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Old 07-31-2012, 08:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,

I've been looking at some different altimeter watches, mostly for riding this winter, but it could definitely come in handy elsewhere. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on a good one, or any other useful info. I'm currently looking at a couple of different options, but I'm leaning towards this one at the moment due to features and price point:

Amazon.com: Highgear Axio Max Altimeter Watch Black, One Size: Sports & Outdoors

At the bare minimum I'd like to have an altimeter, barometer, compass and thermometer but if I can find a good deal on a different one that has all of the above plus other features like descent speed, total altitude traveled and other ski/boarding specific measurements I'd definitely be open that that as well. Any suggestions?
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Old 08-01-2012, 09:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Personally I find the compass next to worthless. Much better to just carry one. Easier to use to get your bearings.

I don't know if any Altimeter watches give you your descent speed. An average of time taken, that sort of thing. It's been awhile since I've used one, since my old one crapped out. Reminds me I need to get a new one.

Vertical climbed/descended is pretty handy, plus the elevation read out is handy for making sure you don't drop too low on certain bc runs where it's a super pain in the ass to get out if you do.

Barometer is nice. Thermometer is meh. Yet another item, that it's easier to have separate. I have a little key chain thermometer that I have attached on my pants, that works perfectly for checking the temps. Generally speaking, I don't need a thermometer to know that it's holy balls freezing cold out....
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And that watch should be just fine...
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Old 08-01-2012, 10:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I've used my fancy Garmin watch when touring to get the details but I do turn it off when I descend since it has GPS on it. I would rather not take a chance with messing up my beacons signal if shit hit the fan. It is nice being able to see how much vert you climbed throughout a day touring though.
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Good point on watches with GPS. Hadn't even considered that. I am going to get a no frills Altimeter watch myself. My main concern is vert climbed/descended for sure.
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