1. Traverse Alpha by Suunto
This version of Suunto’s heralded Traverse smartwatch has plenty of features dedicated to hunters and fishermen: GPS/GLONASS (a Russian-developed global positioning system) satellite navigation, baro-altimeter, moon phases, a real-time breadcrumb view of your path, and even an automatic shot detection feature that records where you’ve taken a shot for helping to plan future hunts. The Movescout smartphone app helps you track speed, distance, calories, and even find new routes or trails with heatmaps posted by other people.
The bulky, knurled bezel on this 50mm watch is handsome, but I found that it liked to snag jacket cuffs and gloves. Most of the features worked well, but as with any piece of tech, sometimes the GPS wouldn’t connect, or other features would be slow to update a reading (thankfully, software updates are regular). The simple display readout offers you either black-on-white or white-on-black contrasts, and has a red illumination option to save your night vision.
Bottom line: It’s a solid, durable, and cool-looking watch that can make your time in the woods or on the lake a better, safer, and more well-rounded experience. ($499, suunto.com)
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