Arguably the most successful line of watches ever created, Casio’s innovative and rugged G-Shock line seemingly has a watch model for every type of outdoorsman.
The G-Shock line was originally crafted 34 years ago in Japan and has constantly updated its styles across generations staying relevant for every type of outdoor activity you can think of. There are G-Shock watches purposefully crafted for Backpackers, Surfers, Infantrymen, Divers, Runners, and Pilots alike. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, it’d be hard to believe that there isn’t a G-Shock that catches your eye.
We’ve sifted through hundreds of Casio G-Shock models and hand-picked the top-rated G-Shock watches for each outdoor activity. Keep in mind that most G-Shocks have a lot of the same functionality; so if you’re landing here looking for a running watch, but the military style models strike your eye, they’re versatile enough to handle the bulk of what you’d need. Here are the best rated models from the best-selling brand.
With more and more people participating in extreme sports today, manufacturers seek to provide durable and functional accessories to enhance the experience of those testing their limits. The Casio G-Shock Mudmaster is designed to handle the rigors of scuba diving, Spartan Races, Thru-hikes, rock climbing, and other tough outdoor endeavors. The structure of the Mudmaster starts with a cylindrical guard structure for the buttons, and gasket linings on the button shafts to keep out dirt and mud. Gaskets are places at other vital locations on the watch to keep it clean. A gel is used to give the watch vibration resistance, so it does not suffer damage while you are driving on rough roads. Clear, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal graces the face of the watch. You get a triple sensor (altimeter/barometer, thermometer, and compass) and 200-meter water resistance. Know that this watch is large. This helps with readability, but if you are worried about a watch taking over your wrist do take this into account.
GW-9400-1CR “Master of G”
The Casio GW-9400-1CR is an excellent choice for camping and hiking. First off, the watch is shock resistant durable so you can bang it around in the outdoors and it will still run. The case and the buttons are sealed so mud, dirt, and dust don’t get into the watch. In addition, the GW-9400-ICR has a lot of features that hikers and campers will like. The Triple Sensor-altimeter/barometer, thermometer, and compass-are all useful in the outdoors. Just make sure to recalibrate it when you arrive at a new elevation. The sunrise and sunset time feature are also cool features for those in the outdoors. The solar rechargeable battery means the watch will keep going during your long hiking treks. The battery will last 7 months on full charge without being exposed to light. Make sure to check this watch around daylight savings time, as some watches don’t automatically adjust and need a manual adjustment.
Master of G: Rangeman
The Rangeman is designed to take the toughest conditions in the outdoors and keep on running. The sensor button has a metal cover to guard it against impact and to keep dirt and mud out. The triple sensor (altimeter/barometer, thermometer, and compass) is also shock resistant so the measuring tools of the watch stay functioning. You also get sunrise/sunset data, one-touch time recording, and one-touch elapsed time measurement. It’s solar operated and features either a carbon fiber or a black resin band. Keep time accurately while traveling with the Multi-band 6 Atomic timekeeping. The watch is lightweight considering all the features it has, and is solidly constructed. You might find the negative display hard to read except in high-visibility conditions.
The GA 100
The all-black coloring of the GA 100 is stealthy and subdued. The band is a black matte resin. The looks are not the only aspects of this watch, however. It is tough and durable like the G-Shock name implies, and it is water resistant down to 200 meters (660 feet). The watch has analog and digital components, and is magnetic resistant. It also features a stopwatch that marks down to the thousandth of a second, and can record elapsed time, lap time, and split time. It has an Auto LED light with Afterglow. This might not be enough for to see the digital numbers on the watch-the watch hands are easy to see, but the digital section of the watch can be difficult for some people to make out.
The GA-110LP is a sporty looking watch with some cool functions. The band is resin and perforated for better ventilation. It is based on a mesh material motif found in T-shirts, bags, caps, and other sport fashion products. The watch is shock and magnetic resistant, and water resistant down to 200 meters (660 feet). You get an excellent stopwatch which marks down to one thousandth of a second, as well as elapsed time, lap time, split time, and countdown time functionality. A lithium battery will run the watch for about two years. The Auto LED light with Afterglow allows for nighttime illumination. As with other Casio watches, this is a feature that could be improved on and made more consistent.
This watch comes in a sleek and stylish black color and a military appearance. The GA110-1B sports many of the traditional features of the G-Shock watch line. These include excellent durability, shock resistance, magnetic resistance, and other useful features. You can switch between time zones easily using the World Time function, which offers 29 time zones to choose from. The watch has analog hands and a digital display. The digital display can be switched from the date to the time of day with a push of a button. Four daily alarms should insure that you wake up for your important meeting or date. The GA110-1B is not immune to the poor backlighting problems that plague many Casio watches. The digital displays can be hard to read in low light conditions.
