An essential tool for mountaineers, backcountry skiers, and wilderness travelers. A fun tool for everyone else.
- 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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Had this watch out for the first weekend hiking trip. Had everything dialed in as far as altitude,etc before starting. Love the underrated temperature function (when its not on your wrist). Although, after returning from my trip, the altitude is off by about 400+ft. I know the exact elevation of my house, and I have to re-set it. According to reviewers below, it seems and issue. I also havent been able to re-set my trip timer log. Back to the instruction manual I go..
Watch seems to have good functions but some are a little hard to get to, or limited in their display. Bottom half of the screen is pretty small which makes timer and countdown timer hard to see in a hurry. The yellow on black screen could also be a bit hard to see. I haven't used it at night yet. Seems to have all the functions I want short of GPS, at $200 it was good value. Alarm menu is a bit clunky to get to if you are using it often.
What is the typical battery life on this thing?
If you keep the functions locked unless when you use them I typically get a year out of a battery. If you are always using them all the time I would expect them to be about 4 months but at the end of the day you can always get replacement batteries for on the cheap.
Had this watch now for around 1.5 years. I mostly just use the altimeter function and haven't really tried to figure out the compass/barometer parts because they're so complicated. I'm sure I could learn the functions but it just seems too difficult, even after watching a few videos.
The altimeter is usually off by 100ft and has to be calibrated at every trailhead (and at every possible elevation marker, if you really want accuracy, which defies the point...). Also, the battery screw on the underside of the face was nearly impossible to take off.
On the plus side, it looks sweet, is very comfortable, and the basic functions are very useful.
It's an excellent watch. I am super stoked to have it. but in the few months that I have had it and the few technical events where I've used it, I've had a few challenges. Mostly with the compass. But as I review the instructions and get more familiar, it's becoming less of a challenge.
A lot of this is a consequence of the watch's sophistication. Its got a lot of features and is technically advanced. Perhaps I am not.
Some challenges are the frequent requests to set a reference altitude. i know there is a threshold that activates it, but there appear to be multiple, time and distance or time, distance, elevation, etc. Seems every time I check the altitude, I'm getting a prompt to set a reference. Even when I set a reference the day prior and have traveled fewer than 30 miles.
But I find the altimeter is accurate when I've done my homework ahead of time. And the barometer is essential for backcountry activities.
Once I figure out what i'm doing wrong with the compass, I have no doubt this will be a five star watch.
I got this a few years ago for a climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro and since then have used it many more times and in many different situations. Generally it's pretty cool, I have small wrists and it doesn't bug me TOO bad. But I don't really like watches to begin with so I might be biased, but I don't hold that against them my problem comes with the accuracy of the altimeter. This is the reason I got the watch and on any given climb if you compare your watch to others in your group I bet you won't find one alike which tells me its not an exact science what they have going on here. For the best results I would always recalibrate it at every camp since we were usually given the altitude and I would say generally you would be pretty close to what the actual altitude should be. One thing to remember is if you are flying somewhere to go climb this will need to be recalibrated when you land something about flying messes with it. I know that this is a common occurance with these watches which is why I don't really feel negative about the product.
I still do wear it though
The Core watch from Suunto was designed with the adventurer in mind. Dan has tested this watch and tells you about some of the cool features in this video gear review. Know your altitude, the barometric pressure... even a storm warning alarm. Check it out!
I just switched to the Core from a Casio Pathfinder. My first impressions are as follows:
1) It looks really cool. (This should hardly be a concern but lets face it, people don't like buying ugly things)
2) It is incredibly comfortable. I have often thought that I just have an odd sized wrist, because watches always seem to be uncomfortable, but not the Core.
3) It seems like the features and design were really well thought out.
I think a watch with these functions is a necessary piece of gear for climbers, and the Core seems to be like a good place to start if you are not put off by the price tag.
I haven't needed it for any real adventure as of yet. However, it was super intuitive to set up and work with the different features. I love the many features that come with this watch! It is super easy to set up and I feel like it is the watch for all my different activities. Will post more when I get to ski some bigger mountains than the ones here in TN.
Core (left) vs Ambit (right). For what it's worth, I have slim wrists.
Core (light black) left, Ambit right
Core is in the foreground (slightly thinner)
Unboxing my Suunto Core
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I don't use the features as much as i do but at work everyone comments on how awesome of a watch it is
Face size medium... This means what exactly? I'm a female mountaineer in desperate need of a reliable altimeter watch. I've been told for durability, Suunto is the only way to go. But I'm struggling with face sizes being far too big for my small wrist.
Any specs on the overall weight and diameter of the face? Also the "rise/height" of the face off the wrist (it does have to fit my jacket and gloves too...)
Here are some measurements that should help out:
Case Height: 50 mm
Case Width: 50 mm
Case Depth: 14 mm
Band Width: 1 in
Band Circumference/Length: 10 in
Weight: 4 oz
You will likely max out the band over gloves and a jacket.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
In my ROTC college days I wore a MTM patriot which took me all of 3 weeks to figure out it was a hunk of junk metal. My senior Military Instructor showed me his foliage green vector he had worn since the surge into Iraq with the 82nd AB. I thought to myself if it work for him it would work for me. College students don't make very much money so I had to buy a used Vector off ebay for $50. It lasted me through 3 years of college and my first year of training in the big Army. After CPR couldn't help bring the old vector back to life I treated myself to the new stock of Suunto watches in the AAFES display case at Ft. Eus, Va. I bought the all black core as I wanted something more advanced than the vector. Since the sales associate had no idea Suunto existed I took the chance paid $250 for it and now for 4 years and ticking I never looked back. It is now the old model, scratched bezel, and looking tired but non the less it is still with me. I recently replaced the band, gasket, battery, and case back. The only complaint that I have it eats batteries every 6 months or so with my daily use of alarms, timer, and back light. If you are contemplating which Suunto to buy I can say nothing terrible about the Vector or all black core.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This watch does everything you'd want a watch to do and then some. Has a lot of cool features, some of which I am still trying to figure out. I especially like the lock feature which keeps the watch from cycling through functions when you're not intending it to. Looks great. Fits great. Get compliments on it all the time.