My top watches for outdoor activities

Whether you are out running, swimming, hiking, playing football or enjoying a round of golf it is a good idea to get yourself a decent outdoor watch. The most popular outdoor watches, in general, are built to last and packed with features to aid you in whatever outdoor pursuit you are in to.

Below are just a handful I have selected to show you. As time goes on and more products are brought to the market I will add them to the list. Please click on the images to find out the price and more details of each item. If you are reading this then you may also like this post on the Garmin Fenix five.

The Apple series 4 watch

Let’s face it when it comes to Apple they really do make outstanding products, their outdoor watches are no exception. Both stylish and robust Apple series 4 is truly a very special watch packed with features. Not only are the features impressive but the colours they come in are just as cool.

Designed primarily for outdoor activities, these quality bits of kit are built to last. To say this device is intelligent wouldn’t be far from the truth.


The Apple Watch Series 4 has been long anticipated as the next-gen smartwatch and staying true to this word it comes with some impressive new features. Check out the features of the Apple Watch Series 4 that truly make it the next-generation smartwatch.

Larger Display

The display of the Apple Watch Series 4 has grown by 30% and offers much more detailed information on the screen. As far as the size of the Apple Watch Series 4 is concerned, you can choose between either the 40mm one or the 44mm one.


The new Apple Watch Series 4 is available in 3 colours, including; gold, silver and space grey.

Electrical Heart Sensor

One of the most remarkable features of the Series 4 is its ability to take an ECG of your heart and give you an idea about your overall health. All you need to use this feature is to place your finger on the digital crown in the app till you get the results.


The Series 4 offers an 18-hour battery life, with 6 hours of outdoor workout time. It also offers a complete GPS tracking feature for long rides.

Exclusive Health Features

The Series 4 comes with some special health features for users, like the ability to detect a fall and making an emergency call if there is no movement tracked in the next minute. This series also tracks a low heart rate, followed by a notification for the same.

You can also look forward to the new sleep tracking feature that might be added to this model in the coming year. This truly is one of the best outdoor watches around today.

The Apple series 4 watch
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The Garmin Forerunners

Garmin Forerunner outdoor watches are popular for their advanced features and suitability to versatile training levels. So, whether you are a beginner exploring the world of fitness or someone who has always been passionate about your fitness goals; there is a Garmin Forerunner that covers all! Here are the features of the best Garmin Forerunner watches that not just let you explore their functionality, but also their style quotient –

Garmin Forerunner 25

The Garmin Forerunner 25 offers a perfect running watch option for beginners who are looking forward track their performance in a simplified way. This GPS running watch comes with a ten-hour battery life while helping track your heart rate, calories, speed, and running distance. This model also offers compatibility with heart rate strap.

Garmin Forerunner 35

The Garmin Forerunner 35 stands apart with its wrist heart rate feature that allows you to track your running speed and distance along with 24/7 activity tracking. It is not just quite easy to use on a day to day basis but also comes with an automatic upload feature.

Garmin Forerunner 235

If you are looking for a sleek running watch that is also suitable to be used during swimming or cycling, then the Forerunner 235 offers you the perfect choice. It also has a wrist heart rate feature like other Forerunner watches.

Garmin Forerunner 630

The Garmin Forerunner 630 offers the most advanced version of its previous models. The features that make it better than the earlier versions include the ability to score stress, trace performance state as well as lactate verge. Another great feature of the Garmin Forerunner 630 includes its hi-resolution touch screen, and not to forget its customized IQ connect feature.

So, if you are looking for the most advanced running watch to track your performance, then the Garmin Forerunner 630 offers you the best solution.

A Garmin Forerunner watch
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The Casio Men’s GA100-1A1 outdoor watch

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Performance: The reason to place this watch at the top of the list is that it is so rugged and durable, making it perfect for outdoor activities. This watch is made in the US and is built from a high-quality resin material to give it proper durability, making it ideal for all outdoor activities.

