Next up in our traversals of the most recent additions to the Armitron catalog, weâ€™re heading into the world of digital. Â Specifically, those that the brand identifies as part of their Adventure lineup. Â When I was going through, one that looked particularly fitting to the outdoors caught my eye. Â Given the specced case size, I figured might as well go for the most boldly colored one, right? Â Letâ€™s see what the Armitron AdventureÂ AD/1011YLW has in store.
First things first. Â I find it a bit odd that Armitron does not give model names to their various watches. Â Theyâ€™ll have the collections named, but for specific models, they rely on the numerical designations. Â In the high end collector world, numerals can mean a great deal. Â On these inexpensive quartz ones? Â Eh, not so much. Â Any which way, for the duration of this review, Iâ€™ll just refer to the watch as theÂ Armitron Adventure.
When I first got ahold of theÂ Armitron Adventure, I was quite ready to classify it as an A-B-C (altimeter-barometer-compass) watch, but, as it turns out, itâ€™s â€œonlyâ€ an A-B watch. Â Thereâ€™s no compass functionality to be had here. Â That said, you do get the barometer and altimeter, and both of those will get you the air temperature. Â Just be sure to take it off before trying to get that temp, as your skin will throw it off. Â This is common across any watch-mounted thermometer, though. Â Along with that, you do get some more functions: Â alarm, stopwatch, chronograph, world time, day/date, and a backlight. Â AKA, just about everything youâ€™d expect from a digital watch, along with the altimeter and barometer functions added on.
So, what is a watch like theÂ Armitron Adventure intended for? Â This is for your outdoor enthusiast, really. Â Want to know how cold it is when you wake up in your tent? Â This watch can tell you. Â Want to get a read on what the weather may be like when you donâ€™t have cell reception? Â This watch can tell you. Â How far up that cliff you hiked? Â Again, you can get that info. Â It would also work for anything else youâ€™d do outside, timing a bike ride, say. Â May not want to swim with it, as it only has a 50m WR rating. Â Thatâ€™s what the holes for the sensors result in, though.
As itâ€™s on a fairly plasticky resin band, theÂ Armitron Adventure will be ready for all of that. Â And, with a 54mm case, you certainly wonâ€™t have any problem reading the three lines of text that cover up on the dial. Â Given the size of the watch, Iâ€™m sure some may not want the bright yellow band (another bonus with that? Â Easy to find outside if you drop it). Â For those, there is a darker option, which gets a black band and pushers.
I wore theÂ Armitron Adventure around a bit, and as you would imagine, that bigger case size is not unnoticeable. Â Not because of the weight, as the watch is fairly light, but in terms of itâ€™s overall size. Thereâ€™s no disputing that itâ€™s a large case, and the stiffer strap can get caught on a cuff if itâ€™s not fit properly to your wrist and the keeper isnâ€™t doing itâ€™s job. Â At the end, this is really a very casual watch, and if youâ€™re not headed into the outdoors, itâ€™s strictly a weekend warrior sort of a piece.
So, why might you opt for theÂ Armitron Adventure over similar sorts of watches, specifically those that bring the compass along into the A-B-C equation? Â If I had to guess, it would be a matter of price consciousness. Â In this case, theÂ Armitron Adventure comes in at $95, which is certainly affordable. Â The real question here is what are you looking for? If you want a basic digital with the timer, chronograph, and the like – but donâ€™t care about the weather or altimeter sensors – then this is overkill. Â On the other hand, if youâ€™re serious about your outdoor activities, the lack of a compass may put you off. Â So, yeah – theÂ Armitron Adventure is in sort of a weird space in that regard. Â However, if you like big and bright watches, and arenâ€™t a G-Shock fan for whatever reason, perhaps this one calls to you.
Do let us know what you think about theÂ Armitron Adventure – either below, in our Slack channel, or even via email or what your favorite outdoors watches may be. Â For me, I think Iâ€™ll be happy to put this watch back into itâ€™s packaging, and move on to (spoiler alert!) looking at the dressier options that also came in from the brand. Â armitron.com
- Brand & Model:Â Armitron AdventureÂ AD/1011YLW
- Price: $95
- Whoâ€™s it for? Â You like the outdoors, you like inexpensive, and you have a great internal compass
- Would I wear it? Â Eh, no. Â Simply too big, and overkill for my day-to-day.
- What Iâ€™d change: Â Get a compass involved and shrink the case. Â Or, if case size stays the same, work some heart rate and step counting monitors in there.
- The best thing about it: Â No problem reading the dial, no matter what function youâ€™re using.