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Suunto Core Multifunction Watch - All Black


    Suunto Core Multifunction Watch - All Black

    The All Black Suunto Core multifunction watch is considered essential equipment for backcountry endeavors. It provides the data you need to take on nature's greatest challenges. See details

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    The All Black Suunto Core multifunction watch is considered essential equipment for backcountry endeavors. It provides the data you need to take on nature's greatest challenges.

    • Altimeter, Barometer, Compass (ABC) wrist-top design delivers crucial data for gauging performance, direction and weather
    • Barometric altimeter is accurate to 29,500 feet and displays current elevation and elevation gain/loss;records entire session for later analysis
    • Unique start-from-zero function simplifies altimeter usage by eliminating need to enter a reference altitude
    • Barometer function measures and records air pressure to help predict changing conditions; weather trend indicator shows history over last 3 - 6 hrs.
    • Automatic Alti/Baro mode senses movement, or lack thereof, and seamlessly switches between altimeter and barometer functions
    • Storm alarm feature activates when a rapid drop in air pressure is detected over a 3 hr. period; alarm sounds and flashes to indicate bad weather
    • Digital compass monitors direction; set and follow a bearing using rotating bezel ring, or point top of watch in direction of travel to lock in bearing
    • Sunrise/sunset times ensure you never miss another beautiful dusk or dawn; set regional data and watch will inform you how much daylight remains
    • Snorkelers will appreciate the accurate depth readings to 10m (30 ft.) and underwater buttons
    • The All Black Suunto Core multifunction watch features a mineral crystal, tough plastic case and elastomer strap that withstand rugged outdoor use


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    Suunto Core Multifunction Watch - All Black Specs
    Best use
    1 meter
    1 year
    100 feet
    2 x 2 x 0.625 inches
    1.875 inches
    Analog or Digital
    Elevation scale
    Ascent/descent rate
    Elevation gain/loss
    Altitude alarm
    Altimeter/barometer lock
    Weather forecast
    Wireless communication
    User replaceable battery
    Average battery life
    Water-resistant depth
    Date display
    Lap timer
    Countdown timer
    Multiple time zones
    Tide tracking
    OS compatibility
    Watch band material
    Face diameter

