Casio GW9400 Rangeman Watch Review: Best G-Shock Today?

Casio GW9400 Rangeman Watch Review: Best G-Shock Today?

Casio GW9400 Rangeman Watch Review: Best G Shock Today?   wrist time watch reviews

I love to review new Casio G-Shock watches and today I’d like to share with you the excellent GW9400 Rangeman. Clearly I don’t cover each new G-Shock model, but I make it a point to notice the best new pieces from Casio that continue to offer more of what we love in what is arguably the world’s most useful collection of timepieces. The G-Shock recently celebrated its 30th birthday in 2013 and has a life of its own among Japanese Casio’s other watch families. A brand unto itself, the G-Shock is an item that has the remarkable ability to appeal to watch lovers of all ages, budgets, and tastes.

In my opinion the Casio G-Shock GW9400 Rangeman is one of the most important Casio G-Shock models in a while, and is possibly the best Casio G-Shock watch available today. From a durability, functionality, and style perspective, this is one hard watch to beat. Will they get better in the future? Probably, but a modest investment will get you a fantastic “do anything” watch for at least several more years. An easy way to understand a cornerstone feature of the Rangeman is that it is the first Casio G-Shock that includes the full stack of “ABC” sensor technology. “ABC” is an acronym often used to describe Casio’s “Triple Sensor” technology that for many years you’d only find available in its Pro Trek (previously Pathfinder) collection of watches. Triple Sensor meant that the watch contained an Altimeter, Barometer, and Compass. It also happens to include a thermometer; which never seems to get included in “triple” sensor, but that is included as well.

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For several years Casio had been experimenting with the inclusion of this sensor technology into Casio G-Shock watches. In fact, the GW9200 Rangeman is a follow-up to the GW9300 Mudman, and the GW9200 Riseman before it. Those previous models contained some, but not all of the Triple Sensor technology. The Rangeman has them all, and in a satisfying way that allows them to live within the the durable G-Shock shell and still be easy to operate.

A logical question is how the the GW9400 and current Casio Pro Trek models compare to one another. That is a really good question and there are of course differences. Having said that, more good news is that, from what I can tell, Casio included the Version 3 Triple Sensor module into the GW9400 Casio G-Shock watch. Released in 2013 as well, the Triple Sensor Version 3 module was discussed a bit more right here. In fact, the smaller size of the new module is probably what makes it possible for Casio to include the full ABC set of features into a G-Shock watch. In a nutshell, the version 3 module is smaller, uses less power, is faster, and is more precise than previous generation sensors. Watches such as the Casio Pro Trek PRW3000 and the lower-priced PRG270 (also both new for 2013) contain the version 3 module and so does the GW9400.

Casio GW9400 Rangeman Watch Review: Best G Shock Today?   wrist time watch reviews

Casio GW9400 Rangeman Watch Review: Best G Shock Today?   wrist time watch reviews

Honestly, if you want a triple sensor watch from Casio and don’t already have one, I recommend one of those three models from 2013 and onward. They offer a noticeable improvement over previous models and set the standard moving forward. Casio used the version 2 module for a full decade, so we expect to see at least a solid five years of use out of the version 3 module.

Casio Pro Trek watches use dedicated pushers on the right side of the case for each of the three sensor functions (they display the temperature when you view the barometer information). Pro Trek models also have a larger LCD display, which isn’t broken up into a few sections as Casio typically does with G-Shock models. That means Pro Trek pieces offer a slight edge in usability and legibility. The Rangeman on the other hand, has one large pusher at the 3 o’clock position which is used to cycle through the various ABC function modes. While the displays are different, functionality is the same.

Casio can’t after all hand over all of the benefits of a Pro Trek to a G-Shock, so there are advantages to the Pro Trek depending on the wearer. What is oddly ironic for the first time, is that most modern Pro Treks are slightly smaller than a G-Shock. That means that we consider the Pro Trek PRW3000 (for example) to be a svelte, slim timepiece companion next to the bolder and masculine looks of the Casio G-Shock GW9400 Rangeman. I have both so I don’t really prefer one over the other, and functionally they are very similar. I like the bold looks of the Rangeman more, but with its smaller size and more legible screen, I like the PRW3000 for things like exercise and sports, while the G-Shock is great for things like hiking, swimming, and otherwise adventuring.

Casio GW9400 Rangeman Watch Review: Best G Shock Today?   wrist time watch reviews

16 comments
PaulAlexander1
PaulAlexander1

You really need to hire me to develop a review template! One giant block of text with inline graphics??? How about changing your site to " A block of text "?

