Gear-dude watch still looks good in the city |

Gear-dude watch still looks good in the city

Jamie Kravitz
Special to Aspen Times Weekly

A $20 Casio is a beautiful thing. It tells time and has a little light to help you read in a dark tent or warm bed. In short, it works.

However, at some point in a person’s life it is pretty fun to splurge on a techy watch. A techy watch that also works and that doesn’t require a techy person to operate. Enter the Highgear Axio Max.

The newest wristwatch altimeter with compass from Highgear, the Axio Max is brand new and just became available to consumers this March. In my opinion, the best features are its simplicity (if you’ve owned a digital watch before, then you’ll be able to set the altimeter and time functions without ever picking up the instruction booklet) and the big function buttons on the side (which can be operated even with gloves on).

If, however, you actually love all of the geeked-out, gear-dude functions, then you won’t be disappointed. The Axio Max features a Swiss air pressure sensor and a multitude of alarms to monitor hydration, altitude and rest.

A large display allows the user to easily monitor the time, elevation gain and location in mid-activity. A compass, that admittedly takes a little longer to figure out, reads easily on the digital display ” but proves more difficult for real triangulation. A thermometer reads in Fahrenheit or Celsius, for those inclined to take the Euro way, and has a working range from 14 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. And the Axio Max can give you the hour in two different time zones, if you find yourself frequently between two places ” or just need to know when it’s too late to call your mother.

Now that we’ve discussed the functional details, it seems necessary to address the fashion details. This watch is hot. It’s sleek and modern, and comes in decidedly outdoor-friendly colors: graphite/brown, green/black, and solid black. Your backcountry buddies won’t tease you for wearing a city-boy watch, but you also won’t embarrass your girlfriend when you’re a mountain-boy in the city.

The Axio Max is a great watch if you’re ready to retire your beloved Casio, or even if you’re not. This thing does it all. The Highgear Axio Max is available at for $150.

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