Suunto Altimax Watch
The Altimax gives you easy, one-button access to immediate information about your total vertical descent and the number of runs you've skied. It also displays current altitude with vertical ascent/descent rate in meters per minute or feet per minute, records altitudes for measuring progress between stages, features an automatic 24-hour altitude memory, displays logbook for altitude and ascent/descent rate information and has a logbook history for cumulative ascent/descent measurements. The barometer displays the atmospheric pressure (mbar/inHg) as well as the temperature. It also records the differences in measurements so you can quickly follow changes between barometric pressure and temperature during your outings. An automatic four-day memory records atmospheric pressure information and the watch features an adjustable sea-level pressure function. If all this wasn't enough, the Altimax does a great job of keeping track of the time, day and date--just in case you need it.
- Three daily alarms
- Dual time display (great for repeated travel through time zones)
- Displays time, day and date
- Electroluminescent backlight
- Temperature compensation design
- Waterproof to 30 meters/100 feet
- Altitude range: -1,600 ft. to +29,500 ft. (-500 m. to +9,000 m.)
- Altitude resolution: 10 ft./5 m.
- Temperature display in Celsius or Fahrenheit
- 18-month battery life
- Low battery indicator
- Easy-to-replace battery
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- January 5 2003
Great watch, altimeter & barometer
The need to regularly check your known altitude and local airport barometric pressue to keep roving elevation calibrated forces you to become more aware of weather fronts. At home or work just confirm that your established elevation is displayed, if not reset it, it's easy. You soon compile a group of established "Home" elevation points for calibration. To maintain accuracy you quickly get in the habit of calibrating and watching the "Trend" indicator before venturing out. However, I think the compass function on the more advanced models (Vector & X-Lander)is a waste and easily outperformed for accuracy and ease of use by a mirrored Suunto MC-2Navigation/mapping compass. Both have to be handheld (off the wrist) and held at arms length, that's where the sighting mirror and lanyard greatly increase the accuracy of the MC-2. Both units used together with Topo maps will really zero in your position. GPSs will too--if the forest canopy, mountains, or heavy overcast block out sattelite signals and if the batteries aren't dead.
- June 4 2004
good, but needs a compass
i agree with the first reviewer on the altimeter and the barometer. but i think this watch is lacking in use if it doesnt have a compass. You dont have to hold the Vector or X-Lander at arms length and use a mirror to be able to make accurate measurements. The bubble level more then covers that. this is a good watch, but if you have the extra $40, I believe you should get the Vector.