With a massive product lineup spanning an array of functions, styles, and price points, there’s a Casio G-Shock fit for nearly every outdoor activity on some level. The specialized G-Lide series is an excellent example of this, with a suite of tide-tracking functions aimed squarely at the surfing community. We’ve touched on the G-Lide series before on aBlogtoWatch, but for 2020 the brand has returned to the concept with a trio of new models featuring a more refined case design, streamlined access to features, and new app connectivity. The Casio G-Shock G-Lide GBX100 series, including the GBX100-1, GBX100-2, and GBX100-7, brings a substantially finer execution to the G-Lide line without significantly affecting the price.The case of the new Casio G-Shock G-Lide GBX100 series plays off the classic octagonal G-Shock design but alters it significantly with revised proportions and a more elongated stance to accommodate the new larger dial. The 46mm by 50.9mm case combines the signature G-Shock resin in black or teal blue with a stainless steel bezel featuring a mix of polished and widely brushed surfaces. While the overall shape may feel oddly stretched to those familiar with the classic design, the bezel treatment gives these new models a more distinct personality than many other variations on the G-Shock theme. Of course as a G-Shock, especially one dedicated to surfing, the case wouldn’t be complete without 200 meters of water resistance and nigh-bulletproof durability.For the dial of the G-Shock G-Lide GBX100 series, Casio uses an all new memory in pixel LCD display with higher resolution than previous models. The default display has also been revamped to give relevant surfing conditions at a glance, highlighting not just time and date, but also the moon phase and current tide chart for the closest location out of over 3300 locales across the globe. For surfers, sailors, fishermen, and more, having this information at the ready without navigating menus leads to a more streamlined and useful wearing experience.The in-house quartz movement inside the Casio G-Shock G-Lide GBX100 series offers an impressive array of complications, including a world timer, countdown function, 100-hour chronograph, moonphase, tide levels for the current location including scheduled high and low tides, scheduled sunrise and sunset times, and an LED backlight. Through Bluetooth connectivity with new G-Shock Move App, the GBX100 series also adds step tracking, physical training planning and analytics, and calorie tracking.The Casio G-Shock G-Lide GBX100 series takes the traditional G-shock route in terms of strap choice, pairing the resin case with a rugged integrated urethane strap. With accordion-style grooves for additional comfort and moisture wicking along with a secure double pin buckle, these range from a simple black offering on the GBX100-1, to oceanic teal on the GBX100-2, and a high-impact contrasting white for the GBX100-7.With a revised case design, eye-catching bezel, new app connectivity, and a cleaner high-resolution dial, the Casio G-Shock G-Lide GBX100 series is a substantial step forward in quality for the G-Lide line. While the amenities have improved, these remain firmly on the more affordable end of the G-Shock price spectrum. The Casio G-Shock G-Lide GBX100-1, GBX100-2, and GBX100-7 will all stand at an MSRP of $160. The black Casio G-Shock G-Lide GBX100-1 will be available from select authorized dealers in mid-June 2020, while the blue Casio G-Shock G-Lide GBX100-2 and two-tone Casio G-Shock G-Lide GBX100-7 are expected to hit retailers in mid-July 2020. For more information, please visit the brand’s website.

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