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21 of the Best Military Watches and Their Histories

Ahh, the rarefied world of military timepieces. Often developed under contract stemming directly from a country’s armed forces, these watches were designed for timekeeping under particularly adverse physical conditions, and often incorporated special features that, over time, found their way into watches meant for the civilian market. (We say “were designed” because today, government specifications and contracts for watches are less common, and even a special operator is far more likely to be wearing an off-the-shelf G-Shock than a mil-spec Rolex Submariner).

Military watches are a seemingly endless source of fascination to civilian watch collectors, and for good reason — these are timepieces that were purpose-designed and built to adorn the wrists of infantrymen and women, divers, explosive ordnance disposal personnel, special operators and other folks who regularly put their lives at risk in combat. There are very few extraneous design elements to a military wristwatch — what’s present is only what’s absolutely necessary to get the job done, and there’s a special kind of beauty in this type of product.

What are the necessary qualities that make a military wristwatch mission-ready? There isn’t necessarily a codified list of attributes, but the following traits make for a good jumping-off point:

Toughness: Cases should be machined from a material that is highly resistant to impact, corrosion, and harsh environmental conditions. Before the common use of stainless steel (or during wartime shortages), nickel-coated base metals or even sterling silver were used, whereas today, plastics are increasingly common in addition to steel.

Luminosity: Without some sort of luminous compound on the dial (or a backlight), it would be virtually impossible to read the time under low-light conditions, so a military watch must have some type of system for illumination. (Interestingly, this is one of the reasons why a watch worn in the military must often be covered, to prevent the enemy from spotting a luminous dial from afar.)

Reliability: A military watch, whether it features a mechanical or quartz movement, must be reliable at all times. Movements must be able to function in cold, heat, and at high altitudes, and, if battery-powered, they should feature batteries that are extremely long-lasting and efficient.

Serviceability: It should be relatively simple for a watchmaker to service a military watch and to change or upgrade parts as necessary. Parts can (and do) break during use in adverse conditions, and if a watch features, say, a movement that is difficult to work on, this will prevent the watch from quickly being put back into rotation.

Ease of Use: The timepiece should be easy to read and operate, and devoid of clutter and extraneous elements that impede its functionality. A cluttered dial, for example, makes the time difficult to read, and a special dive bezel that doesn’t turn easily can make use underwater almost impossible.

The Watches

What follows is a selection of some of the world’s most famous military watches and a brief history and explanation of each. The list is by no means definitive, but we’ve tried to include examples from as many different militaries and countries as possible. Thankfully, there’s a wealth of information out there on most of these, so should you feel inclined to explore more deeply, there’s plenty of opportunity to do so.

WWI Trench Watch

The Jewellery Editor

Though a very small number of dedicated wristwatches were issued to the German navy in the late 19th century, it really wasn’t until WWI that the men’s wristwatch saw extensive use. Pocket watches were necessary for coordinating charges and calculating artillery fire, but had to be put away when one needed the use of both hands. Eventually, soldiers began soldering on wire lugs to their pocket watches and fitting them with leather straps, and soon watch and jewelry companies caught on. When soldiers returned home from the Great War with their “trench watches,” the fad took hold, and it finally became fashionable for men to wear wristwatches, which were previously thought distinctly feminine.

Weems Second-Setting Watch

Analog / Shift

Originally designed by American Lieutenant Commander Philip Van Horn Weems, the Second-Setting watch was a patented Weems invention for use in celestial navigation. In order to synch the watch with a signal emitted via radio that gave a pilot a precise time reference, Weems developed a movable bezel controlled via a secondary crown. This way, the user could monitor the margin of error between the watch’s timekeeping and that of the radio signal, thereby minimizing possible navigational mistakes. This concept was later expanded upon by Charles Lindberg with his Hour Angle watch.

6B/159 Navigator Watch

MWR Forum User Candle00

These watches date to WWII and were produced by Omega, Longines and JLC for use by RAF navigators. They received the Mk 7A (6B/159) designation and follow a spec calling for a watch with a white dial, black Arabic numerals, central seconds, non-luminous, blue steeled hands and a chrome or stainless steel case. Despite seeing wartime action and many examples receiving replacement dials over the years, many of these timepieces still exist on the market in decent condition. (That they were fitted with excellent movements, such as the venerable hand-wound Omega 12.68N, certainly helps.) The modern Longines Heritage Military recalls the design of the original.

A-11

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Produced by Elgin, Waltham and Bulova, this 30-32mm watch was made in several different iterations to a standard called for by the U.S. military (though versions were also issued to other Allied forces under the “6B” designation). A simple, time-only watch with a black dial (though rarer white versions exist), white Arabic numerals and hands and 60-minute graduations, so many A-11s were produced that the watch is sometimes referred to as “the watch that won the War.” Mk II offers a modern, updated version called the Cruxible for $649.

The Dirty Dozen

Analog / Shift

This cinematic moniker describes a group of watches from 12 different Swiss brands produced under contract to the British MoD and delivered in 1945. Though each company’s model differed slightly, the watches featured 35-38mm cases in either stainless steel or plated base metal, black dials with radium lume, mechanical movements regulated to chronometer grade, screw-down case backs (with the exception of the IWC model) and military markings. In total, about 150,000 pieces were produced, so it’s still possible to nab a Dirty Dozen watch for a few thousand dollars.

B-Uhrens

Antiquorum

Perhaps the most iconic of all pilot’s watch designs, the Beobachtungs-uhren (“observation watch”) was developed in the late 1930s as an instrument for German bomber crews, who were then preparing for war. A specification was put forth by the Luftfahrtministerium (air ministry) and answered by 5 companies (IWC, A. Lange & Söhne, Wempe, Lacher & Company/Durowe (Laco), and Walter Storz (Stowa), which produced the watches under identical specifications. Two types were specified, the A and B, which had slightly different dial layouts, but each featured a hand-winding movement in an oversized 55mm case that was meant to fit over a flight jacket (or, supposedly, to be strapped to the pilot’s or navigator’s leg for hands-free use).

Seikosha “Kamikaze” Watch

Matthew Bain Inc.

Seikosha, a branch of the famed Seiko company, originally produced clocks, watches and other devices, one of which is sometimes referred to as the “Kamikaze watch.” While the Seikosha division produced numerous watches during the 1930s and 1940s for the Japanese military, the “Kamikaze” watch is notable for having supposedly been issued to Kamikaze pilots during their last, fateful flights, which accounts for why there are so few of them still in existence. Whether the watches were actually utilized in this specific capacity or not is difficult to confirm, but they’re interesting for their oversized cases, much like those used by the German B-Uhren of the same time period.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms

Christie’s

Designed from the ground-up in 1952, the Fifty Fathoms was born from the mind of French secret service agent Captain Bob Maloubier, MBE, who worked with the Special Operations Executive during WWII. Tasked along with Lt. Claude Riffaud of the French Navy with formulating a new, secret dive unit, Maloubier sketched his ideal dive watch and brought the design to several companies. Blancpain bit, and the Fifty Fathoms has since became one of the most well-known military divers in the watch world. The company still makes modern versions.

Monopusher Chronographs

Analog / Shift

Monopushers chronographs, which feature a single button to control start, stop and reset functions, were first produced under contract for the British MoD beginning in the late 1940s or 1950s by Lemania, Breitling, and Rodania. These watches, which were issued to RAF pilots as well sailors and submariners in the Royal Navy, feature 38.5mm stainless steel cases, 17-jewel Lemania cal. 15 CHT movements and radium dials. Another monopusher, the Lemania 6BB, featured a 40mm asymmetric case and the manually-wound Lemania 2220 movement.

MIL-W-46384 and GG-W-113

Analog / Shift

The MIL-W-46374 and the GG-W-113 are two watches developed for use by (mostly) American military personnel beginning in the 1960s, and have become well-known as the timepieces often issued to G.I.s during the Vietnam War. Myriad iterations of these models have been created in the decades since their debut, to the extant that a simple eBay perusal yield watches with steel or plastic cases, 7-jewel or 17-jewel mechanical movements, and even quartz variants. Thankfully, as of this writing, because of their relative plentifulness, you can pick up a MIL-W-46374 or GG-W-113 from companies like Benrus, Hamilton and Marathon for less than $200. If you’d prefer a modern homage, Military Watch Company makes a tribute to the GG-W-113.

Omega Seamaster 300

Analog / Shift

Though developed in 1957, it wasn’t until 1967 that the British MoD began using the Semaster 300M, which replaced for a time the Rolex Submariner as its primary dive watch. With a depth rating of 300 meters, twisted lugs, a caliber 552 self-winding movement, fixed spring bars and a bezel with hash marks for every minute, the 300M is an iconic military diver on par wit the Milsub. When one with genuine military markings comes up for sale that was used by a member of the elite Special Boat Squadron, the watch is almost guaranteed to fetch five figures. Omega makes a modern version.

Smiths W10

Analog / Shift

Developed by famed British clock- and watchmaker Smiths, the W10 was built from the late 1960s through the early 1970s and is unique as a military watch for having been manufactured in England, with an in-house, English-made movement, to boot. The W10 is roughly 35mm in diameter and features a hand-wound movement with integrated anti-magnetic dust cover, a tritium-illuminated black dial and hands, fixed spring bars and a prominent “broad arrow,” marking it as Crown property. Versions were made for both the Army and the Royal Air Force, which are marked “6B” on the case back.

Benrus Type I and II

Analog / Shift

Built by American watchmaker Benrus in the 1970s, the Type I and II came about from a specification calling for a purpose-built dive watch for the U.S. military, water-resistant to nearly 1,200 feet. Two types were produced: the Type I with lumed markers at each hour, and the Type II, with a 24-hour dial and lumed triangular indices. Interestingly, a special non-lumed version of the Type II was produced for personnel who were working in environments in which the tritium used on the watch might set off sensitive instruments (think: nuclear submarines). Mk II makes a modern version, called the Paradive, and Marathon has long produced a plastic-cased Navigator watch with a similar, asymmetric profile.

“Bund” Flyback Chronographs

Analog / Shift

These chronographs, produced by the likes of Heuer, Leonidas, Zenith and others in the 1960s and 1970s, were meant for use by German (hence “bund” for “bundeswehr,” the German military) and Italian military pilots. Though numerous iterations of these watches were produced by different brands, all were dual-register chronographs equipped with Valjoux flyback movements and rotatable timing bezels. Interestingly, Sinn was the brand that had an early contract to service many of these watches, and replacement Sinn service dial-equipped Bund watches can still be found floating around the vintage market. Additionally, Bund chronos originally shipped on the iconic 2-piece leather strap that now bears the “Bund” name as a generic moniker. Guinand makes several modern versions.

Asymmetric Chronographs

CWC

Following on the heels of the monopusher chronographs, the British MoD utilized asymmetric-cased chronographs produced by four companies: Hamilton, CWC, Newmark, and Precista. These were issued in the late 1970s/early 1980s and featured dual-button chronographs based on the Valjoux 7733 movement, steel cases, black tritium dials and military marking indicating which service they were issued to (RN, RAF or Royal Australian Navy). CWC makes a handsome modern reissue of its original version.

Eterna Kon-Tiki Super

Analog / Shift

Though Eterna’s Kon-Tiki Super was not designed after a military specification, its robustness, incredibly legible dial and ultra-rugged Eterna-Matic movement made it the perfect wrist companion for operators of Israel’s elite Shayetet 13, the IDF’s clandestine naval special warfare unit. Because civilian versions of this 44mm watch are essentially the same as the military version, it’s really only the issue number and Hebrew letter tzadi (for “Tzahal,” or I.D.F.) on the case back that mark these watches as having been issued to some of the best special operators in the world. Eterna makes several modern versions of the Kon-Tiki Super.

Rolex Mil-Sub

Phillips

Though numerous Rolex Submariners (beginning with the first Sub reference in 1954) were supplied to the British Ministry of Defense for testing and issue, it’s the modified civilian reference 5513, the “double-reference” transitional 5513/5517, and the dedicated military reference 5517 that are perhaps collectively the best-known military watch model in the world. These special “Milsubs” were fitted with a circled “T” on the dial to indicate the presence of tritium lume; fully-marked dive bezels for accurate timing underwater; sword hands; and fixed spring bars. Expect to pay six figures for an original (only 1,200 or so were made), but some companies, such as Steinhart, make tributes.

Tudor MN “Snowflake” Sub

Bulang & Sons

Beginning in the 1950s, Tudor began supplying several of the world’s navies with its Submariner dive watches. Though several different iterations of the Sub were used, most famous is probably the 7016/0, the so-called “Snowflake” Submariner. It is widely understood that the French Marine Nationale requested a special hand design that was more visible underwater, and the resultant hands and indices were put into production (they later trickled down into civilian production of the watch, which saw a second reference debut in the form of the 9401). When a Snowflake Submariner with confirmable military provenance can be found, it commands an enormous premium over the civilian variant. Modern versions could be said to live on in Tudor’s Black Bay line.

Marathon Navigator

Marathon

According to Marathon, its Navigator was first developed in 1986 in answer to a request by Kelley Air Force Base for a watch that could be used by pilots and paratroopers. The Navigator is manufactured to government specs (the general shape may be familiar from the Benrus Type I and II and steel ADANAC navigators) and features a fibershell case, quartz movement, tritium illumination tubes and an acrylic crystal. These watches are super lightweight, accurate and hard-wearing, and have evidently been used by American and other military personnel for the past thirty years. A newer version with sapphire crystal and steel crown was recently released.

G-10 Field Watch

Mr Jones

The G-10 is a field watch produced mostly by Cabot Watch Company from 1980 through the early 2000s. It features a 36mm steel case with battery hatch, matte-black dial with tritium lume, fixed spring bars for use with a NATO strap and an acrylic crystal, and is notable for having been produced in enormous quantities for the British MoD. These are neat, rugged little watches with slim case profiles (excluding the earliest models, which are thicker and nicknamed “Fatboys”), and can easily be found in good condition on eBay for a couple hundred bucks. CWC also produces a modern version.

Marathon TSAR/GSAR

Hunter D. Kelley

Produced in accordance with U.S. and Canadian government requirement and ISO standards, the Search and Rescue line of timepieces has been featured on the wrists of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, and, most especially, on the wrists of combat divers — this is a serious modern military combat dive watch if there ever was one. Available in both quartz and automatic variants, on steel bracelets or rubber straps, and with various dials, the SAR line has been receiving accolades for years for its no-nonsense, tough guy aesthetics and feature set.

Igloo Recool Compostable Cooler

Most coolers you’ll see in picnics or tailgate parties are bulky, cumbersome containers. They’re sturdy, of course — that’s the whole point, anyway. Consider the Igloo Recool radically different.

It’s brown, has the texture of a cardboard egg tray, and instead of a hinge, it’s got a nesting lid. But perhaps the most important aspect here is that it’s completely biodegradable. Igloo designed the recool as an alternative to cheap styrofoam coolers commonly found at gas stations and grocery stores.

