When you think of an outdoors or adventure watch, odds are you’re thinking of a Suunto. These big, bold watches hold precise equipment from altimeters and barometers to compasses and thermometers, making them the perfect hiking, climbing, skiing or outdoors watches for adventures of any stripe.
The Suunto Core and Suunto Vector fill this role nicely, not only taking all those measurements, but tracking them to give you anything from your rate of climb to weather trends.
You can switch between altimeter and barometer modes so that weather changes don’t look like altitude changes, and vice versa. You can even switch into an underwater mode so altitude is converted into depth, making your Suunto Core into a dive watch too!
The digital watch compass can be used accurately in either hemisphere, unlike an analogue magnetic compass, so it’s perfect for globe-trotting adventures.
Throw in sunrise and sunset times, and you’ve got all the info you need, right on top of your wrist.
But Suunto also makes awesome training watches, which go past the usual heart-rate monitor functions to track and tailor your workouts to your goals, giving you helpful guidance to keep you on track.
The Suunto M5 Running Pack, for example, adds a pedometer pod in to throw in distance and speed data, and a wireless uploader to track your workouts online, through Suunto’s Movescount.com website.
So whether you’re looking for serious training or a serious adventure, there’s no better watch than a Suunto.
***Bonus deal for folks racing in any event in the Big Blue Adventure series summer 2011: