Camping & Hiking

High Time: The 10 Best Altimeter Watches

Whether you are a casual hiker who just wants to know what altitude you are at, or a serious rock climber who needs to know how much more vertical feet you can climb before darkness sets in, an altimeter watch is for you.

An altimeter watch measures altitude by measuring changes in atmospheric pressure. It’s not always exact, but it usually gives you a fairly accurate reading of your altitude. We’ve compiled a list of the 10 best altimeter watches. The list of quality instruments will enhance your outdoor experiece, and enhance your style to boot.

The Best Altimeter Watches

Garmin Fenix 3 GPS

  Editors Choice  

This watch is the ultimate in multitasking. Whether you are going hiking, running, skiing, climbing, biking, or swimming, this watch can do it all. It can track your speed, distance, and vertical drop. This ABC (Altitude, Barometer, Compass) watch also has a GPS function, a thermometer, a heart rate monitor. It connects easily over wireless to your other electronic devices. You’ll love the battery length, which is rated to 20 hours in GPS mode and can run for 6 weeks when the Fenix is in its regular watch mode. The watch is tough, with a stainless steel bezel and a Sapphire glass lens. It can take a pounding, but it is also stylish enough to wear into the office. And at only 2.9 ounces, this watch won’t weigh down your wrist!

MSRP: $374.99 (as of 2020-03-20 at 07:02)
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Casio PRG-300-1A2CR

The Pro Trek is an affordable way to get introduced into the world of altimeter watches. Like other Casio watches, it runs on solar power so you won’t have to change the batteries or worry about losing power on a long hike. Despite the low price, you get a altimeter, compass, and a barometer, as well as a stopwatch and a thermometer. The watch functions down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and has four daily alarms, a stopwatch, and a countdown timer. The Pro Trek does have a smaller display, which can make the watch features a bit hard to read sometimes. The upside to this is that the watch does not overwhelm a small wrist like many larger watches do. The watch does keep manual instead of atomic time, but that makes sense for the price point.

MSRP: $250.00 (as of 2020-03-20 at 03:53)
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Suunto Core

If you don’t need a GPS or a heart rate monitor, the Suunto Core provides you with lots of functionality at a price that won’t break the bank. At the time of writing this watches MSRP is $299, making it 2-3 hundred dollars cheaper than the top of the line smart watches, but still gives you numerous features. Star with an altimeter, barometer, and compass, and add storm notifications to alert you to incoming inclement weather. The watch senses barometric pressure drops and notifies you of a possible storm. You also get sunrise/sunset times (based on over 400 locations), and a 7-day altitude log tracking. Many users appreciate its durability and its long battery life. A battery can last about a year if the extra features are not enabled. The design is sleek, it weighs in at less than 2.3 ounces, and the watch comes in six different colors.

MSRP: $117.00 (as of 2020-03-20 at 07:02)
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Suunto Ambit3

This top of the line watch earns its chops by combining a plethora of features with an easy-to-use interface. You can use the Suunto Movescount app to import waypoints and routes, or import routes from other users. Don’t worry, it has the traditional altimeter, barometer, and compass, but it does not stop there. The watch is compatible with a heart rate monitor, and can track the important information for your workout such as duration, distance, and calories burned. Hikers will appreciate the storm alarm that will alert you to severe weather rolling in, and highly accurate elevation data. The watch is water-resistant down to 50 meters, and is protected against damage by strong Sapphire glass. The battery life is fairly short, though; coming in at only 30 days even when you don’t use the GPS function. All in all, thought, this is an incredible watch that should enhance all of your outdoor activities.

MSRP: $229.95 (as of 2020-03-20 at 06:22)
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Casio PRW-6000Y-1ACR

You won’t have to worry about running out of juice with this solar powered watch. The Casio 6000Y gives you an altimeter, barometer and a compass set in a modern face with a sharp looking carbon fiber insert band. The atomic clock keeps very accurate time, and you get a thermometer and stopwatch as well. The watch has an old-school feel. Some might like this, while others might want something more modern with more features, especially at the 6000Y’s high price tag. The watch does not have a GPS feature, although it does track weather patterns and store trips. If you do decide to go with the 6000Y you will get a tough, durable watch that you can wear while on a hike and in the office.

MSRP: $499.95 (as of 2020-03-20 at 06:53)
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Suunto Traverse

If you are a hiker and want a GPS and ABC watch, but don’t want to pay the money for a Ambit3 or need all of the Ambit’s features, then you might want to check out the Suunto Traverse. It is easy to use, and has many of the same internal features as the Ambit, but does not provide functions geared toward runners, bikers, or swimmers. You do get a great GPS, a flashlight mode, a very accurate altimeter, a barometer, and a compass. The watch also features a data log, a trip summary, and other features geared toward hikers. Battery life is a concern with this watch, as it only lasts 14 days when not using the GPS.

MSRP: $244.95 (as of 2020-03-20 at 02:23)
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Casio PRG-300-1A2CR

The Pro Trek is an affordable way to get introduced into the world of altimeter watches. Like other Casio watches, it runs on solar power so you won’t have to change the batteries or worry about losing power on a long hike. Despite the low price, you get a altimeter, compass, and a barometer, as well as a stopwatch and a thermometer. The watch functions down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and has four daily alarms, a stopwatch, and a countdown timer. The Pro Trek does have a smaller display, which can make the watch features a bit hard to read sometimes. The upside to this is that the watch does not overwhelm a small wrist like many larger watches do. The watch does keep manual instead of atomic time, but that makes sense for the price point.