They’re great godsend backups if you forgot to bring your traditional cooler along for the trip. But styrofoam breaks easily, isn’t biodegradable, and they aren’t that good when it comes to regulating temperature. Add the fact that a growing number of cities and towns are making the material illegal.

The Igloo Recool cooler address all these kinks and offers an excellent, easy, and intuitive option. Especially if you don’t want to carry your massive cooler along. The molded pulp construction is much stronger than styrofoam, for starters. Bumps, crashes, jolts, sways — it’ll handle it. The Igloo Recool can carry a load of up to 75 pounds. It has a 16-quart capacity that’ll keep ice for up to 12 hours and hold water without leaking for five days straight.

And it isn’t immediately ruined afterward. Just dry it out and you can use it again. Sure, it’s not indestructible and will probably pare down after a couple of uses. But it’s good enough for everyday common cooler needs, especially if you need a quick, no frills solution.

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Photos courtesy of Igloo

DUER Just Made the Best Travel Pants of the Season

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Vancouver-based DUER designed some of the season’s best travel pants. The Live Free Adventure Pant is made from the brand’s lightest proprietary fabric, the Live Lite blend. A blend of Tencel, cotton, polyester and Lycra, this material is light, high stretch and seriously comfortable.

These are all characteristics any great pair of travel pants should possess, but DUER added function with additional features like stealth cargo pockets that’ll keep your phone safe and out of the way while riding a bike in, say, an exotic locale. Other upgrades include a Rainshield DWR coating (making the pants resistant to oil, dirt and water) and convertible snap cuffs for added versatility. So if you have adventure plans and need a reliable pair of pants, the Live Free Adventure Pants should be your new go-to.

Five Ways to Upgrade Your Everyday Carry

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Everyday carry items say a lot about who we are. But from the most pared-down, minimalist designs to the boldest our EDC kits are also the ones that take the most abuse and get the most wear and tear. So, we put together a short list of EDC upgrades from brands that are making some of the most thoughtfully-designed and well-built products you can find on the market today. From proprietary materials to patented designs and manufacturing techniques, these products should be on your EDC upgrade list.

The James Brand Chapter


Ryan Coulter, founder of The James Brand, designed this folding knife when his search for the perfect EDC blade came up empty. The Chapter has clean lines, a simple functional blade and minimal moving parts for easy maintenance. It features a titanium handle, Crucible stainless steel blade and ceramic bearings. It’s a practical — not tactical — folding knife imbued with a design language that has become the rubric for the entire brand.

Inventery Bolt Action Pen


Bold Action Pen is Inventery’s answer to the temporary and disposable stylus. It is precision machined from raw brass stock using a single tungsten blade and outfitted with a carefully considered and high-quality internal mechanism that, unlike other bolt contraptions, offers a seamless and satisfying trigger and release action. It comes in three sizes and three distinct finishes to match every EDC style.

Pioneer Carry Ion Wallet


Pioneer Carry wallets are constructed with the care you find in a luxury leather wallet in a trademark 10XD ripstop nylon that’s ten times stronger per weight than steel. The Ion is Pioneer’s slimmest folding design with room for essential cards and a small wad of cash; an elegant, eye-catching alternative to a humdrum wallet.

Muyshondt Aeon MK III S2


Each Muyshondt Electric Torch cut by machine, meticulously finished and hand assembled. Inside, the torches feature heatsinks made of solid copper which are then polished before begin gold plated, a process that creates a superlative thermal juncture to the copper core LED board. The Aeon MK III is a great everyday carry choice, packing ample punch while being small enough for a pants pocket.

Craighill Closed Helix Keychain


This Closed Helix keyring from Craighill takes key-carry up a notch with a simple but elegant helix shape. The handmade ring features a wire core with turned, knurled endcaps that breaks the monotony of boring rings and overcooked carabiners. Simply unscrew the knurled side to add or remove keys.

The Best Gear for a Beginner Fly Fisher

When you first start fly fishing, there are only a few basic things you need: a rod and reel, some flies and a decent pair of sunglasses. But, the catch with fishing gear is that it largely depends on where you’re going. Generally speaking, saltwater fly-fishing requires a heavier rod and a reel with a good drag system to deliver casts in the wind and surf, and to battle strong fighters like striped bass, redfish, bonefish and tarpon. Freshwater fly fishing hinges on how you present the fly so that the trout — no matter how big — won’t run or fight quite as hard. You’ll want a smaller, lighter rod that can place dry flies in exactly the right spot delicately, just a real fly would land.

So much of fly fishing is specific to the season, the species for which you are angling and the type of water you are fishing. The sport is so richly populated with gear — rightly so — but that it can be overwhelming for beginners. Prices range widely from brand to brand, and many offer beginner-, intermediate- and advanced-tier gear. Knowing which items to spend more on is essential so you don’t walk out of the store with top-of-the-line gear that you don’t know how to use.

We’ve tested the following gear in Belize, Montana, upstate New York, Florida and many places in between, gathering tips and tricks from the plethora of guides and devoted anglers we’ve encountered. There’s a lot of great equipment out there, but if you’re just getting started — or you’re looking for some new gear — read on.

Rods and Reels

There are a lot of opinions about what rod and reel combination is best. The rod action and weight and the type of reel and line you use will differ with each use case, and finding the combo you’re most comfortable with will take time on the water. A good fly shop is always a helpful place to start. You can get your hands on the equipment, ask questions and let them hone in which gear is best for your skill level and target species.

Hot Tip:
Don’t let price sway you. A pricier rod or reel doesn’t always mean better. Low-priced options are usually designed to handle a wide range of applications, work well and can save you hundreds when you’re learning the basics.

Freshwater: L.L. Bean Quest 5wt Rod

A nine-foot 5wt rod is an excellent all-around choice for freshwater. Many companies offer bundles for beginners, but the L.L. Bean Quest is a good place to start. It’s a stout rod and will give you a nice balance of strength and delicacy for an entry-level price. The Quest is a medium action rod — fast action rods are stiffer, which is good for power and quick line speed so you can cast farther and in windy conditions, but it’s hard to fish softly and with control. A slow action rod is the inverse, it makes timing your cast much trickier as the rod is more willowy and bendy so it slows everything down. As a beginner, you want something right in the middle to learn how to cast. And, when it’s time to upgrade, you’ll love knowing you’ve got a sturdy rod as a backup.

Freshwater: Orvis Battenkill III Reel

A freshwater reel is often simply a line holder as it’s rare that you’ll hook into fish powerful enough to engage the reel; most fish can be played with the rod alone while the excess line is pulled in, or stripped, by the non-casting hand. Still, as a beginner, you’ll want something with a disc drag for when you do. A disc drag is essentially a brake system on a reel that keeps the line from unspooling freely when the fish decides to run. With this in mind, it’s hard to beat the Orvis Battenkill series reels. Well made and sharp looking, the Battenkill III is a go-to that will outperform higher priced reels thanks to the disc drag. Pair it with Orvis WF (weight-forward) Hydros Trout Line. It’s a quality, versatile line and Orvis will mount it on the reel for you so it’s ready to fish out of the box.

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Saltwater: Orvis Helios 3D 8wt Rod

Orvis’ new Helios 3 line is a terrific place to start when rod shopping for saltwater rods. Though pricey, the H3 collection is the most accurate set of rods ever built by the company and likely anywhere on the market. The 8 wt is a great starting point as it offers you fighting strength as well as casting power and accuracy for those windy days in the surf. The nine-foot H3D (vs. the 3F) has the precision to land small flies accurately for bonefishing and enough punch to deliver big flies to snook and striped bass.

Hot Tip: Always rinse your rod and reel thoroughly after use in salt water. Salt can corrode reels, degrade cork grips and even weaken line and backing.

Saltwater: Tibor Everglades Reel

Tibor (pronounced TEE-BOOR) Reels have accounted for over 900 saltwater fishing world record catches, making it the winningest reel maker in the business. Tibor reels are famous for their robustness and resistance to salt corrosion and wear and tear. With excellent line capacity for runners (think, Bonefish) and substantial enough drag for heavy hitters (striped bass), the Tibor Everglades is one of the best reels on the market owing largely to its bullet-proof American-made build quality. Most saltwater reels are just too heavy duty and unnecessary for freshwater. The Tibor Everglades is a size that can cross over from salt to fresh when you’re angling for larger species like steelhead, salmon and pike. Though a little pricey, when you think about the fact that you’ll likely have this for the rest of your life, it’s more manageable. I’ve paired mine with Rio’s InTouch Striper line, a good all-around line that will cast well at close range and be strong enough for bruisers.

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Apparel

Fishing means being in the elements. Having the right apparel can help make the most of your sometimes limited time on the water and help protect from injury and exposure. Personal taste and style aside, here are some recommendations for apparel that you should keep on your packing list, from head to toe.

Hot Tip: I always err larger when ordering fishing clothes and apparel online. A garment that wears a little large will help with layering and provide extra room in action points like knees and shoulders.

Freshwater: Filson Logger Mesh Cap

Just about any cap with a brim will work for most of the freshwater fishing season, colder temps aside. Look for a cap that has a dark fabric on the underside of the brim, which helps absorb light from the water’s surface, instead of reflecting it. Go with a muted color; most fish can spot bright colors, especially on the highest point of your silhouette. The Filson Logger Mesh Cap is a good option thanks to its mesh back and light color under the brim.

Hot Tip: Attach a small square of the fuzzy side of a piece of self-adhesive velcro to the brim of your hat on your non-casting side. It makes a great, easily accessible patch for drying flies after or between uses.

Freshwater: Smartwool Merino Wool Baselayer

A cold day on the river is a bad day on the river. I started fishing in merino wool base layers about four years ago and haven’t looked back. It might seem excessive, but temperatures can vary widely throughout the day and even a summer evening can get chilly, especially if you’re wading in cold rivers. Unlike cotton, merino will insulate even when wet, making it a warm choice.

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Freshwater: Poncho Outdoors Fishing Shirt

Fishing shirts have been around for a long time and haven’t changed much in the past decades. Poncho Outdoors makes a great solution for those who are tired of baggy button-ups. The shirts are lightweight and packable, offer a way to secure cuffed sleeves and have a stiff standing collar to help protect from sun exposure. The magnetic front pockets are a useful touch.

Freshwater: Simms Waders

If I could give you one solid piece of advice: invest in good waders — one that feels like your most comfortable pair of pants, are lightweight yet hefty enough to resist tears from thorns and other debris. There is nothing worse than hiking to the river to find your waders in shreds. I have used Simms for several years and have put them through their paces, and while they’ve performed fairly well, I have had to patch them a few times each season. I went with the model down from these and wish I paid up for something that’s more robust, well-constructed pair.

Hot Tip: Before you head out, put a couple of wraps of duct tape around a Bic lighter. Stow it in your gear in a ziplock bag. An inch or two of duct tape applied to the inside and outside of a small tear in your waders can often be enough to stop a leak streamside.

Freshwater: Darn Tough Hunter Merino Socks

Worry less about wicking and more about warmth — for that, merino is the best solution. Your feet are almost always in the water and get much colder than the rest of your body. The over-the-calf Hunter sock from Darn Tough is a good choice because of its higher cuff that decreases slippage and chaffing where boots, waders and socks meet.

Freshwater: Orvis x Michelin Wading Boots

If you get the stocking-foot waders, which tend to cut down on blister and chafing, you’ll need a pair of wading boots. It’s a more customizable fit and feel when you add boots. Orvis recently teamed up with tire-maker Michelin to build a new pro-level wading boot. Beyond the outsole — which has been designed specifically for better wet rubber traction — the boot has a single-piece cast polyurethane upper, totally eliminating the seams which lead to blisters and boot breakdown.

Saltwater: Columbia PFG Freezer Zero II Neck Gaiter

A lot of people think a gaiter is excessive, but when you’re on the open water for 10 hours, protecting your neck, face and ears is crucial. The Freezer Zero II from Columbia’s PFG line is an excellent choice with its elongated tail for added neck protection and a perforated front panel which helps to reduce sunglass fogging.

Saltwater: Columbia PFG Terminal Deflector Hoodie

The Terminal Deflector Hoodie uses Columbia’s proprietary Omni-Shade Sun Deflector technology, designed to bounce UVA and UVB rays away from your body. I tested this product in Belize and was surprised at how well it worked in direct sunlight. The hood and integrated neck gaiter were a welcome addition and protection from the sun, and the thumb holes on the sleeves are a thoughtful and useful touch.

Hot Tip: Some sunscreens and bug repellents contain chemicals that will break down your fly line. Carry a chamois or a towel in your bag to help remove the excess from your hands before you start fishing.

Saltwater: Orvis Jackson Quick-Dry Pant

Technical pants can go wrong really quickly. Stick with something comfortable, lightweight and easy to dry. Zip-off pants are an option if you want to have ultra-utility, but after years of fishing on saltwater, I have never once converted pants to shorts during a trip. I like the Orvis Jackson Quick-Dry pants. They’re built well and have loops for a belt, making carrying a pair of pliers or a tool much easier.

Saltwater: Simms Intruder Saltwater Wading Boot

For extended trips on tough salt flats I like the Simms Intruder Saltwater Wading Boot. The reinforced sole provides ample protection and the neoprene sock and fold-down gravel guard help to keep out sand, shells and bits of coral. It’s designed to be worn without socks, which is a welcome feature that helps prevent blisters.

Accessories

Like most outdoor activities, there are more fly fishing accessories out there than you could ever need. Here’s a list of my most trusted tools and some things that you won’t want to be without once the fish start biting.

Hot Tip: Tethering your accessories to your vest, pack or person with a piece of paracord or a zinger is a good practice. One fumble streamside can send a vital tool tumbling into deep water, leaving you unarmed and miles from the nearest sporting goods store.

Freshwater: Gerber Line Driver

The Line Driver from Gerber is a great new multitool that makes it easy to manage your line when you need to add a knot, thread a new line or clean an old one — and it has found its way into my kit. With six different functions, including scissor nips, line threader and crimper for attaching split shot or flattening barbs, it’s a handy addition to traditional forceps and nippers.

Freshwater: Orvis Magnetic Net Holder

A simple tether that lets the net hang on the back out of the way while you fish keeping clear from your line while casting and fighting fish. A light tug on the net will separate the magnetic closure when you need it and the tether keeps it from floating away when it’s out of hand.

Freshwater: Brodin Phantom Landing Net

Avoid the black netting found on cheaper nets as it can remove the protective coating on fishes skin/scales, exposing them to infection. Get a fish-friendly net with the eco-clear webbing. I’ve used a Brodin for three years on countless trips and it has held up beautifully.

Hot Tip: Unhook your catch while your net is in the water. The fish will stress less and won’t injure itself flopping on the shore or a boat. Mashing the barb on your fly will make unhooking easier and cause less damage to the fish.

