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Old 03-03-2013, 09:29 AM
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As mentioned in the other "Watches" thread from last month, I do have an outdoorsy-oriented watch/altimeter here ~ an American-made Avocet Vertech 'Alpine'...

The altimeter and watch fuctions were the basic reason I bought it, while its barometer, thermometer, alarm and stopwatch functions were really secondary to my needs at the time.. Like a couple of others on here, "relearning" how to use some functions occasionally is one of the slight hitches with it ~ wearing it a lot more often would always be an obvious fix for that !

Otherwise, it has proven to be a quite reliable watch when it is working.. Which brings me to the other factor against it - it requires a specialist watch shop to do the maintenance on it, as it is sealed with nitrogen when the batteries are replaced. It currently has a flat battery, and the previous importer stopped dealing in outdoors equipment completely a couple of years ago ~ and I have no idea who they were using to service these watches in Australia..

At this time, I would have to send this watch over to California to have it serviced !!!
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:18 PM
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I have been wanting a Casio Pro Trek for a while...I believe it was called a pathfinder before if I am not mistaken. I like the feature...so many and this one has an analog face on it so it looks pretty nice. Just be aware it is thick!!

It is also atomic so the time will always be right! This is not only a great pack watch but an armageddon!
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:42 AM
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Grandpa Grandpa is offline
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I used a LaCrosse Technology XG-55 for a while, however, it quit working and to send it in for evaluation cost as much as a new watch. They also want you to send it in for battery replacement.

The XG-55 has altimeter, compass, and thermometer. The only thing I really used was the altimeter.

I replaced it with a women's Axio Mini, which is about half the size and weight and has the altimeter as well as some cumulative altitude gain/loss functions. It doesn't have a compass or thermometer. The Axio has a user replaceable battery. Although it's called a women's watch, I think that is only because of its diminutive nature.

The altimeter is quite sensitive and is easy to adjust.
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Old 10-31-2013, 07:42 PM
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FrankAbagnale FrankAbagnale is offline
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I've been using the Suunto Core (All Black) and love it. I was worried about it being to bulky but it's really not to crazy big. I don't normally notice that I'm wearing it. All the information is very easy to access and has been very accurate. Ditto on the temperature. That isn't normally something I feel like checking anyway. The only time I like to check the temp on the watch is in the morning when I'm camping. I normally just take the watch off at night so I get a good temp ready in the morning. I really like the weather alarm on it. It has warned me several times of incoming rain while hiking. I also feel like the compass works well and seems to be pretty spot on.
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Old 11-11-2013, 12:23 PM
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I carry a Tissot T-touch made in titainium. Analogue face with a digital insert. The functions operate via a touch screen. It has the usual 2 time zones, barometer, altimeter, thermometer, compass and stop watch.

My wife bought it for me and I love it!
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Old 10-15-2014, 08:43 AM
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Davinci Davinci is offline
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Highgear Axio. Heavy but nice to have. Love having an altimeter even with the limitations mentioned. I lost mine this season. It's a "must replace" item for me.
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Old 10-16-2014, 06:03 PM
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Grandpa Grandpa is offline
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I'm finding Highgear watches are no longer available. It makes me wish I jumped on a deal or two a while back.
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Old 12-15-2014, 10:57 AM
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I've replaced my axio with a suunto ambit 2. Too early yet to give a review. So far so good though. Expensive but I couldn't resist the GPS function.
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Old 12-15-2014, 11:52 PM
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I've heard some nice things about the Casio PAG240-1CR Pathfinder Triple Sensor Multi-Function Sport Watch.
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Old 12-19-2014, 01:13 PM
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brunton adc summit

i wanted a thermometer, but not one with the associated problems of body heat impacting accuracy.

The compass I do not need, but the altimeter/barometer were very much desired.

I like my analog watch, and was not sold on the new digital watches with temp/compass/barometer etc.

FInally landed a Brunton ADC summit for $35.00. I attach it to my shoulder strap, or keep it in a hip-belt pocket. works great, and I get a mind speed meter with it which no watch has.

Great machine, small, accurate, I'd buy another.
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