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what kind of watch do you wear climbing

Postby skyward22 » Sun Dec 06, 2009 8:58 pm

l had a decent watch last year that was lost at some point when I moved.
What I'm looking for is something lightweight as it can be that has most or all of the following features:
--altimeter
--heart rate monitor
--compass
--barometer
--alarm clock
--thermometer
OR, any other watch you'd recommend for the obvious purpose of telling time with the basic features you'd want while mountaineering or climbing
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Postby radson » Sun Dec 06, 2009 9:09 pm

From memory you would be looking for a Polar AXN series or Suunto X series watch.
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Re: what kind of watch do you wear climbing

Postby Brad Marshall » Sun Dec 06, 2009 9:15 pm

tobe945 wrote:l had a decent watch last year that was lost at some point when I moved.
What I'm looking for is something lightweight as it can be that has most or all of the following features:
--altimeter
--heart rate monitor
--compass
--barometer
--alarm clock
--thermometer
OR, any other watch you'd recommend for the obvious purpose of telling time with the basic features you'd want while mountaineering or climbing


How about buying an inexpensive digital watch with a good alarm, a decent compass to carry and a GPS? Probably cost less. I have a fancy watch that has many of those features but I never seem to use them out in the mountains.
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Postby Jimmie » Sun Dec 06, 2009 11:35 pm

I have the Suunto Advizor which has all these features. It's almost 4 years old and is now starting to break down. According to the watch I'm at 8220m below sea level, but I guess one can't expect more than 3-4 years from these watches.

My next one might well also be a Suunto Advizor. It's more suitable for expedition use than for speed/interval training, although it's good enough for ordinary endurance training.
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Postby I like it on top » Sun Dec 06, 2009 11:37 pm

I have a Suunto, which has worked well for me. Also maybe look at Casio. Their Pathfinder series looks decent. Good Luck.
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Postby kheegster » Sun Dec 06, 2009 11:50 pm

All those features minus the heartrate monitor can be had in a single watch for under $200 (although I haven't encountered a watch alarm worth a damn), then the addition of the HRM will probably bring it over $500.

I'm not sure why anyone would want a heart-rate monitor while actually climbing. I consider it a training tool, and anyway the effects of altitude and dehydration etc will mess up your heart rate.
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Postby SpiderSavage » Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:35 am

The cheap kind that goes in my pack 'cause they won't last one pitch on my wrist and I usually break them in one or two seasons.
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Postby Dave Dinnell » Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:57 am

lopgok wrote:The Omega X-33 has a 80db alarm. Not cheap at all. It is designed for pilots who need many features including a very loud alarm....


I think I know some Northwest pilots that could have used this feature :lol:
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Re: what kind of watch do you wear climbing

Postby Mihai Tanase » Mon Dec 07, 2009 8:27 am

TacoDelRio wrote:
Brad Marshall wrote:
tobe945 wrote:l had a decent watch last year that was lost at some point when I moved.
What I'm looking for is something lightweight as it can be that has most or all of the following features:
--altimeter
--heart rate monitor
--compass
--barometer
--alarm clock
--thermometer
OR, any other watch you'd recommend for the obvious purpose of telling time with the basic features you'd want while mountaineering or climbing


How about buying an inexpensive digital watch with a good alarm, a decent compass to carry and a GPS? Probably cost less. I have a fancy watch that has many of those features but I never seem to use them out in the mountains.


X2

G-shock = inexpensive and very durable.


Santa Claus will bring me the next generation watch with both included George Nespresso Clooney machine and red rat trap from Ferrari :mrgreen:
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Postby neghafi » Mon Dec 07, 2009 10:09 am

how are GPS Watches? Garmin's, Suunto's and such
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