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Take a step up.

Think you’ve seen this altimeter on someone’s wrist before? That’s because since its introduction in 1998, the Suunto Vector Altimeter Watch has served as the altimeter, barometer, and electronic compass of choice for hard-core adventurists from mountaineers to Marines. Since then, Suunto has greatly simplified the watch interface on this wristop computer to be more user friendly, upgraded the compass to be more precise, and added weather functions for peace of mind.
  • Highly sophisticated altimeter provides detailed data on your current elevation and elevation change over time—usable up to 29,000 feet
  • 24-hour altitude log 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 the barometer—includes four-day weather memory and trend indication system
  • Take a step in the right direction with the digital compass which allows you to set your bearing in degrees, track that bearing over time, and adjust for local declination
  • Additional features include timekeeping, date, chronograph, time alarm functions, and altitude alarm
  • Water resistant to 30m

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5 5

Get One!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Compared to the Highgear (which is no longer made) this watch stands alone. I've used it on several mountaineering, backpacking and climbing trips and it has yet to fail in any way.
Alarm: Loud enough to wake me up.
Altimeter: Easy to adjust and fairly accurate.
Barometer: Also easy to adjust and use.
Compass: Is also easy to read, use and calibrate.
Data Logs: Haven't really used but they do work and it's pretty cool.
Time: Hey, it also keeps time and date!
Size: Big, but not too big. It is also light on the wrist and looks great.

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Great review Tom!!

Thanks!

I'm curious how big this watch looks on a...

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I'm curious how big this watch looks on a female, or someone with small wrists...?

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Hey Laura,
To give you an idea of how big the face is here are the dimensions.
51.4 mm wide and 15.3 mm thick.

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Laura,

I honestly have no idea how it looks on a small wrist. The best way to know how is to try it on for yourself. It's a sweet watch and I hope it's not too big. I can setup the order for you and hook you up with a free return label. Email me - ccostley@backcountry.com and I can set it up for you :)

Outdoor Gear Lab Best Buy

Outdoor Gear Lab Best Buy

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Outdoor Gear Lab tested five of the best altimeter watches on the market in side-by-side tests over a year. These watches feature the key functions that hikers, backpackers, and climbers use the most: altimeter, barometer, digital compass, and standard time-keeping features.

5 5

Long term review

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It still works fine.
I got mine in 2006 , i think. No problems. Band has not broke, all functions work. I have only replaced the battery twice so far. Bezel does not really move much, but i never have used it.
I don't wear it daily, it is big. That is the only negative comment i have ever had.

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5 5

The Perfect Outdoors Watch

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

This is my first Suunto watch and it is spectacular in every way. Many, many settings that allow the user to track altitude, barometric pressure/sea level pressure as well as a very accurate compass. Yes, this watch will require you to manually adjust these settings when you first use it and may require you to calibrate them in the near future.

I also purchased the Suunto velcro strap with this watch because I read the stock, rubber strap is annoying and isn't that comfortable. I would highly recommend purchasing the Suunto velcro strap if you really want this watch to feel comfortable on your wrist.

Superb watch. Exactly what I was looking for.

Also, ordering this item was fast and easy. Backcountry shipped the watch the same day I ordered it and it arrived super fast (2 days).

3 5

nice watch

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This watch does it all, but requires a bit more research from the user. While I like it now, initially I had to get the majority of the instructions from the SUUNTO website, as a lot of the details do not come with the instructions with the watch. If you don't mind going to this extra effort you might get frustrated.

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^^^I find this to be a fairly blazed review. There are great instructional videos online and the good part is...you will never lose the manual!

5 5

Beyond Limits

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

So, the Vector is a great watch. The face is large enough to read in low light and not too big that you can not wear it with a jacket. The band can have issues as it will trap sweat and moisture beneath it, the one down side, but minimal considering the discomfort.

The buttons are pretty easy to work with gloves on and the back light is quick and a nice feature. Here in the Rockies everything is uphill, the altimeter is as accurate as it can be without GPS input.

Overall I am glad I got this watch, I just should have done it sooner.

4 5

High Quality, Accurate

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

As far as functionality, comfort, look, and durability go, this watch is top tier. I have slammed this thing around and I only have a tiny scratch on the face. It takes a little bit to get used to the buttons and what they do. I like the size of this watch as well. I have a small wrist, and most Suunto's are a little too big for me. This is just perfect. I wish it would sync with my heart rate monitor, but everything else is great.

I have the XBlack model and some reviews have said it's hard to read. I haven't had any issues reading this watch at all. It would be nice if the internal light were easier to operate, though.

