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Hey everybody :),

I recently did my first ever review over the Rangeman GW-9400 and I thought after using it outdoors for a few days, I let you guys know what I think of it.

So this will be an outdoor functionality review:

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Barometer:
Firstly, I think with every ABC watch you have to make adjustments to its accuracy of measurement. In my opinion it is not a precision instrument according ABC functions. But to be honest I am very surprised of the quality of the new v3 sensor, it works fast and quite accurate. For using the barometer to predict weather, I use it on a certain altitude for a while and then it delivers good results. What I really like about the rangeman is that you can see a barometric trendchart in your main screen, with time and date (as seen below) quite useful while outdoors|>

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I was nearly at the same altitude for 42 hours and the result is a good and clear falling barometric pressure curve --> and yes the weather got worse and it startet to rain. I am used to the riseman, which works really well for me, the rangeman is just faster and the chart is displayed bigger. Also this Barometric alarm is quite ok...it works well but I don´t use it outdoors, I much more prefer to see the 42 hours measurement displayed instead of the 21. Here a more detailed shot:
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Compass:
As I mentioned in my Part 1 review, I was wondering about the readability of the little bezel which displays the compass arrows. And to be honest I am still not sure what to think of it:-s. I guess it is good but not great. Especially when the indicating NORTH arrow is exactly on one of the bezels quarter lines (I hope you know what I mean, need to improve my english I guess:think:).

What I really like is that the watch displayes quarters, eighths and sixteenth parts of the cardinal direction; not every ABC watch does that.
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Altimeter:
Works really well, as I mentioned about the barometer before. I calibrated it at my hometown where I know the exact altitude and after a few days it still is quite accurate. I went for a hike and did a 400m change in altitude and still it was spot on...(Rangeman: 803 m and the place was marked at 801,5 m)
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I don´t use the altitude trendchart so often when I am outdoors but the altitude differential value is quite useful for me. When you don´t have an orientation point you can use it to have at least an approximate value of your contour line and if you know the altitude of your target location you can just reach this altitude and walk left or right (50/50 chance you get it right):) That happened to me in India, without GPS and map, but I had my Riseman --> worked perfectly. This method is also mentioned in the manual, I really like that fact, too.

Sunset/Sunrise:
This function is a real asset, I calibrated it first because I don´t live at sea level. But after calibrating it works perfect...spot on...
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I think this is very useful outdoors, especially for hunters and photo enthusiasts. In the little bezel there is the current time, sunset time and sunrise time displayed :-!.

Display visibility (day and night):
As I stated in my review part 1, the display is awsome. Even under hard light conditions it is very easy to read. I don´t know how that is working with the negative display. Even in darker conditions the display is easy to read without using the light. Much better in comparison to the riseman. If you need to use the light you can change between 1 and 3 seconds of light duration, this is very practical, if your navigating by night or need to see all of the information the display is offering.
|> one second felt always a bit too short!

In the next picture I try to show you guys the awsome display in shadow and direct sunlight. I think this is a very important point of an ABC watch and in comparison to the PRW 2500 it is much better in direct sun light, perhaps this duplex display of the Protrek reflects more.
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Overall:
I think this is an really good outdoor ABC watch, the new v3 sensor works good and shows more preciseness. Stability should not be an issue for this "tank" and the display is perfect. The only negative thing I could spot is the small bezel inside and its readability outdoors. My wrist is a bit over 8 inches and the watch feels very comfortable but you feel the weight if you are used to a riseman for example. I really like the Rangeman...



Last but not least
:-d,during my first review my dog was really enthusiastic and curious about the rangeman, I guess she accepted the Rangeman, now!
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all the best,

Toby



 

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Great review Toby! And happy to hear she approves!

How do you calibrate sunrise/sunset?

sent with aloha
 

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Toby, thanks very much for taking the time to share your experience with the Rangeman.

I am really looking forward to having the altitude functionality, I have several G-Shocks but the rangeman will be my first ABC watch. I have one on order (coming from Italy to USA) and am reading up all I can about it! Thanks again, Rob
 

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Great outdoor Review.
Yes the display is amazing.
Better than my PRW20007.
It's an improvement.

Cheers.
 

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I just did it via this way:

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did not change much:), just 4 or 5 minutes to the factory settings on my one.

cheers
Accurate Sunrise/sunset times require accurate Lat/Lon entry which most smartphones can provide. iPhone 5S provides Lat/Lon in compass mode.
 

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Thank you for posting this great review, Toby. It is thoughtful, informative, features great close-up details, and has great charm (the dog especially). :-!
 

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great shots.....ok .hows the comfort of strap?and does it seem durable to last a long time?i am in a fix to get carbon fiber strap version or save money and go for normal 1er version
 

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I think the resin strap is awsome. I really like the new mixture casio is using, it is much more flexible than the strap on the riseman but seems to be very durable. Also the structure makes it very wearable when you are sweaty or it´s raining.

I wear it at work and it feels very comfortable and stable. The only thing for me to critizise is the metal strap holder, I prefer the resin ones. The buckle looks solid too.

I don´t know abnout the carbon fibre ones but I think they are not so flexible due to the fibre inlay but I guess some are prefering the stiff and some the more flexible ones (like I do)...if someone has both models it would be nice to hear about the quality of the strap...

all the best,

Toby
 

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Where's Part I of your review?
 

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What about the thermometer? I've had various thermometer watches in the past and they all were way off, seems you have to take the watch off for at least 10 minutes to get an accurate reading.
 

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What about the thermometer? I've had various thermometer watches in the past and they all were way off, seems you have to take the watch off for at least 10 minutes to get an accurate reading.
The body is a great Thermo regulator for any piece of horlogery we wearing.
They were even watches in the 80s using body heat as source of power.
Now thermometer only give you one measurement and this is not the temperature of the air. It gives you the temperature of the thermometer.
So removing the watch is mandatory.
They was in the 90s one model of Casio which used an infrared captor able to be worn and read a measurement. It was fun to use with bladesmith, giving a fun way to check the steel temperature on the anvil...

Removing the watch is not a big deal especially before going to sleep... Also some mountaineers have their watches attached outside their outfit. So the temperature reading is much accurate. :)

Cheers.
 

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Thanks for sharing. Good info for my rangement when it comes in a few days time. Cheers .
 

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Watches like Garmin's Fenix will connect to an external temperature sensor (Tempe) so that you know you are reading ambient temperature.

Great Rangeman review.

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I have had this watch for 6 months and I am still in love with it. Perhaps (in my opinion) the greatest tool watch ever made, its the details that set it apart like one button stop watch, timestamp, sunrise sunset, legibility and heaps more in a Gshock which means you can abuse it. Also I think pilots should take a good look at how functional this watch is for flying. If people knew how good this watch is no one would buy any other casio watch. I think Casio have made perfection.
 

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This is a great watch, highly recommend it to anybody looking for a watch with these features, its a great bang for buck watch.
 
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