MSRP: $250.00 (as of 2020-03-20 at 03:53)
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Casio PAG240-1CR

This solar powered watch is a tremendous value for the thrifty hiker. Not only do you get an altimeter, easy to use compass, and barometer, you can complete a thru-hike without replacing the batteries! The watch stores 41 time zones, and features 5 alarms for those who really need reminders (or extra help getting up in the morning). The watch does have a countdown timer, but it lacks the ability to count down by second, which can be frustrating. The watch is durable and scratch resistant-perfect for an outdoor tool. It is not the most stylish watch on the market, so you might want to swap it out for your boardroom meeting. If you are not interested a GPS-or the price point that comes with it-the Pathfinder is a perfect outdoor watch choice.

MSRP: $250.00 (as of 2020-03-20 at 05:15)
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Suunto Vector

If you want the quality that comes with a Suunto watch, but don’t quite have the money for one of their flagship offerings, check out the Suunto Vector. This time-tested watch (first made in 1998) features an altimeter that can take you up to almost 30,000 feet, and is water resistant down to 100 meters. The watch still gives you an altimeter, barometer, and a compass. In addition, you get a 24-hour altimeter memory and log book, an alarm, and a countdown timer. The Vector has a long battery life of 18 to 24 months, and at 1.92 ounces, it won’t wear down your wrist, either. You will get a classic, durable, watch which you can bang up and wear for years with the Vector.

MSRP: $219.99 (as of 2020-03-20 at 06:22)
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Casio PAW2000-1CR

While the PAW2000 does not have a GPS function, it does have numerous other features. You get your altimeter/barometer/compass functionality on an easy to read Duplex backlit LED screen. The band is high quality resin, and it is water resistant down to 100 meters. Like other Casio watches, the PAW2000 is solar powered, so no trips to the watch repair store to pick up a new battery. The watch features atomic timekeeping for extra accuracy and sunrise and sunset data. While you do get five daily alarms, some people do complain that the watch alarm is not particularly loud, which could be a problem if you are a deep sleeper. It also might not be the best watch if you have a small wrist. Although the watch feels large on the wrist, it weighs in at only 2.4 ounces.

MSRP: $380.00 (as of 2020-03-20 at 04:54)
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Garmin Epix

Garmin bills this as the first GPS/GLONASS mapping watch, featuring a high resolution, color touchscreen, basemaps, and a 1-year BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription. Add in the fitness tracking of the Garmin Fenix, an altimeter, barometer, and compass, and you truly have a do-it-all watch. It has 8GB of internal memory to add in all of your maps. The screen is 1.4 inches in size. You can take this watch out of cell phone range and still have a navigation system, or you can use it to track your interval workouts or your altitude gained or lost while trail running. All of these features do increase the complexity of the watch, and many people don’t need-or don’t want-to deal with all of the different options that this watch offers. But for those who do, this watch can do it all.

MSRP: $381.84 (as of 2020-03-20 at 07:02)
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Budget View: The 11 Best Binoculars under $100

Binoculars are one of the most important tools in your outdoor kit. Whether hunting, bird watching, fishing, or even attending a concert, binoculars can make viewing a landscape more palpable and fun.

We’ve put together a list of our top binoculars under $100 for outdoor enthusiasts who are just starting out, those adding quality set of binoculars to their case, and for those looking for a gift for the outdoor-lover in their life. We have also included a binocular buying guide to make shopping for your next pair of binoculars a cinch.

The Best Binoculars Under $100

Bushnell Falcon 133410

  Editors Choice  

These Falcon binoculars will have you seeing as well as a “falcon.” They have a 7x magnification and an auto focusing porro-prism that make for quality optics with HD clarity. The auto focus makes it simple and easy to pay attention to your target as opposed to wasting time on the manual focus. The binoculars offer both short distance and large distance clarity, with 20-feet close and 420-feet long. It has 12mm eye relief and 5mm exit pupil, which is easy on the eyes and allows for continuous use. If you wear eyeglasses or sunglasses, the fold-down eyecups protect your lenses from scratching. You’ll also love the classic and chic design that comes with this industry-leading product.  BUY IT NOW 

Bushnell 138005

These binoculars are perfect for all-weather trips. The BaK-4 prisms and multi-coated lenses add significant brightness to the image, which is great for hunting in clouds and light rain. They are compact and easy to carry, making them great for travel, hunting, birding, and even fishing trips. They have a soft texture grips which make it ideal for constant use, as well as twist-up eyecups, so they are comfortable and easy to use. These binoculars offer a sharp focus with a center knob for easy adjustments.  BUY IT NOW 

Bushnell Powerview Prisim

The Bushnell Powerviews are small (weighing only 7 ounces), yet sturdy, coated with a firm grip, non-sip rubber and an armor that absorbs shock from any drops. It has a center focus system that makes it simple to sharpen your view, with a 378-field at 1000-yards. Many consumers prefer to use these binoculars for bird-watching because it has a strong close-center focus. It comes in a variety of magnifications, with a roof prism system, so you’ll be able to find a great sight amplification for a lightweight and durable equipment.  BUY IT NOW 

Bushnell Powerview Surviellence

These porro-prism binoculars have an intense magnification and superior light transmission, great for woods and darkly lit environments. Many people even use them to stargaze! They have a 170-feet field of view at 1000 yards and a 50mm objective diameter. Bushnell’s Surveillance binoculars have a one-touch focus system that allows you to easily focus without significant manual effort, which is especially great for action-packed hunting trips. These glasses are better for long-distance, such as deer or elk, rather than close-range magnification. They also come with a woven neck strap that customers rave about because it helps to cut down the weight of the binoculars—plus it’s comfortable.  BUY IT NOW 

