All of they guys I hunt with have the same Garmin collars and Alpha 100 that I do. Great range, great features, but too complicated and too hard to read in the field for old eyes. All my buddies consider it an evil necessity.
All that changed when my wife bought be the watch !!!
It totally change my mind about Garmin. Even with three dogs out, its easy to read. No more worrying about the screen lock and that annoying beeping when you accidental touch it. No more wearing bi-focals in the field to tell when my dog is. Once the hunt starts, I never look at or touch the alpha, unless I need to correct my dog, and I can do that without looking at it. A quick look at the watch, without shifting my gun to the other hand, is all it takes.
Displays up to three dogs (or other Alpha 100s) at a time. Shows the direction and the distance. Even with three displayed, it is MUCH easier to read than the Alpha when it is displaying multiple dogs. It also vibrates and beeps for the Dog Alerts, such as point or leaving the preset distance.
It does the same stupid auto-switch between Feet, Yards, and Miles that the Alpha does.
I have the Garmin Fenix 5 which will work with my Alpha or 430 but I use my handheld for tracking my dogs. I do wear the Fenix 5 when hunting so that I can track Barometic pressure which greatly affects scenting conditions. When you are trailing lions, it can be an all day track. If the pressure drops to low, trailing is almost impossible unless the dogs are really close to the game. Adios, Gary