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Ca­sio Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20 watch £450

Ca­sio’s sec­ond of­fer­ing to the world of out­door smart watches has landed with a splash – which is ab­so­lutely fine, as it’s wa­ter­proof to 50 me­tres, even with its built-in mi­cro­phone. Avail­able in two colour schemes, the Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20 feels vir­tu­ally bombproof – it boasts a mil­i­tary­grade con­struc­tion, meet­ing the stan­dards pre­scribed by the dura­bil­ity test es­tab­lished by the US Depart­ment of De­fense, and it looks the part, too, with its spe­cial­op­er­a­tions-style map faces.

Un­for­tu­nately, the bat­tery life didn’t get the memo – it ran down pretty quickly with­out too much use. The vast ar­ray of apps could very well be the cause – users can down­load out­door-spe­cific apps such as ViewRanger, and the Ca­sio it­self fea­tures a low-power GPS sys­tem that can be used off­line if you down­load maps be­fore­hand. That in it­self is a big bonus for moun­taineers and trail run­ners alike, and you can cus­tomise maps by adding mark­ers. The abil­ity to per­son­alise is one of the most ap­peal­ing fea­tures of the new Ca­sio, with al­ter­na­tive watch faces and Ac­tiv­ity data dis­plays avail­able. Don’t ex­pect a rein­ven­tion of the wheel, but the Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20 will suit se­ri­ous out­doors folk to a tee.

FACE FACTS With the Ca­sio Pro Trek Smart, you can choose from var­i­ous face de­signs to suit your in­tended ac­tiv­ity. The dual-layer dis­play fea­tures su­per­im­posed mono­chrome and colour LCDs.

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