Polaris Optics ProBirder

This is not the most versatile binocular, and it is made more for the bird watching and close-range hunters out there. However, for those folks, it is an amazing and affordable option. It provides a sharp color contrast that helps focus in on the subject you are watching. It has an 8×32 magnification that lets you see even the lightest drops of dew as if you were inches away. The 356 feet field of view at 1000 yards proves to be a useful tool for birdwatchers, who want to be able to see several birds at once or swiftly focus on a new area. These binoculars to be a bit bulkier and heavier, but it does come with a great portable case and heavy-duty lens cover.  BUY IT NOW 

Merytes Portable HD

We put this on the list as one of the best “starter” binoculars at an incredibly affordable price. These binoculars do not have as many high-end functions for the more experienced hunters and bird watchers. However, these binoculars are compact, easy to carry, and come with a carrying bag and strap. The lenses make it great for environments with weak lighting, and the picture is so sharp and clear that you can see the individual hairs on a fox. This is great for adults taking their kids on a camping trip or tourist adventure, because they are easy to carry and easily adjustable (with the center hand wheel) for everyone in the family to share.  BUY IT NOW 

Olympus Trooper

These binoculars are great for close range and long range, and they have a clear, sharp image in both the dark of night and the brightness of day. They seem to struggle a bit in weak lighting of overcast or foggy days. However, they have 10x magnification with a distortion-free view. These offers a Bak-7 lens system for excellent optics and precise focus, as controlled by a center focus knob. Using a porro-prism, it has a 342 feet view at 1,000 yards, with a 65° angle. One of our favorite parts of this binocular is that it has UV Protection in the glasses to help protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays, which can amplify in binoculars’ reflective lenses. No need for uncomfortable, color-distorting sunglasses while you’re enjoying the great outdoors.  BUY IT NOW 

Nikon 8248 Aculon

One of the best reviews that these binoculars consistently get is that it is easy to focus and it stays sharp even in higher settings. With many binoculars, you can lose the image quality as you magnify and focus further. These not only maintain the quality of the image, but they also enhance it with eco-glass lenses that work well in most lighting conditions. It has one of the smoothest focus knobs, making it easy to operate and focus on your subject—your binoculars should help you get the job done, not give you more work. It also has a durable rubber-armored coating that makes it rugged and ready for any outing. The only real concern is that these binoculars sometimes work better for focusing on long-distance rather than short-distance bird watching or fishing.  BUY IT NOW 

Tasco Essentials

These are the essential basics binoculars, perfect for those who are starting out or looking for a pair of basic binoculars to add to the set. The lens is not made for long-wear or usage in poor lighting, so these are better for those who will be using binoculars to quickly spot their target and then act. (Not right for birdwatchers, fishermen, etc.) It has an 8x magnification, a 383-foot field of view at 1,000 yards (which is larger than many), and a 21 mm lens. These are incredibly lightweight, though, so they are perfect for hiking and backpacking. Weighing in at 6.5 ounces, they take up little weight and room in the pack to carry on longer trips. They also have a rubber-armored housing that absorbs shock and protects from weather, perfect for unexpected mountain conditions.  BUY IT NOW 

Sminiker Folding Binocular

These are one of the smallest binoculars on our list, and they fold even smaller to be easy to carry and transport. These military grade binoculars include night vision, which allows for spectacular view after dark! They can be used for birding, travelling, sightseeing, hunting, and general observation with little problem. The field of view is approximately 413 feet at 1000 yards, at 7.2°, making it one of the widest fields on this list. They are easy to focus and quickly sharpen in accordance with any magnification, no matter the lighting. They also have a sleek design with strong durability. The only con is that the image is not as clear or sharp as some of its competitors, but that is because these lenses work their magic mostly at night.  BUY IT NOW 

Celestron SkyMater

We’ve added the final pair for those star-lovers out there specifically. Our top pick for stargazing with low light, long-distance viewing is the Celestron SkyMaster Giant. It has a diopter adjustment for fine focusing, which is crucial when trying to capture the intricacies of the night sky. It has multi-coated optics, which makes the image sharp and clear. The large aperture allows it to capture so much light, you can even see faint galaxies outside our own! It offers 13 mm eye relief for eyeglass wearers, allowing you to watch the terrestrial wonders all night long! Because they have such intense optics for long distance, they are a little on the heavier side—but they come with a tripod adapter.  BUY IT NOW 

REVIEW: The LifeStraw

About the Life Straw

At the time of writing, the LifeStraw brand of products are in the hands of over 13 million people. The LifeStraw is a personal water filtration system that can be used to filter up to 1,000 litres of water (260 gallons); or enough water for a year for one person. The LifeStraw was oringally developed as a solution to help people in developing nations get access to cleaner drinking water.

The LifeStraw’s filters have gained emense popularity with the prepper and survivalist community as a tool that just might save your life. While the amount of water that a single straw can dfilter is very impressive, LifeStraw also manufactures a family sized life straw which can filter through over 18,000 gallons of water essentially providing safe, clean drinking water for a family of 5 for up to 3 years!

What We Liked

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Out of the box the life straw doesn’t look like much, and that’s really the point. The straw measures less than an inch wide and less than 9″ long, making it the ideal water filtration system for any traveller or outdoorsman.

The straw outperforms the EPA’s standard of water filtration, removing 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria contaminats. Where this filter scores high marks with us is that it filters out all that without the use of iodine, cholorine, and other potentially harmful chemicals.

