Essential support gear for outdoor adventure.
- Altimeter displays current altitude, graphs altitude position, and stores up to 24 records
- Barometer/thermometer displays pressure readings, and graphs weather trends for up to 20 hours, and displays current temperature
- Compass measures and displays one of sixteen directions at the push of a button, and includes magnetic declination correction
- Multi-band atomic timekeeping receives time calibration from radio signals to ensure utmost accuracy
- Solar-powered battery can function for up to five months after a full charge without exposure to light
- Tide and moon functions offer critical data in easy-to-read graphs
- Countdown timer enables you to get off to a good start in races, and it includes a stopwatch that tracks splits and final times
- World time tracker displays the time in 29 time zones and 33 cities
- Fully automatic calendar tracks days and dates through 2099; sunrise and sunset data is available for any date
- Three-layer protective structure provides 20-bar water resistance and seals out fine particles that can damage watch mechanism
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Can this PAW1500T measure depth of a dive underwater?
No, Matt, atmospheric calculations are suspended after submersion for a while. The Suunto Core, however, does have a 15meter depth gauge.
So far, everything I wanted in the watch.
One complaint! The audio alarms of the watch are worthless. I have a moderate hearing loss, but the Casio Technician that I had a one on one with, said that the alarm mode was almost silent. He heard the alarm when I could not, but said that that was all that could be done. There is no volume control.
The time accuracy update that occurs every evening between the hours of 12 midnight and 6AM is excellent. I live on the East coast and the signal out of Boulder CO, especially during the summer is very weak, however, if you place the watch near a window as instructed, the up date will occur on either the 2nd or 3rd try. Excellent.
The other functions work as described.
If you really need/want the alarm function, forget about it with this watch.
Recently rcvd mine. Recommend spending time reviewing the tech manual and going through the motions of what this watch has to offer. Had to remove 4 links for it to fit, but I already had the tools so no biggy; definitely keep a lookout for the link 'nut' (about 1 mm length) after pulling out the link pin.
Atomic updates works everytime like it should. Since I work at sea level, it is easy to "calibrate" the watch's altimeter & barometer; it also learns and becomes more accurate. Didn't even have to manually correct tide/moon graph positions; out the box correct. The auto light function is very nice and sometimes I forget it's on and already my other hand is about to press the "light" button as I'm lifting the watch. World time is nice to have since I live overseas. I'm a light sleeper and cognizant during the day of when I set my timers or have an appt, etc, so for it being a "low" volume, for me it's negligible for the watch alarm is always a backup anyway.
Surprised by the light-weight feel, which is good. Doesn't look "cheap", but rather, sturdy and could take a beating. Not overpowering for the wrist and the size is fine. Very comfortable. If you get the band length right, it'll be so comfortable that it won't wobble on your wrist, but mold to it, and sometimes you won't even notice the weight or that you're even wearing it.
I just couldn't resist this when it came up on GearTrade. Always wanted one.
I want to buy watch for my husband as a gift for anniversary but can't decide which one will be more reliable and long lasting Suunto Core or this Pathfinder? Which one would you suggest? Thank you!
Eveline, I can't compare the watches but I can tell you that the Casio Pathfinder has been a very good watch for me. I have had mine about a year now and have not had any issues with it. The fact that it is self charging is a great feature and it has all the bells and whistles. Your husband is a lucky man to receive such a nice gift and I am sure would be happy with either watch.
There are several Pathfinder watches with the same basic features. This is at the high end of the price range because of the titanium.
Some Suunto units are great - but some also tend to break over and over again. I think the softwear in the Suunto watch is a little more intuitive and better over all, but the quality and consistency of the Casio is far beyond the Suunto. Make sure you get it from Backcountry.com though, as if he doesn't like it he'll be able to return it, no problems! Hope that helps!
