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
Garmin 010-02540-34 fenix 7 Sapphire Solar, adventure smartwatch, Solar Charging Capabilities, rugged outdoor GPS watch, touchscreen, health and wellness features, Black DLC Titanium with Black Band
  • Long-running solar powered multisport GPS watch with scratch-resistant Power Sapphire lens and always-on 1.3” display uses the sun’s energy to extend battery life.Supported Application:Elevation...
  • Battery performance: in smartwatch mode, up to 18 days while indoors or up to 22 days with solar charging in 3 hours of direct sunlight (50,000 lux) per day; in GPS mode, up to 57 hours indoors or up...
  • Take your training to the next level with endurance and real-time stamina tracking, training status, advanced performance metrics and 30plus built-in sports apps
  • Get 24/7 health and wellness monitoring with wrist-based heart rate, Pulse Ox (not available in all countries), stress and enhanced sleep tracking (this device is intended to give an estimation of...
  • Navigate the outdoors with a higher level of positioning accuracy, thanks to new multi-band frequency and GNSS network support (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) plus built-in sensors for 3-axis compass,...
Bestseller No. 2
Timex Men's T5K793 Ironman Rugged 30 Full-Size Black Resin Strap Watch
  • Adjustable black 20 millimeter resin strap fits up to 8-inch wrist circumference
  • 100-hour chronograph with 30-lap memory; 24-hour countdown timer
  • 3 daily, weekday or weekend alarms; 24-hour military time mode; 2 time zones; day, date and month calendar
  • Black 44 millimeter resin case with acrylic lens; black digital display; Indiglo light-up watch dial
  • Water resistant to 100 meters (330 feet): in general, suitable for swimming and snorkeling, but not diving
Bestseller No. 3
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. 4
Timex Men's T49831 Expedition Rugged Analog Black Resin Strap Watch
  • Adjustable black 20mm resin strap with fits up to 8-inch wrist circumference.Band Material : Nylon
  • Black dial with date window at 3 o'clock; partial Arabic numerals; 24-hour time
  • Black 43mm resin case with acrylic lens
  • Indiglo light-up watch dial; luminous hands
  • Water resistant to 50m (165 ft): In general, suitable for short periods of recreational swimming, but not diving or snorkeling
Bestseller No. 5
Infantry Men's Wrist Watch Field Military Watches for Men Analog Black Tactical Outdoor Sport Work Wristwatch Waterproof Date Day 12/24 Hour with Army Nylon Band
  • 【FUNCTION】12/24 hour military time display, complete with a day and date calendar. Our tactical watch supports both English and Spanish, making it easy to read and use.
  • 【5ATM WATER RESISTANT】Our military watch is designed to withstand splashes of water, rain, and short periods of recreational swimming. Please note that it is not suitable for bathing with warm...
  • 【JAPANESE MOVEMENT】 Features an imported Japanese quartz analog movement and battery, providing accurate timekeeping and long-term running.
  • 【TACTICAL GRADE】Our field watch is built to last, with an anti-scratch mineral dial window, tough stainless steel case, and adjustable black 22-millimeter nylon slip-thru strap that fits up to a...
  • 【PACKAGING 】Your purchase includes 1 * Watch; 1 * Original Watch Box; 1 * Instruction Manual w/Warranty card. It makes a perfect gift for yourself or that special someone, and is sure to win the...
Bestseller No. 6
Sport Bands Compatible with Apple Watch Ultra 2 Band/Apple Watch Ultra Band 49mm 45mm 44mm 42mm for Men, Soft Silicone Wristbands Waterproof Replacement Strap for iWatch Series 9 8 7 6 5 4 SE, 2 Pack
  • Find Your Fit: Suitisbest apple watch bands are compatible with Apple Watch Ultra 2, Apple Watch series 9, series 8, series 7, series 6, series 5, Apple Watch Ultra and Apple Watch SE. Our iWatch...
  • 26mm Ultra-Wide: Impressively wide, thick Apple Watch Strap take on a rugged look around your wrist to accent your strength and boldness. Made specially for men, our 26mm wide apple watch replacement...
  • Snug & Secure Fit: We reinforced the metal buckle on this apple watch sport band to offer an incredibly secure lock that lasts. The apple watch ultra 2 band is super easy to buckle up and put it on...
  • Built to Brave: Crafted from high-grade silicone, our waterproof silicone band is dirt-resistant, fast-drying even with the roughest use, promising breathable, skin-friendly, irritation-free comfort...
  • Ready for Every Adventure: Whether it’s a sweaty workout day, daily casual leisure, or the wet, tough outdoor exploration like running, hiking, mountaineering, riding, traveling, this iWatch ultra...
Bestseller No. 7
CakCity Military Watches with Compass for Men Tactical Watch Outdoor Sports Watches for Men Hiking Digital Wrist Watch with Barometer,Altimeter,Step Counter
  • 【Multifunctional Sports Watch for Men】This men's watch is a multi-functional outdoor sports watch with compass, altimeter, manometer, pedometer, thermometer, dual time, countdown,calorie, distance...
  • 【Work watch with Moderate Weight】 Compared with the popular Apache watch, this Apache 46 is a revision for more people with daily wear needs. It uses a 46mm dial with a moderate size, watch weighs...
  • 【Hiking Watches for Men with 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...
  • 【Tactical Watches for Men】Barometer shows local pressure and sea level pressure, Altimeter tells current altitude and 24-hour history by trend graph. 4 weather forecast symbols indicates the...
  • 【High Quality & Waterproof】18 months long battery life and built-in Swiss high precision sensor; 164 Ft /50M/5ATM water resistance helps you do all kinds of indoor/outdoor sports or daily use...
Bestseller No. 8
Garmin fēnix 7S Pro Solar, Multisport GPS Smartwatch, Built-in Flashlight, Solar Charging Capability, Graphite
  • Multisport GPS watch with a 1.2” display in a resilient 42 mm fiber-reinforced polymer case with a steel bezel and rear cover
  • Power Glass solar charging lens uses the sun’s energy for weeks of battery life in smartwatch mode
  • Built-in LED flashlight with variable intensities and strobe modes gives you greater awareness while you train at night and provides convenient illumination when you need it
  • New hill score feature measures your running strength/endurance during ascents and gauges your progress over time
  • New endurance score feature combines training data from all your athletic pursuits to help you better understand how training impacts your overall endurance
Bestseller No. 9
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.

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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