What We Didn’t

There’s very little we didn’t like. The straw fits into most peoples survival plan but there are a few convience factors that may play into your purchase decision. While the straw is small, it’s still too thick to fit into the neck of standard water bottles and cantees (A Nalgeen Should Work Fine).

This may make the straw somewhat useless if you’re not going to be near a clean bank to get close enough to the waters edge to draw out of. So if you’re going on a backpacking trip and are for sure not going to be, a tablet filter may be better suited for you.

Who’s The LifeStraw for?

The LifeStraw is probably the #1 tool to keeping you alive in life threatening outdoor situations making it the ideal tool for Hikers, Backpackers, and Preppers alike.

The LifeStraw is compact enough to fit into any backpackers bag, and even makes a great companion for day hikes as you don’t have to lug around a bottle water. When it comes to building your bugout bag, the lifestraw needs to be one of the first, if not THE first, thing you pack.

Our Ratings

REVIEW: The Leatherman Wave Multitool

About The Leatherman Wave Multitool

When you think of multi-tools the Leatherman Wave multi-tool is most likely the model that comes to mind. The Wave has been Leatherman’s most popular model since it was re-designed in 2004. This Leatherman is the perfect everyday carry to keep in your pocket for any job.

It features 17 total tools (needle-nose pliers, regular pliers, wire cutters, wire stripper, knife, serrated knife, saw, spring action scissors, ruler, can opener, a wood/metal file, diamond coated file, large bit driver, small bit driver, medium screw driver, and hard wire cutter.) So, no matter how avid of an outdoorsman you are, this multi-tool will be able to get out of the majority of tough situations. The Leatherman Wave also comes in a stainless steal finish.

What We Liked

Besides the obvious list of 17 tools above, the multi-tool is more than just the quantity of its tools. The Leatherman Wave is extremely versatile in that you can access all the tools from the open and/or locked position. The locked position is where this multi-tool shines over other multi-tools in that every tool (except for the plier head) has a locked position mimicking the functionality of a pocket knife.

What is also impressive is that while the 17 tools on this model are rugged, Leatherman didn’t sacrifice ease of use as you can operate every feature of this model with only one hand. What also makes picking this Leatherman tool is the fact that they back this multi-tool with a 25-year guarantee.

What We Didn’t

The black model, featured in this review, is sleek however if you opt for the black oxide coating instead of this model, some of the black color may come off onto your hands on the first couple uses. This isn’t a product flaw as some users are calling it, but rather a chemical reaction of the conversion coating.

The way the black oxide is formed is by oxidizing the outer surface, essentially controlling rust. We’ve found that to control the color transfer, take a rag with WD-40 and rub thoroughly before your first use.

Who’s The Leatherman Wave For?

With 17 different foldable tools, the question becomes “who isn’t this tool for?” The Leatherman wave should be the go to pick for outdoorsman and travelers alike. This multi-tool is one of the biggest models available, but don’t let that scare you. The Wave still fill fit comfortably in your hand.

This model is a great choice for hikers and backpackers to just throw in their backpacks as there isn’t a situation that it won’t be able to handle. If you’re going to be taking it on rafting trips it’s a good idea to hook a float to the attachable ring, as you don’t want to be up a creek without a Leatherman.

Our Ratings

REVIEW: The Leatherman Skeletool Multi-Tool

About The Leatherman Skeletool Multi-Tool

The Leatherman Skeletool is one of the most unique looking multi tools to come out of the Leatherman design labs. This multi tool marries a futuristic look with their standard reliably built stainless steel adjustable tools. The Skeletool boasts 7 total tools (Needlenose Pliers, Regular Pliers, Hard-wire Cutters, Wire Cutters, 420HC Combo Knife, Carabiner/Bottle Opener, Large Bit Driver) but don’t let that total make you think this multi tool is bulky, it’s anything but. Weighing just 5 ounces and having a built-in carabiner makes this ideal for hooking onto your keys.

Key Specs

  • Closed Length: 4 inches
  • Weight: 5 Inches
  • Stainless Steel Design
  • Main Tools: Blade, Pliers, Universal Bit Driver, Bottle Opener, Carabiner
  • What We Liked

    Overall this multi tool looks and functions great. We may be a little jaded, but that’s because Leatherman has yet to make a multi-tool we’ve been disappointed in. We love the look of the modern foldable design, and the fact they didn’t have to sacrifice a tool off their standard 7 to accommodate. Many multi tools are comparable in functions (sometimes even more) but where they lose the battle against the Leatherman Skeletool is in weight.

    Weighing just 5 oz. you’ll almost forget that you have it in your pocket. As with most other Leatherman’s the Skeletool can unhinge other tools from the locked or unlocked position, adding to its overall versatility. The unique built in carabiner makes sheaths and holsters outdated, making it easy to adhere to your key ring or belt loop. With the more open design of this multi tool, the chances of water and/or other gunk building up around the hinges is significantly less.

    What We Didn’t

    With the smaller lighter size of this tool, sometimes you’ll have to sacrifice some functionality. An annoyance with this tool is with the screwdriver. To accomplish the smaller design, the screwdriver bit isn’t secured with anything making it susceptible to becoming disconnected from the tool when dropped. Another common complaint (common in all Leatherman’s) is the Black CX edition’s finish will wear off easier if not properly cared for.

    Caring for your Leatherman Skeletool

    Not everyone will put their Skeletool to the test on long hiking trips and other outdoor adventures, but that doesn’t mean that they can skip routine care and maintenance to keep their tool in great shape. While the open design of this Skeletool does make it easier to resist water, moisture, and gunk; the very nature of the folding tool can build up rust and debris making it difficult to fully close the tools completely.

