If you are looking for an extremely durable, multi-function hiking / adventure watch for men, you should really consider getting a stainless steel watch, or even better, a titanium digital watch.
We’re going for this less popular combo because it is, in my opinion, the best: having a digital watch helps you get all the data that you need faster and easier, while the material these recommended watches are made from will guarantee that you get a product that’s extremely durable so you might use them until you can no longer go on adventures anymore. Now that’s something you can’t get from regular rubber watches!
We did a ton of research and checked out tens of digital stainless steel and titanium adventure watches for men that are also great for hikers, and in the end we came up with this top four, a top list that I am sure you will really appreciate and one that will help you find the best watch you ever had.
Because, well, each of them offers a lot more than your regular hiking watches!
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We have full reviews of these watches below, so if you want to go more in depth, you can easily do it, but if you just want to get to the products as fast as possible, you can do it by clicking the names of the watches below (with photos for reference):
Now, if you want to know exactly why these watches made it on our top list, read on for the full details!
Casio Pro Trek Solar Digital Watch
We’re starting with an adventure watch made by a famous brand, Casio, which has a ton of features to convince you that this is the watch you need.
This is a newer model compared to other watches in the Casio line and it’s chock-full of features and we’re listing the top ones below:
– multi-band atomic timekeeping (so it’s always as accurate as possible)
– Digital Compass (with triple sensors)
– Altimeter with altimeter memory, Baromether and Thermometer
– Tide Graph (tide level for specific date and time)
– Moon Data (moon age of the specific date and moon phase graph)
The watch itself has a full auto backlight with afterglow, meaning that you can read easily read the screen at any moment of the day or night, wherever you are. Because you could be swimming (it is water resistant for up to 200 meters deep – 656 feet) or up a mountain – the Casio Pro Trek will work flawlessly!
This means that it is also a great choice for recreational navigation and some scuba diving, as well as any other type of more outdoor activity.
And you will probably never worry about charging its battery: on general use, it lasts 5 months on a full charge (more if you activate the Power Saving features), but it has a solar rechargeable battery – so your watch literally charges while you wear it. As long as it’s exposed to sun, obviously. It also has a battery level indicator, so you’ll never be caught off guard.
This is one of Casio’s best ever products, created specifically for the adventurers out there. Not only that it has all those nice features on paper, but they actually work and are extremely reliable. With Casio being one of the best known brands out there, it couldn’t have been different!
And then, to top it all, we have the design: even though a bit bulky and rough if you compare it with regular watches, it does look like a true adventure watch and you can’t help but appreciate its design: the buttons are placed around the display for easy access to its feature and the durable Titanium band makes this watch one that’s built to last.
All in all, this is an amazing adventure and hiking watch which can be used when kayaking, diving, fishing… you just choose the outdoor activity and it’s great for it, basically. Definitely worth checking out!
So make sure you click here to buy yours on Amazon.
Garmin Fenix 3
Garmin is renowned for its fitness trackers and other fitness-related products, so it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see a watch built by them on our list of the best hiking / adventure watches for men.
And in this case, they’re taking all the tech they use in their fitness trackers and adapt it into an extremely durable product that comes at a surprisingly low price, having in mind that it’s a Garmin product (which are generally expensive) and offers so much for the money.
Here are some of the top features of the Fenix 3:
– Precise sattelite navigation via GPS (so that your position will always be tracked as precisely as possible)
– Elevation calculator and activity tracker with multiple activity profiles (like swimming, rowing, jogging, skiing and more)
– Heart rate monitor and sleep tracker
– You can pair it with your smartphone, so it will act as a smartwatch of sorts (with alerts, email notifications, texts and music control).
Sure, it doesn’t have all the nice features that the Casio model above offers, but in some cases you don’t need them all. It all depends on your type of adventure and what kind of information you want your digital stainless steel / titanium watch to provide.
Because, yes, this Garmin-made watch is built to last and has an amazing design. I would go as far as saying that it is the best looking watch on our list: large, manly, beautiful. And extremely durable, as I already said.
However, since it is built as a smartwatch and has all those nifty features, this means that you might not get a ton of battery life from it. Used heavily, with all its features enabled, the battery will only last about a day. You can tweak it a bit and increase battery life to around 2 days without losing many features and in extreme situations you can run it in watch mode only and it will last several weeks.
But for those who are always away from regular power sources, this can be a major inconvenient, so definitely have this in mind when making your decision.
Even so, for those who don’t usually spend multiple days trekking or away with their adventures and without access to electricity – or a portable power bank – Garmin’s Fenix 3 is a good choice for sure.
You can check it out here to find out more.
Casio G SHOCK Quartz Watch
Yes, we have another Casio-made watch product on the list and they’re here because they’re really good and not because the company paid us to write this article! It’s just that for the required materials, and having consumers in mind (therefore offering a great price/quality ratio) the Casio watches are absolutely perfect.
This model doesn’t offer as many features as the Casio Pro Trek that we’ve recommended earlier, but it looks better in our opinion and has features that make it perfect for those who want a durable, shock resistant watch.
Here are its top features:
– 200-meter water resistance
– double led light with solar rechargeable battery
– world time, stopwatch, countdown timer, 5 daily alarms
– shock resistant and stainless steel build
So if you don’t need all the fancy features of the Pro Trek (like the compass, altimeter, tide calculator and so on), this one should work just as good. It is durable, it is beautiful and usually cheaper (but make sure to double check as you never know what offers and discounts are in place).
SUUNTO Spartan Ultra HR
We’re rounding up a list with a product that has a ton of features and is perfect as an adventure watch, but unfortunately doesn’t have a stainless steel/titanium band. It does have a Titanium5/Stainless steel bezel and really high quality glass, while the band itself is extremely durable, so I decided to still include it on this list.
It has most of the features that the Casio Pro Trek has, but built in a sleek, modern design with smartphone functions which make it a great choice for the modern men. Let’s check out its main features below:
– color touch screen with a wide visibility angle
– 80 sport-modes for virtually any type of activity
– GPS/GLONASS tracking and route navigation
– built in altimeter, barometer, compass
– water resistant up to 100 meters (320 feet)
– heart rate monitor and calories burned
In other words, the SUUNTO Spartan Ultra HR is the perfect mixture between traditional adventure watches and modern fitness trackers, excelling in both worlds: it’s perfect to take it outdoors when hiking, but also great when you’re exercising out in the wild or in the gym (or swimming, cycling and more).
Even though the brand itself doesn’t immediately ring a bell like the others on the list do, it’s worth mentioning that this is actually a renowned Finnish brand, with history dating back to 1936. So you can rest assured that you’re getting a top quality product without a doubt.
Since the watch itself has so many modern features, it means that its battery life can vary greatly depending on usage. So you can expect it to last anything between a day to 10 days, depending on how you use it: the more features you use, the faster the battery drains. We would say that generally, you should expect at least a few days of battery life per charge.
So yes, if you’re looking for a high quality watch that is more modern in design and features, this one is a great choice even though a bit more expensive.
And there you have it! Four amazing watches, perfect for the adventure seekers out there! Our top recommendation remains the first one – the Casio Pro Trek watch since it has so many features and great battery life.
If you’re more city-oriented or you don’t mind recharging your watch’s battery more often, the fight is between Garmin and SUUNTO, while the second recommended Casio watch is perfect for those who want a durable watch with long lasting life, but fewer features on the adventure side.
In other words, we’ve got you covered no matter what and I am sure that any watch that you pick from this list will make you really happy.