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The Rangeman represents the next evolutionary step for G Shock. Apparently this Tripple sensor model will be making the twin sensor Riseman redundant. Being that all necessary specs are already avail. I will not go over those features as with other reviews of mine. However, I will instead focus on a real world assessment of the watch. Actually, the word watch is a bit of an understatement. This is more of a wrist top computer with a focus on the outdoor enthusiast or any individual who's job requires them to be in the field much of the time.
It has been suggested by some that this is a beast of a watch. Not so. It really is not much larger than the Riseman when on the wrist. Certainly smaller than the King. Very comfortable albeit noticeably heavier. However it's girth feels more like quality than anything else. Anyone with some experience with G Shock will find the set up intuitive. In fact I didn't use the manual for initial set up. The buttons are gnurlled metal with just enough tension when depressing and easy to use when wearing gloves. The stopwatch is a treat. Simply press the bottom R button at anyntime and it's go time! The stop watch takes no set up, no start. One press and it's off. So, for workouts it's perfect (or when the need to start an event at an exact time is necessary). The module is a real step up from my beloved Riseman: it responds nearly immediately when activating compass, altimiter etc. One thing I love is the sunrise/sunset feature allowing you to check a specific date for this info in whatever time zone you so choose. Only two small concers more than complaints. This is the N American version so the strap is not carbon fibre which is just fine by me, however it does retain the metal keeper which I'm not especially fond of. It's not an issue of it sliding as some have mentioned, it's more of an issue of being in a cold environment, it translates the cold to my wrist. As does the case back. Unlike the Risemen or Mudman, there is no bottom shell to shield your skin. In -52 it can be a concern.
If the Riseman is to be retired then it couldn't have a more worthy successor.
Addition: the illumination is bright but not painful on the eyes. It is white as opposed to indigo or amber as some G's use. Unlike the Rangeman with one pre determined duration of illumination, this can be adjusted either 1 second (default) or 3 seconds. I prefer the 3 as some of the info such as the compass takes me a couple seconds to mentally digest. In addition, when in time mode, pres the top L button to toggle between the day of the week and the barometric graph. Gotta love it.
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Initial post: Jan 14, 2014 6:19:03 AM PST
You are right! The strap is not carbon fiber as shown on the picture. I do not know what is the different between carbon fiber and resin?
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2014 7:38:56 AM PST
Carbon fiber was for the Japanese release only. The rest of the world gets the regular resin. As far as I know those with both feel little difference or prefer the resin over the carbon one. As well the regular resin band is to cut costs. Fine by me.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 14, 2014 7:47:16 AM PST
Thanks for your sharing info.
Posted on Feb 1, 2014 12:40:00 PM PST
Engineering Support says:
Does this watch receive radio calibration signal for auto time synchronization?
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2014 12:52:37 PM PST
You bet it does. I leave mine positioned so the top of the bezel is facing south as I'm in Canada and the atomic transmitter is in Frt. Collins. It rests in the middle of the room but with access to windows. It updates every night at about 12:04am. Very reliable reception.
Posted on Feb 7, 2014 7:20:49 AM PST
Hi do you know if the American version has the metal strap KEEPER or rubber one ? I have heard that when you wear the watch it slides down because it's heavier and you end up with the strap flapping around.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2014 8:38:21 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 7, 2014 8:39:28 AM PST
The North American version has the same metal keeper. I also heard it slides a lot as well. However I haven't found this to be true. It seems to slide only slightly more than the rubber ones on my other watches. It hasn't been an issue with the loose tail of the strap catching either. What I did do with my GD100 which had a keeper that slid to the clasp far to,often was insert 2 sided sticky pad between the keeper and the strap on the inside of the strap. Problem solved. The GD was a problem for whatever reason. The Rangeman has never shown signs of the sliding as some people say. I don't wear it overly tight either. Hope this helps some.
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