5 5

Durable, comfortable, and informative

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

I have had this watch for several months now and at first it was a bit overwhelming trying to figure out all its cool tricks. Now I have most of them down and love this watch. I have used it in several mountain marathons and on many trail runs and mountain bike races.
Naturally I have taken some nasty spills and even fell on the watch pretty hard- it took it like a champ and looked better off than I did after the falls! The altitude log is an awesome feature and adds even more of a feeling of accomplishment after a long climb.
Great watch, has a low profile fit and is one tough time keeper.

Durable, comfortable, and informative
5 5

Not much has changed

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

I started wearing suunto watches back in 1999 when I purchased my first one In Graffenwoehr, Germany right before going on a field exercise for the military. I bought a Suunto Vector and I took it everywhere. I took it to Afghanistan on 2 tours and I took it to Iraq for 2 years. It survived all of the heat, sand, dust and rattling of the track vehicles we cruised around in. I had that watch until 2010 when I finally retired it and upgraded to the Core. I was looking at my buddies vector the other day and nothing has changed on this model at all. If it is not broken then don't fix it. The case is a hard plastic. This watch is much lighter than the steel casings of the Core. This model is a little less bulky than other suunto models. The band can sometimes trap moisture around the wrist because it is form fitting. The functions themselves are basic with an altimeter and a barometer, alarm functions and of course an analog. Aside from that this watch is awesome and if taken care of it will last you a decade.

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Hey, which watch do you like more, the Vector or the Core? I had my Vector for 10 years and it's time for a new watch, but I'm trying to decide if I should get the Core instead of the Vector. Any feedback is appreciated.

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JR, between the two the Vector is noticeably lighter and the suunto core crush fits a little differently. One problem I had with the vector as opposed to the Core crush is the band on the Vector caused water and sweat to be trapped between the band and my wrist which caused skin breakdown from time to time. The core crush ventilates a little better. Back to the weight, the Core Crush feels more heavy duty, and not as cheap as the vector feels. Changing the battery is much easier with the core you only have to replace the battery and not the whole cap every change like recommended with the vector. They have also come down in pricing since first released so they are more affordable then when they first launched them. Last point is the vector degrades much quicker than the core. All of my letters and numbers around the bevel and compass wore off on my vector, where the metal on the Core Crush has definitely outlasted the vector 5 fold. The only noticeable wear on my core is the black paint wearing away on the bevel, but really not an issue. I definitely think if you had the vector for a decade, then I would definitely go with the Core series. I recently purchased an alu core and absolutely love it.

5 5

Awesome!

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

I'll just list what I like about the watch. Very light. Great big size that's not too big. Very easy to setup time, alarm, stop watch, etc (go to youtube). The wrist band is very comfortable. Very ACCURATE time. I got the yellow one, sold it, then got the xBlack, and now miss my yellow one. Two cons: 1. the band screw came off I don't know when, so take notice of your loose screw before it's gone (I called Suunto and they sent me a new one). 2. The bezel gets tight when you turn from time to time, perhaps it has to do w/ the weather you in. Good luck w/ your decision. Link to my watch here http://s1212.photobucket.com/user/ftbagkicker/library/Suunto%20Vector%20Yellow

4 5

Great altimeter watch

Really like this altimeter watch. It is extremely simple to use and very reliable. I take it everywhere although I have a hard time not scratching the face.

4 5

Great watch

I gave this watch as a gift and he loves it. The watch works great. The battery life doesn't last that long though but he would definitely recommend it to a friend.

Where can I purchase a replacement watchband...

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Where can I purchase a replacement watchband for a Suunto Vector

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I know for a fact that ebay has them, other than that you can try contacting Suunto directly.

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While a little late, backcountry does sell 2 different types of replacement straps for the vector

Where can I obtain a replacement Suunto...

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Where can I obtain a replacement Suunto Vector watchband ?

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I know for a fact that ebay has them, other than that you can try contacting Suunto directly.

4 5

Learning how to use it

I just got this watch and am excited to start using in skiing, so far I have figured out how to set the time and stopped there. Not much else to say yet, but stoked to get it going.

5 5

Excellent Altimeter and Watch

I've put this thing through the wringer and its held up for several years now. However, the plastic face of the watch and the plastic bezel and buttons have taken a beating and totally show it.

5 5

amazing!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I got this at a large discount from the outdoor store I work at. I have used it all over Colorado and Wyoming, including a very windy day on the grand...did not let me down!! lately there is quite a bit of delay when flipping through the features so a new battery is in my very near future.

Are these solar powered? or battery...

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Are these solar powered? or battery powered?

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Hey Olaf,

Thanks for the question. The Suunto Vector Altimeter Watch runs on battery only.

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Thanks Wally.

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