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Best Outdoor Adventure Watches 2018

LISTING ORDER >> The best & most popular altimeter, barometer, compass sport watches are listed first.

These are some of the very best outdoor expedition / adventure racing watches on the market. Known in the trade as ABC watches. An ABC watch is one that includes an Altimeter (height) Barometer (Air Pressure) and Compass watch. These watches ALL include built-in GPS and the ability to support heart rate from an optional heart rate sensor.

GPX Route Follow / Built to Last

A majority of these watches can follow a GPX route uploaded to the watch prior to training. Another feature is their ROBUST construction with scratch resistant glasses and hardened steel cases. The Fenix 3 HR , TomTom Adventurer, Forerunner 935 and Fenix 5 have the advantage of acquiring heart rate directly off the wrist, no need for a chest strap.



Adventure Racing watches reviewed by CardioCritic

 
  • Suunto 9

    NEW - 2017 - NEW

    The Suunto 9 is a technical multisport GPS watch designed for athletes demanding the very best from their sports watch. What makes the Suunto 9 stand out is the amazing battery life – up to 120 hours* with GPS.

    An intelligent battery life management system provides smart reminders informing you of battery life expectancy. The Suunto 9 is designed for long, hardcore training and ulta-racing. The clever FusedTrack feature gives accurate representation of your route even when GPS sampling is at a lower resolution ....

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  • Garmin Forerunner 935 Review

    NEW - 2017 - NEW

    TOP 4 for TRIATHLON

    The Forerunner 935 takes all the very best features and functions from the Garmin Fenix 5 and the Garmin Forerunner 735XT. With everything from waypoint to waypoint navigation, true multisport Triathlon mode and a barometric pressure sensor - the new Forerunner 935 caters for ALL serious sports adventurers. More details from our Garmin Forerunner 935 review here ...

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  • Garmin Fenix 5 Review

    Top 3 Outdoor Adventure

    The most successful range of ABC watch, the Garmin Fenix, moves to version 5. The Garmin Fenix 5 is available in 3 case sizes making it more attractive for those with small wrists. The Fenix 5 features altimeter, barometer, compass and Garmin Elevate wrist based heart rate sensor. Suitable for adventurers, elite athletes, orienteers and triathletes ...

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  • Garmin Fenix 3 HR Review

    Top 3 Outdoor Adventure

    The Fenix range have the perfect balance of fitness, navigation and tech / connected functionality to satisfy most outdoor racers, explorers and performance athletes. The Fenix 3 Sapphire HR is a stylish, yet exceptional robust, GPS sports watch that can withstand harsh environments being water rated down to 100m. Featuring Garmin Elevate off the wrist heart rate, no need for a chest strap ....

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  • Suunto Spartan Ultra Review

    Top 3 Outdoor Adventure

    The best GPS outdoor adventure / ABC /multisport watch of 2015/2016 was the Suunto Ambit3 Peak. That has now been replaced with the Suunto Spartan Ultra with high colour touchscreen display. Like the slightly less functional Spartan Sport the Ultra is a top quality GPS multisport watch designed with ULTRA Triathlon and other ultra endurance events in mind ....

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  • TomTom Adventurer

    Take the TomTom Spark 3 (aka Runner 3) and add a barometric pressure sensor and some winter sports modes and we have the TomTom Adventurer. The Adventurer features built-in GPS, wrist based heart rate and a 3gB internal memory to store up to 500 songs. After extensively reviewing this outdoor sports watch I have awarded the TomTom Adventurer 4.5/5 Stars ...

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  • Garmin Fēnix 3 Review

    The Garmin Fēnix 3 is a combination of an outdoor adventurer's GPS, performance monitoring fitness watch and an activity tracker. It can estimate your VO2 max and even predict race times. Fēnix 3 can also calculate recovery time and even perform a recovery check after hard workouts. A 3-axis electronic compass, barometer and auto-calibrating altimeter helps you navigate on and off the beaten track ....

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  • Suunto Ambit3 Peak

    REPLACED by Spartan Ultra

    I still highly rate the Ambit 3 Peak and would still by one at the right price. The Ambit3 Peak has the same single log for multisport sessions, i.e. Swim, Bike and Run data all in ONE FILE. Access to thousands of APPS from the Movescount.com website. Sport displays configurable via Smartphone connection. And best of all... a 30 hour GPS battery life ....

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  • Garmin Fēnix 2

    >> REPLACED by Fenix3

    It should be pointed out that the Fenix2 has been surpassed by the new Fenix3 GPS/ABC/HRM with Bluetooth connectivity for incoming notifications from your smartphone and connectivity to Garmin's Connect App for upload of training sessions directly to your smart device. Trust us here, get the Garmin Fenix 3, it's miles ahead in all areas of functionality ....

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  • Suunto Ambit2

    REPLACED by Spartan Ultra

    Suunto Ambit2 is the GPS for explorers and athletes. All you need for outdoor sports - navigation, speed, heart rate, altitude, weather conditions and features for running, biking and swimming. A battery life of 24 hours with GPS, Ambit2 is ready for any adventure. Although replaced by the Ambit3 Peak and more recently the Spartan Ultra the Ambit2 still offers solid functionality for those NOT interested in smartphone connectivity or activity tracking ....

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  • Suunto Ambit2 Sapphire

    REPLACED by Spartan Ultra

    Suunto Ambit2 Sapphire is the GPS sports watch for outdoor explorers & athletes who also want stunning good looks. A battery life of 24 hours with GPS, Ambit2 Sapphire is ready for any adventure. Although replaced by the Ambit3 Peak and more recently the Spartan Ultra the Ambit2 still offers solid functionality for those NOT interested in smartphone connectivity or activity tracking ....

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