Freshwater: Filson Mesh Fly Fishing Strap Vest

Some people are vest people, some people are bag people, and I am a vest guy. I like having everything at hand. I have been fishing with the Filson Mesh Fly Fishing Strap Vest for five years and absolutely love it. It has enough storage for what you need and the strap design (versus full vest) works over layers or rain gear.

Freshwater: High Stream Gear Trekking Poles

If you ever fish fast moving water or in early spring when the water is high, you’ll want a good wading stick. I have found that most sticks designed for fishing are held together with an elastic cord, which can come apart on you at the worst times. I use this hiking pole pair because the cables lock into the handle so the staff won’t come apart and you have a nice cork handle for grip.

Freshwater: Suncloud Optics Sunglasses

You could read about fishing eyewear for days and not hit the bottom. And to be totally honest, it’s personal preference to a point. Dark lenses will kill your visibility in the early morning and evening, which is why you’ll want something lighter, like a yellow-tinted lens. Polarized, amber lenses are a good all-around fit; they allow you to see into water in most light conditions and will help highlight bright flies and colorful line indicators. I found these to be inexpensive enough that I don’t worry about breaking or losing them, albeit you can’t get them in an RX.

Saltwater: Gerber Salt RX Magnipliers

From setting knots in heavy line and leader material to removing hooks from toothy mouths, a good pair of pliers is essential on salt water. Gerber’s new Salt Rx Magnipliers have lockable spring-loaded jaws and a built-in line nipper and are designed to be corrosion-resistant. They also come with a sheath and lanyard and have replaceable tips with carbide cutting blades.

Saltwater: Columbia PFG Terminal Deflector Zero Fishing Gloves

Unless you fly fish regularly, it’s a good idea to have a pair of gloves tucked away in your bag. I always wear them the first day on the water, letting my hands acclimate with the added protection from salt, wind, sun and frequent casting. Columbia’s PFG Terminal Deflector Zero Fishing gloves are lightweight and have saved my mitts on numerous occasions from that red, flaky and irritated-look.

Hot Tip: Reduce blisters or hot spots on your casting hand by clapping. A few strong claps will stimulate blood flow to your skin, helping to stop the formation of blisters.

Saltwater: Orvis Waterproof Backpack

I always assume that pack I am going to bring on board a boat will get wet, making a reliable waterproof bag is essential. I recently tested the Orvis Waterproof Backpack and found that it not only kept all my gear dry but was also a comfortable pack for carrying a day’s worth of gear. A padded bottom protected the camera gear and padded straps with adjustable sternum and waist straps protected my shoulders. The side pockets work great for water bottles or carrying a backup rod.

Saltwater: Yeti Rambler 26oz. Bottle

A good insulated bottle will help keep hot drinks hot on the coldest days, and iced drinks cool on the hot ones. Yeti’s Rambler is a great choice for any temperature. The wide mouth allows you to drop in ice and makes for easy cleaning. And, a screw-on lid reduces spills and doubles as a lashing point when you’re on the move.

Saltwater: Smith Optics Guide’s Choice Sunglasses

If you want the best possible eye protection for the open water, go with Smith Optics. The Guide’s Choice line with its big frame and wide lens make for a great field of vision. Smith’s Chromapop lenses in bronze highlight your line while cutting through glare, helping you spot fish easier.

Saltwater: Adventure Medical Kit Watertight Medical Kit

Fishing the salt means long hours on a small skiff or flats boat, usually a good distance from civilization. I carry a medical kit whenever I go out, even with professional guides. The Watertight Medical Kit is a compact option. It’s lightweight and stocked with enough supplies to mend most minor to medium injuries. Inside, DryFlex waterproof bags keep bandages dry and sterile.

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The Ultimate Sega Genesis Console for Your Modern TV

Analogue has been making modern versions of retro gaming consoles for years. The advantage of all the company’s consoles is that they upscale games to look and sound better, and they obviously work on new TVs. Recent examples include the Nt Mini and the Super Nt, which play original NES and SNES cartridge games, respectively. This time around, with the Mega Sg ($190), it’s time to dust off your old Genesis games.

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The Good: The Mega Sg is the best way to experience old Sega Genesis games, in all their 16-bit glory, on the TV you currently have, whether that’s an HD or 4K TV. While emulators that play Sega Genesis games have been around for years, the Mega Sg is different. It uses hardware instead of software to upscale games — that’s thanks to a proprietary FPGA chip inside the console — and this allows the console to play more games and with zero lag. The games also look and sound better.

Delving a little deeper, the Mega Sg can play Sega’s full catalog of Genesis games. Additionally, it has an expansion connector so it can link up with a Sega CD (both Model 1 and 2) and can play those 16-bit games. It can also connect to a Sega Master System and play its 8-bit games. Analogue will eventually release adapters that will work with other Sega systems, like the Game Gear.

Who It’s For: Anybody who grew up with a Sega Genesis console and still has a large collection of games. It’s true that you’ll be able to buy a Sega Genesis Mini in a few months time, but if its 40 built-in games aren’t enough for you (or your favorite games are absent), the Mega Sg is the way to go. Plus, the games will still look and sound better than the impending Sega’s impeding miniature console.

Watch Out For: The Mega Sg is fairly expensive and doesn’t come with a controller; you’ll have to buy one separately. There aren’t any built-in games — which is a big selling point for many of these newly-released miniature consoles, like the impending Sega Genesis Mini — so you’ll have to already own the games you want to play. (Also, original Sega Genesis games are pretty expensive online these days.)

Alternatives: The Sega Genesis Mini is coming out in September and will feature 40 games built right into the console. It also promises to be way cheaper than the Analogue’s new console. There are a number of Genesis emulators for Raspberry Pi.

Verdict: How big is your love for Sega Genesis? If the answer is “big,” “huge” or “too immense to be defined,” then you definitely want to check out the Analogue Mega Sg. There a number of factors that will inevitably drive away the casual consumer, such as price and the prerequisite hardware (games) needed. For the Sega Genesis lover, however, the Mega Sg delivers a gaming experience that’s as true as possible — even better — to the original console. If you’re chasing that nostalgia, chase no further.

What Others Are Saying:

• “So while roughly $200 is a lot to spend on a console to play Genesis games, right now, the Mega Sg is the easiest way to get them up and running on a modern TV without sacrificing audio or video quality–the support for Master System and Sega CD games is the icing on the cake. Some people will always prefer to go the route of using emulators, and others may only want to play with original hardware and stick to aftermarket mods. But if you are open to the idea of a third-party Genesis console, and you want the peace of mind knowing that it looks and sounds better than the best original console from Sega, there’s no better option on the market than the Mega Sg.” — Peter Brown, GameSpot

• “Ultimately, the Mega SG is about playing Genesis carts with a Genesis-alike controller on your HDTV. Yes, there are great Genesis emulators available for Raspberry Pi, and for someone uninterested in cartridge support and comfortable with the peculiarities and DIY nature of a Pi, that’s perhaps a better solution. The Mega SG is practically uncomplicated in comparison. I’m qualifying that statement because under the hood, if you’re eager to tinker, the Mega SG has a host of features waiting to be explored.” — Christopher Grant, Polygon

• “The Mega Sg offers an impressive array of options for displaying and playing games. By default, the hardware outputs at 4.5 times the Genesis’s native resolution while mimicking the 4:3 proportions of old-school televisions. You can customize the system’s output by shifting to an integer-based scaler, which can minimize the “shimmer” and distortion caused by uneven pixel upscaling. These issues become especially noticeable when the retro-style scanline option is activated, in which case you can fine-tune the Mega Sg’s output to best suit your display and tastes. Mega Sg also offers a variety of emulator-style graphical filters that smooth the sharp edges of pixels for those who prefer a softer look.” — Jeremy Parish, IGN

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5 of the Best CBD Products for Athletes, According to the Experts

Cannabidiol, or CBD, can be found in just about everything as of late. It is most notably known for properties that can reduce inflammation, pain and anxiety. Attributes like these make it an astute addition to sports recovery supplements and products. And CBD can, in theory, enhance performance by improving your ability to train — pain relief and improved rest and recovery means better training.

With so many CBD products on the market, it’s always a good idea to lean on the experts. In the case of CBD recovery products, that’s The Feed. The Feed was founded and is run by athletes (including the president of a highly-successful Tour de France team, a pro runner for Nike who runs a 3:56 mile and Lindsey Vonn’s personal coach) and they test every single product before selling it. Having curated over 100 top CBD brands, The Feed has an offering of just about anything you could want to aid recovery. Here are five of our favorites from The Feed’s vast CBD selection.

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Floyd’s Arnica + CBD Balm

Floyd’s of Leadville makes some of the best CBD products available. This balm, which combines the healing properties of both Arnica and CBD, is perfect to combat some of the minor aches and pains associated with rigorous training. It can be applied to the skin for pain and swelling from bruises, aches and sprains and is available in both cooling and warming versions.

VitalFit In the Clear CBD

VitalFit is already well-known for its Tart Cherry extract, highly trusted to reduce inflammation. So naturally, VitalFit’s standards for anti-inflammatory products are higher than most. Its In The Clear 600mg CBD tincture offers a modest dosage and tasty flavor, perfect for first-time CBD users.

Luce Farm Hemp-Infused CBD Honey

Luce Farms grows its hemp and makes its honey all on the same farm in Vermont. Doing everything in small batches ensures the highest-quality products possible. Each teaspoon of honey contains 10mg of CBD so this CBD-Infused Honey is an easy way to add CBD to nighttime tea for better sleep, for example. It’s also tasty enough to eat right off the spoon for any time use as well.

Cordial Organics Restore Stick

A portable wellness product can be key for those moments on the go when you want to relief from aches and pains. A roll-on restoration stick is a simple item that can quickly do wonders anywhere anytime. The Cordial Organics Restore Stick contains 200mg of CBD and gets right where you need it to soothe and relax sore muscles. It can even help a stiff neck from working at the computer for too long.

Plant People Stay Sharp CBD Capsules

A daily CBD capsule is a smart routine to gain consistent benefits. Plant People’s Stay Sharp CBD Capsules includes the addition of L-Theanine, bacopa monnierri and ginkgo biloba for help staying focused. This powerful blend of herbs and CBD can deliver results when taking one-to-three capsules per day.

7 Essential Products to Care for Your Beard

Beards don’t just sneak up and appear out of nowhere. They take their sweet time to grow, not accounting for the days spent pondering whether you wanted to stop shaving in the first place.

For this reason, you’ve got plenty of time to stock up on the beard-growing essentials, to arm yourself with the best conditioning, taming and styling products. These come as oils, balms, soaps, combs, brushes, trimmers and even shears. And the top-tier products will elevate your beard from rookie status to Best in Show. It’ll be free of itching, flaking, splitting, breaking and tangling. Like a well-trained pet, it’ll sit and stay exactly as you tell it to. It won’t scratch your significant other, nor will it mushroom from dehydration. You’ll have infinite styles to try but can also maintain your preferred one with aplomb.

So here they are. Seven beard products you need, and the best in each field.

Beard Oil: Baxter of California Beard Oil

Left untended, beards become dry, itchy, flaky and unruly. Just like you need moisturizer on your face and conditioner in your hair, a beard oil softens and strengthens your face fuzz. Squalane and avocado oil are the hero ingredients in this beard blend. The former is an ultra moisturizer that improves shine and elasticity in the hair. Furthermore, it’s a Grade-A anti-aging agent for the skin beneath your beard, too. Avocado oil fortifies the hair by quickly penetrating each shaft (words I never thought I’d write), making your whiskers stronger and less likely to split or snap. Vitamin E plays a supporting role, adding more moisture to prevent beard itch and dandruff.

Beard Balm: Brothers Artisan Oil Tanner Balm

For big beards and humble beards alike, balm is essential for taming flyaways and keeping your actual beard style in check. It’s amazing what a single pass of balm can do to help you “clean up nice.” And Brothers Artisan Oil’s balm doubles as a hair styler, too. They use the same nourishing ingredients here as they do in their signature beard oils — argan, jojoba, grapeseed, hemp, avocado and sunflower, among others — with the anchoring blend of shea butter, beeswax and cocoa butter. All in all, this styler nourishes hair and skin while keeping your beard in check.

Beard Wash: Mr. Natty Face Forest Soap

You want a beard wash that is as nourishing as it is cleansing. Mr. Natty’s beard soap is so effective that it doubles as a face cleanser. It uses olive oil to extract the excess sebum and grime from your skin and beard. Along with shea butter, it keeps everything hydrated, never compromising moisture levels while it cleans. Peppermint adds a fresh feel and scent, while rosemary’s antimicrobial powers keep the skin balanced, helping to prevent breakouts.

Facial Hair Scissors: Premax Ring Lock Mustache Scissors

If you’re going to hold anything sharp up to your face, don’t gamble on the cheap stuff. The quality shears — like these stainless steelers from Premax — will stay in shape longer. In this case, it’s the central ring lock that prevents the ends from separating. (You know how scissors do that, and then are essentially useless?) They stay sharp, and they stay together so that you can go in for that spot-check detailing around the cheek, and under the ‘stache.

Beard Brush: Beardbrand Boar’s Hair Beard Brush

The act of beard brushing is a soothing and rewarding one, and its benefits are magnified with boar bristles. Beardbrand’s wooden boar-bristle brush helps distribute the sebum from your skin and the base of the hair shaft, all the way through each beard strand. Doing this before bed ensures that your beard and skin stay healthy and nourished — no beard breakage, no suffocated hair follicles. It’s great to brush it out before styling, too, if you’ve got a big bushy beard — better yet, after applying beard oil — and then to graduate to a comb when you finish and finesse the look.

Beard Comb: Tom Ford Beard Comb

Like a beard brush, facial hair combs help to distribute oils and conditioning agents, and they keep stray hairs in check. (Often times you may need to snip these pesky strays, or spot-check them with a balm.) Tom Ford’s tortoise-shell beard comb is a nice stray from the barbershop staples that look like everyday pocket combs. This tool is your new pride and joy — it’s your styling wand, your beard detangler, your product distributor… and it looks so gosh-darn cute.

Beard Trimmer: Wahl Lithium Ion Vacuum Trimmer

We live in customizable times, and just as you can add avocado to your burrito bowl and monograms to your oxfords, you can also control so much about your beard-trimming regimen. Wahl’s vacuum trimmer allows you to adjust the intensity of suction (crank it up to minimize the mess in your drain), and comes with eight interchangeable guide combs, a 6-toggle adjustable head, and even a nose and ear trimming head so that you can keep those strays in order, too. It holds a 90-minute charge and has an LED monitor that lets you know how much remains. You may think that beard trimming should be kept simple, but this device opens up all sorts of possibilities for styling, shaping and even clean up (as if that isn’t the biggest benefit of them all).

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Roughchild Moto Is Giving Classic BMW Motorcycles a New Lease On Life

There are many reasons to love motorcycles, but two specific ones brought me into the fold of licensed riders: the sound and the style of classic bikes.