The GW3500 is another Casio watch that can take high gravity loads. It can handle centrifugal forces over 12Gs. Along with solar power, atomic timekeeping, and auto hand home position correction, this is a watch for the pilot or frequent flier. The mix of analog and digital features in the face lend it the aura of a cockpit instrument panel. A mineral face means fewer scratches over the years. It is a bit heavy at 6.4 ounces, but it is a larger watch for easier visibility. The watch comes with the standard G-Shock package including stopwatch, multiple alarms, World Time, and 200-meter water resistance. Unfortunately, it also comes with the common G-Shock problem of low visibility in low-light conditions for the digital text on the watch.
The GWA-1000 features a Smart Access Electronic Crown, which allows you to change settings quickly and easily. The hour, minute, and second hands are all powered by separate motors, insuring that no matter what you are doing, the hands move to the correct position. The Triple G Resist construction means this watch can stand up to the shock of three forces: gravitational force, centrifugal gravitational force and vibration. This is a large watch, but aviator watches are usually on the bigger side. You also get a countdown timer, a thermometer, solar power, and atomic timekeeping. The instructions for this watch, as with many other Casio watches, are often printed very small and are difficult to read. You might want to see if you can find a PDF of the instructions online.
This watch is designed for pilots in mind. It features a dual time display for two time zones. In addition, you can trigger a 60-second continuous bearing or temperature sensor reading by pressing large button at 9 o’clock. The window material is constructed out of mineral to help resist scratches. The watch also features a compass in case you need to find your way after a crash, as well as a thermometer. It is water resistant to 200 meters and has a world time function. Standard G-Shock functions like an auto calendar, stopwatch, and multiple alarms are also present. The analog dials on the watch are easy to see. Despite LED backlighting, the digital text on the watch can be difficult to make out in low-light conditions. If you purchase this watch via Amazon it will most likely be coming from overseas.
The GA-1000 is designed with Twin Sensor capabilities to help the modern aviator. With the press of a button, you can easily switch into and out of the Digital Compass Mode. You can also take continual direction readings for 20 seconds. The Bearing Memory function allows you to temporarily store and display a direction reading. The watch also features a thermometer and large hands and numerals for easy reading. The GA-1000 has all the features that you come to expect from a G-Shock, such as a stopwatch, alarms, and World Time. It is also a sharp-looking watch, strong and stylish. You might need to take a bit of time to really learn all the specialized aviator functions, but once you do it is worth it.
Do you want a sharp-looking watch to complete your aviator ensemble? Or do you just want to look good going to the office? And you want it to be functional as well? Then check out the GW3000BB. The large face is constructed of two layers to provide a stylish 3-D effect for the sub-dials. The layout of the face itself is designed to resemble an aircraft’s instrument panels. It is not just for display, though. The watch is rated to resist centrifugal force over 12Gs. You also get multi-band atomic timekeeping, solar power to recharge your battery, and a strong, durable watch case. You might have to take a bit of time figuring out all the settings, so if you are looking for a “ready to go out of the box” watch this might not be the best choice.
This is a true dive watch. While it is only water resistant down to 200 meters (660 feet), it does have a ISO 200M WR Dive Timer and a surface interval measurement function. It records your last 10 dives, and it has a countdown timer. You also get tide and moon data off the watch. It does not have a dive computer, though. The band is resin and the face is protected with mineral glass. The stainless-steel case and bezel means this watch, while heavier than others, is very durable and can take the hard usage of diving or other rough activities. It features multi-band atomic timekeeping, and is solar powered. Of course, you have to pay for all of this-the Frogman is not an inexpensive watch.
This watch is billed as a “digital dive watch” but it does not appear to have any special diving features other than a 200-meter water resistant capability. Since many G-Shock watches are water resistant down to the 200-meter mark (660 feet), there is nothing particularly “divey” here. That said, you still get a sharp looking G-Shock watch that is tough and durable for a reasonable price. Features include 5 daily alarms, a stopwatch that goes down to a hundredth of a second, World Time for 48 cities, a countdown timer, and a full auto calendar. It weighs in at about 2.5 ounces, so it is not a heavy watch. You also won’t have to worry about replacing the battery often, as the average battery life for the watch is 7 years.
The GA110BC is a sharp looking analog-digital watch. It is water resistant down to 200 meters, is magnetic and shock resistant, and has an auto LED light with Afterglow to illuminate the watch. The 8A is a stylish grey color which looks good on your wrist. It is noticeable without being too big, heavy, or clunky. The finish is matte and it has a very nice sheen to it. The watch also features a stopwatch, World Time, countdown timer, auto-calendar along with 4 daily alarms plus a snooze alarm. The face is mineral for good scratch resistance. Other than the water resistance feature, there is nothing specific for the diver in this watch. As with other G-Shock watches, the digital numbers can sometimes be hard to read.
