Elliot Brown Canford 202-004 watch £270.83

A rugged and classy piece you needn't leave at home

BikeRadar score 4.5/5

Chances are, you ride with your phone tucked safely in your pack and your watch tucked safely at home. You could buy a cheap digital watch for riding, but the rugged Canford 202-004 watch from Elliot Brown is a better option…

The ballistic nylon webbing strap runs two layers thick under the watch, raising it enough to stop it wedging against your wrist as you ride. It also dampens vibration, and while the case – if not the twin crowns, which are well offset – can knock if you're barehanded, it's stable and comfy when you're wearing gloves.

The webbing dries reasonably quickly and has the adjustment to cinch around bars or outside jackets, while the 44mm, marine-grade steel casing is capped with a hardened anti-reflective crystal.

Ours has scratched, but not seriously; the Canford exudes a solidity and quality that beats many more familiar brands at this price. It's an unfussy but very stylish design that's just as suited to restaurant dining as it is charging down a mountain, and we love it.

Elliot Brown is a UK company – it does ship internationally, but potential purchasers in the USA and Australia should factor in an extra £31 for delivery.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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