G-Shock MUDMAN G-9300
A few weeks ago the deranged geniuses over at Casio asked us to use and abuse their new G-Shock MUDMAN G-9300 on an adventure we took into the depths of the Northern Michigan wilderness. We quickly accepted the challenge and got down to business! Featuring a compass and thermometer, the G-Shock MUDMAN G9300 is an outdoorsmen's dream watch. It's shock resistant, mud resistant and sit-on-your-butt resistant. The MUDMAN begs to be taken off-road where it's capabilities can truly shine. And that's exactly what we did!
- Tough Solar
- Digital Compass
- Moon Graph
- Shock Resistant
- Backlight with Afterglow
- Mud & Dust Resistant
- 200M Water Resistant
- Digital Compass
- Full Auto Calendar
- 12/24 Hour Formats
- Moon Data
- 1/100 Second Stopwatch
Design: (9.5 out of 10) The G-Shock MUDMAN looks fairly simplistic, yet eye catching without being flashy in the least. It's red accents give it some nice color and the afterglow back light make it easy to read day or night. Beyond it's rugged beauty, the G-9300 has an excellent layout that is easy to read despite it's almost ridiculous amount of features. Some of our favorite design aspects include the moon phase indicator, digital compass and thermometer which we used often and with great accuracy!
Comfort: (10 out of 10) The G-9300 may look over sized and clunky, but the truth is that it's one of the most comfortable timepieces we've ever slapped on our wrists! I'm the kind of person that who takes off my watch when I go to bed and before taking a shower. With the MUDMAN I consistently find myself forgetting it's even on! The resin band is soft and flexible which helps it form nicely to your wrist without slipping around or being so tight it cuts off your circulation.
Ease of Use: (8.5 out of 10) With five buttons in-all (mode, adjust, light, comp, and search), the MUDMAN is actually quite simple to operate, even without the use of the instructions. Though if you're seeking to get the most out of this watch we suggest you at least give them a glance. To operate the compass and thermometer simply push the "COMP" button. The compass takes a few seconds to calibrate, but the temperature comes up almost instantly. We found both the compass and thermometer to be extremely accurate in our adventures. These are two excellent features for anyone who finds themselves spending extended periods of time in the wilderness! Switching to moon phase, stopwatch, timer mode and alarms are also quite simple.
Durability: (10 out of 10) Without a doubt Casio built this watch to take some serious abuse! It's internals are sealed in a hard plastic and steel casing which give it it's mud resistance and waterproofing (up to 200 meters). The resin band is super comfortable, flexible yet highly durable. After 2 days of hiking and another day kayaking the MUDMAN came back to camp a little dirty, but no worse for the wear!
Value: (9 out of 10) At $200 the G-9300 is a steal in our opinion. It's built better than most bomb shelters and is powered by the sun. That means no batteries to mess with and no maintenance! It's probably not the timepiece we'd suggest wearing out on a date, unless you're taking her mountain biking, climbing or trekking through the back country... then it's totally acceptable!
The Bottom Line: If you're looking for an everyday watch that is extremely durable, comfortable and easy to operate we highly recommend you check out the G-Shock MUDMAN G-9300 for yourself. Whether you're trying to find your way home or looking to get lost, the MUDMAN will keep you pointed in the right direction and keep you on-time! We love it for it's rugged durability and simplistic design which is easy to read and it's ability to display temperature, moon phases and direction with a click of a button. Oh! And did we mention... it also keeps time quite nicely too!!