Best Watches For Skiing

by Ben Jackson

Watches can do everything these days!

Some smartwatches for example can give you all your fitness tracking data, all your social media notifications and provide you with a GPS signal.

Not all watches are suitable to take skiing however.  They also have to be durable, waterproof.

We have looked at the best watches for skiing out on the market today, and have identified our Top 5, reviews of which will follow shortly.

After that we have a little buying guide for you, going through everything you might like to think about before buying your watch.

Best Watches For Skiing – Reviews

Bestseller No. 1
Timex Men's T49990 Expedition Rugged Metal Brown/Natural Leather Strap Watch
  • Adjustable brown 22 millimeter genuine leather strap fits up to 8-inch wrist circumference
  • Cream dial with date window at 3 o'clock; Full Arabic numerals; 24-hour time
  • Gray 45 millimeter brass case with mineral glass crystal
  • Indiglo light-up watch dial; Luminous hands
  • Water resistant to 50 meter (165 feet): In general, suitable for short periods of recreational swimming, but not diving or snorkeling
Bestseller No. 2
AVTREK Mens Outdoor Sport Tactical Survival Watches Hiking Digital Wrist Watch Smart Swimming Military Army Altimeter Barometer Compass Watches
  • Summary of main functions: Pedometer, Calories, Countdown timer, Metronome,Altitude measurement, Atmospheric pressure measurement. Compass, Dual Time, 2 sets of alarm, 12/24H Format, Date/Week, Hourly...
  • Digital Compass: The compass which is accurate, it’s a great sports watch for hiking or outdoor activities and wilderness survival.we will calibrated the compass during production. But it’s better...
  • Barometer ,Altimeter and Weather Forecast: Barometer shows local pressure and sea level pressure, Altimeter tells current altitude and 24-hour history by trend graph. 4 weather forecast symbols...
  • Outdoors Military tactical Watch: it can be used for tactical training, hiking,swimming or any outdoor sports. great looking with military style. This is both technological and tactical for a long...
  • Material & Size: it’s solid, durable and rugged case, diameter 50.0mm/1.96inch, durable and breathable nylon band with stainless steel buckle,and suitable for wrist from 7.08 to9.45 inches, big...
Bestseller No. 3
KXAITO Men's Watches Sports Outdoor Waterproof Military Watch Date Multi Function Tactics LED Face Alarm Stopwatch for Men (3169 Silver)
  • ❤Tik_Tok Hot Recommended: Fashionable sporty dial design, military style outlook. Large Dial (acrylic crystal glass window,case diamete High quality watch band,Reinforced resin band design is more...
  • ❤Multifunction: 1. Analog and digital dual dial support two different timezone 2. Alarm 3. LED Back Light(show time clear in the dark ) 4. Date 5. Stop Watch 6. 12/24H format option 7. Shock...
  • ❤Imported Japan quartz movement, keep precise time.Comfort with FASHION: soft and durable PU watch band with the large dual dial design make it comfortable to wear and lead you to edge sport...
  • ❤Water resistant up to 5 ATM: Suitable for everyday use. Splash/rain resistant. Please don't press any buttons underwater, and in case of damaging waterproof ring,please keep it away from steam and...
  • ❤Perfect after-sale, any question please do not hesitate to contact us. We will try our best to make customers satisfied.
Bestseller No. 4
Dakota Watch Company Men's Aluminum Backpacker Clip Watch, Black (28446)
  • 100 Feet Water Resistant
  • 1.5" Wide Anodized Aluminum Case
  • Lightweight Nylon Fob With Aluminum Carabiner
  • Miyota Movement
Bestseller No. 5
Garmin Instinct, Rugged Outdoor Watch with GPS, Features Glonass and Galileo, Heart Rate Monitoring and 3-Axis Compass, Graphite
  • Rugged GPS watch built to withstand the toughest environments.Supported Application:Phone. . Wireless comm standard:Bluetooth
  • Constructed to U.S. Military standard 810G for thermal, shock and water resistance (rated to 100 meters)
  • Built in 3 axis compass and barometric altimeter, plus multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, Glonass and Galileo) support helps track in more challenging environments than GPS alone
  • Monitor your estimated heart rate, activity and stress; Train with preloaded activity profiles. Strap material: Silicone
  • Stay connected with smart notifications (with a compatible smartphone) and automatic data uploads to the Garmin connect online fitness community
Bestseller No. 6
North Edge Apache Tactical Sports Watches for Men Outdoor Survival Military Compass Rock Solid Digital Watches with Durable Band, Steps Tracker Pedometer Calories (Black)
  • ++Battery life: 18 months+Function Brief:Compass, Altimeter,Barometer , Thermometer,Weather Forecast, World Time,Dual Time,Pedometer, calorie, distance record,2 sets alarm,Countdown timer ,Stopwatch,...
  • Materials: Solid metal case with durable and breathable nylon band(1set extra silicone band for exchange ) ,Japenese battery. (CR2032 18months life).
  • Watch Size: Diameter: 50mm/1.97in; thickness: 16mm/0.63in; width of band: 24mm/0.94in; net weight: 117g/4.12oz.(since it is a little big and heavy ,please kindly check if it meet your needs)
  • Waterproof: 50M waterproof, means you could wearing it for swimming (not diving), don't push the button when it is under water, also do not wearing it for hot water bath, it will reduce its life span.
  • Package Include: Watch X1; manual X1, extra silicone band X1, packed in a black square gift box.
Bestseller No. 7
MJSCPHBJK Men's Analog Sports Watch Military Watch Outdoor LED Stopwatch Digital Electronic Watches Large Dual Display Waterproof Tactical Army Watches for Men
  • 164FT WATERPROOF: 164 ft waterproof (50 M) - 5ATM water resistant. NOTE: please DO NOT press any buttons in the water
  • Shows time digital numbers Digital And Analog Dual Display Sports Watch
  • DUAL DIAL TWO TIMEZONE: analog and digital dual dial support two different timezone. Shock resistant, stop watch, military 12H/24H time, and LED back light functions make it perfect for all kind of...
  • COMFORT with FASHION: silicon rubber watch band with the large dual dial design make it comfortable to wear and lead you to edge sport fashion. Perfect for both indoor and outdoor activities
  • MULTI-FUNCTIONAL: Dual Timezone, Calendar Day and Date, Alarm, Water Resistant, LED Display, Back Light, Shock Resistant, Stop Watch.
Bestseller No. 8
CASIO Men's FT-500WC-5BVCF Forester Sport Watch
  • 100 M Water Resistance
  • Date Indicator at the 3 o'clock position
  • Rugged cloth/Velcro band
  • LED light ensures easy visibility during day or night
  • Analog (3-hand) movement
Bestseller No. 9
Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World's Largest Owl
  • A New York Times Notable Book of 2020 Longlisted for the National Book Award Winner of the PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award and the Minnesota Book Award for General Nonfiction A Finalist...
  • Hardcover Book
  • Slaght, Jonathan C. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 368 Pages - 08/04/2020 (Publication Date) - Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Publisher)

