” can make sure you don’t have to use your phone for mapping or navigations, then it won’t be wrong. It comes with the deadly combination of GPS and GLONASS along with Galileo, so you don’t have to worry about getting lost in woods or anywhere because it can give very precise track of your location.

Colored maps

‘Google maps’ and ‘Mapbox’ gives the combined data about the colored map which helps you in getting your location almost anywhere in the world. As it uses a dual positioning system so the accuracy will always go to be closer to the accurate, but what really fascinating the details is in this colored map about the regions and countries, all over the world.

Offline color mapping and GPS integration are done with the help of the WSD-F20 app. This actually allows you to see your travel routes and you can also add the point of interest wherever you want by it. In order to activate this app, you have to push the app button and it will take that from there.

Offline mapping

If you are going somewhere where you are not sure if you will get the time or the relevant source for downloading a certain map, there’s an easy solution for that problem. You can download any map, use it offline to see your current location and get navigations easily. This actually really helps people when they are busy hiking or exploring the world and this feature lets you do what you love, without interrupting.

Made to last

Only those smartwatches that are can stand rough conditions are useful for this kind of hunting or fishing trip. Luckily, this Pro trek is tested against the military standards and it meets theMIL-STD-810G requirements. So, in general, it is made rugged and robust to that extent, that it can withstand almost any type of environment and conditions.

It is also water-resistant up to 50 meters which makes it a Swimproof package too. But, it actually during fishing or if you are out on a run/hiking and weather decides to make you wet, but have no worries because it can the water-intrusion to 50m meters so it becomes immune to water-splashes/washing hands or bathing.

ViewRanger

It is an app which this smartwatch provides in order to get the details about the safest routes, navigation guidance and the data of the location where you want to go. This comes really handy in that area where they change their dimensions to that extent where it is harder to anticipate. So, by using this app, at least you have to clear heads up for what’s waiting for you in the chosen routes.

Hole19

If you are a fan of golf or love playing golf, maybe this smartwatch is meant for you. It comes with this amazing “Hole19” app which becomes your companion while playing gold and gives you required navigations for it.

This app actually is not basic at all and is really deep in usage and stuff, along with being the most comprehensive android app for golf that has more than 41000 detailed distances all around the world. This means, that it has navigated you better than anyone and you won’t have to use your smartphone while playing golf, at all.

Fishbrain

It is an interesting package for people who are into fishing too because the Fishbrain app which is one the largest community-based fishing app in the world. By using this app, you are not only getting fishing forecasts, but you are also part of the smart fishing community, which will help you increase your social skills and fishing skills by interacting with people more.

Battery life

The normal battery life is claimed to last one day on average using but it like Huawei watch 2, you can switch off your wear OS and use it just like a normal watch without any features for almost a month. It can be a good thing where you don’t want to use any GPS related feature or track your outdoor activities, you can switch the modes to make it last more than a month.

Specifications:

  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 92g
  • Display size: 1.32-inch flat dial design
  • Shape: Circular in shape
  • Pixel density sharpness: 332 PPI
  • Resolution: 320 x 320 pixels
  • Screen protection: Scratch-resistant glass
  • Storage: 4GB

Key features:

  • Smart notifications
  • Alarm/weather alerts
  • Altimeter
  • Barometer
  • Built-in Compass
  • Reminders/Stopwatch
  • Dual positioning system
  • Fishing and Gold app
  • Water-resistant
  • Voice control
  • Colored maps
  • Offline mapping/navigations
Pros
  • The solid design which is meant to last
  • The best companion for outdoor activities
  • Relevant applications for fishing and golf
  • Offline and colored mapping
  • Convenient dual positioning tracking
Cons
  • No activity tracking
  • No heart rate monitoring
  • Kind of bulky design

7. EZON Men’s smartwatch

If you into hiking and love to wander in the wild, EZON has done a pretty good job making this pure art for you, without burning a hole in your wallet.

Design

If you look at the watch for the first time, it obviously will give you sporty vibes. It comes with a solid circular dial of high-quality mineral glass and a thin dial case display. The back cover is made up of stainless steel and the buckle for a tighter grip. The diameter of the dial is 1.76 inch while the thickness is 0.59 inches, which is quite normal. It weighs 0.14 pounds which isn’t that heavy, at all.

Overall, the design looks promising and can withstand slight roughness in the conditions, if not the military-grade specifications.

