Getting stuck on a mountainside in lousy weather is for the birds. If you have no idea where the hell you are, that’s worse. The solution: strap Casio’s new Pro Trek PRW-3000 watch to your wrist and prepare yourself for what’s coming.
Featuring revised sensors and algorithms, this cool gadget reduces the altitude measurement time from 5 seconds to 1 second, with accuracy improving from 5 m to 1 m increments. The direction sensor consumes only 10 per cent of the energy and takes up only 5 per cent of the space compared with the previous model. That’s not the end of the improvements: the continuous measurement of the compass bearing has increased from 20 seconds to a series-leading 60 seconds, and the watch now includes an “atmosphere trend” alarm that notifies you of sudden swings in atmospheric pressure. It’s also water-resistant to a depth of 100 m. Price: about R5 500. Contact James Ralph on 011-314 8888 or visit www.jamesralph.co.za