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looking for an altimeter....(4 posts)

looking for an altimeter....Gall
Jun 20, 2002 7:04 AM
hello again,

i am looking for a good all around altimeter that i can use on and off the bike. i would like to have one that keeps track of how much climbing i ve done etc.

what do you all use and recommend?

Jun 20, 2002 7:13 AM
Suunto, which has far too many vowels in their name, makes a couple of watches that have alimeters. They are slightly oversized watches, so you can take them anywhere. They are the most accurate portable altimeters I've found, which isn't saying much. I've never found a reliable altimeter that wasn't installed in an airplane.

There is an inherent flaw in barometric alimeters in that you must constantly calibrate them. That gets rather tedious, especially during a ride. I doubt anyone stops and calls the weather service every few miles to get the latest data.
Small Gps for total elevationPhatMatt
Jun 20, 2002 8:36 AM
I have a Suunto watch. I do not use it while riding though. I like it for climbing. They seem to hold the calibrations pretty well, vs. an old avocet I have used. In my opinion if you are just tracking total elevation it works great. If it is off a little it will still give you a fairly accurate reading of total elevation climbed.

Small Gps for total elevationzeke
Jun 21, 2002 1:42 AM
i use a garmin e-trex vista. its an all around gps that includes fields such as speed, average speed, avg. moving speed, altitude, max and min altitudes etc etc.

you would need to recalibrate before every ride but it is certainly worth it!!