Choosing a watch is rather easy. Selecting a rugged watch for the outdoor challenges can become tricky, though, but it’s not because you don’t have many options to choose from. It’s instead because some fantastic models make the selection process difficult.
Why are Rangeman and Mudman so particular?
G-Shock watches are an incredible option for outdoor enthusiasts and military personnel. They’re designed to take impressive physical abuse and even the most basic models impress with their rugged construction.
That’s because ever since the development of the first G-Shock (back in the 80s), G-Shock watches were made with crucial features that recommend them for the harshest conditions. The “Triple 10” principle is crucial for G-Shock watches as they’re made for handling a 10-meter drop (33ft), have water resistance up to 100m (330ft), and come with a 10-year life for the battery.
Gravity and water resistance (it used to be up to 330ft, but it’s up to 660ft. for most G-Shock watches nowadays), but also resistance to vibration, electrical shock, impact, and low-temperatures are fundamental for G-Shock watches.
Even if you can find and rely on a basic G-Shock for less than $40, the high-end models include functions and are made with high-quality materials that make them virtually impossible to break. The ceramic case back, sapphire crystal for the dial, Solar Power, Multi-Band 6, GPS, and Atomic Timekeeping are some of the features of Rangeman and Mudman.
What to consider when selecting one of the two?
As the G-Shock Rangeman and the Mudman resemble on many levels, choosing between the two is anything but easy. You’re going to have to take it meticulously, taking a good look at the most critical aspects of both models.
The looks of the watches are pretty similar, especially for the inexperienced eye. They are both black and feature black bands. The dials are quite similar as well, including red details around the display.
The dials are the same size, with the Mudman being the thicker one.
The differences come from the width of the band, as the Rangeman comes with a wider band than the Mudman (there’s a 4 cm difference between the width of the two).
However, the designs of the watches are somewhat similar than different, which doesn’t do much for the selection process.
Any outdoor fan appreciates individual sensors on his/her watch. Thermometer, barometer, and altimeter are helpful when you’re taking the outdoors by the storm. The gauge provides info on the atmospheric pressure and gives a preview of the weather patterns, the thermometer tells about the surrounding temperature, whereas the altimeter identifies a current altitude.
You’re going to discover that both MudMan and Rangeman come with a thermometer, but it’s only the Rangeman that includes both an altimeter and a barometer.
Anyone is going to find the barometer of the Rangeman particularly useful as it measures atmospheric pressure, anticipating a rainfall and sense when the weather takes a wrong turn. As it has no gauge, the Mudman isn’t going to be able to provide this type of information.
Therefore, you should go with a Rangeman when your experience depends a lot on the weather. The altimeter is also helpful as it’s going to identify the vertical location on elevated surfaces (hill or a mountain). You can also use it for examining maps or for getting data of the altitude above sea level. You cannot use the Mudman for this kind of information as it doesn’t come with altimeter.
- Digital compass
This feature isn’t going to make a difference either as both watches come with digital compass, which is a better option than the traditional compass. It’s compact and precise, becoming a crucial tool for trekking, climbing, hiking, or any other outdoor-related activities.
Accessing the digital compass is comfortable for both watches, and you only need to press a button. The differences come from the way the information is provided on display. The Mudman’s compass shows a North pointing dial, judging by a current direction you’re facing. It implies that you’re keeping the watch arm parallel to the chest.
The Rangeman’s compass is displaying a digital ticker that is always pointing North. As long as you’re keeping the watch arm parallel to the chest, it’s going to give you input on your direction.
Needless to say, both digital compasses are highly accurate and dependable for navigation.
- Moon Phase calendar
It’s only the Mudman that includes the function which is helpful for fishing. It’s common for fishes to feed more on a full moon when the tides are at the highest point.
There are plenty of other ways to identify the moon phase, but the Moon Phase Calendar is a helpful feature and eliminates the need for surfing the internet in the middle of your fishing trip.
- Sunrise and sunset display
It’s the Rangeman’s turn for the win as it’s the only one of the two including the sunset/sunrise function. It’s once again the Atomic Timekeeping technology that makes the feature possible every day. As long as the watch receives the radio signal, it’s going to show the sunrise/sunset data.
In all fairness, the function isn’t fundamental, but one needing this type of information is going to enjoy the feature, nevertheless.