    To keep this tool in great shape we recommend a few things:

    • Rub down with oil consistently, and especially after being out in wet conditions
    • Depending on use, the blade will need sharpening about every 5 uses to keep the blade performing correctly.
    • Good idea to apply WD-40 to the inside tool hinges to make operating one handed easy.
    • Who’s The Leatherman Skeletool For?

      If we had to describe the Skeletool in one word it would be: Simple. The light and compact design of this tool makes it ideal for someone who is looking to put it in their cars’ console for emergencies, and robust enough for any avid hiker/backpacker to keep into their backpack for long adventure trips. Anyone looking for a great mid range multi-tool this is a great pick.

      Our Ratings

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REVIEW: The Suunto Core Watch

About The Suunto Core Altimeter Watch

Picture this: You’re 3 days in to your 5-day expedition, cutting through the thickest most beautiful wilderness, when the barometric pressure starts to change and the storm alarm goes off to alert you well ahead of the massive storm rolling through so you are fully unpacked and securely sheltered before it even hits. Congrats, you just outsmarted nature.

The Suunto Core Watch combines style and functionality perfectly. There are many reasons why this watch made our list of best altimeter watches. The robust technology packed into this watch may help save backpackers or a hiker’s lives.

Key Specs

  • Temperature Compensation
  • Total Accent / Decent
  • Guided Calibration
  • Cardinal Settings
  • Bearing Tracking
  • Literally 50 Other specs…

    What We Liked

    Out of the box this watch just looks awesome. The big face of this watch is not only eye catching but it is a great for being able to simply glance down and see what you need to see without bumbling through settings. The Suunto core is feature packed with technology once reserved for watches 5 times its price. It has an altimeter, which tracks your vertical ascent, a barometer to ensure you’re always ahead of the weather, a sunrise/sunset predictor to help hikers maximize their hikes, and yes it even tells the time!

    What We Didn’t

    Overall this watch outperforms in every category, but there are a few things that we feel could be improved before the next core series is released. The maximum use on this watch can take a major toll on the battery life. Even without the major functions such as the barometer and compass turned on, that seems to be the synonymous complaint is the battery life. Along with that the backlit settings of the watch can make it somewhat difficult to see in the twilight hours of the night.

    Caring for your Suunto Core

    There isn’t much you need to do to care for your Suunto Core, it can take quite a beating. Where you can prolong the life and functionality of this watch is with taking care of the buttons. The 5 exterior buttons can become jammed up if you’re constantly in the elements. To ensure that this doesn’t happen buying a can of compressed air to spray out the face and around the buttons will go a long way with keeping your Suunto functioning properly.

    Who’s The Suunto Core Watch For?

    Hikers, Fisherman, Preppers, any outdoorsman will find the functionality of the Suunto Core beyond their expectations. If you’re looking for a weather forecast, it has it. If you’re needing an altimeter/barometer for your hikes, it has it. If you’re needing a depth finder, it even has that. This watches technology will make you master of the outdoors. If you’re going to be spending any amount of time outdoors exploring the wilderness, the Suunto Core is for you.

    Our Ratings

Lounge Around: The 10 Best Outdoor Inflatable Loungers

You feel that in the air?

That warm breeze blowing through the air, warming up the water. That’s Summertime friend, it’s finally upon us.

What better way to enjoy the warmer days, and longer nights ahead than with the very definition of relaxation: The Inflatable Lounger.

Outdoor inflatable loungers are the perfect way to enjoy any outdoor setting you can think of. These blow-up taco shaped sofas take lounging to a new level, with some being able to hold up to 450 pounds, or one mother in-law.

Since these are relatively new products there has been a swarm of poorly made knock-offs making their way onto different big retailers leading to some pretty bad reviews. We’ve looked through over 30+ loungers on the market and narrowed down our list of the top rated 10. Any one of these inflatables will take you from novice to expert in relaxation, and make a great gift for any ocasion.

The Best Inflatable Loungers

Anviker Lounger

  Editors Choice  

While an inflatable lounger can certainly be a very relaxing thing to have on a hot summer’s day, it can also be irritating if the sun is beating down over your eyes and you don’t have any kind of shade. Anviker recognized this problem, which is exactly why they have installed their inflatable lounger with a sun canopy that will fully protect your face from the sunshine and allow you to read, sleep, or just enjoy time with your friends and family. But even if you don’t want the canopy, it is still easily detachable. Additional features of the Anviker that you are sure to like include the bottle opener located on the end of the lounger, and anchor loop to prevent it from blowing away in high winds, and three different sizes of pockets on the side for you to store your drinks, books, or even your phone. This lounger also comes with a sweet American Flag option available from Amazon. The Anviker Inflatable Lounger sells with a one year warranty and a thirty day money back guarantee.

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Apow 2nd Gen.

Let’s say on a warm summer’s day you decide to set out your lounger in your pool or in the lake. Everything is going smoothly…until you realize that you forgot your air pump to inflate the lounger. Fortunately, the Apow Inflatable Lounger 2nd Generation does not require an air pump in order to inflate, and furthermore, it can be inflated very quickly in only a matter of minutes. This is made possible by simply taking out the bag and holding it against the wind; the lounger will become filled with air very quickly. The Apow is also incredibly lightweight at just under two pounds, making it a very desirable option for storage and transportation, and yet it’s also very durable and waterproof. Apow has outfitted their lounger with a high quality PVC and polyester cloth to ensure strength; in fact, you can lay this lounger out on grass, sand, or even pavement and it won’t pop. The strength of this lounger is also attestable to the fact that it can easily hold up to three hundred and fifty pounds, which should be sufficient strength for at least two people.