I started out riding new motorcycles with modern safety equipment that were perfect for easing into the world of riding, especially in the distracted driver-packed asphalt hellscape that is Los Angeles. But it didn’t take long for me to desire an even more direct connection with the machine: more noise, more gasoline aroma, a more involved riding experience. What I didn’t desire: the headaches that come with riding a classic, such as (but not limited to) physical and mental discomfort, mechanical failure, a comparative lack of safety, and the increased chances of theft.

Fortunately, there are ways to have your cake and eat it too when it comes to old bikes. Roughchild Moto is a company mission is to minimize the headaches associated with classic BMW motorcycles, while retaining the attractive qualities of those bikes. Or, to put it in their words: “We are dedicated to the passionate study and preservation of the world’s most respected motorcycles, optimizing their aesthetic appeal with a fresh perspective and modern techniques.”

Robert Sabel and his team got Roughchild off the ground in 2012, focusing on careful restoration and thoughtful optimization of the classic BMW “R-Series” motorcycles produced from 1970 to 1995.

“I prefer the client explains what they want to achieve and let us source the donor as although they seem similar,” Sabel said. “All the airheads from 1970-1995 have different qualities; it’s much more efficient to modify the bike with correct core qualities.”

Once a donor is in the door od their downtown Los Angeles facility, it’s up to the client to lay out their ideas. Roughchild Moto prioritizes safety, reliability, and—of course—a high degree of aesthetic appeal in its builds; beyond that, it’s up to the owner to say what the bike will become. All the hardware used on the bikes is top of the line, from Brembo brakes to Motogadget speedometers. All upgrades are up to OEM standards, or improve upon the original high-quality German engineering; while they were stout and impressive machines in their day, the shop does an excellent job bringing them into the modern era without losing the details that made the R-Series bikes so enjoyable in the first place. Roughchild doesn’t cut corners, even if you ask them to.

The first bike of theirs I swung a leg over was a sexy, blacked-out extended-wheelbase 1973 R75/5 that had received a light scrambler treatment. I found it to be quite the stable bike, offering a surprisingly smooth ride on LA’s bumpy highways. There certainly was no lack of go with the damn thing either. The 750cc engine tucked inside a gloss black powder-coated frame had been rebuilt to factory specs, and featured machined heads with new valves, honed cylinders, and new piston rings. Brand-new Mikuni carbs and a reverse cone exhaust setup gave it a soul-stirring sound; the classic boxer thrum you’d expect from a BMW is there, with the noise escalating into a glorious basso profundo racket as the throttle advances. It’s a bike that urges you to go faster—and farther —than you’d expect.

As much as I liked the blacked-out R75/5, the second bike I rode stole my heart.  The R100 RS was the high-performance air-cooled machine of my dreams. Producing 70 horsepower in stock form and with reverse cone exhaust setup making an enjoyable racket, this bike offered up a riding experience I’d be hard-pressed to forget.

The Roughchild R100RS pushed me to stay on top of it, methodically tackling curve after curvy road. The lines of communication between me and the bike weren’t as crystal-clear as with othe vehicles; gear changes and throttle use had to be well-planned, or else the bike would wind up doing something very different than I wanted. The machine doesn’t do the bulk of the work for your, like a new bike does; you really have to ride it. It leaves you sore in places you didn’t know you could be sore, but damn, does it feel worth it.

There were other benefits to this beautiful bike, as well. When I parked the R100RS each night, I couldn’t help but stand and stare at the gas tank; it was painted “Fashion Grey,” a Porsche color from the 1950s commonly found on the 356, and, when paired with the brown leather seat, iconic gold Ohlins shocks and shiny silver Brembos, made for an extremely aesthetically-pleasing package. (Not surprisingly, the owner of this particular bike is also into air-cooled Porsches.)

Roughchild’s restorations start at $15,000 for a finished bike (including the donor vehicle) and top out around $20,000, which isn’t bad for a rebuilt and upgraded piece of 20th Century motorcycle magic that happens to come with a 12-month warranty. Quality doesn’t come cheap, especially when it comes to the restoration and improvement of iconic machinery. That being said, there’s a ton of subjective value in these builds; the experience of firing one up and ripping away in first gear is worth the price of admission alone. Add to that the unquestionable visual appeal, and anyone who buys a Roughchild Moto machine likely has a lifetime of satisfaction to look forward to.

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Smartphone screens are only getting bigger, which is great for catching up on Game of Thrones but not necessary when it comes to answering email and queuing up a pre-run playlist. That’s where Palm comes in. The device started as a companion to your smartphone, but it’s finally available as a primary smartphone option that comes with its own phone number and data plan.

Measuring 3.8 by 2 inches — that’s roughly the size of a credit card — Palm is perfect for active lifestyles. It’s water and dust-resistant, while new software updates have extended the battery life to three-plus days for standby time. An improved rear camera offers 12-megapixels and includes improved HDR, color balance and low light performance. With all the Android apps you’re used to, Palm has made it easy to size down your smartphone — especially since it’s on sale for $199 until May 1.


New & Noteworthy Releases

Looking For a Lightly Modified WRX STI? This Is the Jackpot

Looking For a Lightly Modified WRX STI? This Is the Jackpot

Finding a well-maintained WRX STI not driven to with an inch of its life is near impossible, but this is probably the next best thing.

Theragun’s Lower Priced Massage Tools Will Help Eliminate Soreness

Theragun’s Lower Priced Massage Tools Will Help Eliminate Soreness

You can forgo your next massage once you buy one of these new massage tools from Theragun.

Exotic Features Make this Affordable Dress Watch Stand Out

Exotic Features Make this Affordable Dress Watch Stand Out

Microbrand Mercer celebrates its fifth anniversary with an affordable watch combining an enamel dial and vintage French mechanical movement.

Why You Should Care About Igloo’s New $10 Cooler

Why You Should Care About Igloo’s New $10 Cooler

Igloo’s new cooler isn’t indestructible and it won’t keep ice frozen for days on end. What it can do might be more important though.

The Best Couch on the Internet Now Comes in Leather

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A satisfying marriage of price, quality and technology.

Everlane Has Discovered a Way to Make a Better Chino

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Fresh Deals



Timex Field Watches
Save Up to 50%: Just in time for summer, several of Timex’s field watches are on sale, some of which, like the Mk 1 Aluminum, are based on vintage references from the company’s vast archives. Whether you need a watch for the beach or something with a 12-hour bezel for keeping track of a second time zone, Timex has a summer watch for you. — Oren Hartov


Mystery Ranch Urban Assault Backpack
Save 39%: In 1985 the founder of Mystery Ranch, Dana Gleason, invented a revolutionary internal frame design called ArcFlex that permanently changed how pack makers think about load bearing. But Gleason and co-founder Renee Sippel-Baker hit their stride when Navy SEALs approached them in search of custom packs. Now they craft bags for the military, backcountry firefighters and the US Forest Service, but they haven’t forgotten the everyday outdoorsman.

The Urban Assault pack, which is currently 39 percent off at Huckberry, utilizes the same technical design features that make Mystery Ranch bags suitable for the most rigorous users but it includes features that make it ideal for the urban inhabitant. It’s made with 500-denier Cordura nylon and has a unique three-zipper opening system, two internal accessory pockets, a laptop sleeve and a quick-access lid pouch. It also employs a fixed-harness frame system, which allows the commuter-friendly pack to perform like a high-end expedition backpack. — Tanner Bowden



White Sneakers for Summer
Save up to 50%: If you’re looking to get some fresh new kicks before the summer months, head over to End today. Right now, you can save up to 50 percent on a range of white sneakers from brands like Adidas, Reebok and Vans. Most styles are well under $100, so if you see something you like, act fast — it won’t be around for long. — John Zientek


Kettlebell Sale
Save 43%: Right now, you can save up to 43 percent off the only two kettlebells you’ll need to stock up your home gym. Both the 10- and 20-pound Yes4All cast iron kettlebell sets are on sale on Amazon. Each pair has a painted black finish that will help with grip when you’re pumping out that last thruster and making it easier to hold steady during Farmer Walks. The flat bottom is imperative for put-downs and pick-ups, and the wide handle offers enough space for single and double arm swings, deadlifts, skull crushers, bicep curls and overhead presses. If you’re looking for a way to increase the intensity on your body weight workouts, these two sets of weights are a great place to start. Shop both sales today on Amazon. — Meg Lappe |

LG 2018 E8 OLED 4K TV
Save $1,150: If you’re in the market for a really nice 55-inch 4K TV, we’ve got good news: nearly every one of LG’s 2018 OLED TVs is currently on sale. Of course, these deals aren’t totally out of left field. It’s that time of year where all TV manufacturers are gearing up to release their new models, so naturally, the old models are going to come down. But they’re not just on sale — many of them are nearly half off. The best deal is on the LG E8. It’s a high-end OLED TV that costs $2,500 on the company’s website, but it’s currently selling for $1,350 on Newegg.

Rev’It Pilot Jacket
Save 40%: Rev’It made a name for itself in the adventure motorcycle and high-performance spaces in Europe, protecting riders from head o toe with tactical-looking gear. Once they made the jump to the States, they learned low-key, subtle styling and minimal branding is the name of the game. Rev’It didn’t forget its roots, but pieces like the PilotJacket prove the Dutch brand can successfully jump into any space and meet the needs of riders.

The Pilot Jacket takes inspiration from WWII bomber pilots, its outer shell is made from 100 percent buffalo leather and comes with a detachable thermal liner. The Pilot jacket isn’t just some fashion-forward piece of outerwear, either, it’s built to hold CE-rated protective armor at the elbows, shoulders and back. Today, the Rev’It is marked down from $670 to $400. — Bryan Campbell


Today on Gear Patrol

The 7 Best Inflatable and Collapsible Kayaks for Summer 2019

The 7 Best Inflatable and Collapsible Kayaks for Summer 2019

These seven collapsible and inflatable kayaks are built to last a lifetime in the water (and fit in the back of your tiny apartment’s closet).

The Small Company Making Some of the World’s Best Headphones

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We Field-Tested Two Military Watches in the Army and This is What We Found

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Two field watches accompanied us into the actual field for some serious testing. Both still tick.

The Used Motorcycles We’d Buy for Under $2,500 Right Now

The Used Motorcycles We’d Buy for Under $2,500 Right Now

To help sort through the endless amount of affordable used motorcycles living online, we picked out a few we’d buy right now for under $2,500.

How One of the World’s Most-Popular Knives Is Made

How One of the World’s Most-Popular Knives Is Made

There’s only one forge in the world making Laguiole knives in Laguiole, France. This is how it’s done.

The Complete BMW Buying Guide: Every Model, Explained

The Complete BMW Buying Guide: Every Model, Explained

BMW produces the “ultimate driving machine” and uses a Germanic alphanumeric naming system. Here’s what you need to know before shopping.

The 7 Best Car Infotainment Systems You Can Buy

The 7 Best Car Infotainment Systems You Can Buy

If you’re shopping for a premium car, you want the best technology systems available. Each manufacturer offers infotainment systems geared toward different drivers. This is a guide to the best from Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Land…

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Today’s Best Deals: Up to 50% Off Timex Field Watches, Massively Discounted Kettlebells and More

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Timex Field Watches
Save Up to 50%: Just in time for summer, several of Timex’s field watches are on sale, some of which, like the Mk 1 Aluminum, are based on vintage references from the company’s vast archives. Whether you need a watch for the beach or something with a 12-hour bezel for keeping track of a second time zone, Timex has a summer watch for you. — Oren Hartov


Mystery Ranch Urban Assault Backpack
Save 39%: In 1985 the founder of Mystery Ranch, Dana Gleason, invented a revolutionary internal frame design called ArcFlex that permanently changed how pack makers think about load bearing. But Gleason and co-founder Renee Sippel-Baker hit their stride when Navy SEALs approached them in search of custom packs. Now they craft bags for the military, backcountry firefighters and the US Forest Service, but they haven’t forgotten the everyday outdoorsman.

The Urban Assault pack, which is currently 39 percent off at Huckberry, utilizes the same technical design features that make Mystery Ranch bags suitable for the most rigorous users but it includes features that make it ideal for the urban inhabitant. It’s made with 500-denier Cordura nylon and has a unique three-zipper opening system, two internal accessory pockets, a laptop sleeve and a quick-access lid pouch. It also employs a fixed-harness frame system, which allows the commuter-friendly pack to perform like a high-end expedition backpack. — Tanner Bowden



White Sneakers for Summer
Save up to 50%: If you’re looking to get some fresh new kicks before the summer months, head over to End today. Right now, you can save up to 50 percent on a range of white sneakers from brands like Adidas, Reebok and Vans. Most styles are well under $100, so if you see something you like, act fast — it won’t be around for long. — John Zientek


Kettlebell Sale
Save 43%: Right now, you can save up to 43 percent off the only two kettlebells you’ll need to stock up your home gym. Both the 10- and 20-pound Yes4All cast iron kettlebell sets are on sale on Amazon. Each pair has a painted black finish that will help with grip when you’re pumping out that last thruster and making it easier to hold steady during Farmer Walks. The flat bottom is imperative for put-downs and pick-ups, and the wide handle offers enough space for single and double arm swings, deadlifts, skull crushers, bicep curls and overhead presses. If you’re looking for a way to increase the intensity on your body weight workouts, these two sets of weights are a great place to start. Shop both sales today on Amazon. — Meg Lappe |

LG 2018 E8 OLED 4K TV
Save $1,150: If you’re in the market for a really nice 55-inch 4K TV, we’ve got good news: nearly every one of LG’s 2018 OLED TVs is currently on sale. Of course, these deals aren’t totally out of left field. It’s that time of year where all TV manufacturers are gearing up to release their new models, so naturally, the old models are going to come down. But they’re not just on sale — many of them are nearly half off. The best deal is on the LG E8. It’s a high-end OLED TV that costs $2,500 on the company’s website, but it’s currently selling for $1,350 on Newegg.

Rev’It Pilot Jacket
Save 40%: Rev’It made a name for itself in the adventure motorcycle and high-performance spaces in Europe, protecting riders from head o toe with tactical-looking gear. Once they made the jump to the States, they learned low-key, subtle styling and minimal branding is the name of the game. Rev’It didn’t forget its roots, but pieces like the PilotJacket prove the Dutch brand can successfully jump into any space and meet the needs of riders.

The Pilot Jacket takes inspiration from WWII bomber pilots, its outer shell is made from 100 percent buffalo leather and comes with a detachable thermal liner. The Pilot jacket isn’t just some fashion-forward piece of outerwear, either, it’s built to hold CE-rated protective armor at the elbows, shoulders and back. Today, the Rev’It is marked down from $670 to $400. — Bryan Campbell

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Save up to 50% on White Sneakers for Summer

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Save up to 50% on White Sneakers for Summer


If you’re looking to get some fresh new kicks before the summer months, head over to End today. Right now, you can save up to 50 percent on a range of white sneakers from brands like Adidas, Reebok and Vans. Most styles are well under $100, so if you see something you like, act fast — it won’t be around for long.

