38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2011
Well after using the Casio PAG240B-2CR Pathfinder for one month now I am pleased to say I am thrilled to have purchased it. It's all sweet. It arrived a few days after I ordered it traveling with UPS from Kentucky to Anchorage Alaska then across the Arctic to me in Western Japan. Was heaps of fun tracking it too. What an amazing trip and how fitting for an adventure watch. It came in box packed with airbags which contained another box which contained a wooden box which contained the watch. Now the lid to this box lifts up and doesn't slide out. I have doubts about my IQ now. Should have got a crow to open it for me. Just added to anticipation though. What really struck me on first viewing the watch was how beautiful it is. I really like the shades of purple and indigo blue that are used in the case and band respectively. It really has a subtle, understated look almost elegant one could say if that's possible for an adventure watch. Putting the watch on, it feels very light like it is not even there. The strap is very thick and sturdy and is still like new after one month of use. Out of the box the watch was fully charged but I put it in the sunlight for an hour anyway just to stare it at and give it some sun because if had just flown over the North Pole.
Setting up the watch is very easy. Just a matter of changing your home city if required and inputting your latitude and longitude in full degree increments.This is required for the sunrise and sunset data. If you are lucky you live near full degrees and so will have sunrise sunset data accurate to the minute. If you live at 30mins for example especially in longitude it maybe a 2 or 3 minutes in time off. I live at 50mins in both latitude and longitude and its only 1 minute in time off. I like photography so this data is essential for me plus it helps to know how much light I have left in the day when hiking and cycling.
Now the 4 important functions. The barometric pressure is very accurate and it's great to have the graph in time mode on the face as well by default. Obviously its always ahead of data given on the news or net because the watch is giving real time information. The compass is spot on. Love the dual LCD indicators and the way they move when u do a twirl. Lots of fun. Compared it to my other 2 compasses and to maps and the compass diagram on top of my local mountain and replicates it perfectly. Temperature readout will be affected by ones body heat but if you take the watch off for 10 minutes or so the reading is extremely accurate. Ok the altimeter. It's very accurate as well but you have to manage it. It calculates its readings based on temperature and pressure changes. The day to night temperature cycle or barometric pressure fluctuations can give inaccurate measurement if the watch is just left in the draw for a few days. What you need to do is calibrate it at the beginning of each day or trip. I took a park next door off Google Earth at 25m and calibrated the altimeter by going to the altimeter function then holding adjust then setting the reference height. Very easy. I then climbed 5 peaks ranging from 200-600m in height. It was 97 percent accurate on all of them giving a slightly lower reading each time. So I went to the same park again and calibrated to 30m. Again 97 percent accurate with readings this time slightly above those stated on topographic maps. So I fine tuned it by going back to the park and then either going slightly higher and inputting 30m or going to a slightly lower point and inputting 25m because the watch gives altitude data in 5m increments. Guess what. The 213m peak was shown by the watch to be 210m and if I put my arm in the air 215m. The 622m peak was shown the 620m if I sat on the bench and 625m if I stood on the bench and did a jig. Can't get more accurate than that. Also if you are hiking through points which have stated heights you can calibrate on the fly. What I would really love to do one day is ride in a hot air balloon and watch the altimeter on my watch go up and up. Forget about the view.
In summary I am completely satisfied with this watch. It looks good, it feels good, it's easy to set up and use and it's extremely accurate. It's really bringing out the artist, athlete, adventurer, explorer and the geek in me all at once. For those that want the macho adventure look there is a twin model in the series with 2 orange buttons and for those that want to fully geek out there are models above with atomic time also which my model doesn't have and I do not miss at all.
58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2010
I've owned several watches from the 1500 Pathfinder series, along with G-Shocks's, Citizen and Tissot watches. I decided to update my watch collection with a new Pathfinder. Now I had looked at the 2000/5000 series but I didn't like the display on either, so I waited. I came across the PAG-240 one day and started researching it since then. Was a bit difficult finding information on this new watch since it was just released but I decided to pull the trigger on it anyways.
