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Suunto Vector

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Orange - orange
  • Waterproof to 30 m (100 ft)
  • With electroluminescent backlight
  • The ideal companion for hill walking, mountain biking or skiing.
  • A combination of altimeter, barometer, electric compass with all the features of a quality sports watch

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  • Boxed-product Weight: 318 g
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  • ASIN: B000WP22L8
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 20 Feb. 2014
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,307 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)

Product Description

Product Description

Used by all Professionals with Altimeter, Barometer and Compass together with Altitude difference measurement, Altitude log and Vertical Speed facilty

Manufacturer's Description

After a decade of travels, adventures and courageous expeditions, the Suunto Vector is still the most legendary of all the Suunto outdoor devices. With technology and durability that can take on the harshest of environments, the unique heritage of Suunto Vector has withstood the test of time.

Altimeter

The altimeter features a range up to 9,000 m / 29,500 ft, putting all 14 of the world's 8,000+ meter summits within your reach. Suunto Vector also features an altitude difference measurement function for following the vertical progress between different stages of a climb. It has an automatic 24-hour memory that stores the altitude and ascent/descent rate for every hour and also features an adjustable altitude alarm and a number of different memory functions. With the unique logbook function, you can also record your total and cumulative vertical ascents and descents, as well as the number of runs skied.

Barometer

Suunto Vector displays the current barometric pressure and temperature, enabling you to forecast weather changes when they matter most. It also automatically records barometric data for the past four days: the first six hours in one-hour intervals and in six-hour intervals thereafter. When the reference altitude is set correctly, the instrument also shows the present sea level pressure, making it easier for you to read and understand the barometric pressure at high altitudes. However, when touring the mountains, don't forget that the detected barometric pressure changes when you are moving in a vertical direction, which at times, makes the tracking of weather changes a bit more complicated.

Compass

The digital compass of Suunto Vector guides you with cardinal or half-cardinal points and the north-south arrow. The compass can also be set to track a certain bearing, which helps you follow a desired direction in unknown terrain. The declination adjustment function allows you to correct the difference between true north and magnetic north, for a more accurate reading and direction.

Time

In addition to the outdoor-related functions, Suunto Vector also displays current time, in either 12 or 24-hour format. It has three daily alarms, a calendar programmed to the year 2089, a stopwatch with split-time measurement, and a countdown timer.

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I primarily bought the Vector as a rugged watch for when I'm trekking, which could also be used as a backup compass. I soon found that the altimeter proved to be an excellent navigation aid when combined with the ability to take bearings quite easily with the watch in compass mode. The barometer is good too as it indicates change in air pressure so you get an early indication of changes in the weather although of course if you are going up/down mountains, the usefulness of this becomes limited.

It's weathered well (I've had it over 10 years now), although there is a large scratch on the glass, picked up while walking in the Pyrennees. This hasn't affected performance at all though.

My only negative comment is that although you are advised in the manual to recalibrate the compass before every trip, the process can be a bit time consuming so it doesn't get done as often as perhaps it should. This did on one occasion cause some confusion since I used the Vector to make a quick check on the direction I was taking and it turned out to be wildly off. Fortunately I was aware of the general direction I needed to go so got out my 'real' compass to check, which is how I found that the calibration had gone completely. As I say, recalibration can be a pain so it's not something you feel like doing at the beginning of every day.

I also tend to reset the altimeter when I get to a known height, usually a peak, since changes in air pressure due to the weather rather than altitude can make the readings slightly inaccurate over a period of a few hours. Resetting the height is a job of a couple of seconds so this isn't an onerous task.

When it comes to battery changing, it is significantly cheaper to buy replacements from your local Boots or similar, however the Suunto replacement pack does come with a new seal, so the choice depends on how much you expect the device to be exposed to water.
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I bought my first Vector in 2001 and it has been one of the toughest watches I've ever owned ( I really do give them some stick too ) I've been through 2 straps and 4 batteries, these are surprisingly easy to change.
It's been up mountains and down ditches, it's travelled by land, sea & air and I like it so much that I'm going to buy another as mine works perfectly but is now as rough as a builders thumb.
You might get brownie points with the SAS for surviving everything that the watch has been through but I think it looks a bit too scruffy now, it's a yellow one so it really shows just how hard a life it's had, retirement beckons...
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This is a great watch. Why?

- Compass feature is brilliant. Having a compass on your wrist so you don't need to mess about finding it in your bag or jacket pocket is a great idea. The best thing though is that it can be recalibrated so if it gets affected by magnets in the area eg mobile phone (I have lost countless compasses through accidentally having them to close to my phone) you can simply reset it and it self-corrects.

- Altimeter is easy to use and very useful. Of course it will get affected by weather changes unlike a GPS but you can reset everytime you know your altitude.

- Barometer very useful - it has a time lapse feature so you can see recent trends in the pressure and therefore you know if the weather is deteriorating or improving.

-Watch does what it says on the tin....
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Colour Name: Black
The watch meets the expectations in terms of performance. However, the functions of the various buttons to move through modes and sub-modes are not really user-friendly and immediate to learn. For example, the night illumination is obtained by pressing a button for a few seconds continuously: this may not be easy (typically while practicing a sport or on board a moving vehicle) and, if pressing is interrupted too early, the watch display changes (in the dark).
Moreover, the dark face with light digits is not easily readable in day lights.
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I had this watch for just under a year but had to get rid. I purchased due to the great reviews on amazon but I found two show stoppers that caused me moved onto greener pastors - and a third minor issue.

1. I have small girlie wrists and the strap always use to fall out of the plastic holder thing at least a few times a DAY. It drove me mad. I contacted Suunto who sent me a replacement strap in case it was faulty but it was exactly the same as the stock one.
2. No button lock option and because of the position of the buttons I never knew what screen the display would be showing when I went to look at the time. This happened daily and Suunto support again just said sorry, button lock not available with this model. Which I already knew but didn't think it would be as big as an issue as it was.
3. Shows wear and tear fast, the numbers on the display and the Suunto brand on the orange face start wearing away quite quick. They are just painted on a flat surface until my new G-Shock were the paint is in little graves so it doesn't "rub off".

Pro's however:
The display is super clear to read and has a lovely domeish finish which looks great
Really light weight and the battery didn't run put the 11 months I had it
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I have owned a Vector for over 12 years. Particularly useful is the altimeter and barometer when on the hills, the log book is great fun too to review your progress particularly when skiing and you've been zooming up and down. Three separate alarms and the countdown timer have all proved useful for work. In short a great product, my first one has just died - I reviewed all the literature and bought exactly the same watch again (though on my original watch the LCD contrast was the other way round). No negatives except perhaps it's size - it's depth is probably about 1cm so doesn't fit well under shirt cuffs.
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