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Is Samsung’s New Galaxy Watch5 Pro the Ultimate Outdoor Watch?

Get to know the most durable and powerful smartwatch Samsung have created yet.

Getting away from the myriad of screens we see every day – from smartphones to computers to e-readers – spending quality time in nature is an essential element to a healthy lifestyle, and there’s one essential gadget we recommend taking along for the ride on your next adventure: an outdoor watch.
As well as tracking off-piste adventures, they can also be great safety tools: helping you get to where you need to go, and surviving.
So, where can you find one that doesn’t look like a battery pack on your arm – and one that still offers a host of other health and wellness features? Look no further than the Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro.
Building on the success of the Galaxy Watch4, the Galaxy Watch5 Pro packs plenty extra to set itself apart from its predecessors and the competition – filled with features you can’t take advantage of on typical treadmill runs.

Here are our four standout features.


Quite literally built for adventure, the new Galaxy Watch5 Pro is the everyday GPS smartwatch that comes in an ultra-tough design for maximum outdoor performance. The Titanium case is designed to protect against drops and dust , and comes in a scratch-resistant Sapphire Crystal Glass for a premium, sturdy finish.

GPS Tracking

The Galaxy Watch5 Pro offers many ways for hikers and cyclers to ‘go pro’ with their workouts. With Routes, hikers can record, download and import hike route data so their trail-mates can follow their lead. What’s more, hikers can keep their eyes on the trail and off their wrists with GPX, which contains GPS, speed and altitude information . With the help of vibrations and a voice guide, hikers can receive turn-by-turn directions. In addition, with Track Back, you never have to worry about getting lost in the woods — you can always make it back to your starting point by retracing your route.


From running errands to running on the treadmill, users need a watch that keeps up with them every day — that’s why Samsung has offered a watch that lasts all day and then some. The Galaxy Watch5 Pro has significantly increased the battery life since its predecessors, providing up to 80 hours of general use and up to 20 hours in continuous GPS mode.

Enhanced Health Tracking

While Samsung Galaxy watches are already known for its impressive health features, the Watch5 Pro takes it to a new level. The Body Composition measurement tool is designed to provide a complete snapshot of your skeletal muscle, body fat and body water weight, giving you a tailored approach to set goals, guiding you through personalised workouts and tracking your progress. When it’s time to rest, the Galaxy Watch5 Pro offers recovery data, including post-cardio heart rate after an intense workout, and customised recommendations on water consumption based on sweat loss.

Then there’s the powerful 3-in-1 Samsung BioActive Sensor, which is designed to control three health sensors simultaneously: Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis Sensor, Electrical Heart Sensor (ECG), and Optical Heart Rate Sensor. These sensors do everything from monitoring your heart rate to tracking your cardiovascular health (to help detect unusual heart rates and monitor your blood pressure).

You can find out more about the Samsung Galaxy Watch5 Pro here.

Provided when GPX format route file is imported for hiking and cycling and route is set as target under Samsung Health settings. GPS Navigation requires signup and pairing with your compatible smartphone. Bluetooth and wireless connection required, mobile fees may apply.
The Galaxy Watch5 provides ingress protection (IP68) against dust and fresh water to a maximum of 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes. Refer to user manual for further information, including care/use instructions. If the device or your hands are wet, they must be dried thoroughly prior to handling.
Track Back must be enabled during every hike or cycle workout under Samsung Health settings.
GPS Navigation requires signup and pairing with your compatible smartphone. Bluetooth and wireless connection required, mobile fees may apply.
Battery timings are based on internal laboratory measurements. Performance is based on general usage and has been tested on pre-release versions of SM-900, SM-R905, SM-R910, SM-R915, SM-R920, SM-R925. Actual battery life varies depending on individual use, device settings, mobile coverage, number of times charged, app & feature usage, and many other factors.

Galaxy Watch5 Pro is not a medical/therapeutic device. Intended for general wellness and fitness purposes only. Not intended for use in detection, diagnosis, treatment, monitoring or management of any medical condition or disease. Users should seek any medical advice from a physician. Using Samsung Health app with Galaxy Watch5 Pro requires signup and pairing with your compatible smartphone. For accurate BP readings, a calibration is required every 4 weeks by BP monitor & arm cuff. Requires a Galaxy smartphone running Android 7.0 or above. The ECG feature is intended to create, record, store, transfer, and display a single channel electrocardiogram (ECG), similar to a Lead I ECG for adults 22 years and older. The ECG feature is not intended to replace traditional methods of diagnosis or treatment. The ECG feature is not intended for users with other known arrhythmias. If an irregular heartbeat or atrial fibrillation is detected, consult a doctor. If you experience symptoms of a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular conditions, do not rely on the notification of the device and consult a doctor. Requires a Galaxy smartphone running Android 7.0 or above. FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE. IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST, WORSEN OR CHANGE UNEXPECTEDLY, TALK TO YOUR HEALTH PROFESSIONAL.

By Nikolina Ilic

Nikolina is the former Digital Editor at Men's Health Australia, responsible for all things social media and .com. A lover of boxing, she has written for Women's Health, esquire, GQ and Vogue magazine.

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