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Whozzu Air Lounger

Whozzu has built this to be the ultimate air lounger on the market, thanks to their rip-stop nylon fabric that is both durable and tear resistant. Heavy duty materials of course do not translate to this lounger being heavy, as the whole lounger weighs only around two and a half pounds. The Whozzu also features two pockets located on the sides for storing whatever you bring with you on your outdoor adventure including a bottle, phone, book, or magazine. Whozzu supplies this air lounger with a carrier bag for storage purposes, and makes portability incredibly easy. As with the previous models of inflatable loungers we have examined, the Whozzu does not require an air pump in order to inflate and can be inflated in a matter of seconds by simply holding it against the wind. Whozzu backs up their quality with a 100% lifetime money back guarantee with each lounger sold.

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Chillbo Baggins

Sometimes you find just the right lounger that you want or need, only for it not to be available in the colors that you wanted. If this has ever happened to you, you’ll be glad to hear that the Chillbo Baggins Inflatable Lounge gives you options with seven separate color combinations. But the features of the Chillbo do not end there. This lounger ships with an elastic anchor that will allow you to stake down your lounge when it’s windy outside. Several pockets of varying sizes located on the side will allow you to hold snacks, drinks, your glasses, books, or your phone or tablet. As with the Apow, the Chillbo also does not require a pump to inflate. Only a couple scoops of air are all that is needed to fill it up and get it inflated. When inflated, the Chillbo will can hold over four hundred pounds of weight, even though the lounge itself weighs only three pounds. But when not inflated, the Chillbo can be folded and compressed into dimensions of just thirteen by seven by three and a half inches, which is perfect for storage.

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Cloud 9 Lounger

The Cloud 9 Air Product Delux Inflatable Lounger is a highly rated lounger on the market for its high-quality materials, deluxe features, and ease of setting up. When purchasing any inflatable lounger, if you want it to last you for several years you must avoid low quality materials at all costs. You can put these fears to reset with the Cloud 9, however, because it’s build with premium 210 thread, rip-stop nylon, and waterproof qualities to ensure it lasts you for a long time. Additional features that the Cloud 9 comes with that you’ll probably like includes an acrylic tent stake for securing the lounger on windy days, a bottle opener for opening an ice cold fresh beer or soda, an anchor loop, and side pockets for holding your books, sunglasses, drinks, and phone. In other words, the Cloud 9 comes installed with virtually everything that you could ask for on an inflatable lounger while also knowing that you’ll be using it several years down the road thanks to its strong build and durability.

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Homeme Couch

If you’re looking for an inflatable lounger that can hold a lot of weight, you’d be hard pressed to look past the Homeme Inflatable Lounger Couch. Even though this couch is incredibly lightweight at less than two pounds, it’s also built out of very durable and resistant nylon that can easily hold up to four hundred and fifty pounds. When unfolded, the Homeme will measure eight feet by two and a half feet, but when folded will be only fourteen by nine by three inches. In other words, this is a lounger built for rugged use and is one that you can take with you virtually anywhere, including on camping trips or outdoor parks. You can use it as anything and everything from an inflatable lounge to a hammock to a lazy bag to an air sofa on more. The Homeme features two pockets on the right sides for you to store magazines, books, phones, tablets, or sunglasses. No pump is needed to fill the Homeme up with air, as just a quick breeze of air is all that is needed to fill it up. In fact, the Homeme has been tested to only take eight seconds to fill over eighty percent of the air needed to get full inflation. But even if you’re not satisfied with the Homeme for whatever reason, you can easily return it to them for a one hundred percent refund.

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Inhabit Outdoor Lounger

In general, what would you say the four most qualities are to look for in an inflatable lounger? Most people would probably agree that those four most important qualities are durability, portability, ergonomic, and being easy to inflate. The Inhabit Outdoor Supply Inflatable Lounger matches all three of these qualities quite easily. It is built out of a 210T parachute nylon material to ensure that it will remain inflated for a longer period than most other loungers in its class. The Inhabit Outdoor Supply also weighs less than three pounds, which is great for portability, and yet can hold up to four hundred pounds. Ergonomics are also important with loungers, and the Inhabit Outdoor Supply Lounger features pockets drink holders that are very easy to reach and allow you to store whatever you bring with you on your outdoor adventure. Finally, being able to inflate your lounger quickly is another very nice feature to have, and the Inhabit Outdoor Supply can inflate in less than a minute without an air pump required. Simply open the bag towards the wind and then seal it up with the durable straps provided.

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NewNomad Inflatable

The NewNomad Inflatable Lounge Chair is yet another option for those looking for an inflatable lounge that offers just the right combination of quality, comfort, portability, and being easy to inflate. The NewNomad is constructed out of a very high density and quality micro-poly yarn, with stitching that has been reinforced three times at the seam. These qualities together mean that the NewNomad is capable of holding up to four hundred and twenty-five pounds of weight. At the same time, inner bag thickness of .6 µm stops air leakage for an extended period of time. What’s also nice is how the NewNomad is constructed entirely out of non-toxic materials as well. The NewNomad is capable of being inflated in just a matter of seconds. All you need to do is open it against the wind and allow it to inflate on its own. No other tools are needed. Being very lightweight at just over three pounds, you will find that the NewNomad is incredibly easy to carry and transport around with you. As the term ‘NewNomad’ suggests, you’ll be able to take it anywhere with you including to the beach, to the park, on a camping trip, at a music festival, or to the pool. The choice is yours.

