Here’s a cool way to convince your spouse you really need one of those techie watches to help you with your favorite outdoor sport. Depending on the type of exercise or sport you enjoy here are three ideas to justify a new watch. The most obvious sport is backpacking. Another sport is hiking, but have you thought about swimming?
Of course you need a compass if you are hiking or backpacking. There are so many sites online now that give you access to all kinds of maps to use for any outdoor activity. The advantage of a digital compass on your watch is it is always instantly available. Your digital compass is right there on your wrist so that you can constantly check your course.
Getting lost is the last thing you want to do when you are outdoors. So, battery life is another concern. Your watch, and compass, is of little use if its battery stops. Problem solved, many outdoor watches have an atomic timekeeping feature.
You may think you do not need a compass if just going for a afternoon hike. But, many people get lost when just going for a short hike. Sometimes this type of problem is the most serious, because the person is unprepared for the weather conditions. They just thought there was no need to prepare on a short hike. But, a wrong turn or a quick change in the weather can create a life threatening situation out of a pleasant trip.
Another hazard to be aware of when hiking or backpacking is the temperature. A sudden temperature change is a sign of changing weather. Being alert to shifts in the current temperature will help you stay ahead of any weather fronts that might be approaching.
It is best to always be prepared for the worst, but we seldom think about all the consequences. So, the least we can do is have a quality watch with a compass with us at all times.
Most people don’t wear their watch when swimming, but with today’s watches you can wear your watch anywhere. Many are safe to several hindered feet below the water surface. This allows the wearer to be aware of the time and temperature at all times. Plus, the depth gauge will keep you from going too deep if diving.