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4 5

Good outdoor watch

Wasn't planning on relying my life on this watch, so I didn't have an issue picking up such a relatively inexpensive watch. Basically just wanted something that would hold up when outdoors (camping, kayaking, etc.) and this has more than fit the bill. The compass/thermometer/barometer, while not perfect in any way, are a nice addition, and for the price you really can't complain. If you expect pinpoint accuracy, look elsewhere -- but if you want a great, inexpensive watch for outdoors, look no further.

5 5

Cool watch

For the insane price I got it for on steep and cheap, I cannot complain. It did great in a recent trip to the Grand Canyon. The barometer/altimeter needs calibrated regularly to stay accurate but seems to work pretty well. Weather Trend feature seems to work ok. My experience with the digital compass is mixed, seems to act a little sporratic, could be the calibration needs done again. Keep it away from ferrous objects when using it just like any compass. The thermometer is a nice feature to have in the Canyon. I hag the watch from a strap on my pack to get accurate temp readings and easy access to an altimeter. Highly recommend it.

4 5

pretty good for the size.

Lots of features, pretty small package. Requires a lot of calibrating, but Im told they all do. The barameter/weather function worked, and has predicted weather conditions accuratley. The altimeter is so-so. Its more accurate the lower you are, meaning the higher up you go, the greater the varience it has -- at 6500 was about 100 feet off, at 9600 was 150 feet off.

5 5

Good watch

This is a great watch, the altimeter is really accurate. It's also taken quite a few hard when I've been bushwacking and it's very sturdy. I also like that it isn't really massive like a lot of other technical watches out there. A good watch at a great price!

Can the altimeter be set to zero on the...

Can the altimeter be set to zero on the ground to tell altitude above ground level (AGL) in addition to Above Sea Level (ASL?)

Responded on

You can calibrate his altimeter to zero where ever you are so that you can see how high above the ground you are. However, you will not be able to view the current altitude above sea-level at the same time. The Axis samples in the altimeter mode every 7 seconds.

4 5

Comfort look, great features

Watch was a little different than what I am used to. It was easy to set up and use. Fairly acurate on everything but temp.. It is too close to your body for that. With in a week the weather trending was spot on. I could bet folks on the next 12 hours of weather. All in all satisfied with it's performance.

5 5

Great Watch

There have been several comments about a lack of durability and I have not experienced any of this. Like all barometer watches, it does take constant calibration to remain accurate, but this is to be expected. I am totally satisfied with the performance and craftsmanship, and it has help up excellently for all my adventures.

Is this the same watch as the "alterra"...

Is this the same watch as the "alterra" but with the compass?

Im going to use this watch for running and...

Im going to use this watch for running and i was wondering if it had a distance counter, or do i have to get a foot pod???.

Best Answer Responded on

The Axis does not have distance counter and is not compatible with any foot pod. It’s a nice Alt watch with a digital compass but is not ideal for running – I use it as backup when hiking or mountain running, the Axis is not user friendly and the side buttons are very stiff and annoying. Before you make your decision I recommend checking out Polar or the Garmin Forerunner or any other running style watch you’ll be much happier.

How do I get a replacement for the band?

How do I get a replacement for the band?

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Replacement bands for the Axis are not available through I'd suggest contacting the vendor directly.

What is the watch housing made of?

What is the watch housing made of?

4 5

Great watch

got this for a Christmas gift so haven't used it a ton yet. What I have used so far has been very impressive. Features are easy to find and pretty easy to use. Temperature is pretty accurate as long as its off your wrist, otherwise seems to be about 85 degrees all the time. My only real complaint is that the barometer only reads in mbar and my other devices all read in inHg. Guess I'll just need to get calibrated although the trend graph is really the most useful part of any baro function on a watch in my opinion anyway. Seems like a great unit so far.

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How much does it weigh?

How much does it weigh?

4 5

awsome watch

Love the multi-purpose watch - it does everything I wanted it to - paid about 50 dollars more for my last watch but that one didn't have the compass and this works just great - now, I'll never get lost.

2 5

Not for me

Once I received this watch I realized it wasn't for me. Maybe I am a little old school (emphasis on old). Way too much calibration, and buttons to be useful to me. It would probably be useful if I were going to be using the various functions on a regular basis, but I think I would have to retrain myself each time I went on a hike to use it. I would rather spend the money on a medium priced GPS and keep my compass as a backup.

is it easy to use?

is it easy to use?

Responded on

Yeah, not too bad. All settings use the same sequence so its easy to remember. Once you have everything set its very easy to find your way around. Just remember how to set the altimeter and cal the compass in the field and you'll have everything you need.

3 5

Pretty cool, but high maintenance.

First off, it's not a bad size. It's a bit thick, maybe twice as thick as a featureless watch or 1.5x as thick as a fancy non-altimeter watch. And it looks pretty slick. But it does have some design flaws. It requires endless calibration to keep the compass, altimeter, barometer, and weather functions working. The dial on the face does feel a flimsy. The instructions warn that using the light (even though it's so dim) will drain the battery very quickly, yet you have to hold the light on for many seconds any time you want to calibrate any of the above, or even just to clear the stopwatch. I also think it could really use a timer, but that's just me.

Unanswered Question

Can you wear this watch in the swimming...

Can you wear this watch in the swimming pool?

4 5

Reliable Watch, Great Price!

You really can't beat this watch for the price. Sure it's basic & burly (big), but it does everything it's supposed too! As with other reviews, ensure you calibrate altimeter (and compass)often prior to relying on it for anything useful. I've had mine for probably 3 years now and on second battery. Note to review below on alarm going's probably your battery life...the alarm is one of the first things to go! 2-3 years and mine is now only a use as needed watch. Too rough a shape to let out in general public...only for mountain duty only now...skiing, hiking, hunting, biking, etc. bezel ring has worn down to base color and letters gone, freely spins, chunk out of base, face scratched pretty good. Been thru three watch bands, before reinstalling original (w/super glue). Some would say time for new watch, but...the dang thing still works great! Sure you can get more expensive watches that last, but for the price, this thing as stood it's ground.

How do I get directions for setting the...

How do I get directions for setting the watch?

Responded on

Didn't it come with them? There is a PDF right on the HighGear support, then manuals.