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- 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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Used by all Professionals with Altimeter, Barometer and Compass together with Altitude difference measurement, Altitude log and Vertical Speed facilty
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.
AltimeterThe 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.
BarometerSuunto 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.
CompassThe 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.
TimeIn 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. See all Product Description
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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.
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...
- 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....
Moreover, the dark face with light digits is not easily readable in day lights.
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".
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have had mine for about 6 years now, and worn it in 12 different countries on various expeditions, etc. It's scratched and dented but loved. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent purchase with easy access to time, altitude, temperature, air pressure and compass direction. Read morePublished 15 months ago by David from Rutland
Excellent and surprisingly easy to set up and use. Just tested it in Costa Rica and the altimeter was very accurate up to 3200 m. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Paul Skidmore
My husband was really pleased with this watch. He uses everyone of its functions as he's a skydiver who also enjoys outdoor pursuits. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Madwife
Cheap plastic on the straps has now broken a second time. The watch itself it good keep time and does what it says on the box however as an outdoor watch just cheap design and will... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jas
Works OK. Buttons too easily pressed by accident and fiddly, screen not as clear as it needs to be for navigatingPublished 18 months ago by G Donaldson
The watch itself is okay with its function.. The strap doesn't stay sturdy inside the securing bit. The buttons are big and they keep being pressed and modes changed all the time. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mr. N. Khadka