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7 summits and other mountain stuff => Gear & stuff => Topic started by: Chapter_11 on Apr 21 2004, 22:51

Title: Best Weather / Altimeter Gadget
Post by: Chapter_11 on Apr 21 2004, 22:51
I am looking for a handheld type device that provides various weather data (temp, baro, etc) along with altitude readings.  Can anyone recommend one?
Title: Re: Best Weather / Altimeter Gadget
Post by: 7summits on Apr 21 2004, 23:20
I have used the Suunto wrist computers for many years and like them.
My current one the XHR6 I think has time, altitude, temperature, pressure, heartrate and much more (even slope  :o)
Oh, and it tells *dual) time as well  ;D

You can also upload the altitude graphs and training schedules to your PC using the connector.

http://www.suunto.com
Title: Re: Best Weather / Altimeter Gadget
Post by: MoT on Apr 22 2004, 14:58
http://suuntowatches.com/x9.htm

Is this too good to be true? Light, easy to carry - a mountaineers dream? Or promising way more than it can deliver in a useful fashion?   :-\
Title: Re: Best Weather / Altimeter Gadget
Post by: 7summits on Apr 22 2004, 19:36
woah, that looks impressive  :o
The clumsy Casio GPS watch was very basic but actually worked and could be quite useful for basic GPS-ing.

The Suunto x9 at least looks much better  ;D But mostly main problem is batteries. I wonder how long they last as normal GPS's quit within one day and you do not want your altitude record being erased because of the GPS I think.

But it could work, as most mountain areas do not have detailed maps of them a huge GPS with maps database etc is not useful anyway. The x9 could help in retrieving your camp/cache etc. Would have saved some lives in 1996 on everest I presume...
Title: Re: Best Weather / Altimeter Gadget
Post by: Chapter_11 on Apr 22 2004, 23:31
Any non watch format alternatives?
Title: Re: Best Weather / Altimeter Gadget
Post by: 7summits on Apr 29 2004, 17:01
I think silva has some hand held ones , like the blue oval thingy that also measures windspeed, altitude and pressure, maybe check those out:
http://www.silva.se/outdoor/products/inst_alba.htm
 O0
Title: Re: Best Weather / Altimeter Gadget
Post by: Buddha on Oct 22 2004, 11:03
I've just got a new wristwatch yesterday from my girlfriend. It's from an American company called Highgear. The watch is included in a series called "Altiware" and the name is Summit. I have the graphite black which is lovely.

I used to have Suunto Advizor but after testing this out yesterday and today I can only say that I'm hooked! Far better then Suunto Advizor. The only downside is that I miss a heart rate monitor for when I work-out but then I can always put on the Advizor.

Here is a link to the watch:
http://www.highgearusa.com/20017.shtml

They also have non-wrist options. Just look around at the website!

(http://www.highgearusa.com/products/altiware/popups/20017.jpg)
Title: Re: Best Weather / Altimeter Gadget
Post by: Ron on Oct 22 2004, 12:44
About the X9 (suunto with GPS0.. Its has a battery life span of only 4 hiurs when you let it measure data continuesly. After thet you have to put it back on his reload station.
So not really very usefull if you are in the outback or far away in my opinion.
Title: Re: Best Weather / Altimeter Gadget
Post by: jedi-knight on Dec 9 2006, 23:37
i came across this one on the web.

http://www.rei.com/online/store/ProductDisplay?storeId=8000&catalogId=40000008000&productId=47773942&parent_category_rn=4500669&vcat=REI_SSHP_GPS_TOC

i dont need a HRM as i've got that already, and i dont want a watch version.

what do you folks think?


JK
Title: Re: Best Weather / Altimeter Gadget
Post by: IDK on Mar 8 2009, 12:48
http://www.nkhome.com/store/product.php?productid=16286 (http://www.nkhome.com/store/product.php?productid=16286)

I use this for work, it's the NVG compatible version so I'm sure that the normal versions is a little more affordable.  I have yet to have a problem with it, everything has been accurate and I still haven't figured out what everything means.  I use it to record altitude, baro, temp, humidity and wind speed and direction.