Classic Slip On by Vans $75 $49

Phase 1 Pro by Reebok x Montana Cans $95 $55

Marathon X 5923 by Adidas $135 $69

Thunderbolt OX by Converse x Vince Staples $109 $75

BW Army Premium Leather by Adidas $159 $79

NMD Racer by Adidas $185 $95
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Best Tactical Watches

BEST TACTICAL WATCHES

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We’re kicking off our guide in style with the Suunto Core. This has clearly been designed with the great outdoors in mind. It’s just the right size and weight that it won’t feel too clunky or awkward. This means you’ll feel at ease wearing it in any conditions. The bezel is made from high-quality aluminum, while the glass has a durable mineral glass covering that in conjunction with the composite-made casing, provides you with waterproofing up to 30-meters.

It’s built for all kinds of conditions and activities. Along with the digital compass, the features that drew us into this model most were the barometer, altimeter and the weather data you have access to on tap with it. When you’re involved in anything with ascents and elevations, the altimeter is a great feature to have. With the Suunto Core you’re able to keep track on the ascent/descent, the elevation you’re currently at and how you’re progressing in a climb, While the barometer forecasts weather condition changes, by tracking trends in air pressure closely.

Pros

  • checkAltimeter and barometer
  • checkWaterproof to 30-meters
  • checkCompatible with various straps

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  • cross-altNot as durable as G-Shock watches

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  • Compass Yes
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There’s no way we could really talk about tactical watches without considering at least one Casio G-shock model. G-Shock watches are known for their big cases, but this GA 100-1A1 has the X-Large G, which provides a rather monstrous 4 x 4.6 x 4.2-inches meaning it’s very comfortable to look at in all situations. It’s an Ana-Digi model that is full of nice features.

Although there’s no altimeter, barometer or compass, it does benefit from having a chronograph, stopwatch, world time checker and a dual-time display. There’s also the 200-meters of waterproofing it offers. Obviously, the biggest draw to other G-Shock watches is the same for this and that’s the magnetic, gravitational and shock resistance it provides.

Pros

  • check200-meters water resistance
  • checkWorld time of 29 time zones and 48 cities
  • checkChoice of analogue and digital movement

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  • cross-altCould be better in lower light

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  • Compass No
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Given its military-inspired name, it’s no surprise that the Infantry Big Face military watch is durable, tough and therefore, made for various conditions and uses. For one thing, its casing is made by stainless-steel with a canvas strap. You get the choice of either an analog or digital time display and functions with the Japanese-made AL35 quartz movement, which is incredibly reliable, and the calendar features the full date including the day name, date and the month.

There’s also a tachometer around the bezel, dual-time display and chronograph and has 30-meters of water resistance. The dial is protected by minerals with anti-scratch properties. It’s not called big face for nothing, because the face is a massive 47.3mm in diameter and a good quality enough backlight.

Pros

  • check12 and 24-hour military time
  • checkJapanese-made AL35 quartz movement
  • checkStainless-steel buckle and watch backing

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  • cross-altBand/strap could be more comfortable

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  • Compass No
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Timex has a reputation for designing and producing timepieces that keep good and accurate time, are functional, are highly accurate and timelessly stylish. The Expedition Field chronograph doesn’t disappoint in this regard as it takes inspiration from military watches of old with three different dials with numerals that increase to 60 in increments of 5. This gives you the timekeeping power to measure time at around 1/20th of a second.

Known for durable wristwatches, the Expedition Field will not let you down and as it’s got special mineral glass covering the face with scratch-resistance, it’ll handle significant use and abuse. The water resistance may not be quite the same as offered by other models, but you still get that property for 100-meters. Another great feature is the long-lasting battery that provides you with faithful service for up 10-years.

Pros

  • checkLong-life battery lasts for 10-years
  • checkFamous Timex durability
  • checkPrecise chronograph

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  • cross-altBand can be tight

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If you want a combination of style, cool aesthetics, a low price and great functionality, you might want to consider the Armitron Pro Sport digital chronograph. Just take heed, this is a loud-looking watch and not in the least bit inconspicuous. So, if you have covert ops or you know, are a security guard that likes to keep a low-profile, look elsewhere.

The rest of you, keep reading. It is powered by quartz movement which means it keeps impeccable time and best of all, as the name suggests, it has a comprehensive (particularly when you consider the price) chronograph. You can keep military time, it has a dual-time display, measures lap times and displays date, day and seconds. As a nice bonus, it’s also water resistant up to 100-meters. Although you can’t go full-on scuba diving wearing this, you can swim and snorkel while using it. The protective glass on the top of the casing is a high-quality acrylic mineral, while the casing itself is stainless-steel.

Pros

  • check100-meters water resistance
  • checkChronograph functionality
  • checkDurable

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  • cross-altThe compass markings are for decoration only

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  • Compass No
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It may be that you’ve never heard of the brand 5.11 before. But, trust us, they make some high-performance, high-quality tactical and survival gear. In fact, we’ve featured 5.11 in other buying guides on Men’s Gear. As is the case with many tactical and military watches, you have dual time display with this model. While the outer main dial with phosphorescent arms gives you the civilian time, the inner one gives you the military. Although it’s not quite as obvious as the above wrist watch from Armitron, the 5.11 Field still makes for quite the bold statement, especially with its 44mm casing.

Because this has been clearly designed for military activity (and just about anything else too), it features a casing made from mineral-glass crystals designed to provide chip and scratch resistance. Combine that with the standard water resistance of 100-meters, and you’ve got a lot of protection for a multitude of scenarios and weather conditions. Even style and practicality have been taken into consideration with the strapping made from NATO nylon. Durable is often bandied around too much, not when it comes to this watch though.

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  • checkUnidirectional bezel for aiding diving
  • checkKeeps civilian and military time
  • checkStylish

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  • cross-altNo compass

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  • Compass No
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Why not buy a military watch that’s proven to be as practical and useful as it’s claimed to be? From their Infantry line, this titanium automatic military watch from GPW is a popular choice. With good reason too. It’s designed by the German Special Forces and is used by many police units and military personnel, not just in German, but around the world. What makes it so special? Well it’s based on the watches used by members of the special forces team and has 24 jewels for precision automatic time-keeping. So, there’s no need for a battery – you just keep it going by moving your arm. Something any infantry, police team or extreme sports athlete is likely to do as default.

Its sandblasted titanium face has a screwed-in locked backing and crown that offers 200-meters of water resistance. Not only that though, but the casing has been designed to stop light reflections. Something you need when you’re trying to avoid drawing attention to your whereabouts. Further protection offered by this awesome watch may only affect those using it in areas of conflict, but we love the fact it is EMP resistant. It’s very expensive, but we think the features and build quality is reason enough for that.

Pros

  • checkEMP resistant
  • check200-meters water resistance
  • check24-jewel automatic movement

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  • cross-altRather expensive

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  • Compass No
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The second Timex tactical watch in our guide is also from the Expedition line. This time it’s the Shock XL model. This feature, like all Expedition models, the chronograph that enables you to time yourself and keep track of your PBs. It also, like the model above, offers a slightly higher water resistance of up to 200-meters. Now, although this will not protect the timepiece against water and depths while scuba diving, it will provide suitable protection for when you’re participating in professional marine activity or extreme watersports on the surface.

Unless you spend a lot of your time around the water, you’ll want other features besides water resistance, and this provides it in the form of shock resistance that meets ISO standards. You also get standard functions like vibration alarms, a countdown timer and stopwatch. As well as the accuracy of its timekeeping, the biggest draw to any Timex watch is the durability, and with the Expedition Shock you get a long old life out of it. The battery alone lasts for 10-years.

Pros

  • checkShock resistance meets ISO standards
  • checkChronograph helps track personal bests
  • checkIndiglo backlit tech

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  • cross-altCan’t toggle through your split/lap times

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  • Compass No
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The next sexy little (we say that sarcastically, because really, it’s hardly little) is this awesome SureFire 2211 WristLight watch. As the name suggests, the watch has a generously large light incorporated into its design. Speaking about the light for the moment, it produces brightness of a whopping 300-lumens, though you can also switch it to 15 or 60-lumens as necessary. Thanks to the precision-faceted reflector it produces what the company calls a MaxVision Beam. This is wide and spreads evenly.

Besides the light output, there’s also a lot more to recommend this watch. It’s powered by a high-quality rechargeable battery, for one thing and the actual timepiece is a swiss-made Luminox watch with a dial that self-illuminates. As it’s been made using aerospace-grade aluminum and Mil-Spec hard-anodizing, it’s not only lightweight but extremely durable too. Prefect if you want a high-performance watch with a strong on-board light.

Pros

  • checkMaxVision LED and refractive optic
  • checkRechargeable battery
  • checkLightweight and durable

Cons

  • cross-altBulky, similarly to a G-Shock

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As Garmin are best known for developing and producing high-performance GPS navigational devices and systems, it’s unsurprising that the biggest selling point of this sophisticated tactical watch is the GPS elements. That doesn’t come cheap though, but if you’re looking for something that’ll keep track of where you are, where you’ve been, along with many other usual tactical and survival features, this is worth considering.

You get a 1.2-inch display that offers high-resolution and readability, even in sunlight. There’s preloaded TOPO-mapping and map navigational that’s routable. That’s not all though as it has tactical-focused features such as waypoint projection, Jumpmaster, dual-position GPS-formatting and along with the integrated GLONASS and GPS sensors, there’s also a 3-axis compass, gyroscope, altimeter and barometer. To top that all off, it’s built to be rugged with a titanium bezel coated with tough DLC, has stainless-steel buttons and will even monitor your heartrate.

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  • check1.2-inch high-res display
  • checkPreprogrammed TOPO mapping
  • checkGyroscope, altimeter, barometer and compass

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  • cross-altExpensive, but what do you expect?

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Now we’re really firing on all burners with the next survivalist watch in our guide. This time from BlueStraw. Who, it must be said were not a company we’d heard of really before reviewing this product? Ignore the price tag for a moment and consider what you get with this nifty little thing. It acts as a 6-in-1 tactical wrist watch. So, in addition to a reasonable quality timepiece, you also get a fire starter scraper, thermometer, whistle, compass and paracord.

In fact, you don’t just get a watch with paracord, you get a watch that’s got a bracelet that is paracord. It unravels into 3-meters of rescue cord that can be used when you get into serious emergency situations.

Pros

  • checkCompass that stops you getting lose
  • checkThermometer and fire starter
  • checkSafety paracord

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  • cross-altNot waterproof

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  • Compass Yes
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Luminox are highly regarded for their expertise when it comes to watchmaking. So-called because of the shape of its case, the Luminox Leatherback Sea Turtle Giant wrist watch gets a bigger 44mm casing. The case itself is made from Carbonox, as is the case backing and bezel for a lightweight piece that doesn’t compromise its durability.

With tempered mineral crystal that prevents the casing display from getting scratched and waterproofing up to 100-meters, this has been constructed to work in various conditions.

Pros

  • checkQuartz movement
  • checkLarge case diameter
  • check100-meters water resistance

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  • cross-altNot as feature-full as others

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  • Compass No
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Back with Suunto for the Traverse Alpha smartwatch-style tactical watch. Subtle and sexy, this has a robust stainless-steel knurled-bezel, top-grade sapphire-crystal glass and a highly durable strap made from nylon-textile. This is one tough cookie. Although that’s all very important, what you’ll be really interested in is the GPS mapping, sunrise and sunset reports and moonrise and moonset calendar. These are all useful if you’re intending on taking this on a fishing or hunting trip.

Suunto are known for their feature-filled timepieces and this is no exception, because it’s also got the ability to receive mobile notifications a built-in digital compass. You’re never going to feel disorientated again while wearing it. Thanks to the GLONASS and GPS, you essentially have a breadcrumb trail to retrace your steps.

Pros

  • checkTopographic mapping
  • checkGLONASS and GPS built-in
  • checkSunrise, sunset, moonrise, moonset alerts

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  • cross-altUnreliable barometer/temperature sensors

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  • Compass Yes
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Although it does not feature a compass or many of the other capabilities of others in our guide, don’t let that put you off the Citizen Eco-Drive watch. For one thing, check out that price tag. It’s more affordable than a lot of the others. You just must decide really if it’ll provide you with enough of the features you really need. If you’re not in law enforcement or the military, this could be a good tactical watch that gives you a little more than the average timepiece for your wrist.

It’s got a very mid-century almost aviator-style, so if you like vintage pieces, you’ll probably love this. The casing is made from durable stainless-steel and the watch face has easy-to-read luminous numerals. Notably it provides you with 100-meters of water resistance, so is ideal for showering, swimming and even snorkeling, though don’t try to scuba dive with it

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  • check100-meters water resistance
  • checkStainless-streel casing
  • checkLarge luminous hands

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  • cross-altNo compass or other tactical features

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  • Compass No
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Another G-Shock from Casio. This is not as tricked out as the other model, but any watch with the G-Shock moniker deserves some attention if you’re interested in a durable and robust piece designed to last. First and foremost, the winning feature here is the shock resistance. G-Shocks have a sterling rep for being made to survive a whole barrage of wear, tear, use, abuse and assault. Besides that, it also has 200-meters of water resistance, which is a little better than the average watch in our guide.

As well as a digital 12/24-hour clock, it’s also got an auto calendar and date display, and comes with a 1/100th stopwatch and countdown timer. Simplistic, but tough as nails and looks smart to boot!

Pros

  • checkTough and durable
  • checkShock and water resistance
  • checkStopwatch and countdown features

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  • cross-altHard to read in bright light

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  • Compass No
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Another of the more affordable tactical and survival watches in our guide is this attractive little number from a company called Lad Weather. Although it doesn’t really look like much it includes a plethora of useful features and functions. There’s the dual time mode for a start, and option to set up two different alarms. It features a date and day calendar and can be switched easily between 12 and 24-hour clock. You’re not really fussed about all that though, are you? That’s what you’d expect.

The features you’ll be more interested in are the digital compass, the altimeter and the barometer/weather meter. These are essential when you’re out in the great outdoors. Although it may not be the best for military use, it’s certainly got great capabilities to help turn any camping, hiking or other adventure into a much safer experience.

Pros

  • checkAltimeter for tracking ascents and descents
  • checkDigital compass
  • checkBarometer for tracking weather trends

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  • cross-altAcrylic crystal casing not scratchproof

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  • Compass Yes
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Back with Timex yet again for this inexpensive, but nonetheless durable and lightweight tactical watch from the timepiece manufacturing giants. This is ideal if you’re looking for a budget model that’s a bit more tricked-out than the average wristwatch, but still not like one of the more expensive pieces we’ve already featured. It provides the time for two different time zones, has water resistance for 50-meters and benefits from the inclusion of the company’s own Indiglo backlight tech.

The saving grace of any Timex watch is the stylish good looks and the durability, and the Mako DGTL has that all in spades.

