The Casio pathfinder PAG240-1 is a nice watch with some features that are handy for the great outdoors
The Casio PAG240-1 Pathfinder is a sports watch that features a built-in digital compass, barometer, thermometer, and an altimeter. If you have outdoor hobbies such as hiking, backpacking, hunting or fishing this watch will make a great addition to your gear. Another great thing about this watch is the fact that it has a built in solar panel that keeps the watch battery charged so that you never have to change the battery.
On the right side of the Casio pathfinder watch you have three buttons, the top is for the compass, the middle is for the thermometer and barometer and the bottom button is for the altimeter. On the left side, their is a single button for all of the standard watch features such as an alarm, stopwatch, timer, etc…, while at the bottom of the Casio pathfinder their are two buttons, one to adjust the features while the other turns the light on so that you can read it in the dark.
The compass is a fairly accurate digital compass that has LCD pointers that changes as you rotate the watch. The LCD arrow that points north is wider, while three other arrows point to east, west and south. The altimeter is also accurate, but it needs to be calibrated before using it.
Like the compass, the barometer is also accurate taking readings every two hours. It displays the results in the form of a graph from the past 30 hours. Unfortunately the thermometer is not as accurate. My biggest complaint with the thermometer is that it is off by around 8 degrees while you are wearing it showing the temperature to be around 8 degrees warmer due to the heat coming from your body. It is possible to adjust the temperature of the watch so that it displays the temperature accurately making this a minor issue.
One of the disadvantages with the Casio pathfinder is its size. It is a huge watch measuring around two inches in diameter and around 3/4 inch thick. I have on several occasions reached into my pocket to grab something only to have the watch hit the edge of my pocket and press a button by mistake. This doesn’t happen all of the time, but it happens enough to be a nuisance.
Another problem that I had with the Casio pathfinder watch was all of the beeping that it does. Every time that I press a button, the watch beeps. This tends to be annoying and if you are out hunting, and need to keep quit, it can be loud enough to scare off a potential target. Unfortunately I have not found out how to turn this function off.
This Casio pathfinder watch has a built-in solar cell that keeps the battery charged, and the solar cell does an excellent job of keeping the battery charged. Even while inside while under fluorescent lighting, the battery stays fully charged.
Even with its drawbacks, this watch makes a nice addition to your outdoor gear providing you with some nice features that are useful in the great outdoors.