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Senqiao Deep Lounger

The Senqiao Inflatable Lounger Outdoor is a two-and-a-half-pound inflatable lounger capable of holding four hundred and eight five pounds, which easily makes it one of the strongest loungers available on the market. In fact, a lounger of that strength could essentially be used as an entire raft if you needed it to. The Senqiao has three pockets that are located on all different sides of the couch. The left two pockets are designed to hold a phone, tablet, or similar electronic device while the right pocket is designed to hold a beverage bottle. The Senqiao is incredibly easy to inflate and has been tested to become fully inflated in less than ten seconds when held and opened against the wind. It has also been tested to remain fully inflated for up to eight hours, which is much higher than many other models of inflatable lounges that necessitate being re-inflated at shorter intervals than that. The reason why the Senqiao can go so long without need to be re-inflated is because of the elastic PC strip installed on the seams that contrasts with the weaker PPT strip used by other manufacturers.

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StockVic Lounger

It’s always nice when an inflatable lounger sells with a storage bag for storing and transportation, right? The StockVic Inflatable Lounger sells with a 3-pound handy storage bag with dimensions of twenty-four by seven by thirty-seven centimeters. And while the StockVic is designed to be folded into these dimensions when not inflated, when unfolded it will measure up to a hundred and ninety centimeters long and eight centimeters wide. The materials used for the StockVic are very lightweight and yet also durable. They are noted for their decent abrasion resistance. This means you could lay out the StockVic over virtually any surface that doesn’t have sharp edges, such a lawn, pavement, or a beach, and you won’t have to worry about it popping. The seal belt and the air chamber are both durable and constructed out of non-toxic materials so they will be environmentally friendly. The weaving on the seams ensures that there will be very minimal air leakage. As an added bonus, the StockVic has eight different options for color combination, so you’ll be able to choose one according to your personal taste.

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Night Light: The 10 Best Camping Lanterns – Reviews

Star light, star bright, sometimes stars aren’t enough to see well at night.

And that’s why lanterns have been synonymous with camping since the very beginning. Lucky for you, LED technology has made its way into these modern lanterns making them not only super illuminating, but also incredibly energy efficient.

When looking at camping lanterns they all can start looking the same, we’ve hand picked the list of 10 below mainly based on illimination, and battery life. Here are the best camping lanterns that you need to have before you head out for your next outdoor adventure.

The Best Camping Lanterns

best camping lantern mallome

Mallome LED

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The MalloMe LED Camping Lantern is an ultra bright lantern that belongs nowhere else but in the great outdoors on your next camping trip. Build out of military grade ABS, this is a lantern that is built to last you for a long time. The three hundred and sixty degree 146 lumen LED camping lantern also ensures proper visibility even when in pitch black darkness. The LED bulb has a total lifespan of over one hundred thousand hours, which is simply incredibly for any camping lantern. For transportation and storage purposes, the MalloMe is easily collapsible into a smaller bundle. The MalloMe is available in two different colors: bright yellow or neon pink. Either will work well for anything from a power outage to a vehicle emergency light kit to a camping light or a lantern for your bug out bag. This lantern is powered by AA batteries (which are cheap and easy to find), although the batteries will need to be bought separately.

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Best Camping Lantern #2 - Apolled

Apolled LED

If you’re on the market for a camping lantern that is lightweight, water resistant, scratch proof, and highly durable, then the APPOLLED LED Lantern will be a superb option for you. This is a lantern that is designed to be carried anywhere and can sustain rough abuse thanks to its ABS build and scratch proof qualities. It’s designed for an extended life span thanks to its thirty-individual military grade LED bulbs that are powered by AA batteries with a total battery life of ten to twelve hours. Of course, a major feature that you will want to look for in a camping lantern is ease of storage and portability, and the APPOLLED excels in this department as well. This is because it is fully collapsible with a single press of a button, so there’s no need to waste your time fumbling around with it. All in all, this is a superb choice for a lantern that can be used for camping and backpacking trips, as a backup light during a power outage, or as a vehicle repair light.

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Best Camping Lantern #6 - Etrends Lantern

E-Trends Tent Bulbs

Even though outdoor lanterns are commonly marketed as ‘camping lanterns,’ keep in mind that that doesn’t at all mean that you absolutely have to use your lantern for camping. You can just as easily use it for hunting, backpacking, fishing as a backup light in the event that your home electricity gets shut off, or as a light to keep in your vehicle for emergencies. Regardless, it’s important that your lantern is built to high standards o you can ensure it will last you for a long period of time, and the E-Trends Portable LED Lantern is built with some of the best quality materials on the market to guarantee proper water resistance, optimum reliability, and maximum durability. The E-Trends is also a highly convenient lantern thanks to its sturdy hanging hook design that is designed to attach to any elevated position. It offers 150 lumens on its high setting that will easily illuminate your entire campsite.

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Best Camping Lantern #3 - Von Bright

Vont Bright LED

One of the brightest camping lanterns currently available on the market is the Vont Bright Portable Outdoor LED Camping Lantern. The reason this lantern is so bright is thanks to its thirty different premium LED bulbs that ensures maximum lighting. You would think that a lantern putting out so much light would naturally have a shorter battery life, but the reality is that the Vont will provide you with over twelve hours of lighting, which is an equal battery life to many less bright lanterns on the market. That being said, the brightness is also fully adjustable, so by setting it to a lower standard you will increase battery life even more. In terms of strength and durability, the Vont is built out of military grade plastic and metal materials, with the plastic being water resistant. This makes the Vont a perfect choice for taking out into harsh conditions with you on a camping, hiking, or backpacking trip. Another nice added aspect bout the Vont is how it is very easily collapsible it is for storage and transportation.