Altimeter

When you are hiking, the altimeter calculates your vertical movement and gives you detailed insight about the current, relative, upward and downward elevations, precisely. The altimeter resolution is 3 meters and when you enter into this mode for 3 minutes, it automatically starts recording the altitudes and can save for round about 30 rounds.

Weather forecast/barometer

The barometer actually measures the pressure in the air. This smartwatch is equipped with a barometer, so it tends to keep you notified with the changes in temperature. The range of barometer used in this smart gadget is 300hpa to 1100hpa.

In order to get the weather forecast, you have to look at the pressure. If the air pressure tends to go the downward direction, it means there is going to be bad weather, while the increase in air pressure means good weather conditions.

Built-in Compass

This simpler package doesn’t come with any GPS or tracking technology, which is why you have to rely on the built-in compass for getting co-ordinates or navigations. The compass which is equipped in it works properly only when the watch is in the horizontal position and kept away from the magnetic fields. When these two things will be done, it will give you co-ordinates or the directions, if you lose track of your route from your sight.

Water-resistant

It is water-resistant up to 5ATM which means it can withstand the water intrusion under 50m, which is frankly quite impressive, given the price it comes in. As it comes with a screw-locked back cover which makes it quite a good package for a short period of swimming and bathing. But, having said that, it is advised not to use it in the hot water and no buttons should be pressed under the water.

Stopwatch/Countdown timer

It comes with stopwatch and countdown timer to keep an account of the hiking and many more other activities. Along with these two, this smartwatch also comes with a chronograph that measures ELAPSEP time and also splits the time accordingly.

Specifications:

  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 0.14 pounds
  • Dial Diameter: 1.76 inch
  • Dial Thickness: 0.59 inch
  • Band Width: 0.98 inch
  • Strap material: PU
  • Case material: stainless steel

Key features:

  • Altimeter
  • Barometer
  • Built-in Compass
  • Water-resistant
  • Countdown timer
  • Stopwatch
  • World clock
  • Thermometer
  • Sunrise/sunset
Pros
  • Weather forecast updates
  • Tracking through compass
  • Hiking data can be easily stored
Cons
  • Comes with very basic features

8. SUUNTO Core

Suunto made sure that they make the best affordable package for your trips, as it is quite good when it comes to providing features for it.

Altimeter

For mountaineers and skiers, this feature does most of their work for them, as it determines the elevation from different angles, along with tracking your ascent and descent. So, if you are climbing a steep mountain or trail of any kind, you have an exact estimate of the work you had to do in order to climb it.

Barometer

Mostly used for weather forecasts because it determines the pressure in the air and tells you any irregularities about it. High air pressure means the good weather and the sudden drop in air pressure means your trip maybe gets sabotaged by it. So, it’s good to have a backup plan for any sudden circumstances if you get a heads up from your wrist.

Compass

When you get lost somewhere during your hunting or fishing trip or lose track of time along with the direction, its built-in compass comes handy in giving you co-ordinates and pinpoint your location, so that you can get a safe way back from the wilderness.

Sunrise/sunset alerts

If you want to enjoy your trip to the fullest, proper planning is required in order to do, which starts with properly managing the time. With this smartwatch, you can plan your early morning hunt or hike easily, because it gives the sunrise and sunset updates for more than 400 locations in the world.

More features:

It comes with a lot of those features which we neglect in daily life, but used greatly when you are there in the wild with no physical support from your well-wishers.

Stopwatch/Countdown timer: When on a hunt, hike or climbing a steep mountain, if you want to track the time in which you get to your desired destination, it greatly helps in doing so by giving you the stopwatch and countdown timer.

Water-resistance: It can resist the intrusion of water up to 100 feet, which makes it quite a Swimproof smartwatch, but you shouldn’t do any experiments with it and use this feature under those circumstances where the water intrusion cannot be controlled.

Languages: Comes in four different languages; English, German, French, and Spanish, so that people from different countries don’t get in trouble using the interface in any way.

Low battery warning: It gives you a low battery, so you can take your time to charge it beforehand to avoid any possible trouble.

Specifications:

  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium Metal batteries required (Included)

Key features:

  • Altimeter/Barometer
  • Sunrise/sunset updates
  • Built-in compass
  • Low battery alerts
  • Stopwatch/Countdown timer
  • Alarm/Calendar
Pros
  • Elegant, stylish and solid design
  • Considerate altimeter’s calibration
  • Water-resistant
Cons
  • No heart rate monitoring
  • Battery life can always improve

9. Lad Weather Smartwatch

A smartwatch is not on big with the extra features like Garmin or Suunto but can be a good outdoor partner for your hunting and fishing experience.

