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Suunto Altimax Wristop Computer
Member Name: Bullydc1
Suunto Altimax Wristop Computer
Advantages: Lightweight, accurate, robust and will last you a long long time
Disadvantages: Quality costs...Sunnto watches will set you back some thing awful
When its comes to climbing or scuba diving Suunto is the last word really, their are some good alternitives and generally speaking every serious adventure sportsman will tell you that cheap is not good, likewise just because a piece of equipment is ridculously expensive does not mean that it is any better then the next two down. In this way, Timex do a good watch caled the WS4, at £100 you get as much as you do on this watch and it will do in nearly as well. I speak so lovingly of the WS4 as I used to have it before I bought this watch.
So most of you know that I climb and Id seen Suunto watches befroe but to be honest I thought they all looked the same and were too expensive. The two things you will get is accuracy and reliability. Ideally this watch could be used for skiing but it is actually an outdoor sports woth so I use it for climbing.
The important stuff:
Its light at 318 grams its light, but that is not a refelction on the build quility (where as with lesser products it is). The price varies but you can get the watch for £150.
The watch itself:
The watch has a tri-purpose. Firstly it is a standard watch with chronograhp functuions, so this means that you get all the standard stuff, time in different formats, lap timers, stop watch, date and calendar, alarm (always handy when you are struggling to get up for a summit climb at 2 in the morning).
The Altimax features an altitude difference measurement function, in short this will measure the fact that you go up and down and this can be displayed to you in graph-like function. It will track the vertical progress between the stages where you acclimatise to the altitude. The featured logbook keeps a record on the aggregated total and cumulative vertical ascents and descents, and if skiing it can also record the number of runs you have completed. The memory if automatic and can store up to 24-hours of data.
The watch also features a Barometer, this is handy for skiing and climbing, knowing when the next pressure system is going to come in, you dont want to get stuck in a whiteout 15,000 feet up, trust me, I`ve been there. So you get some forecasting as the weather changes, in 6 hr intervals. Suunto is really good at coming up withaccurate reports and this is the function where cheaper wtaches like the WS4 I previously mentioned just cannot match. Information on the present sea level pressure helps you read and understand the barometric pressure at high altitudes. The watch automatically records barometric data and wil do so for up to the last 4 days at 6 hr intervals.
Overall- a good starter level watch by Suunto Instruments for more serious enthusiasts
Summary: Would be a 5 star product but the expense limits its availability to beginners
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