Eveline, I have both a Core Black Orange and the PAW 1500T, and like Mike said, your husband is a lucky man, and will appreciate either, I'm sure, as they are both excellent watches. Some things to note:
The Core has the following features that the Pathfinder does not:
-Depth gauge good to 15m
-Storm alarm which alerts you to rapid drops in the barometer
-Sunrise/Sunset times for your location (it says the Pathfinder has this, but it doesn't)
-Altimeter lock which increases the accuracy by locking the altimeter when the watch is at the same altitude for 5 minutes
-A Countdown timer that goes to 99m:99s, rather than the 60 min of the Pathfinder
-Selectable screens that display whatever mode you wish rather than reverting to time as the Pathfinder
-User replaceable battery (usually good for a year)
The Casio has the following that the Core does not:
-Solar charging ability
-Atomic Clock syncing potential (I say potential because it doesn't always work, depending on where you live.)
-Moon phase graph
-200m water resistance
-Brighter backlight (that can be set to automatically display when you lift your arm)
-Casio's legendary durability
The Core is going to have a large barometer graph display that clearly indicates weather trends while the Casio barometer is much smaller; the Casio can be considered a watch with barometric features, the Core can be considered a barometer with watch features. While the Core has had a rocky background, the newest models have been trouble free for years, and between Backcountry's return anytime guarantee and Suunto's top notch Customer Service, you shouldn't worry about it. Interestingly, while the ultralight titanium band helps, the Pathfinder is actually heavier than the Core. Casio has a long track record of making reliable, durable watches. They also have refined the complexity of ABC (Alti-Baro-Compass) watches to very simple button driven functions, in contrast to the Core's more complex (but still intuitive) menu operation. They still have a long way to go to match the accuracy of the Core, however. The resolution on the Core is greater, measuring in 3-ft increments for altitude compared to the 20-ft increments of the Pathfinder. In conjunction with the alti lock, this results in an accuracy in altitude that the Pathfinder can't as yet match. The resolution on the Core's barometer is greater as well, measuring to .01 in Hg, to the Pathfinder's .05 in Hg. As far as accuracy goes, the Core and the Casio (all my Casio's actually) are within .03 in Hg of each other just about all the time.
One last note, these are both BIG watches at ~50mm in diameter, if that makes a difference to you. Again, I think he'll be happy with either one you choose, as these are the two watches I wear the most out of all of mine.
Get him a Suunto Vector for $199. He will love it and not have to stress about taking it out and using it. Suunto service is awesome; I have had one of these watches for years and love it. I just recently received a second one in a different color as a gift from my wife, and could not be happier.
The alarm is very quiet. Any way to change that? And can you change the default for how long the backlight stays lit?
Both of those are not changeable, I'm afraid.
Can I swim with this PAW1500T I have one similar but themodel no is different. How can I change the temperature setting to Fahrenheit reading .
The Barometer... In the USA, all the radio and TV stations give barometer readings in Inches Hg. However, internationally, the units are Millibars. Does the Casio line restrict barometric readings to In. Hg? Or, does it allow you to switch/select the units?
It displays in either US or metric units throughout all it's measurement functions. The reading will be in hectoPascals (hPa). 1 hPa is equal to 1 millibar.
All the functions can be displayed in US or Metric units.
I bought this watch to replace my Suunto Vector. So far, I'm in love with it. I haven't yet used it on a mountaineering trip, but have travelled with it and have used it for 3 months in Afghanistan. These are the things I love about it:
Solar power--My Suunto battery died on a trip one time and I was instantly screwed
World Time Tracker--I'm currently in Afghanistan, my wife is in Japan, and my mom lives in Kansas...knowing what time to call them has never been easier
20-bar water resistance--As my Aussie dive instructor commented about my Suunto..."You have an adventurer watch which you can't take down in the water?"
Metal Case/scratchproof face--My Suunto was plastic and the face scratched too easily...this watch is tough and looks good as well
One negative is that the alarm volume is low and it only goes off for like 5 seconds. If you're wrapped up tight in your sleeping bag, it doesn't make a very good wake-up alarm. But, my Suunto suffered from this as well.
The second negative is that the backlight doesn't stay on long enough. If you're trying to do something which requires several button pushes, you're repeatedly required to turn the light back on.
The last thing I'll add is that the Suunto came with a handy quick-reference card while this watch only came with the huge manual. I would love a quick-reference card to put in my wallet.