- Solar power charging
Solar power is amazing as it helps the watch run indefinitely, requiring only some light sources every once in a while. A fully charged battery can last for up to 6 months, even if you keep it away from any source of light.
You may have to change the battery once it’s degraded, but that’s going to happen after ten years of use or so. The solar charging feature is always a great addition to any watch.
Both the Rangeman and the Mudman come with solar power, which means nothing for the selection process. They both feature battery level indicators (M for medium, H for high, and L for light) which give you info if your watch needs a recharge or not.
- Atomic timekeeping
It’s only the Rangeman that features the atomic timekeeping. This function allows the watch to listen to radio signals, calibrating its accuracy of the time. The feature runs automatically at midnight and several times throughout the day.
If you’re traveling in various areas of the globe, the function is beneficial. It’s also essential for the Daylight Saving time function as you no longer have to set it manually.
Go with Rangeman if the precision of the time is fundamental for your needs.
- World time/Dual time zone feature
Both the Mudman and the Rangeman come with this function, which allows the watches to display the time around the world for various time zones. The dual time function makes possible for the watch to display two different times from different time zones at the same time.
It’s a great feature to have when you’re traveling back and forth to different time zones. It’s important to mention that the Mudman isn’t going to update the time automatically as it has no Atomic Timekeeping function. You have to update the time manually on a Mudman so that you’re always sure of its accuracy.
The light background and black digits are typical for the screens of both watches so, once again, nothing useful for the selection process.
However, the Rangeman also includes a model with negative display, which some are going to like better.
You may turn on the backlights on both watches for better visibility of the digits. The light remains on for 2-3 seconds before it turns off automatically.
- Comfort, durability, and price
Both watches are made with lightweight and long lasting materials. They feel comfortable on the wrist, despite their size and functions. The bands have a soft feel against the skin, with no sliding up/down when the wrist gets sweaty or wet.
Both watches can handle impressive mechanical shock, and they’re built to last a lifetime. They remain functional even when the temperature drops to 10F degrees. The dial is resistant to scratches, and the build makes them virtually impossible to break.
As for the price, the similarities continue with both watches coming for a couple of hundreds. You may find the Rangeman a bit pricier than the Mudman, but not by a lot.
What’s the short description of the Rangeman?
The Rangeman has 10-bat water resistance, 10-meter free-fall resistance, and features a battery that lasts for ten years. Not only that the watch is water resistant up to 660ft, but it also comes with a cylindrical button for better impact resistance. It’s one of the features that expand its lifespan.
The watch comes with Triple Sensors: digital thermometer, barometer, and altimeter- with all being accurate. The Rangeman also has a digital compass, showing the right direction.
The Rangeman comes with resin for the case and the bezel, and a buckle clasp on the band for easier adjusting. The negative display works for most customers.
The multi-band atomic timekeeping technology gives the watch accuracy, as it can receive radio signals for calibration automatically. You may also run the calibration manually whenever you need.
What do we like the most on the Rangeman:
- Using the sensor isn’t difficult
- The watch is sturdy and long lasting
- It’s lightweight and comfortable
- It’s highly accurate
- Operating the function is easy
- It comes with solar power
Bells and whistles aside, here are the minor flaws:
- Not everyone goes for the negative display
- Some find the Atomic function challenging to use
How does the brief description of the Mudman look like?
The Mudman comes with a digital compass and moon phase sensor. Its case is made of resin, whereas the band is made of metal. It also comes with a thermometer sensor.
It’s solar powered and comes with Moon Phase function, which some may find it useful.
The build is also impressive, and the watch can take excess wear and harsh conditions.
Here’s what we really like about the watch:
- It’s rugged, yet comfortable to wear
- The display is easy to read
- It shows the time, month, date, and day
- It comes with solar power
- The digital compass is accurate
- It’s dependable, shock, water, and mud resistant
Far from being deal breakers, the flaws are worth to mention nevertheless:
- The profile isn’t very compact
- The temperature sensor could be more accurate
- It has no backlight feature
Which one takes the lead?
There is no easy answer, and it’s all about what you want and like in a watch. If the accuracy of time functions is fundamental for you, the Rangeman could work better as it includes Atomic Timekeeping function. But this doesn’t mean that the Mudman has poor accuracy.
If you’re going shopping on a thin wallet, the Mudman is a better choice since it’s a bit cheaper than the Rangeman.
At the end of the day, it’s all about what your needs are when it comes to watches as either of them isn’t going to be a bad investment.