Best Watches For Skiing – Buyers Guide

There are all sorts of watch features that can come in handy when you’re out on the slopes.  We’re going to run through what we deem to be the most important features here for you now, and hopefully that will help you decide which watch is the one for you.

Waterproof Rating

To get the most out of your watch for skiing, you’ll want to wear it over your ski jacket, and you certainly don’t want any melted snow to damage your watch.  That’s why it’s important that your watch is waterproof as opposed to water resistant.  All of the watches in our Top 5 are waterproof to some extent.

Waterproofing is best judged by the IP rating.  An IP rating consists of two numbers, the first number representing resistance to dust and the second number representing resistance to water.  Higher numbers correspond to greater resistance.

For a skiing watch, we strongly recommend that you get a watch with an IP rating of at least IP67 or IP68.  Anything below an IP65 is not going to be good enough.  Objects with an IP rating of IP67 are typically described as being protected from immersion in water with a depth of up to 1 meter (or 3.3 feet) for up to 30 mins.


We would also recommend that your watch is GPS enabled.  This means that your watch will give off a GPS signal to a global positioning satellite system, to help you to identify exactly where you are.  This is essential should you detour from any set skiing routes, and if there were any possibility that you could get lost.

GPS is the most well known global positioning satellite system, but there are others besides, and it’s better to have a watch that is enabled for more navigation systems rather than just the one.

ABC (Altimeter, Barometer, Compass)

Before the advent of GPS, outdoor sport enthusiasts relied on altimeters, barometers and compasses in their watches.  Although they’re not as necessary now, they still seem to be a popular feature, and they can provide more accurate data than the GPS can on certain things.

How it works, is that a barometric sensor within the watch detects changes in air pressure. And since air pressure is lower on higher altitudes,the altimeter is then able to show both your current altitude, as well as the change in altitude.

Normally a barometric altimeter is only able to detect vertical changes, but when this is combined with GPS data you get better, more reliable information.

Should you find yourself without a GPS signal, a watch with a digital compass becomes very handy.  One with a 3 axis compass would be best since it gives you accurate information.

The other advantage of a watch with a barometric sensor is that, if there’s a sudden change in air pressure,  it can warn you that a storm is coming, in enough time to get you off the slope and find shelter.


If you’re taking a watch skiing, it’s best to invest in a watch that can take a knock, perhaps with stainless steel or resin in the casing.  You’ll also want a clock face that’s scratch resistant, perhaps with mineral glass or maybe even sapphire glass.

Smartwatch Features

There are several apps dedicated to skiing available on both Apple and Android watches.  It is beyond the scope of this article to go into any depth comparing the individual apps.  If you do decide to go for a smartwatch, you need to ensure that it’s compatible with your smartphone.

If you want a smartwatch that you can make calls from (since you’re unlikely to take your smartphone out on the slopes) then you’ll need a watch with it’s own SIM card slot.

Battery Life

The watch’s battery life is also an important consideration.  Using the GPS function on a watch really drains its battery, so ideally you’ll want a rechargeable battery that will last you all day, that you can simply recharge when you get back to the chalet at night.

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