You’ve got to love a Casio

.Unlike some watches, it is durable and smart-looking at the same time. The face of the watch is extra-large which adds to the style it offers. The matt black finishing allows it to be paired with all casual and formal dressings and its dual analog plus digital ability allows it to be the perfect watch for most sports.

Features: The Casio GA100 features qualities of both an analog and a digital style watch. The white hands of the hour/ minute will shine effortlessly in the dark, making it easy to check the time in low light. An orange backlight is also there for the digital display; however, users have complained that it is very dim. Other features include a World clock, automatic Gregorian Calendar up to 2099, auto LED light, a stopwatch as accurate as 1/1000th of a second, and a speed indicator to help you in numerous sports activities.

The Casio g100 Sports watch
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Price: This is a complete sports watch and its price is justified against the features it offers. Its functions are excellent, its looks are dashing, and above all, it meets all most of your sports needs at an affordable price.


  • Contains highly precise/ accurate stopwatch
  • Offers a lot of useful features for sports and outdoor usage like G-Shock quality, large buttons which make operations easy, good-looking smart design
  • Durable resin, the watch will work for years to come
  • G-shock quality


  • In a digital display, it has an orange backlight which is very faint and not much good in the dark.

Why people Love it?

  • It is a beautiful combination of analog and digital watch
  • Designed especially for sports or other outdoor activities
  • It offers a lot of sports-related features

Garmin Forerunner 235 Fitness Activity Tracker Watch

Why people Love it?

  • Lovely functions because of its user-friendly interface
  • It’s very accurate, a perfect tool for monitoring your fitness metrics
  • Usage is made easy with the help of a simple user manual

Product details

Performance: This is the first prominent watch to integrate fitness and health features. Built like  classic durable outdoor watches, Garmin Forerunner 235 comes with a slightly larger design that allows it to accommodate you want from your tracker watch; which makes it one of the best sports watches.

This activity tracker watch comes with very extensive features. It has a pedometer, counts calories for you, tracks through GPS, counts activity time, calculates the pace of your running or cycling, monitors the distance, accurately measures time and heart rate and much more. Thus, it tracks each and every exercise moment and informs you as soon as you reach your personal record for the time, distance or pace.

The Garmin Forerunner 235
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Uploading your data to your computer or smartphone was never easier. Garmin Connect allows you to upload your data to your PC or smartphone, track your router and plan training accordingly. It features “real-time coaching” to keep you updated about the right pace for attaining your exercise goals. Its auto-syncing ability makes it the perfect activity tracker for all of your sports activities.

A bit pricey but worth it

Price: Reading all the reviews, you must be wondering why I didn’t place it on the top of my list. Well, the price is the main reason. Its high price makes it one of the more expensive outdoor watches around. However, this price is justified against the level of features it offers. You may spend a good bit of your hard-earned cash to buy it, but when you compare it with the accuracy, durability, and large scale of functions it offers, you will know that this amount is a solid investment.


  • Easy to track health and fitness metrics
  • The user-friendly design of the watch is really good
  • Light in weight and comfortable to use
  • Very accurate
  • Has an easy to use interface


  • You may find glitches in the Garmin Connect App
  • GPS tracking is sometimes incorrect

WithingsActivite Steel watch

Why people love it?

  • This is a sleek analog design watch packed with great features
  • Stainless steel case and silicone sport strap enhances its durability
  • It is a stylish watch and fit for formal outfits as well as sports clothing

Product details

Performance: This one is a beautiful sports watch by Withings and is perfect for those people who care for looks along with the features. It’s a sleek, beautiful watch which matches perfectly with your formal dressings and has the right functions to serve as a high-tech fitness tracker tool. This is a strong and durable watch cased in stainless steel with a silicone strap that sustains to damage even with regular usage.