Pros

  • check24-hour Chronograph
  • checkTwo time zones option
  • checkWater resistance of 50-meters

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  • cross-altNo digital or analogue compass

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  • Compass No
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From the ridiculously inexpensive and simplistic watch featured above to this tricked-out and expensive masterpiece from Zodiac. This is a sporty tactical watch that has 3 chronograph dials, a 50mm stainless-steel casing and swiss quartz movement. All reasons to get gooey-eyed about this watch.

Furthermore though, it benefits from 100-meters of water resistance, an LED backlight and secured screw down crow. Zodiac are known for their high-quality designs and this is no exception. It doesn’t just that it looks especially dazzling and sophisticated. While it could benefit from a compass and more water resistance, in certain situations and scenarios this would be a great option.

Pros

  • checkRugged stainless-steel bezel and casing
  • check3-dial chronograph
  • checkLarge 50mm diameter casing

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  • cross-altExpensive, that’s all

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Considering Ben Sherman are better known for their attractive array of sweaters and shirts, that doesn’t mean you should be quick to pass on this stylish military-style watch. It’s competitively priced and while it lacks some of the features found in other models, if you’re not looking to spend too much or only need a watch for the standard functions, this will do fine.

Quartz movement ensures it keeps accurate time, while the 41mm diameter casing will never feel too big or clunky on your wrist. it also benefits from the inclusion of a 3-dial chronograph so that you can monitor time and track things more precisely. While it may not be as much as others, if you’re not in situations where you must deal with rain a lot, then the 30-meters water resistance will suffice.

Pros

  • checkStylish and low profile
  • checkChronograph features 3 dials
  • checkPrecise timekeeping with quartz movement

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  • cross-altLess water resistant than others

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It may be expensive, but boy doesn’t this bad boy from BlackHawk! look rather nifty? The casing has been made with the incredibly durable and resistant to oxidation 316L stainless-steel and the display window is made from sapphire-crystal that protects it against scratches and has anti-glare capabilities. As far as keeping time goes, it uses Miyota OS20 quartz movements, so it’s always extremely accurate.

Additional features that are worth talking about from a tactical point of view are the chronograph 3 dials and the tachymeter around the outside which tracks from 60 to 400. It also is protected against water of up to 100-meters.

Pros

  • checkMiyota OS20 quartz movement
  • checkAnti-glare and scratchproof sapphire-crystal
  • checkTachymeter and chronograph

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  • cross-altNo digital compass

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Rugged, rough and ready for any situation, any scenario, the Khaki Field Mechanical watch from Hamilton is a nod to the bold design of the original forebear in 1940 and remains true to the company’s heritage and connection with the military. The hand-winding mechanical components provide accurate time and even if you’re not wearing it for up to 42-hours, it’ll keep you right.

The fact that it’s made from high-quality stainless-steel and has the benefit of an authentic NATO strap, makes this one hard customer ready for action. The dark dial with the watch face featuring minute and hour indices and luminescent numerals, makes it easier to read in lowlighting conditions. A must for fans of style, class and functionality.

Pros

  • check42 power reserve
  • checkSuperluminal hands
  • checkComfortable and durable NATO strap

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  • cross-altIt’s not waterproof

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If you’re looking for a stylish watch without all the fancy features that’s in some of the others in our guide, then you might prefer this Hong Kong 1550003 watch. IT only provides 50-meters of waterproofing. Which may be a downside to some, but if you’re not planning on taking on any hard missions behind enemy lines and just want a more durable upgrade to your tired old wristwatch, this is a solid option.

The timekeeping side of things is handled by quartz movement, so you know it’ll be precise and accurate and the mineral-crystal covering for the watch face prevents scratches. All of that combined with its stainless-steel construction and attractive sportswear style, with calendar displaying the date, makes this an affordable and durable watch.

Pros

  • checkWater resistance of 100-meters
  • check100% stainless-steel construction
  • checkTextile strapping

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  • cross-altCould benefit from more features

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We’re looking at another great tactical watch from 5.11 now, with the Tactical Sentinel watch. This is for anyone looking for a timepiece that’s built to last and endure through all manner of situations, scenarios and environments. But those who want a stylish and accurate accessory as well. Whether it’s to use in a more corporate setting or out in the wilds of Africa, this watch won’t let you down. The exceptionally durable casing is combined with the extremely-reliable 3-hand movement and Swiss Quartz. The glass covering for the watch is made from minerals that are resistant to all manner of scratches, chips and offers a highly desirable anti-reflective coating too.

It’s water resistant for 100-meters and has a unidirectional diving bezel that will help with snorkeling. You’ll even find that it’s inbuilt compass into the strap that will ensure you’re never lost or can’t find your bearings easily.

Pros

  • checkChip, scratch and glare-resistant crystal case cover
  • checkScrewed down crown and case backing
  • checkCompass built into strap

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  • cross-altWould benefit from more water resistance

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Casio G-Shock, you know the drill. These are built to put up with a heck of a lot. And the GA-700UC-5ACR analog-digital tactical watch is good mid-priced effort from the company. There’s the Super Illuminator LED and Afterglow that helps you to see the time and other information, no matter what the level of light is. When it comes to time, you don’t just have the time for the country you’re currently in, but 48 cities across 31 time zones. Perfect for the intrepid traveler.

As with all G-Shocks, it’s very easy on the eyes and seems to pop even more with the khaki-grey coloring. The resin used in the casing construction ensures you have a robust timepiece that has a water resistance slightly higher than the standard of up to 200-meters.  It’s been kitted out with many of the features you’d expect such as the option for 12 or 24-hour clock, 60-minute countdown, stopwatch and timer with the modes for tracking split time, elapsed time and 1st and 2nd place times.

Pros

  • checkWorld time for 31 time zones
  • checkShock resistant
  • check200-meter resistance

Cons

  • cross-altCould benefit with a compass

Specs

  • Compass No
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We’ve already featured on great military watch from Infantry. Another from their Big Face line, this one deserves a mention because for the same price it has a slightly brighter and bigger casing. It’s another multifunctional watch that you can not only use to tell the time (what kinda watch would it be if you couldn’t even do that?), you get an alarm, a stopwatch, rotating bezel which is useful as a timer and a calendar with the day, date and month.

It makes use of both the AL35 Japanese-made quartz movement and digital movement to provide an ultimately highly accurate and precise watch. As is the case with most military-style watches, you can switch between 24-hour and 12-hour timing. With an anti-scratch window for the watch face and flexible and soft rubber band for strap, this is a joy to wear, you’ll look great and it’ll be a complement to your other gear.

Pros

  • checkDual-precision quartz and digital movement
  • checkHandy tachymeter
  • checkStainless-steel casing with anti-scratch window

Cons

  • cross-altNot waterproof

Specs

  • Compass No
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The next tactical watch in our guide comes from Israel Defense Store, who provide military-grade watches for various end-users including air force and naval personnel, as well as different SWAT and ground forces. So, you know, with this more than many others in our guide, that it’s been designed and built with professional use in mind. Both reliable and comfortable, this is an analog watch that not let you down. Powered by highly precise and accurate quartz movement and featuring glow in the dark numbers/scales and dials, you’ll always be able to see the time, no matter what the lighting is like.

In addition to these great aspects of the design, there’s also an alarm, timer and stopwatch. Furthermore, the top ring that runs outside the casing’s edge provides tachymeter functionality, which is ideal for even more accurate timing and useful for diving too. The casing has a display window that is made from mineral glass and the whole item has water resistance for as much as 200-meters, while the back and rest are all stainless-steel. Considering its price, this is one serious contender that you should think long and hard about before passing on.

Pros

  • checkProfessional-grade tactical watch
  • checkUsed by naval, air force and SWAT/ground teams
  • checkStainless-steel construction

Cons

  • cross-altWould benefit from barometer and altimeter

Specs

  • Compass No
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The next Casio G-Shock we’re looking at in our guide is also the last we’re looking at from the masters of hard and tough timepieces. The G-Shock Rangeman is no different to any other watches in terms of its shock resistance and water resistance (200-meters puts it above the average tactical and military watches out there) are both highly desirable features. Particularly if you’re intending to do more than just head to the office and back. It’s also designed to have resistance to 14-degrees Fahrenheit and mud resistance. With the casing and buttons sealed to protect against mud, dust and dirt ruining the watch.

However, beyond its durability and robustness, there’s even more reason to invest in a Rangeman. For one, it runs on solar power, so you never have to worry about replacing the batteries or charging them (in the traditional sense). Secondly the watch provides time through multi-band adjustable atomic timekeeping. Therefore, the time will always be accurate. If you think we’re done there, you’re dead wrong as there’s also an altimeter, barometer, digital compass, thermometer and world time. You automatically can have the right time across 48 cities in 31q different time zones. As well as these great extras, there’s also alarms, stopwatches and countdowns that are near standards.

Pros

  • checkAtomic timekeeping for accuracy
  • checkSolar power, no worries about batteries
  • checkShock, mud, temperature and water resistance

Cons

  • cross-altAltimeter can be temperamental

Specs

  • Compass No
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Vostok are a company who originally began in 1942. Once the war happened, only defense equipment was made. After though, Vostok turned its attention to designing and building mechanical wrist watches and that is what the company has been producing ever since. Then in 1965 it was officially appointed as the watch supplier for the Defense Department of the Soviet Union. Fast forward to modern day and the Amphibian is yet another amazing timepiece made by Vostok for professional use where tactical watches and military watches are preferred. The casing is made from hardy stainless-steel that can protect it from water up to 200-meters.

It’s not just water resistance that this watch offers though, as it has incredibly accurate mechanical movements and a power reserve of 31-hours. So, even when your watch is off, if you don’t leave it longer than that time, it’ll keep time for you. Vostok obviously consider comfort to be an important factor as it features a nylon strap. For when the lighting could be better, the hands and numerals are luminous. When you factor in all the above features and that astounding price, is there any reason not to buy this?

Pros

  • check31-hour power reserve
  • checkComfortable nylon strap
  • checkTachymeter

Cons

  • cross-altNo digital or analogue compass

Specs

  • Compass No
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Hold onto your boxer briefs, buddies, because the next in our guide is not exactly a low-price or budget tactical watch. In fact, it’s the most expensive in our guide. But before that completely puts you off, consider what you get for the money. It’s made by the renowned watchmaker Breitling. It offers above the standard rate of water resistance with 300-meters worth. While it also has a unidirectional bezel that can be helpful when you’re timing yourself or if you want to snorkel. The stainless-steel casing with a polished finish that’s screwed down at both ends, helps to ensure it is completely waterproof.

As well as that, there’s glare and scratchproof sapphire crystal used in the window. So, we’ve established that it’s durable and suitable for a variety of weather conditions and situations. What else? Well, it’s powered by self-winding automatic movement and 3 separate chronograph dials, giving you the most accurate and precise timing, you can. For comfort, Breitling have included the Black Ocean Race Rubber strapping, with nice breathable holes in its design.

Pros

  • check300-meters water resistance
  • checkGlare and scratchproof sapphire crystal
  • checkComfy rubber strap

Cons

  • cross-altNo getting past it -it’s expensive

Specs

  • Compass No
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For the penultimate tactical watch, we will be looking at we’re back with Timex and this time it’s the turn of their Ironman Essential 30 watch. One of the great things about this model is the fact that it’s very affordable, compared to some others in our guide and some from Timex specifically. For the lower price, you’ll expect to make some compromises, but, they’re not too big. You still, for example, get 100-meters of water resistance, making it suitable for snorkeling, swimming and showering and the casing is made from durable stainless-steel with an acrylic dial window that protects against most scratches, nicks and chips.

As well as being very rugged and robust, it’s also lightweight only weighing around 1.76-ounces. Timex have been making watches and even tactical watches and military watches for some time now. So, you do get standards like a full calendar display of day, date, month and the choice of 24 or 12-hour display. Although there’s no dials, the digital clock also provides you with a chronograph capable of tracking for 100-hours and 30 laps, a countdown from 24-hours and 3 alarms, with the choice of making them either daily during the week or daily at the weekend. Most crucially though, it may not have the vintage appeal of other Timex pieces, but it still looks rather awesome.

Pros

  • checkDual time display and dual time zones
  • check100-hour chronograph
  • checkStylish and cool

Cons

  • cross-altNo digital compass, barometer or altimeter

Specs

  • Compass No
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So, we’ve finally reached the final military-style watch in our guide and we’ve certainly not left the least to least. Fossil are known for producing precision-made and durable accessories, not just timepieces, as you’re probably aware but wallets and other items. First things first, we’ll start with the strap for this one, and boy have Fossil chosen a manly looking leather band with a buckle closure. This in conjunction with the three-hand clock display and the additional chronograph dials, make it a thoroughly precise and sexy man’s man of a watch.

Beyond all that, there’s the mechanical movement that stays in good time thanks to your own movement. So, unless you plan on acting like Sleeping Beauty, it’ll continue to keep you in good time. It’s true, it does not offer the same level of water resistance as most in our guide, at just 50-meters. But, compared to the average watch that comes without any at all, it’s a bit of a step up really. It really depends on what you need the watch for, but if water resistance is not that high on your list of must-have features, then you should seriously think about investing in this model.

Pros

  • checkLightweight and rugged
  • check3-dial chronograph
  • checkStylish and masculine looking

Cons

  • cross-altNo barometer, altimeter or compass

Specs

  • Compass No

BUYING GUIDE & FAQ’S

What Types of Military, Tactical Watches are out there?

As you’ve undoubtedly seen from our reviews in this guide, the terms military watches and tactical watches can be applied to a whole variety of different watches that aren’t necessarily the exact same. To help you understand then, what the basic different types of military and tactical watches are, we’ve outlined them below –

  • General Purpose/Field
  • Pilot
  • Digital Tactical
  • Dive

General Purpose/Field Watches

General purpose, often called field watches, are military watches designed with military and other similar personnel to use in the field. They’re normally typified by their simplistic design, and are durable, robust and built to withstand a multitude of different environments and weather conditions. Many are water resistant to a certain level and shock resistance. You’ll often find that the standard tactical watches feature chronographs, barometers, compasses. But some don’t even feature those. It really depends on your available budget.

Pilot Watches

Pilot watches were first introduced to personnel in aircraft, pilots especially, in the Second World War, to give them the ability to check the time quickly. As pilot watches were obviously designed to be worn over airmen and women’s jackets and uniforms, they tend to have a larger case diameter of 50mm or more. You’ll often find that the design is very uncluttered, neat and minimalist.

Modern pilot watches still follow this principle. Though they’ve been upgraded somewhat in the style department, while maintaining sharp, angled watch hands, slide rule and easy-to-read dials.

Dive Watches

It’ll come as no surprise that dive watches are made to be resistant to water, which is why this is the main feature you’ll find in these kinds of watches. Although the majority you’ll find right now feature 200 to 300-meters of water resistance, if you want to Scuba dive to deeper levels, you might need to consider one of the rarer pieces that allow you to dive even deeper. Of course, if you’re only ever going to be skimming the surface or just below it, then you may be able to get away with just having a watch with 100-meterrs or less water resistance.

