Christopher Minguez

Christopher Minguez

Out in the wilds of Alaska.

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Christopher's Passions

Backpacking
Camping
Mountain Biking
Hiking
Trail Running
Mountaineering
Bouldering

Christopher's Bio

I live in a constant state of activity... hiking, camping, backpacking, fishing, flying, boating, kayaking, and all of these are intertwined in both work and play. My job takes me to the most beautiful places in the US, and Backcountry keeps me geared up.

Christopher Minguez

Christopher Minguez wrote an answer about on August 13, 2012

I presume you calibrated to a known altitude, it sounds like you did, since you knew your beginning altitude. Even having a barometer lock, a sudden weather change (sudden and sharp drop in barometric pressure) will still affect the altimeter, as it is solely based on a calculation based on pressure. If there was a weather change, that could explain your drastic variance. Don't be too bummed on one occasion of the Core having an accuracy hiccup. Mine has them every now and then, but overall is still one of my favorites.

It would be my fave if Suunto hadn't discontinued the brown face! You hear that Suunto!?

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Christopher Minguez wrote an answer about on June 7, 2012

30M is the nominal rating Suunto gives the Core. The depth gauge on the watch goes to 15m, however, so shallow dives will be about the limit for the Core. More than that, and you should look at the Suunto D series Dive Computers. If you're concerned about the all around water resistance, it'll shrug off just about anything short of deepwater dives.

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Christopher Minguez wrote an answer about on May 16, 2012

The Suunto Quest or the Suunto Ambit would both work for your purposes. Outside of Suunto, the Tech4o Traileader series has the ABC functions + distance, but uses an accelerometer to measure distance, rather than battery eating GPS.

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Christopher Minguez wrote an answer about on April 24, 2012

Suunto says about 9 months with average use, probably 9 months to a year with general timekeeping duties. The battery change is going to be a little more involved than say the Core or Vector, which can be done in the field. The Elementum will either need to go back to the dealer or a jeweler, or sent back to Suunto for a battery change. The caseback for the Elementum has four Torx screws holding it, rather than screwback, as other Suunto models.

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Christopher Minguez wrote an answer about on April 18, 2012

You -could- use this for three season use, but at one and a half pounds, waterproof zips and fully taped seams, the bulk might get annoying after a while. But if you needed a do all jacket for a decent price, rather than multiple jackets, this should fit the bill.

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