There are some users that complain that the glass front of the watch scratches too easily, while on the other hand there were many who claimed to use the watch for years and never had a problem. If I had to mention a negative, it would be that its battery life on average only lasts around 8 months. However, you can easily find a replacement battery and it shouldn’t be a problem.

The Withings Sports watch
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Features: When you are looking at the features in this watch, it doesn’t disappoint. It has a step counter function, a sleep tracker, it counts your calories, has an alarm function and much more. You can use the Activity App on your smartphone to auto-sync all the activity data from your mobile and easily track your fitness process anytime. As mentioned earlier, the sleep tracker and step counter may not show 100% accurate results. Apart from this, this watch is a pretty nice product to invest in.

A fairly priced watch

Price: This watch is an averaged price watch when you compare with other market prices considering its looks and vast features it offers. I wouldn’t call it the best fitness tracker, but at this price, it’s definitely worth a punt.


  • Stylish and durable
  • Analog watch having digital functions
  • Contains a lot of fitness tracking features
  • Compatible with both iOS and Android


  • Sleep tracker performance is sub-standard
  • Step-counter is sometimes inaccurate
  • Small battery life

The Fitbit Charge 3 outdoor watches

Why people love it

  • The user-friendly interface made using the watch easier
  • Work consistently to monitor all your moderate and high-intensity exercises.

Product details

Performance: This Fitbit watch is truly an advancement in tech. Unlike other heavy watches, this one is a type of sleek-looking bracelet having a small slim face which looks great when you wear it. Its sleek design doesn’t make it something you would wear to a dinner date, but it fits in well when out and about.

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Features: When we look at the features, this watch comes with all the standard fitness tracking tools built into it. It has a pedometer, calorie counter, and much more. When I say much more, I mean this watch also has auto sleep logging, it monitors your heart rate, comes with caller ID to inform you about who is calling you, and an exercise log.

However, some users complained that the heart rate monitor doesn’t cope with the actual heart rate when you are performing intensive workouts. This Fitbit watch always keeps you on time with its 8 alarms, it also enables you to attend your calls, see messages and see your app notifications right on your wrist.

The Fitbit charge 3
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Price: This watch can be called a bit pricey, but it is good as long as you are looking for a high-tech watch. This watch offers you many different fitness tracking features apart from just counting calories and steps, so in my opinion, it is a nice investment. When you use this, you don’t need any other tracker.


  • Nice sleek design
  • Contains rich features
  • Records highly accurate data
  • Easy to use and great to use in most workout acts

The Timex Ironman Classic 30 Watch

Why people love it

  • Timex is the perfect watch for runners because of its durability
  • Light in weight makes it comfortable to use
  • Offers good battery life

Product details

Performance: This is a sleek and lightweight watch ideal for long-distance runners because they need to avoid anything that rubs, grinds or chafes. It is very comfortable and has a natural curve to adjust easily on the wrist. The face of the watch is made up of highly durable material that survives to regular use and you don’t have to worry about scratches. It also gives you an excellent battery life of up to 4 years.

Plenty of features packed in

Features:  Since this watch is specially designed for long-distance runners, it comes with perfect features for them. It has a 100-lap counter and stores up to 30-laps, 100-hour chronometer and 3 alarms are also built into it, it has a timer, stopwatch and a LED light that shines in the dark so you can easily use your watch in low light. Thus, for a runner, it is a perfect watch. Even though it is kind of designed for runners it is also suitable for other sports such as swimming, thanks to its water-resistance of up to 100 meters.

The Ironman watch
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Price: When it comes to price, you will be amazed because this watch stands top of the list when it comes to affordability. You don’t need to break the bank to purchase it and it will last a good while due to its durability. So if you are a runner then maybe this is the product for you.


  • A nice sleek and slim design
  • Low profile face of the watch
  • Simple features, nothing complex
  • Very low in price, so is affordable for all
  • Highly durable and is resistant to water


  • When underwater, you can’t press buttons like timer/ stopwatch

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