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An essential tool for mountaineers, backcountry skiers, and wilderness travelers. A fun tool for everyone else.

The weather was clear for days as your expedition ascended 10,000 feet, but then the barometric pressure started to change and your Storm Alarm went off. Thanks to the Suunto Core Altimeter Watch, you set up your high-altitude camp ahead of the big storm and are in your sleeping bag sipping hot cocoa before it hits. Bravo.
  • Highly sophisticated altimeter provides detailed data on your current elevation and elevation change over time—usable up to 29.500 feet
  • Seven-day altitude log and keeps track of your elevation gained and lost for you—so you can focus on the climb at hand
  • Keep an eye on approaching storms with an innovative motion-sensing barometric altimeter with seven-day memory and Storm Alarm feature
  • Additional features include timekeeping, date, chronograph, alarm functions, and underwater depth measurement to 30 meters.
  • Improved interface over previous models for a more user-friendly design
  • Parlez-vous français? Kannst du Deutsch? Habla Español? Yo, you speak English? The Suunto Core Altimeter Watch can answer oui, ja, sí, and yup
  • Slim profile, stylish design, and comfortable strap means you’ll probably want to take it to business meetings and out to dinner with your spouse too

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5 5

Hot Dog, This is a great Watch!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I just got this watch a couple of weeks ago and so far, it is a great one. I read many reviews before I decided to get one. I got the all black military one because it looks more classy than the others. A lot of people have complained about not being able to read the time in low light conditions with the all black face. Yes, they are correct. It is difficult to see when you are in a dark place or are outside at night. However, in those cases, use the backlight feature...that's why the feature exists. I have yet to set the altimeter/barometer feature, so until I brush up on how to use it, I won't know how well those features work. I can say that the compass is spot on. However, I have yet to be in a situation dire enough to solely rely on it. I would suggest taking the ole trusty "manual" compass if you are going to be out in the woods on a hike or hunt. As great as it is, I can't bring myself ever to rely solely on technology. This is my first Suunto watch that I have purchased and I'm very pleased with it!

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WEIGHT = 2.26 oz

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WEIGHT = 2.26 oz

4 5

Handy tool for mountain life

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Its hard to imagine how I got by without one for so long. This watch is super handy for determining altitude while traveling in low-vis conditions, provided you have calibrated the watch. Any barometric altimeter has its limitations with drastic changes in barometric pressure, but as long as you calibrate the altitude at the base and at the summit, you will have accurate results. The log feature doesn't hurt either.

Handy tool for mountain life
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I like how the face size is categorized as "Medium," yet it's the width of Mr. Gibbs' wrist. Slick-looking watch for sure.

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Yes I arguably have very small wrists. Certainly more in the "Large" watch category.

5 5

loaded with cool features

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This watch does just about everything you could want except make toast. If only it could make toast....I digress. Its comfortable to wear. While being a large watch, it doesn't seem bulky or cumbersome. Feels extremely durable. It is very easy to read and use. The altimeter is accurate (just need to set the reference alt based on the day's conditions). The sunrise sunset estimator is pretty cool, the timer, stop watch and dual time are all great features.
Took a little time to get this watch figured out, but the Youtube videos on how to use it are extremely helpful. Can't wait to really put this watch through the wringer, and see how it does for a skydiving altimeter, and how it holds up in the long run.

I know, I KNOW!!

I know, I KNOW!!

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I've posted enough photos of this watch!
But...I just wrangled all my CR2 RAWs and found a treasure trove of ones I never processed, so I'm excited, and you're gonna have to bear with me...

This one's from the top of North America.
Cool.

And here's a whole ton of them...
http://www.brandonriza.com/Miscellaneous/Numbers.jpg

And the fact that I'm posting this at 0:43 on 01/01/14 probably means I have rather significant mental issues...
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

5 5

Great watch

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

First off, this is my first altimeter watch and I don't own a GPS so I have never really had the ability to measure my altitude. I've used this watch for backpacking trips, hiking, and mountain biking. The altimeter reading is awesome for quick reads on the trail with excellent visbility - the watch face is large and easy to flip between different view modes. The watch does need to be calibrated often (at least daily) to stay accurate, but even without calibrating it is still very helpful in measuring relative altitude changes - it's also a cinch to calibrate - didn't even need to read the manual to figure it out. I have found that the altitude readings help both with navigation awareness as well as general motivation when slogging up big climbs - helps motivate me as I know I'm nearing the end even when the visual clues don't indicate so.

I don't use the compass function much, but I do like the temperature reading - keep in mind it is only reliable when you are not wearing the watch as it is sensitive to your body heat. I left the watch out one night while backpacking in Yosemite and the reading in the morning was 28 deg F, which is exactly what the forecast had called for.

