The Pathfinder PAG-80 looks like something Angelina Jolie would wear along with some short-shorts, a tank-top, and a rocket launcher. Essentially it’s a watch that looks like you can use it to start a nuclear war but is surprisingly elegant and easy to use.
The PAG-80 has three major features – a compass, an altimeter, and a barometer. These are relatively standard features on wrist computers and while the technology behind these features haven’t improved much over the years, they’re extremely useful in a pinch and quite fun to show off. It is also solar powered, ensuring you’ll never have to swap out a battery.
The real draw to this $250 beefster is the styling. While it won’t win any beauty contests, the Casio’s sport line looks great with board shorts. It also includes a world time feature and a great backlight for night visibility.
Could you use this watch in the wilderness? Sure. The compass feature is excellent. When activated, a cross appears on the crystal, pointing you north. The readout also displays your heading and bearing and also displays the current time. The compass display freezes after a few seconds. The functions are controlled by three buttons on the right side and you return to the main time screen with the grey button at
The barometer is a relatively accurate way to measure the weather and it also includes a temperature sensor which, obviously, requires you to take off the watch to sense anything other than your body heat. Finally, you have an altimeter, a feature which is always fun to show off at parties and, if not correctly calibrated, completely useless.
There is also a data recording function for keeping track of changes in altitude and weather along with a chronometer and countdown timer with a repeat function.
Overall the PAG-80 is a cool, affordable wrist computer for the adventure traveller. While you won’t want to wear it with a tux and tails, strapping it on in Marrakech or on your way up Mount Hood will keep you on time and headed in the right direction.
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List Price: $247
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