Altimeter

It gives you a rough estimate about the altitude using the data from a barometer, which helps you in climbing steep paths and getting insights about the journey. But, it can only give the data from the last 34 hours, after that it will start fresh again.

Compass:

It comes with a built-in compass which shows the data from both the graphical and numeric compasses; numeric compass shows 0-359 degrees while the graphical compass gives 16 different directions.

Barometer

The barometric sensor detects the pressure in the air through which forecasting of weather is done. While planning for the hike or hunt, it can be a good thing if you first see it yourself the condition of weather to avoid any possible fatal situations. Just like an altimeter, it only records the history of the latest 34 hours.

Thermometer/weather icon

While on any kind of trip, change in temperature does play a very important role due to which, this smartwatch is equipped with it, so it tells you the change in temperature ranging from -10 to 60-degree centigrade. Along with this,

Water-resistant

This smartwatch is water-resistant up to 3ATM, which means it can withstand the water-intrusion in the depth of 30 meters. So, even if your watch gets wet or exposed to water unintentionally in the wilding, you don’t have to worry about it getting damaged.

Specifications:

  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 5.6ounces
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium Metal batteries required (Included)

Key features:

  • Weather forecast
  • Altimeter
  • Barometer
  • Thermometer
  • Lap time
  • Countdown timer
  • Altimeter
  • Digital compass
  • Track mode
Pros
  • Built-in compass for navigations
  • Barometric sensor for measuring air pressure
  • Easy to use interface
Cons
  • No heart rate monitoring
  • No activity tracking

 

10. Garmin Descent MK1

Hands down, the best smartwatch for diving and using it under the water, along with providing all necessary features for your trip of any kind.

Design

If I declare the design of this smartwatch ‘Iconic’, it wouldn’t be wrong, because it comes with such a jaw-dropping style and design that it makes it competitor look bad. So the Garmin Descent MK1 comes with two different styles; a Deluxe titanium bezel version with brushed DLC titanium bracelet and a stainless steel bezel with treated silicone watch strap, which are both easy to wear and comfortable, in general.

The display is bright and has a high resolution which comes with the topping of full-colored Garmin Chroma display with backlighting of LED which steals the show by providing the fine readability. The display is made in such a heavenly way that it is easy to read under the water too. For better working, the lens is made up of a high-strength sapphire lens and it’s scratch resistant as well.

GPS tracking

GPS technology alone do wonders to a great extent, but when there’s a fusion of GPS and GLONASS, the tracking game becomes on point of any product. Just like that, Garmin Descent Mk1 comes with both these technologies which work pretty fine along with EXO omnidirectional antenna, which is placed in the bezel. This makes the tracking as accurate as it has to be for a smartwatch. Hence, if you lose track of your location in any way, it will do its wonder there to get you out of the situation, easily.

Stay connected

It’s not just a watch for your adventure, but it also keeps you connected with the world. It gives you a smart notification about the incoming calls, text messages and your emails, so you can have a look at them, even if you’re out there in the wild.

You can also have access to Garmin’s apps, which you use to stay connected with your online community. If your journey is getting bored, you can easily control music through your smartwatch too.

By using the “LiveTrack” feature, your friends and loved one can track your real-time location and the adventures you are having, and you can share your activities tabs with your friends using “GroupTrack”.

Sports mode

It can act as your complete fitness trainer for sure because it comes with such great features, which makes sure you get your all types of outdoor activities tracked in the most accurate way possible.

You can always check your stats by tapping into physiological metrics, running dynamics and fitness tracking features. It offers are very sophisticated method training which includes your detailed workout stats and measures your progress, which can be the best thing ever for fitness conscious people.

Not only has the activity tracking, but it also comes with special built-in preloaded activity profiles for people who are interested in Hiking, Skiing, Rowing, Paddleboarding, Swimming, Running and biking.

Even if you are not satisfied with these built-in features for your workouts and sports and want to add workouts of your choice, you can download your workout and training plan from “Garmin connect”.

3 axis compass

It comes with a built-in 3 axis compass which does its work everywhere, which means it works completely fine under the water too. Yes, you can navigations under the water from this feature, which is I must say quite fascinating.

