You don’t have to look too long at it know that it’s made for the outdoors – the timepiece is very rugged. It comes with chunks of resin all over its case. This is appreciated as it provides ample shock resistance. Resin is on its strap too. The material is waterproof, so you’ll easily be able to wipe dirt off it.
The watch is large. Its case is 2.08 inches (53 mm) across. It’ll look awkward if you have smaller wrists. Its strap is wide as well. The thing is, resin collects sweat, so having so much of it on you may not be great.
Surprisingly, the Rangeman is not heavy. It weighs just over 10 ounces (283.4 grams). It’s light for a G-shock, but there are many options that are lighter. Due to this, you might think that it feels cheap. This is not the case as it’s built very well. The amount of metal used is a testament to this.
There’s some sturdy metal on its buttons. It’s textured, making them a breeze to use. The watch’s case-back is also quality steel. It prevents scratches from ever collecting.
The piece is known for its attention to detail. There are hints of gold on its dial, adding a pop of colour. Its red accents are good-looking too. You’ll also notice elevated portions to its strap. They prevent it from slipping off your wrist.
The standard Rangeman is red and black. However, there are 2 other colour choices. There’s a khaki green as well as a cream and black. We think the green one is the best looking – it helps you camouflage better.
The timepiece is quartz. Considering that you’ll be outdoors, this is the best-fitting as quartz pieces last for months. They also have fewer gears, making them more reliable. They are also more accurate. This is especially true for the G-shock Rangeman - it is Japanese quartz. They’re made through a very automated process, so there is less room for error. Unfortunately, we don’t know the specific name of its quartz movement.
Regardless of its mechanism, the watch will always read accurate time. It comes with atomic time-keeping
. It connects to atomic clocks
through radio waves. It does this multiple times a day, keeping you in sync. If you didn’t know, watches lose accuracy by a couple of seconds a year.
The G shock Rangeman features are immense. However, many say there’s a learning curve to using it.
To begin with, there’s a compass. It tells you the exact degree of your location. It also shows North, South, East, and West through the red sub-dial on the upper-left.
The timepiece comes with a barometer. It tells you what the air pressure is. This may not seem useful, but you can use it to predict storms. There is an altimeter as well. You might have guessed what it does through its name – it shows you how high you are.
Let’s not forget its atomic time-keeping too. We think it’s the watch’s best feature.
You can use the Rangeman to measure the temperature around you. To get the best possible reading, you’re advised to have the watch off you. Otherwise, your body temperature would affect its reading.
When we said the device is a must for an outdoorsman, we weren’t kidding. It lets you store data. You can store up to 40 records. This includes a barometer, altimeter, temperature, and compass readings. Hopefully, you get why this is so useful. You might be on an expedition, so tracking down data will help with your research.
Being a digital watch, it comes with alarms, stop-clocks, timers, and all the other good stuff.
Take a look at its case – it's wrapped in resin. This keeps its display safe as it’s made from mineral glass. The crystal is unfortunately not that strong. If it’s any consolation, the mineral on the G-shock has extra scratch-resistance to it.
Something great about its dial is that there’s a solar panel on it. Being a quartz watch, having sunlight charge your battery is useful. Casio says that all kinds of light can charge the device. When you’re in the wilderness, you might not be in sunny settings, so this is convenient.
Make sure not to charge it using a halogen lamp. Halogen lamps get really hot. They can charge a watch instantly, but also melt its insides.
Once fully charged, you can expect the watch to last a while. G-shock says that you’re good to go for 7 months.
We think the Rangeman’s calendar is easy to read. There’s one section for the day and the other for the date. The separation stops the dial from looking busy. This is a theme throughout its dial, which helps as the watch comes with many features.
No surprise, it doesn’t have any lume. There’s an LED back-light that brightens things up. It gets the job done, but it’s not the brightest light around. This is a shame when it gets dark.
Being a sports watch, you’d expect it to be water-resistant. The Rangeman doesn’t disappoint. It can handle 660 feet (200 meters) underwater. G-shock says that it’s resistant enough to handle diving.
As mentioned, the timepiece is made from water-proof materials. You’ll never have to worry about it rusting. The watch is also sealed up well, so water will never find its way inside.
If you want to dive with it, you’ll find its timer useful. It can be used time to time your oxygen supply. You can also use it to time your laps around a pool.
The watch comes with an electroluminescent display. Its backlight makes its dial bright enough to read underwater. Also, the device can handle temperatures as low as -10 c (14 F). This helps if you need to go fishing in icy-cold water.