(The Gear Loop) - Casio G-Shock has taken the fight to the likes of Garmin, Wahoo, Fitbit and more with a refreshed line-up of running, fitness and surf watches that are able to track activities, yet don’t cost a small fortune.
Split into two camps - G-Squad and G-Lide - the former is comprised of an updated GBD-200 model, which is available in a variety of colours and comes packing an accelerometer, gifting it the ability to measure distances, and Bluetooth connectivity, so users can harness training advice via the G-Shock Move app.
It’s not a full-fat smartwatch, as it lacks things like wrist-based heart rate monitoring, smartphone notifications and the ability to analyse VO2 Max etc. but with prices starting at £129.99, what do you expect?
Still, it counts steps, speed and the distance of your latest run, while logging general movement activity throughout the day. Plus, it is 200m water resistant, so perfect for swimming, and the battery lasts for years.
Heading up the surf line-up is the new G-Lide range, which consists of two versions of the awkwardly-named GLX-5600 RT. These incredibly thin but very clever surf-tracking devices are due for launch in early July.
Equipped with tide graphs, three alarms (presumably so you can set them for the cleanest wave times) and similar accelerometer tech as the G-Squad watches, the G-Lide range looks all set to be able to track waves caught, distance travelled and surf speed.
It will be available in two perfectly sunny colours schemes too, with bright yellow and orange your options. The new additions to G-Squad and G-Lide are due to drop in the UK early July.