Digital Tactical Watches

Digital tactical watches tend to be military-style watches that are suitable not just for military personnel and special ops, but also extreme sports enthusiasts and survivalists. These are usually the most tricked-out watches and feature a multitude of amazing meters and tech, such as altimeters, GPS systems, temperature gauges and weather meters. As is the case with most above, they normally also are water resistant and scratch resistant.

What to Look for when Buying a Tactical Watch?

Although we obviously hope the reviews in our guide help you find the best military watch or tactical watch for you, we wanted to help make your job even easier. Below is a quick and easy to follow guide to the kind of features and capabilities you should be looking for in these kinds of watches.

Weight and Size – You’ll have no doubt noticed that tactical watches are often bulky. Therefore, you need to think about the weight and size of the prospective watches you’re interested in. Particularly as you’ll be wearing it for many hours at a time. You’ll want a watch that will aid you, rather than hinder you.

Digital or Analog – As there’s a healthy supply of both digital and analog tactical watches, you’ll need to decide which suits you best. There’s generally no difference between the two and it’s more about personal taste and preference than anything else. If you can read the watch face, either will provide the support you need. If you can’t decide, don’t worry as there’s some that display both analogue and digital readings of the time.

Water Resistance – It goes without saying, that if you’re working outside constantly in the rain and all-weather conditions that you need a military watch that’s waterproof to some degree. It doesn’t matter if you’re surfing, base jumping, mountain climbing or biking, a police officer, first responder, construction worker or in the military. Besides a few rarities, most watches in our list have some level of waterproofing from as little as 10-meters to as much as 300-meters.

Durability – This is perhaps the most obvious thing you need to be looking for from a tactical watch. You need a watch that’s durable and made to put up with serious use and abuse, intense movements, shocks and impacts. Whether you’re in the armed forces, a security guard or a weekend hiker, you need to consider watches that feature materials like titanium, carbon polycarbonate and aircraft-grade aluminum. Also specifically look for watches that have impact, scratch and shock resistant and use sapphire crystals in the casing window.

What Type of Outdoor Activities can Military, Tactical Watches be used for?

This is a self-explanatory question, but one that’s important to ask. It really depends from manufacturer to manufacturer and timepiece to timepiece, because not all military and tactical watches are designed equally. While some are suitable for use in combat, others are only designed to be used by patrolmen and security guards, while there’s even others that are more designed for outdoor extreme pursuits like hiking and survivalist activities.

Make a Tactical Decision – Buy a Military Watch

There we go, guys, our guide to the best military watches in 2019. We hope you’ve found it as fascinating a read as we did to cobble this guide together for you. You’ll notice that rather than sticking to one specific brand, model, type or even price range, we’ve presented you with a wide variety to choose from. That’s because the people that will get the most use out of military and tactical watches are as varied as the types, models and prices of watches are.

One highly expensive watch may not be suitable for you or have features and functions that you have no need for, whereas a cheaper one may not have enough features. That’s why below this section, we’ve included a buying guide, to help you decide what you’re really looking for from these kinds of watches.

It was also to give you the widest choice possible. That’s why you’ll find watches at most price points to suit various budgets, with some more tricked-out with features than others. Our job, as always, was to make your search a lot easier and hassle-free and we think we’ve really achieved that.

Why You Should Care About Igloo’s New $10 Cooler

Whether you realize it or not, you’ve encountered Igloo’s Playmate cooler. At a cookout or picnic, on a camping trip or day at the beach, you’ve withdrawn a chilled can or bottle of something from one of these iconic coolers (red or blue bottom, white lid). Igloo’s new cooler, the Recool, is nothing like the Playmate. It’s paper bag brown, it has a nesting lid instead of one with hinges and, most importantly, it’s biodegradable.

Igloo made the Recool to serve as an alternative to the cheap styrofoam coolers that are commonly found at gas stations and in grocery stores. There are several motivating factors there: styrofoam doesn’t break down and isn’t recyclable, styrofoam breaks easily, styrofoam coolers aren’t that good at temperature regulation and a growing number of towns and cities are making styrofoam illegal.

Recool address all of these. Furthermore, its molded pulp construction is stronger than styrofoam, enough so to survive drops and the jolts it’ll experience in the back of a car, truck or boat. Igloo says that Recool is strong enough to carry up to 75 pounds, and its 16-quart capacity will keep ice for up to 12 hours and hold water without leaking for five days. It isn’t single-use either — dry it out, and it’s good to carry food and drinks all over again.

No, Recool isn’t indestructible like a Yeti cooler, and it might not have the cold-keeping abilities of Igloo’s higher-end models either. But it isn’t supposed to; Recool functions for everyday, common cooler needs, without defiling the very environments you’d use it to enjoy. Plus, it only costs $10.

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Hydro Flask Unbound Cooler Backpack ($275)
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The Used Motorcycles We’d Buy for Under $2,500 Right Now

Finding a halfway decent used motorcycle at a good price can be liberating—and it’s not as hard as you’d think. Even when armed with a fairly low budget of just $2,500, you still have a vast array of motorcycles from which to choose. Sure, you’ll come across a few shady listings and some overpriced bikes (even at $2,500), but there’s still an encouraging amount of motorcycles in good enough condition to tempt you to pull the trigger.

To help sort through the endless amount of affordable used motorcycles living online, we at Gear Patrol picked out a few we’d buy right now for less than $2,500.

1996 Honda XR 600R

Honda has a habit of making a perfect desert bike and then not updating it for years to come—the XR600R is a prime example—but that by no means should diminish said bike’s reputation. Introduced in 1985 and updated in ’88 and’92, the XR600R then remained unchanged until the year 2000. This XR600R is a bit of a mid-90s time capsule, from the graphics all the way to the design. It’s a bit worrying the seller doesn’t list the engine’s hours (since it’s an off-roader, it doesn’t have an odometer), but these bikes were known to be tanks, and cheap to maintain.

Mileage: n/a
Location: Ventura, California

2019 Honda CBR300R

This 2019 Honda CBR300R is the exception to the “used” rule on this list, but it was too good to ignore. Around this time, dealerships will tack on a heap of incentives to help sell last season’s bikes to make way for new inventory. The Honda CBR300R is categorized as a “sport bike,” but considering its size, power and balance, it makes for one hell of a first bike.

Mileage: 3
Location: Chula Vista, California

1990 Kawasaki ZG1000

The ZG1000 is a bit of a sleeper. Originally introduced in 1986, the ZG1000 is based on the full-fledged Ninja 1000R sportbike, but Kawasaki made a few reasonable changes to make it more liveable. Less aggressive cams, carburetors, and a shaft drive help the ZG1000 become more civilized and better suited for longer rides.

Mileage: 47,328
Location: Commerce Township, Michigan

1970 Triumph Trophy

Admittedly, this Triumph is in the worst shape compared to the rest of the list. But, if you keep in mind its age and the fact that it still “runs,” it could make a promising Trophy TR25W restoration.

Mileage: 12,590
Location: Spearfish, South Dakota

A Bunch of Persol Sunglasses Are Now up to 75% Off

All Frames Are $100

A Bunch of Persol Sunglasses Are Now up to 75% Off


Nordstrom Rack is having a crazy sale on Persol sunglasses right now and all available styles cost $100. Normal retail prices hover up around $350 which means you’ll save up to 75 percent if you shop now. With a history dating back to 1917, Persol epitomizes Italian luxury sunglasses and its vintage frames are highly collectible. Now owned by Luxottica, the frames are more widely available than in past decades but the styles are no less iconic. If you’re in need of a new pair of everyday shades, don’t pass on this sale — it’ll be hard to find prices like this again.

55mm Galleria Pillow Square Sunglasses (Brown Muli) by Persol $290 $100

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1973 Porsche 911 Targa 2.4s

If you’ve got your automobile history down pat, you already know that 1973 was the last year for the long hood/narrow bumper Porsche 911. Safety regulation the following year would promptly trigger a design change. By then everyone was readying their goodbyes to that iconic bodywork. But you can relive those glory details care of RM Sotheby’s.

Up for auction now is this sleek 1973 Porsche 911 Targa 2.4s, which, while mechanically stock, boasts special custom interior by Berluti, France-based maker of premium leather goods. They’re all over — Berluti’s sophisticated burnished Venizia leather covers the seats, dash, and panels.

A few things not covered in hide, though: the Bouclé wool, including the seat backs, floor mats, and carpeting. But the pairing works, still. A pair of driving shoes and a day bag are also included, to boot. The car is for the modern man — or woman — who wants utmost comfort and premium flare when he’s ready to go vacationing somewhere not far, but remote.

Sure, Berluti’s tones and colors might not be for everyone. But they serve a stark and alluring contrast to the ride’s silver exterior. Classic, refined, elegant, and slick, this is a truly one of a kind Porsche 911. And believe us, we’ve seen plenty of Porsche 911s here. If you’re in Paris between April 24 to May 7, you can place a bid on this refined ride. If not, just hit the link below to read more about the 1973 Porsche 911 Targa 2.4s. We won’t blame you for drooling.

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Best 12 Portable Monitors

BEST PORTABLE MONITORS

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With a 15.6-inch IPS display, full high definition 1080p resolution of 1920 x 1080, and a lightweight and slim design, the Asus MB169B+ Portable Monitor is an excellent choice to kick of our reviews of the best portable monitors.

This is a mid-range portable monitor with regards to cost compared to the others on our list and we have to say that this price fits just about right. You’re getting a well-known brand in Asus and a portable USB monitor that not only looks stylish but also gives you stunning detail clarity. This is due to the 160°/160° viewing angles it provides, a contrast ratio of 700:1, and a 25ms response time.

We adore the lightweight design of the MB169B+ and you can tell that there has been a heavy focus of making it as portable as possible. It weighs just 1.76lbs is amazingly thin at just 8.5mm. This sleek design is topped off with a smart looking metallic finish that will leave your friends and colleagues drooling.

It’s powered by USB cable which is also where the video signal will come from which means you’ll essentially need just one cable to get the monitor up and running. USB is the only option that you’ll have for video input too as there are simply no other ports on this monitor – that said, this was probably done so that it could be this thin.

All in all, this is a fantastic portable monitor which is probably best used for work rather than gaming although it will perform more than well enough with the latter. It’s just that there are other portable monitors out there right now that are a better fit for you gamers out there.

Pros

  • check3-Year warranty
  • checkAuto-rotating feature
  • checkSleek & Slender

Cons

  • cross-altNo HDMI input

Specs

  • Resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Screen size 15.6”
  • HDMI No
  • USB Yes
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GeChic might not be a name that many of you are familiar with but you’d be surprised at the reputation that this Taiwanese company has built up because of its range of quality portable monitors. The GeChic 1303i is basically everything that the Asus MB169B+ is not. Obviously, they are both designed with different focuses in mind with this one being about functionality rather than portability.

It is thicker but still thin at 10.4mm, is heavier but still light at 2lbs but offers far more in terms of ports and features. It’s still powered by USB but the video input signal can come either from USB, HDMI, MiniDisplay, or VGA. This gives you a lot more options in terms of the devices that you can connect it to other than that of a laptop.

It’s compatible with all laptops and desktop computers that run Windows, Linux, or MacOS while it’s also compatible to run on games consoles and smartphones too. Where this really differs from the previous portable external monitor is that it has a slightly smaller screen size of 13.3 inches but is also portable touch screen monitor. This means that just like a tablet or smartphone, you’ll be able to use touch mechanics as one form of input.

The above is probably one of the main reasons why this is the most expensive portable HDMI monitor on our list. That said, the reviews that the 1303i has combined with its excellent functionality and the wide range of devices it’s compatible with, really does make it well worth that price. You’ll not even need to worry about installing drivers as the 1303i is fully plug & play.

Pros

  • check10-Point multi-touch touchscreen
  • checkCompatible with many devices
  • checkPlug & play

Cons

  • cross-altBit pricey

Specs

  • Resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Screen size 13.3”
  • HDMI Yes
  • USB Yes
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From one end of the price scale with the GeChic 1303i being our ‘Premium Choice’ comes our ‘Budget Choice’ in the AOC e1659Fwu 16-Inch Portable Computer Monitor. AOC has been making a bit of a name for themselves by bringing good quality monitors and portable monitors into the market that are of very good value and this is yet another in their range that follows suit.

Of course, for that price, you should not be expecting anything groundbreaking and should just accept that this is a good budget choice if you’re somebody that travels a lot that would be able to take advantage of being able to hook up a second monitor to a laptop that’s powered by Windows or Mac.

For the money, you’ll be getting a resolution of 1366 x 768 on a lightweight & streamlined portable monitor that weighs just 2.4 pounds and measures 22.86mm in thickness. The screen size is decent at 15.6 “ and the panel used is the cost-effective Twisted Nematic otherwise known as TM, which is found in many portable monitors.

One nice surprise is that it uses USB 3.0 which is not something that is common in a monitor that’s usually found in this price range. This will ensure that the monitor is able to get all of its power from the device that it’s connected to as well as it’s signal. Just one cable is needed which really aids the portability of the monitor as you can imagine.

While the AOC e1659Fwu might not come with the bells and whistles of some of the more premium models, it serves its primary purpose more than adequately and is covered by a solid three-year warranty.

Pros

  • checkPowered by USB 3.0
  • checkStreamlined design
  • checkVery affordable

Cons

  • cross-altColors a little inaccurate

Specs

  • Resolution 1366 x 768
  • Screen size 15.6in
  • HDMI No
  • USB Yes
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If you’re like us, you’ll really admire the sleek, slender, and fantastically designed portable USB monitors that Asus are renowned for. They have a strong focus on the portable aspects of their monitors as you would have seen from our first monitor on this list and with this ZenScreen MB16AC 15.6” HD Portable Monitor, it’s seen at an even greater level.

It’s thinner and lighter than its predecessor at 7.62mm and 1.7lb respectively while it also retains its 15.6” full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution IPS paneled screen.  Featuring auto-rotation on the screen which allows you to flip it between portrait and landscape instantly, this really is going to be the perfect companion when working on your travels.

All power and video transmission are received via a USB connection between the monitor and the laptop or computer it’s being used on and via an adapter, you’re able to choose between a Type-C or Type-A USB connection.

The Asus ZenScreen MB16AC ditches using the cheaper TN panel screen and instead uses the more expensive IPS panel which offers better color and viewing angles. That combined with the implemented Asus Eye Care technology and a crisp full high definition resolution ensures that the quality of the picture is very high.

The MB169B+ and this MB16AC are very similar in many respects but this just about edges out the former albeit at a bit extra in cost. Either would be suitable for most of you but if you have a few more dollars to spend, this is certainly worth taking a look at.

Pros

  • checkWell designed
  • checkExtremely lightweight & slender
  • checkAuto-rotation feature

Cons

  • cross-altCould be a little brighter

Specs

  • Resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Screen size 15.6”
  • HDMI Yes or No
  • USB Yes
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Now admittedly, we fully expect that most of you’ll be as unfamiliar with Elecrow as we were when we first tested their 13.3” FULL HD Dual HDMI Portable Monitor. However, we also think that you’ll be as equally surprised as we were after purchasing it. Available at an affordable price, you’re actually getting quite an impressive portable monitor that suits both working and gaming.

