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I used to, in the 1980s, be a big fan of Casio though I honestly can’t remember whether I ever owned. I am sure I must have.
While I knew Casio continued to make ruggedized, outdoor watches I did not think they were in the same league as a Garmin Fenix.
So, I looked and did some quick research. Though Casio does make some ‘inexpensive’ watches with Heart Rate (HR), HR is NOT available on the Pro Tech line.
But, Casio has the resources, smarts and drive to get that right. So, as of now I am going to keep an eye on Casio. I suspect that by this time next year Casio may have a watch that is as good as today’s Garmin Fenix 5 (but probably not as good as the ‘Plus’ in that it is unlikely to have music).
So, stay tuned.