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on March 11, 2014
I took this Protrek model on a backpacking trip and it held up quite well. I would recommend it to outdoors enthusiasts, especially on long trips. It has instruments to measure altitude, barometric pressure, compass heading, and temperature - more on that later. If you're not on the trail this is a good, rugged analog-digital watch, though something like a G-Shock might be more fashionable. (EDIT: removed an erroneous note here; see the comment below.)
This is an ana-digi; it looks nicer than the digital Protreks, but the face presents less information than a digital design. I think watches should have hands so I went with this one. It is possible that the hands could become misaligned in a strong magnetic field, but there's even a special mode to correct this! "Tough Solar" means the watch is solar-powered (just give it occasional light) and that it's durable. I'm not sure what the crystal's made of but it holds up well. The watch is more durable partly because it's large, though smaller than some Casios; as they say, it wears small, but it's still a pretty substantial instrument. The strap that comes with this watch is comfortable and doesn't need replacing.
The timekeeping, world time, stopwatch, alarms (5 of them), and timer all work pretty much like you'd expect. The environmental sensors are the cool part about Protreks. The altimeter and barometer both measure atmospheric pressure but they interpret it differently; it's pretty good at discerning when you're climbing from when a low-pressure front comes on, but it's best if you can recalibrate every few days when it's being used. Also cool: you can set the home screen to display a graph of barometric readings, which can alert you if the weather is about to change. The compass works fine, as long as you set the appropriate magnetic declination and hold the face level with the ground. The thermometer is great at telling the temperature of your wrist; for a reading that resembles reality you'll have to take the watch off for 15 minutes.