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Alright, I've finally come down to a final decision. It's now between these two; GW9400RD-4 Rangeman and G9300RD-4 Mudman. Like I said in my previous posts, I do go outdoors a lot and want something that can handle falls. Will be taking it mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking, swimming etc.. Now, one thing I have heard and I do want to clarify this, people complain that the Rangeman straps fall off? I do not want to lose a 250 dollar watch when I'm swimming, thus right now I'm leaning towards the Mudman. Also, note that I have a 7 inch wrist and could see that the Rangeman is a pretty big watch. Will it be too big and bulky on me, so would the Mudman suit me better?

For features, I honestly do want an altimeter, barometer, thermometer and compass but it isn't necessary (which the Rangeman has all). Opinions would be appreciated; try not to be biased towards one or another. Sorry If it seems like I am. It's just the things I've heard of the Rangeman aren't really good. Again, I have no experience with both of them so I need some good advice.

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Alright, I've finally come down to a final decision. It's now between these two; GW9400RD-4 Rangeman and G9300RD-4 Mudman. Like I said in my previous posts, I do go outdoors a lot and want something that can handle falls. Will be taking it mountain biking, snowboarding, hiking, swimming etc.. Now, one thing I have heard and I do want to clarify this, people complain that the Rangeman straps fall off? I do not want to lose a 250 dollar watch when I'm swimming, thus right now I'm leaning towards the Mudman. Also, note that I have a 7 inch wrist and could see that the Rangeman is a pretty big watch. Will it be too big and bulky on me, so would the Mudman suit me better?

For features, I honestly do want an altimeter, barometer, thermometer and compass but it isn't necessary (which the Rangeman has all). Opinions would be appreciated; try not to be biased towards one or another. Sorry If it seems like I am. It's just the things I've heard of the Rangeman aren't really good. Again, I have no experience with both of them so I need some good advice.

Cheers, Ari

Nice options there, I can only speak from my own experience which is : Rangeman in use since it first came out, altohether I have 7 of them I think, and they all come along Trailrunning, mountaineering and on the bike as well... The Rangeman is certainly my most used of all my G-Shocks.
In my little personal focus group, there has not been any straps coming off. I have no mechanical complaints on this watch so far.

Having a fair number of Mudmen in the collection as well, I can only tell you why I do not wear this one much, while I wear the Rangeman all the time. Of course the Altimeter is the major point missing in the Mudman for me who is in the mountains all the time. So point Rangeman.
Secondly, the buttons on the Mudman are so hard to push, it is not, for me, an "action watch". I need / want to be able to just press buttons on the move to switch from altimeter to stopwatch, glance at the watch, be informed, and keep moving. Especially now in winter with gloves, thats a double point for Rangeman.

On the size subject: now I have no idea what my wrist size is, even less in inches! but I do know I have small wrists. Rangeman fits me just fine, from a shape point of view it even fits better than the Mudman. Of course Mudman is lower and kind of more compact... thats a matter of taste, I think, I even like to take the huge Gulfmasters for running, and those outsize the Rangeman. My take on this is, dont over-estimate pure size as a decision making factor, but check which actually fits better!
To me, a 1000 series Frogman is a better fit and more comfortable on my personal wrist than a small Mudman or even a GA-100... and from the pure numbers, one really shouldnt expect that!
So if you have a chance to try them both on, that would be very helpful!
On the functionality, Rangeman does beat Mudman, there's no doubt for me.
On the reliability, I cant report any problems, and am on my way actually to get my next Rangeman, as I want my Rescue red to become a positive, for better readability...

here's my red Ranger in action:

Another summit, another Rangeman | G-Shock Visions

and one on the go:

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Appreciate the very informative and in depth reply! You definitely convinced me to get the Rangeman. However, I noticed one thing. Sorry if this seems picky; I've always been a picky person and need everything to be perfect ;). In the picture, I can see that the bottom right screw is a different color. Is that because you had to change it due to it falling out?

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Appreciate the very informative and in depth reply! You definitely convinced me to get the Rangeman. However, I noticed one thing. Sorry if this seems picky; I've always been a picky person and need everything to be perfect ;). In the picture, I can see that the bottom right screw is a different color. Is that because you had to change it due to it falling out?

Cheers, Ari
"No screws were lost during the making of this picture..."
just kidding!

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No, thats a matter of lightning here. All 7 Rangemen in my personal Army have their original 4 screws.
I also havent heard of anyone losing them. I have had to take them all out for a bezel swap ony my navy Rangeman and that was so damn
hard, I doubt one can ever lose any of those screws!
I am a fan of the Rangeman theres no doubt about that, only actual issue I have with this watch is readability in the negative display models. but that goes
for any negative G-Shock.
So I am transforming some of my negative models into positives. But as I said, mountainrunners have no time to stop and look at their watches, so thats
just me. many here in the forum have no issues with the neg. displays, and there's been numerous threads on this subject.

ok one more then....
my first Rangeman has had the toughest life of them all...

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Haha, alright thanks again! I'm certainly going to be getting the Rangeman and looking forward to using it. Appreciate all the information. Definitely helped me pick the best one of the two. Especially for what I will be using it for!

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Yeah can't go wrong with the Rangeman, it is about the perfect fit for my 6.75 inch wrist. Don't get me wrong, I love my 1000 Frogman but it seems to wear larger probably because of the asymmetrical design.

You be the judge:



 
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