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Best Camping Lantern #4 - Elekcity

Elekcity LED

If you had to make a list of qualities and features that you would want in a camping lantern, you would probably have brightness, durability, and portability at the top of that list, right? If so, the Etekcity Portable Outdoor Led Camping Lantern will be a superb option for you. This is a military grade lantern, which promises long term durability regardless of where you take it. The brightness comes from thirty separate LED bulbs that ensure an overall longer lifespan, and also offers three hundred and sixty degrees of luminous light. The Etekcity is powered with AA batteries that are designed to last up to a minimum of twelve hours before needing to be replaced. The Etekcity is also incredibly portable and convenient thanks to its lightweight that permits you to take it literally anywhere with ease. When you’re not using it, you can quickly collapse it into a more compact size that takes up preciously little space in storage.

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Best Camping Lantern - AYL 330

AYL 330

The AYL Starlight 330 Camping Lantern will light up your outdoor adventures and any other activities that you embark on with an LED bulb that has a total output of over 600 lumens, which simply makes it one of the brightest camping lights currently available on the market. What’s more, is that this bulb has a guaranteed shelf life of over one hundred thousand hours, and can be set to three separate lighting modes: flashing strobe, low, and high. All you need to do is simply cycle the switch button on the side to alternate between these three modes. The AYL can also provide you with three hundred and sixty degree lighting, but if that’s too much light for you can remove it to make your lighting more focused. But another really nice feature that this lantern has is a green LED indicator on the side that will allow you to locate the lantern even when it’s shut off during the dark. What’s more, is that all of this is encased in a watertight body that utilizes rubber and plastic molding to ensure the highest level of water resistance that you could ask for in a camping lantern.

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Best Camping Lantern #5 - TQUNES

Tquens L400

The Tquens L400 Camping Lantern is a very lightweight and bright lantern that is designed specifically to be carried on each of your camping adventures. The 120 lumen light is powered by three AA batteries, and is sure to shine brightly and remain functioning highly at night. AA batteries are a superb choice for any camping lantern because they are extremely common and can be bought in bulk. But the real standout of the Tquens is how it manages to be so strong and resilient despite also being lightweight. The Tquens weighs a mere 0.67 pounds and yet is fully water resistant and shock proof; it has been tested to withstand drops of 1.2 meters without sustaining any damage. The metal brackets on the side of the lantern are expandable and designed to keep it hanging from elevated paces, which definitely enhances its overall versatility.

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Best Camping Lantern AYL 790


The AYL Camping LED DL790 Lantern is unique in that it is a 2-in-1 outdoor product: it’s both a lantern and a flashlight at the same time. This will be great from a convenience standpoint since you won’t necessarily need to carry both a flashlight and a lantern with you on your next outdoor trip. Ideal for any outdoor or indoor use, this lantern provides you a maximum of seven hundred lumens of light while the flashlight provides you with ninety lumens of light, which is simply astonishing for a handheld lantern. What’s better, is that this lantern is designed to deliver that level of light for over twenty-one hours of continuous operation. It’s powered by three D batteries for the lantern and then three AAA batteries for the flashlight part (however, the batteries are not included with the package). The DL790 allows you to choose between three separate modes: one hundred percent brightness for illuminating your whole flashlight, fifty percent for more focused lighting (such as when you need to repair a vehicle or read a book) and red strobe light mode. A retractable hook is hidden into the body, but can be quickly pulled out and used for hanging from elevated positions. Built to the highest tolerances to IPX4 standards, the AYL DL790 is sure to last you for many years to come.

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Browon LED

Another LED camping lantern that is built using premium materials is the Browon Camping LED Solar Rechargeable Lantern, which represents a solid choice for any outdoor enthusiasts looking for a camping lantern. The Browon has been thoroughly tested by Browon ambassadors to be a suitable choice for anything and everything from mountaineering to camping to backyards and patio use. But as the name of this lantern suggests, the Browon is solar rechargeable, which means that you’re not depending on batteries to keep this battery going. That being said, batteries are still an option for powering the Browon and it takes three AAA batteries in a backup compartment. Durability is a major concern that you must have with any camping lantern, and the Browon is encased in a water resistant collapsible outer shell that offers you maximum protection and water resistance. The folding handle system on the Browon also allows you to hang it from any elevated system, while you can control the brightness level with a switch on the side. Last but not least, the Browon also comes equipped with an emergency USB charger for charging other electronic devices, which is a nice feature that not too many camping lanterns can claim to have.

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Best Camping Lantern Lightouch

Lightouch LED

First of all, the LighTouch Camping Led Lantern is one of the most compact camping lanterns currently available on the market. It measures just two inches tall when it is collapsed with a three and a half inch diameter. Total weight is just four ounces. In other words, you’ll be able to fold up with the LighTouch to an incredible small size for storage and transportation, and you’ll hardly notice its size or weight. The LighTouch has a total output of thirty lumens with a battery life of fifteen hours, so you still won’t want to underestimate its capabilities despite its small size. However, battery life is extended to thirty hours when the light level is reduced to fifteen lumens, or twenty three hours when set to strobe. The LighTouch is powered with six AA batteries, which is a great choice due to how cheap and commonplace they are. The design of this lantern consists of a strong military grade ABS material that has rubber oil coated to the surface to increase its lifespan and make it truly unbreakable. All in all, this will be a superb choice for a lantern for camping, hunting, hiking, fishing, or sailing.

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