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Casio launches super-tough G-Shock watch inspired by the depths of night

Casio G-Shock watch on man's wrist at night
(Image credit: Casio)

Casio has released a new rugged G-Shock watch that's tough enough for hiking and trail running, and takes its inspiration from 'the witching hour' – the period in the depth of night associated with supernatural happenings.

Night walking certainly comes with its own challenges. For example, it's wise to plan your route on a nap ahead of time so you can be aware of obstacles, take two of the best camping flashlights in case one fails, and take your best base layer so you're prepared when the temperature drops.

We wouldn't typically be worried about hiking during the period "when the veil between life and death is at its thinnest" (Casio's words), but the limited edition GA110ALIFE21-8A still has plenty to offer less superstitious adventurers.

Camping-friendly

Like all G-Shock watches, it's built to shrug off knocks and scrapes, with a rugged resin case and tough mineral glass lens. It's resistant to magnetic fields too (so no worries if it gets too close to tools like a magnetic tent light), and is water-resistant to depths of 200m.

Unlike the best GPS watches, it won't help you track your hikes and trail runs (for that you'll need something like the G-Squad Pro (opens in new tab), which is a fully fledged smartwatch), but it has the essentials covered including an auto LED light, five daily alarms, stopwatch, countdown timer, and full auto calendar.

Battery life is impressive (the watch can run for around two years before you need to worry about power) and the 12 o'clock mark is highlighted in gothic script to warn you when ghosts and ghouls might stray across into the land of the living. You know, just in case.

The watch is available now for $180 (about £150) from Casio's online store (opens in new tab), and goes on sale in the company's Soho store on May 18.

Cat is the editor of Advnture, She’s been a journalist for 13 years, and was fitness and wellbeing editor on TechRadar before joining the Advnture team in 2022. She’s a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better).