It’s actually pretty portable too while not being able to compete with some of the more highly priced monitors on our list. Not as thin as others, especially those from Asus, at 15mm, this is still a very portable monitor that can be packed away and carried with ease the next time that you’re traveling.

What we really like is the fact that you’re getting an IPS paneled portable monitor at such great value. Throw in the fact that it has a full 1080p HD resolution and you’re getting some real bang for the buck with this 13.3” portable external monitor. That IPS screen allows for improved coloring and viewing angles that you’d normally get from a monitor in this price range.

As for connectivity, this is done via HDMI but you will need to use either the packed 5V/2A power adapter or a USB cable to power the portable monitor. This really is the only drawback as you’ll need two cables for this monitor to work compared to just the one for many others on our list. That said, what’s an extra cable between friends – especially at this price? You do have two HDMI ports which do go some way to make up for this as you can have two devices connected to it at once.

Another big positive though is that this monitor is compatible games consoles, laptops, computers, and many other types of devices. Want quality at a budget price, you really do not have to look much further than this solid portable HDMI monitor.

Pros

  • check1-Year warranty
  • checkCompatible with a range of devices
  • checkTwo HDMI ports

Cons

  • cross-altNeeds two cables to use

Specs

  • Resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Screen size 13.3”
  • HDMI Yes
  • USB Yes
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Another great little option for you to consider is that of the UPERFECT 12.3” a small but highly portable touch screen monitor. This IPS-paneled monitor provides a good resolution of 1600 x 1200, aspect ratio of 4:3, and a contrast of 700:1 that will look great no matter which of the compatible devices that you choose to use it with.

One area where the UPERFECT really does stand out is through the many connectivity options that you have. You have ports for USB, HDMI, DVI, VGA, and also in and out audio ports. This is great if you wanted to use it in a more extensive setup or have a variety of devices with different connections that you wanted to use the monitor on.

On top of that, you, of course, have to factor in that the UPERFECT is a touchscreen monitor too. This means that whether you want to enjoy gaming on a console, use it as part of a Raspberry Pi setup, or for some standard office work on your computer, you’re going to be able to make use of touch controls to make your desired use that so much more efficient.

With the monitor, you’re shipped a HDMI cable, monitor stand, DC power cable, USB power cable, and of course, a handy manual that will take you through everything that you need to know about the monitor and what it can. If your budget is on the small size but you really need a value for money portable monitor, we’ve no problems recommending this one to you.

Pros

  • checkExcellent connectivity
  • checkAffordable price
  • checkTouch screen capability

Cons

  • cross-altNot full high definition

Specs

  • Resolution 1600 x 1200
  • Screen size 12.3”
  • HDMI Yes
  • USB Yes
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Designed for those of you that like your gaming to be more mobile, the Eviciv 10.8” Full HD Portable Gaming Monitor might be just what you’ve been looking for. Able to easily fit into a tablet pocket in a bag or case due to its size of 10.8 inches and a thickness of 8mm, this monitor can be packed away within seconds and will give you a high-quality high definition image of 1920 x 1080 whenever the need arises.

Plug & play so no drivers needed, this portable gaming monitor can be plugged into most gaming consoles including the PS2, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Alternatively, this portable HDMI monitor is also able to be connected to laptops, and computers.

An IPS panel is what provides you with the high definition output and this will give you improved viewing angles, quality coloring, and 1000:1 contrast ratio. As for the ports on this bad boy, there is a type-c USB port for the power, two HDMI ports that’ll allow you to connect two consoles at once, and an audio out port.

Once delivered, your package will contain the monitor, a mini HDMI cable, a type-c power cable, and a 5V/2A adapter which plugs into your power socket. You’ll also be happy to hear that you’re given a lifetime warranty with this product – that alone should give you some peace of mind with regards to the quality.

Pros

  • checkLifetime warranty
  • checkCompatible with many devices
  • checkUSB Powered

Cons

  • cross-altA little small for gaming

Specs

  • Resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Screen size 10.8”
  • HDMI Yes
  • USB Yes
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WIMAXIT is another brand that will not be recognizable for many of you in the same way that it wasn’t for us but we have to say that we’ve been very impressed with it in pretty much all areas. It’s lightweight, has a nice and portable screen size of 15.6”, a 1920 x 1080 full definition IPS-paneled screen, and it is a touch screen monitor to boot.

Another key selling point is that while you have plenty of different setup configurations available to you if you like to work light when on your travels, you could just opt to use a single USB cable to both power and connect the device to your laptop. Sure, if you wanted to plug any HDMI sources into it, you have that option but it’s the flexibility that we love.

Functionality does not end there with the Wixamit either, as you can connect anything from computers, consoles, and even mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones to this portable monitor. Want to enjoy some remote gaming, you can, want to be able to work more efficiently and with less cabling, you can.

Summing up, this is a great portable monitor if you plan to use it in a variety of different ways. If you wanted a monitor aimed primarily at gaming or working there might be others out there that suit you better. However, this will cover all bases extremely well which when combined with its portability, a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty, and a crisp and clear high definition picture, makes this a very interesting portable monitor for you to consider.

Pros

  • checkFull touch screen capabilities
  • check1-Year warranty
  • checkTwo HDMI ports

Cons

  • cross-altA bit on the pricey side

Specs

  • Resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Screen size 15.6”
  • HDMI Yes
  • USB Yes
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The G-Story 17.3” HDR 1080p Portable Gaming Monitor is our ‘Editor’s Choice’ and while it has been designed with a big focus on gamers, we think that it’ll also standout for many of you that’s looking for a monitor for your mobile office as well. This is because it’s still lightweight, thin, and portable while offering you all the additional benefits in terms of clarity, picture, and resolution that the gamers will be enjoying.

For the gamers among you, features including AMD Radeon’s FreeSync which improves gaming performance, a 120Hz refresh rate, the 1ms response rate, and a special FPS/FTS game plus function are going to be what appeals to you over anything else. This has been designed specifically for gaming and whether you want it connected to a PC, laptop, or console, your experience is going to be in ultra-high quality.

You’re not confined to using this excellent monitor with computers or consoles either as tablets and smartphones can also connect using one of the dual HDMI ports.

Pros

  • checkIdeal for gaming
  • checkHDR (high dynamic range)
  • checkRemote control

Cons

  • cross-altCan’t put too much pressure on it

Specs

  • Resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Screen size 17.3”
  • HDMI Yes
  • USB Yes
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Up there with some of the more upmarket and high-end portable monitors on our list is the Eleduino 15.6” Full HD Touchscreen Monitor. This will give you a 1920 x 1080 resolution IPS-paneled screen, multiple connectivity options, touchscreen capabilities, and the ability to connect to a multitude of devices.

The first thing you’ll notice when you unpack this beauty is just that, its beauty. It has a sleek design, is only 9.5mm thick, and has a lightweight but solid bezel made from aviation aluminum. This means that whiles it small and compact enough to be highly mobile, it’s also made from strong stuff which makes it highly durable as well.

Another little bonus is that along with the many cables shipped with this portable monitor (2 x USB, 1 x HDMI to Mini HDMI, and OTG cable), you’re also given a cover that also acts as a handy stand for the monitor.

Whether you want to connect to a PC, laptop, games console, or smartphone, we’re pretty sure that this portable monitor from Elduino is going to have you covered. It might be a little pricier compared to some on this list but it’s hard to argue the fact that this is a quality monitor.

Pros

  • check10-Point multi-touch touchscreen
  • checkStylish and durable design
  • checkCover/stand included

Cons

  • cross-altPricey

Specs

  • Resolution 1920 x 1080
  • Screen size 15.6”
  • HDMI Yes
  • USB Yes
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Rocking up us the penultimate selection on our list is the excellent UPERFECT 10.1” 2K HDMI Portable Gaming Monitor. This is the only portable monitor on our list with a staggering 2560 x 1600 IPS display and this is what makes it so good to be used for gaming. Whether you own a PlayStation, Xbox, or Nintendo Switch, your gaming experience is not going to get as good as this from a portable monitor.

Powered by USB, this portable monitor has an ultra-slim design which allows it to have a thickness of 9.9mm and a weight of just 0.72lbs. This makes carrying it around extremely easy as it can simply slot into any tablet pocket in a bag or carry case. The price of this monitor is another big selling point as for the money, you’re not going to be able to find anything that matches it in terms of picture quality, resolution, and functionality.

Shipping with this UPERFECT monitor is a mini-HDMI cable, micro USB power cable, a power adapter, monitor stand, and a manual that will teach you how to set it all up and operate it. A 1-year warranty is also in place from the manufacturer and that combined with the many good reviews that we’ve read would indicate that this is a product that has a good build quality.

While mainly aimed at you gamers out there, this portable monitor can be used for other purposes too. It can be hooked up to Windows, Mac, and Linux computers without problem or you could even use it as a UAV monitor if you’re into your drones.

Pros

  • check1-Year warranty
  • check2k Resolution
  • checkIdeal for mobile gaming

Cons

  • cross-altA little small

Specs

  • Resolution 2560 x 1600
  • Screen size 10.1”
  • HDMI Yes
  • USB Yes
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Last but not least on our list of the best portable monitors in 2019 is that of the TOGUARD 10.1” HD Portable Touchscreen Monitor. Ideal for use as a second screen on your computer or laptop, or as an indoor monitor for a CCTV system, this touchscreen monitor will be able to deliver the sharp and colorful picture that only an IPS paneled screen can.

You also have to consider the affordable price with this portable monitor as it goes for quite a bit less than some of the more high-end options out there. The resolution is not full HD but it is still high definition at 1280 x 800 and that will be more than enough for what most of you will be using it for. In fact, you’ll be surprised at just how good the picture is considering the size of the screen.

One drawback is that you’ll have to use a separate power cable as well as a cable to connect the portable monitor to the device of your choosing. This is only a small issue and will only affect those of you that do a lot of traveling and would rather use fewer cables for your office setup. It does offer plenty of connectivity options though as you can connect via HDMI, AV, VGA, or BNC.

It should be noted that the touch screen capabilities of this monitor only stretch to being used on laptops or desktop computers that have installed the driver that is shipped as part of the package. When connected to other devices, the touch screen will not be functional.

Pros

  • checkRange of connectivity options
  • checkAffordably priced
  • checkTouchscreen

Cons

  • cross-altNeeds separate power cable

Specs

  • Resolution 1280 x 800
  • Screen size 10.1”
  • HDMI Yes
  • USB Yes

BUYING GUIDE & FAQ’S

What are Portable Monitors Used For?

For most of you that work at home or the office, a lot of the time a single monitor is not enough and you’ll have an external monitor or two set up. This is to allow you to extend your desktop and have more screens to display what you want to see rather than being confined to a single screen with tabs.

Portable monitors are just that, more portable monitors – they’re monitors that you can pick up, pack easily, and take with you on your travels. Whether you travel a lot for work and want to have a multi-monitor setup for your laptop, or want to enjoy some gaming when on your vacation, a portable monitor is going to be of great help to you.

Traditional monitors are much bigger, are not really designed to be carried around, and will usually require an external power source, something that most portable monitors do not need as they get their power via a USB connection into the device they’re used on.

What Types of Portable Monitors are Available?

No portable monitor is the same as another and your choice is going to come down to what type you’re going to need. Do you want a type of portable monitor that is a certain size, weight, or thickness? How about one that has touchscreen capabilities? Perhaps the resolution or type of screen is an important factor for you?

All of the above and more will have to be considered, which is why our buying guide and review was written in the first place – so that you can find all of that information and more without lifting too many of your own fingers.

  • Types by Resolution

As most of you’ll know, screens come in different resolutions with the higher these resolutions comes to a sharper and clearing picture on the screen. This might not be overly important to you if you’re just going to be using the monitors for work but if you want to watch movies or play games, you’re going to want the highest resolution you can possibly get.

  • Types by Screen Size

You’ll be able to find portable monitors that range from as small as 10/1” to as large as 17.3% on our list and generally speaking, these should offer you more than enough without affecting their portability and functionality too much. Normal monitors will be bigger but these are not designed to be carried with you on your travels.

  • Types by Screen Types

Portable monitors can also be categorized in terms of the panels that they’re using. There are a number of different panel types that are used in LCD monitors with the most common being Twisted Nematic (TN), In-Plane Switching (IPS), and Vertical Alignment (VA).

Each of these will have their own benefits and without going into much detail, TN are the cheapest and best for gaming, IPS have better viewing angles and colors, and VA has better contrast and image depth. So, with that in mind, if you’re going to be making presentations you might want the better viewing angles of IPS or if some gaming is going to be your main use for a portable monitor, TN might be the best option.

  • Touchscreen

If you prefer to have touchscreen capabilities on your portable monitor, you’ll be happy to hear that there are plenty of them out there for you to choose from. These will give you the ability to operate your computer or device through touch rather than through other input devices. Many of these monitors will provide 10-point touch capabilities which mean you’ll be able to use all the same tapping, swiping, and all the other commands that you can do on your tablets and smartphones.

What to Look for When Buying a Portable Monitor for Your Laptop or Computer?

The first thing to consider is exactly what it is that you’re going to be doing on your laptop or computer. If you’re simply working, you’re going to be more interested in its portability, connectivity options, and durability. On the other hand, if you want a high resolution to play games or watch movies, this is going to be high on your priority list.

Something else you’ll want to consider for a portable monitor for your laptop or computer is whether or not it’ll actually run on your operating system. Not all monitors are designed to work on all systems, so always make sure your one will be compatible before buying.

What to Look for When Buying a Portable Gaming Monitor?

If you’re buying a portable monitor specifically for gaming, the first thing you should be looking for is a high resolution. You’ll want at least full HD 1080p but if you can find a monitor that fits your budget with even higher, even better!

As well as the resolution, you’ll also want a portable monitor for gaming that gives you plenty of connectivity options. HDMI will be a must for any consoles and computers but you’ll also want to be able to plug in external speakers as most portable monitor built-in speakers suck a bit in this regard. If it’s mobile games you want to play, you’ll need to make sure that you can connect your monitor to your tablet or smartphone.

After that, your considerations will come down to what else you want. Do you want as large a screen as possible? How about the type of paneling used for that screen? You might even want a monitor that only requires one cable to operate.

Conclusion

So, did you find a monitor among that lot that you think could be a perfect fit for what you need?

If yes, great, if no, go back and look again as we’re sure you missed it. Jokes aside, we’re pretty confident that we have provided an extensive list that offers plenty of variety in terms of what you might need or the budget that you might have. Whether you’re looking for the best portable monitor for a laptop or for your consoles, tablets, or smartphones, any of the above will be worth consideration.

Just be sure to know what it is that you’re going to need from your monitor and what you’re going to be using it for before ultimately making a decision.