At first, I was a bit leery because this watch didn't have an atomic function but decided, how hard was it to sync it up with one of my other atomic watches once a month? So I bought it and was pleasantly surprised. First, I love the sunrise/sunset (after setting it to the right area) feature. The moon/tide feature on the previous Pathy's didn't really benefit me. I like the dual LCD which is designed for the compass. The temp gauge is better than the previous models as well. It adjusts quite quickly once removed from your wrist (your body heat will affect the temp reading). Another simple but nice added feature is the duration of the light. In previous models, you had just one second but with this watch it lets you choose LT1 or LT3 (one or three seconds) as the duration.
One gripe about this watch is the band. It's half cloth, half leather. But like anything I resolve problems, so I replaced it with another band from one of my previous Pathy's. Problem solved.
I camp and hike a lot and I wanted a watch that's very durable. I also dive as well and watched a watch for it's water resistance. Now typically, I'd go for a watch that had 200M WR but these (and the G's) are made so well, I don't have much to worry about. I actually did a few tests and opened up one of my previous Pathy's, removed the "O" ring and closed it back up. Threw it in a tub of water for 2 days. Was fine. Opened up the watch, took out the module and dumped it in water, the screen faded out but once I took it out of the water, it was fine! I did this about 5 times with the module. Now don't go dunking your opened watch in a tub of water but it just goes to show that the Casio watches are very robust and well made.
You can't go wrong with this watch that's designed to replace both the 40/200 series of the Pathfinder series.
42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2011
Hey guys, thought I would type up what I have found so far:
I am 6' 3" tall and weigh just under 205 lbs. I have become a dedicated runner and enjoy just about everything about the outdoors.
Out of the box, the compass was DEAD ON - checked this with my Suunto compass and my Garmin GPS, and it has not been off more than 1 degree, that is pretty impressive.
The temperature sensor also dead on, compared with three home thermometers, again less than 1 degree of difference, actually the protrek's temp was SPOT ON as far as the more accurate thermometer: (off wrist as per instructions)
Altimeter - unknown because I live in FL, I could say it matched where I am perfectly but no heights around here guys sorry :(
Barometer - this is my FAVORITE feature of the watch, predicted two storms in as many days, that was really cool.
Quality on this is pretty stellar, I am REALLY picky on my gear and so far, I am really impressed. Use it running, in shower, you name it and it really does it job.
Weight on this is close to nil, I was worried about this looking at the pics but it is honestly weightless on your wrist, no really :)
Menus are much easier than I expected and access to them MUCH easier than Suunto watch :P
Initially at least I REALLY am impressed with this watch.
CONS: A lot of folks talk about how they like this band (like fake leather and cloth) It is ok, but I am a bit of a perfectionist and this won't cut it :( - Is ok but I will prob replace it in the near future.
I think that is all for now, I would have to give the opinion that if you are interested I would give it a go. Watch is fine for small to larger men, and maybe some women with larger wrists. Pretty Happy, thanks Casio :)
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2011
Exactly what I wanted & more (much more to learn from the compact instruction manual, but not necessary at his point). Handsome, not as big as I feared, hardy (already taken a few knocks)& works as promised. I researched this rather well, comparing what I needed/wanted. Reasonably accurate measurements/readings out of the box for me once I programmed my geo info (latitude/longitude). Have traveled up & down highways, trails, mountains, hills (not in water yet), from -30ft - 8900ft, from storms to sun, compass settings good enough for me. I talk to people in different time zones & the world time function really helps me be aware of their circumstances (especially India w/the half hour differences)Looking forward to understanding subtleties of memory for compass/barometer/altitude readings. I like the Solar battery & it's efficiency (turns face off at night, reclaims itself on movement/light in morning. I didn't want nor need atomic time synch because of my location (hard to get any radio transmission) & for the fact of the accuracy of the timepiece itself (30 secs/month? I can deal with that for the $30-$60 difference). I also enjoy the color blue, which this model comes in a dark blue, as well as a cloth/leather combo band (I do not like most plastic/vinyl/rubber versions). I'm happy with it, it's practical & not complicated once you read the instructions & it adds to my experience of Joy outside as well as inside.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 2, 2011
I have owned several watches over the years from G-Shocks', Citizen, Timex, and Suunto. After being the victim of a home burglary earlier this year, I decided to acquire a Casio Pathfinder or maybe a Casio Pro Trek to replace my PAW1300Y that had been taken. I had looked at the current Pathfinder watches including the PAW2000 and PAW1500 plus I had owned previously a PAW1300Y (inverse screen).
