A Casio watch truly for the outdoors (and it’s not a G-Shock), Nikon’s new action camera, another smart cooler by Yeti, and the new wallet size multitool by Readyman.
Casio WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch
Unlike most smart watches which shudder at the thought of roughing it, Casio’s WSD-F10 Smart Outdoor Watch thrives in nature. Its enclosure — available in several colors from subtle black to bold orange — is water resistance to 50 meters as well as shock and drop resistant to MIL-STD-810G military standards. Powered by Android Wear, it boasts a dual-layer display structure that allows both its monochrome LCD and vivid color display to take turns sharing screen real estate in order to continuously display the time, power efficiently, while maintaining native compatibility with a variety of Android applications. It’s also equipped with all the functionality you’d expect and a bit more, measuring direction with its compass, altitude, atmospheric pressure, and displaying sunrise/sunset times as well as tides. Not to mention notifications and activity tracking features for quantifying your treks and runs. And don’t worry: the original Casio watch face designs let you customize your watch to display the measurements you value all while maintaining the brand’s signature rugged aesthetic.
Arriving in spring. Learn more at Casio – $500 (expected price)
Nikon KeyMission 360
Nikon’s first appearance in the action camera market is a bold one with the KeyMission 360, a compact but rugged action cam with dual lenses and image sensors that produce 360-degree video in 4K UHD resolution. The device is built as solidly as any Nikon camera but can also shrug off drops as high as 6.6 feet and complete submersion to 100 feet, all without any additional casings or enclosures. Otherwise it’s equipped with electronic shake reduction, quality audio recording, and several wireless connectivity options including WiFi, Bluetooth, and NFC, meaning this compact but capable action cam may give its more established competitors a run for their money.
Yeti Hopper Cooler
In our experience, soft-sided coolers can’t really be held up to heavy-duty rigid models – unsurprisingly, they just don’t seem to keep stuff cold as long. But Yeti’s Hopper is different. This gigantic shoulder bag holds a combined 6.5 gallons of ice, food, and beverages, all within rugged, one inch-thick insulated waterproof walls. It also boasts an airtight, waterproof zipper that won’t leak if the bag is turned upside down, reinforced handles and shoulder straps for lugging around even the heaviest of loads, and thicker insulation on the bottom for keeping cold in even if it’s placed on a hot surface, all in keeping its contents cold for days.
Readyman Wilderness Survival Card
It’s not your typical multitool, but if you could only have one thing with you in a survival scenario chances are it’d be the Readyman Wilderness Survival Card. This tool is only slightly larger than a credit card in height and width and weighs just 0.42 ounces, yet splits apart in a pinch into a variety of tools, including nine fishhooks (since they’re easily lost), a hacksaw, a serrated blade, a trident, two arrow heads, two needles, four snare locks, an awl, and a set of small tweezers. They’re all made of stainless steel and can be worked into a variety of tools, notably for fishing and hunting small game. Though there’s plenty in there to repair clothing, remove ticks or splinters, as well as stuff to help build a shelter.
Find it at Amazon – $13 US