Wrist band heart rate

I’d be very disappointed with Garmin if they didn’t introduce this very important feature in the smartwatch which is meant to have such great activity tracking, that too, of every kind. But, fortunately, it didn’t disappoint and it comes with preloaded accurate heart rate monitoring sensor, which gives you detailed insights about your heart rate and the possible spikes after a heavy workout or any other physical exercise.

Color mapping

It comes with built-in TOPO mapping and full-colored mapping through which you can easily pick your spots for hunting, fishing and much more. The colored feature in the mapping really does help in locating your current position, along with other activities you have to do using GPS and GLONASS.

Waterproof

If you are into swimming, scuba diving then this smartwatch is made for you. Not even its completely water-resistant, but its features work completely fine under the water too. It is actually a dive computer, which is one of its kind and has features, which are very rare to find in a sports smartwatch.

The key feature here is that you don’t have to manually track your drive in any way, as soon as you hit the surface of the water, the watch gets activated itself and starts tracking your dive and all other necessary stats for you. These stats include no-deco time, decompression stop information, showing your current depth, dive time, water temperature, ascent/descent rate and much more, right on your wrist. So yes, it’s basically a dive computer in its very compact of the smartwatch.

Battery life

With all these enormous features its completely fine if it can last up to a day in the diving mode because again the more features will be in a smartwatch, more battery drainage will occur. It can last up to 40 hours in GPS mode which is quite insane as compared to other smartwatches, which can last for 10 to 12 hours in that mode.

It can be used for 12 days as a regular smartwatch and almost for three weeks as a standard watch, which clearly shows its strong battery game.

Specifications:

  • Color: Silver Sapphire
  • Weight: 8 ounces
  • Display: 1.2 inch
  • Screen protection: Scratch-resistant

Key features:

  • Waterproof
  • Complete activity tracking
  • Color mapping
  • 3-axis compass
  • Dual positioning technology
  • Smart notifications
Pros
  • Iconic design
  • God-tier location tracking
  • Equipped with sports mode
  • Easy to use under the water
  • Long-lasting battery life
Cons
  • Way too expensive

 

Editor’s Final Verdict

Even though these are best smartwatches for hunting, fishing and adventurous of any kind, but if I really have to go, I’d go with “Sunnto Traverse Alpha”

It was actually a tie between this and Garmin Descent MK1 but at the end of the day, I’d choose it over the Garmin for its Auto shot detection feature, which can be a game-changer for people who loves to go on hunting for daily basis.

If I’m being real, not everyone can afford it for the outdoor, adventurous experience, so I’d pick SKMEI Smartwatch as the best affordable/cheap gadget in this regard.

I’d conclude this article by saying that all the smartwatch listed above are good in their features one way or the other, but you should always go with the one which can do your desired work efficiently, without being a burden on your wrist and your wallet.

 

FAQS

Q: What are the best smartwatches for hunting in 2020?

Ans: Given below are some of the best smart gadgets for hunting

  • Suunto Traverse Alpha
  • Garmin Fenix 5X Plus.
  • Casio G-Shock
  • Casio Pathfinder
  • Garmin Instinct.
  • Garmin Descent MK1
  • Suunto 9

Q: what are the best smartwatches which are water-proof?

Ans: Given are the best water-resistant gadgets in the market for now

  • Fitbit Ionic
  • Garmin Vivoactive 3
  • Fitbit Versa
  • Samsung Gear
  • Huawei Watch GT
  • Casio Pro Trek

Q: what smartwatches can be used for survival?

Ans: some of the best companions for survivals are given below:

  • Casio Pathfinder
  • SureFire 2211
  • G-Shock Rangeman
  • Citizen Nighthawk
  • Luminox Recon Point Black
  • Casio Pro-Trek Tough Solar
  • Suunto Traverse Alpha

Q: Which Smartwatches are best for hiking?

Ans: Here’s a list of smartwatches which can be used for hiking

  • Garmin Fenix 5X Sapphire
  • Casio Protrek Sports Watch
  • Timex Expedition Grid Shock
  • Timex Expedition Rugged Analog
  • Garmin Epix
  • TomTom Adventurer
  • Garmin Fenix Hiking

Q: Which is the best military smartwatches for 2020?

Ans: These are the best military smartwatches that can withstand rough conditions, easily.

  • Suunto X-Lander Military Watch.
  • G-Shock GWG-GB-A Watch.
  • Timex Expedition Gallatin Watch.
  • Luminox Recon Point Man Watch.
  • Marathon Military Navigator Quartz Watch.
  • G-Shock GD-XMC- Watch

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