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Object Title: Vector

Manufacturer: Suunto

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Page By: John

Created/Edited: Feb 14, 2002 / Feb 14, 2002

Object ID: 130

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The Vector is ergonomically designed with a large, easy-to-read display, plus control buttons conveniently sized and positioned so they're easy to operate even with gloves on, yet cannot be pressed accidentally. Choose either metric or imperial units for each separate function. Displays month/day date, day of the week and time in 12 or 24 hour format; calendar is pre-programmed to the year 2089; features 3 daily alarms, stopwatch with split times and countdown timer. Engineered with the highest quality components and durably constructed with a tough plastic case and extra-hard plastic lens to stand up to the extreme conditions of the great outdoors. Operates on an easy-to-replace, 3-volt lithium cell and features a low-battery warning when 10% - 15% of battery capacity remains. Maximum battery life is approximately 18 months, depending on use.

  • Altimeter function, displayed in either meters or feet, ranges up to 9,000 m (or 29,500 ft.) in 5 m (or 10 ft.) increments
  • Altimeter features vertical ascent/descent rate of climbs/ski runs, automatic 24-hour memory, logbook memory, reference altitude and altitude alarm
  • Barometer with automatic 4-day memory helps you see weather trends; ranges from 8.90 - 32.40 inHg (300 - 1100 mbar) with 0.05 inHg (1 mbar) accuracy
  • Barometer provides data in 1 hour intervals for the first 6 hours, then in 6 hour intervals for up to 4 days; temperature compensated
  • Compass displays bearing and direction of travel; bubble indicates level compass position for reading accuracy within 3 degrees or better
  • Compass can be set to track a bearing, indicating the difference between the given bearing and actual bearing, redirecting you to stay on course
  • Declination adjustment function corrects the difference between magnetic north and true north
  • Thermometer function displays temperature in either Celsius or Fahrenheit
  • AAI Guides Choice
  • Cathy Sassin, 4th place Eco-Challenge Patagonia: "The Suunto Vector is an indispensable piece of Adventure Racing gear."
Similar Products: Casio Pathfinder PAG40B-2V, Casio Pathfinder II, Freestyle Altimeter, Nike ACG Ascent, Suunto X6, Victorinox StarTech 3000



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McCannsterUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

Very good watch, have had no major problems. It does get off in altitude every so often, but it is easy to calibrate. Temperature readings from the watch are not very accurate, seeing that it reads my body heat. For an accurate reading, you have to take it off and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
Posted Feb 7, 2006 10:49 pm

AlpinistAwesome watch!

Hasn't voted

This is an awesome watch/altimeter. It's easy to use, well desgined, comfortable and durable. Battery life is very good. I've had the watch for about 2 years now and love it. I take it on every single climbing trip.

The basic functions that I use the most are: time/date, compass, altimeter, altimeter alarm, multiple daily alarms. The altimeter/compass functions well as a lightweight backup for my GPS.
Posted Jan 24, 2007 7:12 pm

lalpinistGet it.

Hasn't voted

This is better than previous wristwatch-type altimeters I have used. I have found it accurate and the barometric plot is a fantastic tool for watching the weather.

Switching between m & ft is a pain in the @ss, so memorize that function before you leave the house. And the compass (to the extent you would rely on it) needs occasional recalibrating (again, memorize that procedure).

This is necessary equipment. Get it.
Posted Feb 26, 2007 5:12 pm

flowlike it

Voted 5/5

i also have a vector and really like it.
just the temperature function is not that good...
Posted Apr 1, 2007 3:07 pm

bcbordertotal ascent?

Hasn't voted

I just bought this watch. This will be my fourth altimeter watch. I wanted a watch that can record total ascent, total descent and elapsed time and has a compass. Unfortunately I think I'm going to return the Vector. I've played around with it quite a bit including a fair amount of time reading the user manual. My issue: there seems to be no way to see your total ascent, total descent and elapsed time without stopping log recording.

To be a little clearer: when I start my hike/climb, I hit some button, then while I'm hiking I want to know how long I've been hiking, how much I've climbed, descended, etc. At the end of the hike I stop the event. With this watch, you have to stop the logging to see elapsed time, total ascent, etc. When you start the logging again, a new log is created with a fresh elapased time, ascent, etc. Some Suunto watch models let you look into the current log, not the Vector.

I'd appreciate it if anyone knows how to work around this.
Posted Apr 2, 2007 2:53 pm

CCFDBuzzKiller Watch

Voted 4/5

This is an awesome tool to have on the mountain! Bomber!!
Posted Jun 18, 2007 3:08 am


Voted 5/5

This is a great piece of equipment. I have it for long time and it is still running with first batteries. It is very useful for climbing, skiing. I am mad a bit because a screen is a bit slipped.

Posted Sep 8, 2007 7:49 am


Hasn't voted

It sucks. Can never hear it.
Posted Dec 14, 2007 5:58 pm

McCannsterUntitled Review

Voted 4/5

I've had this watch for 5 years, and it has withstood so much banging around that I am quite amazed with it. Just now has it received a small crack, therefore it's no longer waterproof. It was pretty accurate, yes it did have to be calibrated a lot, but that was pretty easy to do.
Posted Jan 3, 2008 1:06 pm


Voted 5/5

I've had my Vector for 6+ years and it is still working strong despite taking quite a beating. Still accurate unless there are serious weather changes going on - but that's the nature of barometer based altimeters. I have to replace the batteries about once a year, but that's easy to do.
Posted Mar 27, 2008 8:48 am

mountainmanjohnGreat simple well made

Voted 4/5

As its all been said here. I wont go on and on. Quite simply a great easy to use bit of kit. Glad I got one.
Posted Apr 24, 2008 6:43 am

mmcguiganGreat for what it was built to do

Hasn't voted

I have owned this watch for two years and usually only wear it when I climb. I find that, when I wear it, I tend to bang it on door jambs, walls, and railings. It is thicker than your average timepiece. That being said, in the mountains and hills this thing does what it's supposed to do. I find the altimeter fairly accurate for something that uses air pressure to measure altitude. The barometer has given me a heads up on weather change a couple of times. Bottom line - its does what it was made to do - use it, enjoy it, but know its limitations.
Posted Oct 20, 2008 4:39 pm

liferequiresairGreat watch

Voted 4/5

This is an awesome piece of equipment with very few drawbacks. The altimeter is very accurate when recalibrated regularly. The compass is handy and easy to use with adjustable declination, but is still no substitute for a traditional field compass. I've had the watch for almost three years and have never had a problem with the waterproofness. I've also only had to replace the battery once so far.
The only real problem I've had is that about once a year the compass glitches and can only be recalibrated by removing the battery. Also, one of the pins holding it to the watch band broke and I have been unable to find a replacement anywhere. Suunto customer service is a joke, and REI doesn't carry any spare parts.
All in all a great watch though
Posted Jan 26, 2009 11:54 pm


Hasn't voted

It is a great tool for any types of trips - skiing, hiking, biking, but the altimeter works only if properly calibrated at the beginning of the trip!
Posted Mar 13, 2009 12:49 am

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