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Anyone use a Suunto altimeter watch?(5 posts)

Anyone use a Suunto altimeter watch?mickey-mac
Apr 12, 2003 11:12 AM
I'm thinking about picking up an altimeter watch with just the basics (no heart rate). Has anyone tried the Suunto products? If so, which one and how does it work? Thanks, Mike
re: Anyone use a Suunto altimeter watch?toomanybikes
Apr 12, 2003 11:40 AM
I looked at the Suunto as I wanted this feature. I live in a very hilly / mountainous area and wanted to know how much climbing I do.

For me, in my area, the Suunto was prohibitively priced.

I bought the Timex Helix ( model WRKS) which also has the altimeter function and I find works very well. These types of watches work off barometric pressure so have to be calibrated frequently, just so you know.

I bought my Helix on-line at and the price and service were great.
re: Anyone use a Suunto altimeter watch?humbert
Apr 12, 2003 1:05 PM
I have used a Suunto Advisor for the past 1 1/2ears and it works great. It is stapped on the bars and has been through rain, mist, snow, you name it. When my Flight deck went out during a rainy ride recently ( water on the contacts ) the Suunto kept going with no problems. The Advisor has an altimeter and Polar heart monitor. There are other Suuntos that do not have the heart monitor. Like most altimeters, it is accurate so long as its properly calibrated. Even if it is not calibrated, it is still accurate in terms of feet up or down.
Suunto is the best of lotB2
Apr 12, 2003 4:22 PM
I've used the original Casio's, Avocets and Suuntos over the years and found the Suuntos to be the most accurate. I've compared the Suunto's performance with a $800 Flytech variometer I use for paragliding and the ascent/descent rate never varied more than 5fpm between the two with the overall rate well exceeding 1,000fpm.

As others have mentioned, you need to calibrate if you're concerned about absolute MSL altitudes. As far as cummulative elevation gain and loss goes, no calibration required. It doesn't care whether you started at sea level or 500' above sea level. It's simply taking the difference between relative elevations and doesn't care if the absolute elevation is correct.

The 6 series is awesomelancezneighbor
Apr 12, 2003 6:11 PM
Way easy to use. You won't even need the manual. If you can splurge for the heart rate monitor option it's really cool to view your heart rate and rate of ascent at the same time.