Runners need a couple of features in a watch, and this Casio has them. It has a stopwatch which goes to the hundredth of a second. It also has two countdown timers, so you can do interval work at different paces. This is perfect for those days when you say, sprint for 1 minute on and then have a 30-second recovery. The countdown timer measures in 1 second units. It also has an auto-repeat function where the repeats can be set from 1-10. The watch also features 5 daily alarms so you won’t miss your workout. It is solar powered so it can charge itself when you are out for your run. It is also water resistant down to 100 meters, which will be needed if you must do a pool workout while injured or cross-train in the pool. The STL has an LED light if you need to see what your split was during an early morning or late evening run. It weighs in at 5.6 ounces.
The STL-S100H has several features that runners will like. Of course, it comes with a stopwatch that times down to the hundredth of a second. It has a 120-lap memory so you can track all your intervals. It also features a countdown timer to aid you in your workouts. The STL-S100H is runs off a lithium battery that is recharged via solar power, which is perfect for a runner. You are most probably running outside so your watch gets a periodic recharge while you exercise! The watch is water resistant down to 100 meters so take it in the pool with you. It is durable and affordable. The watch comes with 5 alarms and an amber LED light. The time and date might be difficult to set due to confusing directions, but the watch will do its job getting your interval splits.
If you are a recreational scuba diver and not trying to go down and visit the wreck of the Titanic, the G-Shock GWX8900B is an excellent choice for a diving watch. It is water resistant down to 200 meters (660 feet). It also comes with a tide and moon graph. You also get 100 pre-set sites to better access tidal point data. The Super Luminous LED backlight provides improved visibility over traditionally lit backlight watches. It is solar powered and features multi-band atomic timekeeping. The atomic timekeeping gets automatic radio updates up to six times a day, or you can set it for manual updates. The watch finish sometimes comes off quickly, so this might not be a dress watch.
This watch is designed for the surfer and ocean fisherman. It features a tide graph and moon date, as well as Multi-Band 6 atomic timekeeping. This is a smaller G-Shock watch. It’s unobtrusive, low profile watch that looks good on your wrist. At less than 2 ounces, this watch will not weigh you down in the water. The watch is solar powered-perfect for the outdoor enthusiast. With a 20 ATM rating, you know this watch will be able to hold up in the ocean without breaking down. This watch is not available in stores outside of Japan, but you can order it online.
If you are looking for a quality watch which you can take out for surface water activities, but not spend a ton of money, then check out the G-Shock GWM5610. It is water resistant down to 200 meters-good enough for professional marine activity most surface water sports, and scuba diving without helium gas. If you are scuba diving to deeper depths, you would want to purchase a different watch. Not all of us are deep water scuba divers, however. If you need a water-resistant watch but don’t want to pay deep dive scuba watch prices, the GWM5610 steps up to the plate. It possesses many of the usual G-Shock features such as toughness, durability, multi-band atomic timekeeping, a stopwatch, and more. It is solar powered. Some watches might with a defective automatic backlight feature of the watch (Auto EL). If this feature is important to you, make sure to check your watch when it arrives.
This watch is Bluetooth capable! What that means is you can link the watch to your phone to control its music player. The watch allows you to adjust your music settings without ever taking out your phone. You can also control the watch from your phone. Adjust the World Time, alarms, timer, and other settings on your watch from your phone. Don’t think that you are not getting the features of a G-Shock watch, though. You still get a stopwatch, World Time, 5 daily alarms, and the shock resistance that comes with the other watches in the G-Shock line. Some might not feel the need to adjust their phone from their watch, but if you are someone who enjoys interconnected gadgets check this watch out.
The GBA400 is bluetooth enabled. What that means is you can link the watch to your phone to control its music player. The watch allows you to adjust your music settings without ever taking out your phone. You can also control the watch from your phone. Adjust the World Time, alarms, timer, and other settings on your watch from your phone. Don’t think that you are not getting the features of a G-Shock watch, though. You still get a stopwatch, World Time, 5 daily alarms, and the shock resistance that comes with the other watches in the G-Shock line. Some might not feel the need to adjust their phone from their watch, but if you are someone who enjoys interconnected gadgets check this watch out.
The GB-6900B is modeled after the classic G-Shock DW-6900 and has many of the same features found in that watch-but adds a Bluetooth capability. You can control the music playback on your phone from your watch and receive notifications from your phone using Bluetooth. The watch does not scrimp on the traditional G-Shock features either, offering the same shock resistance, 200-meter water resistance, durability, LED backlight, stopwatch and other attributes that the traditional 6900 possesses. Please check to see if your phone is compatible with the watch before you purchase. In addition, realize that the Bluetooth pairing is not always perfect and you might have some issues linking your phone to the watch.