A friend acquired a PAG240 with the metal band so I had a source to turn-to for Q&A. After he & I spoke and I test-drove his watch, I chose this model - PAG240B-2CR.
I gave-up the atomic time synch on my PAW1300Y but that's OK as I saved $$$. It has Casio's TOUGH SOLAR and that should last a good many years and keep the watch accurate. (I have found Casio's TOUGH SOLAR very good, even in cloudy overcast weather conditions for 6-8 months.)
Out of the box, the watch arrived fully-charged. I scanned a ten-page quick-guide for the watch that I downloaded from Casio. I adjusted the time and a few settings; the menus are easy to navigate. The compass was right-on. The barometer and temperature were within a few points (or degrees) of being what our home-based weather station reported. And I like the automatic illumination feature and the extended 3-seconds illumination view. Sunrise / sunset data has good accuracy too. It is not a gimmick or packed with features that do not work. Overall, its a wonderful watch, one I'll be happy with.
I admit this is much more a sporty-looking watch which suits me fine; I actually like the cloth/leather band that many have complained. I can tell this watch is made for me and satisfies my needs today & tomorrow.
I like having a couple quality watches around. I am hopeful Casio will find a way to get the dual-LCD in an inverse (stealth) LCD Pathfinder watch.
Thank you, Casio. And thank you Amazon.Com.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2011
I had an "original" G-shock watch from about 15+ years ago and decided to upgrade to a new one when i found out that replacing the battery and sealing it again would run me $30...the upgrade at $160 was worth it as i do some camping and hiking with my boys and the features on the watch are beneficial and useful. I LOVE the watch...especially the large digital display and the functions are cool...i can even live with the cheap wristband, BUT the manual is extremely cumbersome to understand and the sequence to set certain time regions, altitude settings, temperature settings, etc. make it extensively labor intensive up front, so beware...If you're a "techie" who likes all the function controls and knows how to navigate through the different button displays, it will work easy for you, if you're not (like me) it will be frustrating at the start, so bear with it. I'm sure once i get past the learning curve, which i'm committed to, I'll love it even more...just felt the need to let potential buyers know of the initial work involved.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2013
I've owned many a Casio G-Shock and wanted an ABC watch. I read all of the reviews and decided on the PAG240B-2CR Pathfinder. This watch traveled over 42,300 km (26,284 miles) without missing a beat. It was subject to subzero temps right through to mid 40's (104+ F), sand, salt and chlorinated water, and handled flawlessly. I would recommend this watch to anyone.
1. Tough construction;
2. Large Face;
3. Clear information on screen, bezel and buttons;
4. Deep Seated Glass so minimizes scratches/damage;
5. Comfortable wrist band;
6. Great colour scheme; and
7. Is extremely light. I actually couldn't get over how light it was.
1. Whilst not such a big deal for me, some might prefer a plastic wristband as the one that comes supplied stays wet for long periods of time in humid conditions. I understand you can purchase just the end caps to change the wristband so that a plastic one can be fitted. I also think a NATO band would be equally as good (and more secure), but you would still have the issue of a wet wrist band.
