Check out the list of the best altimeter watches for this past year 2014 and you make the best choice of which one you would like to take with you on your next expedition.
Casio Pathfinder PAG240-1 review by Andy H:
I have had a lot of watches in my time, and this one has a lot to offer. I don’t have any problems with the size of the Casio PAG240-1CR Watch, I’ve never had the pinching that some talk about, and I know the altimeter is going to fluctuate with the barometric pressure (basic science). The main aspect that I love is that you can see the barometric trend graph in timekeeping mode. I can just look down and figure out if the weather will be fair or not. As a runner, I have a Garmin Forerunner 210 GPS Watch that functions better for running, so I’m not beholden to the chronograph or countdown time. I am glad I have them on this watch though. I missed having a countdown timer on my last watch. I still use a military lensatic compass when orienteering, but in a pinch, this compass will get you out of a jam. Sunrise/sunset, temperature sensor, alarms, automatic tilt lighting, all work just fine. I’m very happy with this product and would recommend it to others. With solar power, it may be the last watch I ever own.
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Suunto Ambit2 review by Denver:
This is the best watch I have ever had or used or seen. While I haven’t used it on any backpacking trips yet I plan to. Mostly been using the Suunto Ambit2 watch for my running and mountain biking. Wore it to yoga once and then I seemed to have an issue w/ the heart rate monitor. Need to get that fixed. The web interface is pretty nice though and it gives you lots of info. Maybe I’m just really impressed because I’m not a pro, but overall they seem to have a good rep.
Suunto Core review by AJ:
The watch works great for me. I would advise not to read to much into the other reviewers who have said bad things about the watch. Heads up guys when the weather changes and you return to a ref point; say home after coming down from the mountain the watch may show a different alt. if the pressure and temps have changed a lot. , thats the way it works as pressure changes so to will your base alt setting. unless you have the GPS version 🙂 I suggest people read the book before talking and sounding silly. The Suunto Core Sport Watch is a great add on to my collection. I have the GPS version as well. This watch is a bit slimmer and not so G.I. joe looking. Good for on the trail or down town.
I have had my Suunto Core Blue Crush for 3 months now and put it through the ringer with paddle boarding, surfing, hiking and mtn biking. I want to take it up in the higher mountains and test it out.
Don’t let the fancy color fool you as it is based on the design of other Suunto watches and it is good to go.($299)
Suunto Vector review by Kevin:
I’ve owned the Suunto Vector for more than three years after purchasing it when I first became interested in adventure racing. While many top racers wear it, I would highly recommend it for the serious hiker, climber or backcountry skier for it’s solid construction, design and versatility. While I also wear this as my everyday watch, it’s extra large size should be taken into consideration if that’s something you have in mind. There are a couple other brands available in this market segment, but the relatively low price and exceptional feature set are what continues to set this tool apart from the crowd.
Casio PAW-2000 review by Alan:
I’ve had it about a month and I’m very happy with it. The altitude/barometer sensor is accurate provided you give it a good initial reference, which I always do when climbing/hiking. I’ve read some complaints that the altitude is not accurate. But one should try to understand that outside air pressure can change with altitude and/or temperature. Cold air is more dense and pushes on the sensor harder than warm air. So if a cold front rolls in while I am on my climb, the altitude is going to read a bit lower than actual (as if I was further down in more dense air). Likewise, a warm front will cause the sensor to read a bit higher. Either of these situations is often obvious as you will feel & see a change in the weather around you. ALL pressure-based altitude sensors have this vulnerability. That’s why pilots constantly adjust their altimeters based on local sea-level barometric pressure data along their path. The best thing you can do is set an initial reference before you climb and be advised of local forecasts. Just common sense stuff really. The Casio PAW2000T-7CR “Pathfinder” Titanium Watch compass is plenty accurate enough for routine navigation, and a good backup to the GPS in the canyons and back-country.
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