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This Tough Outdoor Watch Is Packed with Practical Fitness-Tracking Features

The new G-Shock GBD-H1000 is characteristically tough and feature-packed, and it’s the first model from the brand to offer a heart rate censor.


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A heart rate sensor is a pretty cool and useful feature for a watch to have. Combined with the famously rugged build of a G-Shock watch and its suite of further practical tech and sensors, we’re talking about a watch that’s perfect for a range of outdoor and physical activities. That’s exactly what the new G-Shock GBD-H1000 offers.

Rather than going full touchscreen-smartwatch, G-Shock has maintained its offerings that build upon its famous digital tech. It’s continued to add features including GPS, step counting, a Bluetooth connection for integration with a smartphone app and others. These features can be used together to provide a range of health and fitness-related info and metrics.

From world time to altimeter, barometer, compass, thermometer and more, G-Shock’s spec list is almost unwieldy. A notable and valuable feature of the GBD-H1000, however, is the brand’s Tough Solar light-charging tech, which means you don’t have to worry about battery changes. Hopefully, its negative display will be legible enough for easy use during physical exertion or daily wear.

The GBD-H1000 has that chunky, aggressive case design that characterizes so many G-Shocks, as well as the size to go along with it at 55mm wide. However, its resin (plastic) case not only has durability benefits but also helps keep it lightweight (just 101g). Available for preorder now but estimated for release on April 17, 2020, the Casio G-Shock GBD-H1000 comes in two strap options, both priced at $400.

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