1. The design is excellent and intuitive. Multifunctions on the left side and ABC functions on the right side;
2. You can see a graphical display of the Barometric Pressure in the top left corner which was very accurate and extremely handy when choosing the right clothing to wear on a particular day (but always go prepared);
3. When worn off the wrist, the Temp is very accurate, right down to the point degrees;
4. When calibrated correctly, the Compass is also accurate. Having said that, I always took a Silva compass (it goes everywhere with me) to calibrate to. Again, it's about being prepared; and
5. Haven't tried the Baro as yet. Will be doing that in the coming weeks
In the top left corner you can show the following:
2. A graphical display of the Barometric pressure; and
3. The Year
It would have been better to substitute the year to the Compass Reading.
Overall, this is a great watch and I wear it all of the time.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2011
This watch will do everything you were looking for in a "sport watch."
With anything,I read the instructions first as I am not the sharpest tool in the shed! The directions are straight forward and need to be followed as stated...which is like every Casio I have owned. I have not set all the settings but have found one problem(could be my fault...not!)the altitude is off at times by one hundred feet + and that is allowing it to adjust for one hour or so.
Would I buy it again...yes.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2011
The watch itself is amazing. It does everything and is comfortable. That being said, it is a bit too bulky. Sometimes even awkward. One thing I definitely recommend is reading the manual thoroughly. It is not as user friendly as I had imagined.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2013
I've owned a few G-Shock watches over the years. This is my first Pathfinder. I've had it for about a year now. I share a lot of the sentiments of the 4-Star and 5-Star reviewers. I love the watch. I have never spent so much money for a watch. But, I think I got my money's worth on it (retail $250, but I got it for about $160 + tax + shipping).
On a side note, I ran into a Marine that owned the same exact watch that I had, at a deployed location in Africa. He liked his watch a lot as well. Like me, at the time, he hadn't read the entire user's manual yet (he had just bought it) and wasn't utilizing it fully but what he did figure out, up to that point, were features and functionality that were very useful to him.
I thoroughly researched several styles and brands, including Suunto. I was looking for something that was solar-powered and waterproof and had a compass, thermometer, more than one alarm, altimeter, and timer/stopwatch.
The moon phase and tide features of the watches in the next higher tier watches interested me but I was unwilling to spend an additional $75-$100 to get those features. Atomic would be nice but I would want to be able to adjust the time manually (is that possible with an atomic watch?) and really, a quick call to the US Naval Observatory (719-567-6742) and I've got atomic time again. I have noticed that this watch does not drift as much as my Casio G-Shock, maybe a few seconds a month.
Overall, the watch has everything I need and it's very easy to use. Aesthetically, it's a nice-looking watch. I don't like the 'flashy/goofy' watches that have strange colors. I tend to like the black, blue, dark green, & grey (neutral colors). The numbers & letters on the watch can be any color, though. Any criticisms that I have are minor and aren't a 'deal-killer' or anything.
Has all of the features I was looking for; Looks good; I like the ability to change units (Celsius vs. Fahrenheit, etc.) turn on/off sounds, set LCD light time, etc. is really nice; user-friendly functionality; when I compared this watch to other Casio watches or other brands, the other watches didn't have all of the functions that I 'had to have.' I also like the watchband. I don't want the metal linked one with the metal clasp; I prefer the leather, cloth (or both) style or the hard rubber (waterproof) style.
The bezel ring should have a 'notch' or 'detent' with North ("N") at the top, a bit annoying because it drifts, now and then; I like to be able to rotate it but it needs something to keep it in place in the 'north up' position; the alarm is a bit soft, though it always wakes me up; Accuracy is sometimes off; the fact that I have to take my watch off to take any reading is a CON; Sunset and sunrise are +/- 5 to 10 min off when compared to actual/internet; Ballpark it's fine, you'd have to get Consumer Reports to test the accuracy and compare it against the other watches. You can adjust (if you had to) the compass readings (I didn't), altimeter readings, and I think the baro one also.
You really have to read the instruction manual to fully utilize the features of this watch. It'll take some time but it's worth it and it was written in a way that makes sense (it shouldn't be confusing to you). You'll be glad that you did.