I have only had the watch for a couple months so can't comment on any battery longevity issues, but so far it has been exactly what I was looking for. I've also had quite a few compliments on the look of the watch when just wearing around the office - I really only cared about the functionality of the watch, but nice to get some compliments on the look as well.

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Just a quick note on the elevation calibration.
All the watch is doing is measuring how many trillions of atoms are crushing down on you at any given point at any given time. This, of course, changes by the second. (That's why wind blows...) It's actually far more accurate than the elevation reading on any GPS device, since those are triangulating your location in a 3D array. There's smoosh-room on most GPS devices where the elevation is concerned. The good ones recal and audit themselves from barometric pressure readings.
So yeah, you need to reset the elevation on barometric pressure altimeters quite frequently, but that's part of what makes them awesome...the discrepancies you see are simply changes in atmospheric pressure and thus of weather. (By discrepancies i mean discounting your vertical mobility...)
So if you calibrate at known elevations, you can accurately predict short-term weather patterns. If it's constantly and consistently reading a higher elevation than where you know you are (which is simply an indication of lower baro pressure for a given elevation)...you're about to get wet...(or colder.)

As far as the compass goes, here's a non-documented tid-bit. (at least since last time i RTFMd...):
The watch is constantly attempting to calibrate the compass based on your movement (radially), but it gets jacked a lot due to the various metals and devices we all carry, and other things.
Before I head out, i take the watch off and balance it on my nalgene bottle, then rotate the bottle around its Z axis about four or five times.
Doing this recalibrates the compass to about as accurate as it's gonna get. There's no feedback that it worked, other than that it works better after than it did before... ;)

Man...that was long...

2 5

Not the best bang for the buck.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Buyer beware! I live in the Smokey Mtns here in TN and thought this is the best watch for all my needs on the trail. I love the looks of this watch, seriously it's a cool watch. However, the durability of this watch is horrible. Within the first year it died! Broke the band($65) and went through two batteries. Went to Myrtle Beach and went waist deep and came out to find my watch was no longer functional . Really was dishearten about the whole thing because it was an expensive toy. Features were never correct. I may have gotten the lemon but I advise to stay clear of this watch.

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Sorry to hear you've had troubles. I've owned two of these, now (lost the other one) and I've found them to be very solid watches. However, I've had a bucket-load of problems with my Suunto T6 watches and some (i've had 3) were definitely just broken when they came off the production conveyor belt. So i would not be surprised if you did indeed get a lemon. I say give it another chance. I've had mine every where from sea level to 7000 meters, temps from 120F to -30F, it's been tied to piece of cordeltte, weighted with a rock, and thrown into the alpine lake i was swimming in for 20 minutes to quantify just how closely I was flirting with hypothermia (42F! brrrrrrr...)
I've found it to be a great watch.

It's not uncommon for it to need 2 batteries in a year.
The little guy is doing lots of stuff other watches don't do...

5 5

Great for the magazine reader.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I bought this because it looked great and it was on sale (SAC).

I have no justification for having such a capable watch. But I have found it useful nonetheless:

-- The altimeter has actually helped me find my own location on a map when I was lost. Also, good for settling bets.

-- The compass seems to work sometimes, but despite my delicate nature I've got an excellent sense of direction so I prefer dead reckoning.

-- My children are convinced that I control the forces of nature because I can predict when storms are rolling in.

-- I work at a school and all the teenagers around me think it looks "kick ass" "totally smokin" and "so dirty."

-- I keep the countdown timer set at 20 minutes and I'm AMAZED how often I use it. Seriously: 20 is a magic number.

-- I like knowing the date, and the sunrise sunset times. I don't much care about time in another time zone.

-- Alarms are useful but setting them is a pain so I don't do it often.

-- I like that the battery can be replaced by normal humans with basic tools.

-- When I injure myself in the field, I suspect the rescuers find the presence of a second hand on my watch useful for monitoring my failing vital signs..

-- The watch is huge, so I don't lose it so often.

-- Some people have had QC issues, but mine is (I assume) a refurb so that probably won't happen to me. REFURB RULEZZZ! Also, I'm a big baby so it's not like this thing is gonna get concussed as I jump off a waterfall or something.

-- On backpacking trips I always check the temperature when I wake up in the wee hours so I can brag about it to the ladies back home.

So there. It's not the watch I deserve, but it's the watch I need right now.

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Dude...you should TOTALLY jump off waterfalls. Also, put the watch outside your tent. 20 degrees F more bragging rights points. Chicks dig that stuff. Well...the cool chicks, anyways...

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LOL... I can't leave it outside the tent. How would I check it? It's COLD out there!

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has anyone had any experience scratching the face? what is it made of is it mineral crystal or soft plastic like the last SUUNTO I purchasted. I was pissed. Bought it while I was in Afghanistan and bumped into a CON-EX and scratched the face. Totally screwed up the face. The guts still worked fine but it sucks to look at a $250.00 investment with a huge ding right in the middle of the face.

Brand new CORE on Bear Creek Spire...

Brand new CORE on Bear Creek Spire...

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I lost my old CORE (Regular Black) on Mont Blanc and replaced it with the Glacier Gray version. I love this thing. I've actually bought four of them, two as gifts. Out of those four, I like the Glacier Gray one the best. The two gifted versions were various iterations with black faces, which look super cool, but I find them hard to read.
You might notice in some photos online that the Glacier Gray version has a lighter face as compared to the Regular Black version. In some photos, the face looks almost white.
It's not. (lamentably...)
The Regular Black and Glacier Gray version have the exact same face.
The bezel is easier to read (dark on light) than on the Regular Black version, and the buckle is matte black, not silver.
Anyway, great watch. If I could change anything from a functional standpoint, I'd make the elevation adjustment operate more like the one on the Suunto T6d.
When you are adjusting the elevation on that watch, it starts slow as you hold the button down, then starts jumping in larger increments. You can change it from sea level to 5K feet in a few seconds. Not the case with the COREs. You have to hold the button down so long you get painful imprints in your finger.
Minor detail, though...5 stars.

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SICK photo Brandon!!!
Thanks for sharing!

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What camera/editing software did you use? All of your photos are sick!

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Hey, Carver...
Thanks!
I shoot with a Canon 5D MKII or MKIII and various lenses, mostly primes. This one was shot with a Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG fisheye. (great lens) I shoot RAW and process in a few different apps depending on what I'm doing. This was a 5 EV-spread tonemapped HDR proc'd in LightRoom and SNS-HDR Pro.

It's a drag carrying the heavy cam up there but I'm never happy with the photos when I don't bring it.
I get waayyy OCD on my pixels, man...

This seems like a huge watch for a female....

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This seems like a huge watch for a female. Is it comfortable to wear?

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Hey,

It is indeed quite a large watch. However, if you look through the reviews you'll see that most find this watch to be very comfortable.

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i've been wearing this watch for almost 5 years now , it's great watch and comfortable , but it is big.. i have a dent on the back of my hand from the watch :D

Is it genuine?

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Is it genuine?

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Absolutely it's genuine! All Suunto watches are made in Finland.

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You do realize that Backcountry is one of the largest, most successful, highly regarded online retailers in the world, right? That didn't happen without a whole lot of integrity in satisfying millions of customers over the years. If you buy a Suunto, it is a genuine Suunto.

obnoxious to have no view button

obnoxious to have no view button

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High on the Pamir Highway in Tajikistan.

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Ben, thanks for the pic! --This gives me a great idea of the face size.

5 5

Great for the outdoors and everyday use

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I've had my Core for over a year and wear it everyday no matter if i'm at work or deep in the woods. The face is large but not overly aggressive. Temp is always hotter than actual but besides that every function works great. I would recommend this watch to anyone.

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You need to remove the watch to get an accurate temperature. When the watch is contacting your skin, your body temperature is influencing the temperature reading, giving you the higher temperature. Hope this helps!

5 5

Great watch for runners

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I recently borrowed this watch from a friend and am about to purchase one, just wanted to check the full features first. The watch performed great while running Ragnar. We were able to take our runners' times to estimate average pace. The watch it self is light but feels solid and sturdy. It wasn't a bother while running, and looked good when resting too. I recommend the watch for runners and more.

5 5

My go to watch

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I wear this watch just about everyday. It has held up to a ton of abuse, from being jammed in cracks rock climbing, to camping trips, to daily showers and swims. It hasn't let me down yet. The functions are quite accurate. The compass has always been a little off for me, but I personally never would rely on a watch as a sole means of navigating. I generally bring a gps or compass, and this is just a backup to those. But, the altimeter and barometer readings are very good. I had mine out today comparing it to the pressure readings on the weather channel. It was about .03 off the weather channels reading. Pretty good. Overall, sleek, comfortable, durable, my favorite watch that I own

5 5

Good functions.

This is really my first altimeter so I have nothing to compare it with. It seems user friendly and easy to learn. I have had issues with the battery life like others have stated in their reviews but the battery is super simple to replace. All in all it been a great purchase and has held up to some fairly regular abuse.

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