I_DISTURBED_I
I_DISTURBED_I

I took one look at this watch in the display window, read this review 5 minutes later on my IPhone and decided I could streamline my collection of G-Shocks down to a Rangeman. I sold my Riseman GW-9200-1, a GA120-1AER and a Military issue Mudman G-900-3V. Importing a Negative Black GW-9400BJ-1JF with the Carbon Fibre band from Japan. (I'm in Australia)

When it first turned up I was worried I would have issues with the negative black display in darker conditions. Then I found that it has a auto tilt light that can be activated if needed. The contrast during the day is perfect The compass and barometer are insanely accurate for what I expected and the stop watch can be started instantly by just pressing the lower RH button and holding it a feature that is great. The altimeter keeps a graph on the top screen as you travel.

I have always been and Analogue man and have a small collection of older Citizen Pro-Masters, a Citizen Promaster Aquamount Titanium JP3050-55W being my pride and joy. It wasn't till I left the Army and started in law enforcement I bought my first G-Shock(GA120) after dealing with an aggressive POI one night and a senior officer advising me that the department will only cover possibly to $100-$200 if my watch gets smashed at work considerably less than the watch I was wearing at the time and to go get myself a G-Shock. I've had my Mudman since I was in the Army, it was unused in its box I never gelled with it if anything it put me off G-Shocks.

The GW-9400BJ-1JF  is the first G-Shock I've been 100% happy with and have been happy to leave my Citizen Dive watches safe at home.. I still have a GA-120 for if I'm working around the back paddocks or on the car.

Highly Recommend this Model as a working watch for Law Enforcement or Military use.


N1975
N1975

Bought this watch two weeks ago and I have one huge issue with it. The enormous button on the right hand side constantly keeps changing the settings on my watch whenever I put the slightest amount of pressure on my wrist. It is driving me insane!!!! If only the button was on the other side or even the top the watch the problem would be solved!!

Jonah76
Jonah76

Go Go Power Rangers....still if I'm out in the wild I'd rather be wearing this than my Zenith as nothing gets to be more respected than something that ends up being essential even in ways you didn't consider. Surely though a watch that purports to be essential to survival should have an emergency transponder beacon?

ocabj
ocabj

I like my OD Green Rangeman. It's a chunky watch compared to what I wear daily, but it's great when on the range or in the field. 

jmsherer21
jmsherer21

Sweet watch!  I recently got a Riseman for Christmas, and I love the gshock brand.  This one looks like they really nailed it on all accounts. 


Emperius
Emperius

Oh?? Nice site redesign.

briciur
briciur

Hi Ariel

Great review 

One question which one you will chose rangeman or Casio prw 3000?

Thx

Farlius
Farlius

And so goes the Ebay/Amazon purchase run on GW-9400J-JF's....

TimelyOne
TimelyOne

This review will not load properly on an iPad air.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Very nice, but I don;t see why I would pick one up. I have about a dozen G-Shocks, and a single Pathfinder - it is the only watch I wear when canoeing, camping, bear wrestling, or elf wrangling. With the compass bezel, duplex display and dedicated buttons it makes for a much easier and seamless tool. This method, in comparison, is more in line with simply showing off what it can do (like with most other G-Shocks). I'm sure these sensors are more acute than the ones in my old Pathfinder, but I can;t bring myself to replace it until they come out with a new G or ProTrek that has everything that mine has now. 


One day...

Borys Bozzor Pawliw
Borys Bozzor Pawliw

Must admit, I really get pushed to the limits of sanity: I love fine watches and spend silly amounts on them. And I am lucky enough to be able to do so by working in the fields of business efficiency, value enhancement and all the other stuff that makes up a consultant's life. So, here we have a $300 watch that is bullet proof, that could last for 2 decades without a service or battery change, that tells the time to (realistically in my experience) within less than 5 seconds a month, and can likely save your life out in the woods with a compass, barometer, thermometer etc...And alternatively, we all know we can pay 10, 20 or 50 more times to get a watch that in some cases may only be stainless steel, do little or no more than tell the time, be accurate to within 5 seconds a day. Now what was that as to "Performance of intended function for minimal cost" as a metric? But yes, I know the appeal of the luxury watch form the heart...even if my head wants to give it a butt kicking right now! 


Placing my order on ebay... :-)

SN0WKRASH
SN0WKRASH moderator

@TimelyOneyes, we launched the new site this morning. We are working on fixing the tablet display, so hang tight, you should be up and running in no time

aleximd2000
aleximd2000

@Kris Cman if you are satisfied with your watch do not replace it, simple

aleximd2000
aleximd2000

@Borys Bozzor Pawliwthe ultimate question is what you pointed out- what's the difference between an 8000 dollars plain gold omega and a 20 dollars casio with full options. I don't know! maybe you have different priorities in life! btw my reply is not oriented to you Borys it is a simple statement, alex

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