    Suunto Core Multifunction Watch - All Black

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    Suunto Core Multifunction Watch - All Black is rated 3.75 out of 5 by 24.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Met all my expectations I struggled w. the decision to buy this watch as I was preparing to do a week of hiking via the Yosemite HSCs. The price was just high enough to put this into a category of maybe I can live without it. But living near the coast in southern California, I was concerned about getting in shape and then being able to complete the 50+ mile HSC loop at altitude. So I really wanted to get in some training with significant elevation changes before heading off to the trip this summer. To keep track I wanted some sort of altimeter and was debating the barometric versions like this watch, versus a GPS model. I was also looking for a tool for the actual trip that would help me determine my progress on the trail each day. I really wanted to be able to know, for example, that if I was at 8900' that I had an additional 500' to go to the next camp. I thought a GPS watch would be the best answer to that until I learned that battery life was really an issue with those models. Not to mention that they can get even more expensive. I also was hesitant to commit to strapping a bulky contraption on my wrist as I am pretty heat sensitive (I have MS) and normally don't wear a watch. But after doing a bunch of research and reading other reviews of tons of competing products I picked the Suunto - and could not be happier that I did. Several points are key to my really high level of satisfaction. 1. The watch has a learning curve - because it has so many functions - and I took the time to experiment and use it for dozens of training hikes before heading off to Yosemite. At first I was picking up new features haphazardly - like finding out how to use the logs, reviewing the results of a hike's elevation gained and lost against a time scale - in a graphical display. Pretty cool. and turns out easy to use. 2. Calibration of the altimeter to a reference altitude - is of course the major step required to get accurate results from this watch. And it is really easy. And after using the watch for multiple hikes it has become natural. On the week long Yosemite trip I would calibrate the Core every morning before taking off on the trail - at the same time starting a new log for that day to record the elevation gained and lost. At the end of the hike that day I simply "stopped" the log and would then have a record of that days total elevation gained, lost, Net elevation gained, lost, as well as the chrono record of the times corresponding to those intervals. 3. Having a topo map handy on the trail really complemented the watch for me. You might wonder why did I need the altimeter if I had a topo map - but for me it is simply that without knowing exactly where I was along a stretch of trail, the map was not precise enough to pinpoint my location. With the altimeter and the topo map I could pretty much pin down my location to within a few hundred feet. That was really helpful to me as I needed to find a way to pace myself ('cause of MS) to complete each leg of the loop. As for the watch design, the strap and case is large but I found it to be very comfortable and unobtrusive. It is also rugged. On a training hike I did some scrambling thru heavy brush that was striking the watch and I had though I was going to end up scratching the crystal. When I got through I found that what I thought was a scratch was just debris that wipe off without leaving a trace. Today after using it for a couple of hundred miles over the past 6 months, the watch still looks brand new. Amazing. All in all I could not be happier that I chose this watch. The only minor things that I could possibly think of to improve would be really minor but are, A) the backlight feature works great if you are in a very dark environment, like in your sleeping bag. Then the watch reads clear as day using the backlight. In less dark settings I needed a flashlight to read it - but I think that has something to do with my wearing glasses, and needing more light to make out the dial without them. B) The alarm tone is in a frequency range that is hard for my 56 old ears to hear. Once someone had to point out that my alarm was beeping. I couldn't hear it. But those are both really minor and again - I loved the fact that at the end of the week I was able to relive each day's hike via the logs on the watch. Great for capturing
    Date published: 2014-04-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great watch.... Except The watch is easily the MOST comfortable I have worn to date. I have a few luminox watches and have tried casios in the past. But I have always wanted a suunto. I do like the watch, but... The GOOD: Comfortable Easy to use Awesome Backlight very accurate The Bad: Battery Life - 6 -8 months with heavy use Button Disease (see below) The all black display (see below) For those not aware, suunto has 2 different types of buttons. On some models the older style gaskets get dirty. When the button starts to stick or not be as friendly you simply put your watch in a glass of warm water for a few minutes and then dry it off and push the button a few times. This cleans out the button. However some have the issue that the button will stop working completely.... Suunto will repair it, at a cost to you, and send it back to you. Thankfully you purchase from REI who will guarantee everything. Thats why I continue to love REI. I have owned 2 versions of the core. My first one was the standard display, my second was the all black. I found the all black was very hard to read, mirrored when light hit it just right from overhead, and was very hard to read in low light. I returned my original standard display core due to a button problem, after owning the all black for just a few days, I returned it again and got the standard display version again. The best way I can sum it up is imagine trying to wear sunglasses while driving at midnight.... You look cool.... but it makes it that much harder to see.
    Date published: 2014-04-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great A-C watch.... Sunnto has got the ABC thing down for sure. This is a great watch. I'm hoping I haven't been able to properly set up the barometer as the settings never changed even though there were afternoon T-Storms that rolled in everyday while thru hiking the JMT. You need to be diligent and check/change your known altitude on a regular basis (you have to do this with ALL altimeters). The functions and navigation thru the watch are quite easy once you figure out their logic. Instructions are a bit challenging at first. It's a bit large on my arm, but not bulky as the profile is lower. I hope to figure out the barometer issue, the reason it didn't get 5 stars. Aside from that, this watch is great and I highly recommend it.
    Date published: 2014-04-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The standard I was looking for the current standard in ABC watches, and this seems to be it. It's apparently very popular among the military in the all-black version. As a tool for climbing mountains it's brilliant. For all-around fitness there are probably better options. The navigation takes a bit of getting used to, but just a bit. Like with any traditional altimeter, you do have to understand how the instrument works, and calibrate it periodically when you're at a known elevation. Do that and it's quite accurate. The fact that it switches automatically from altimeter to barometer based on motion is very cool, and probably helps a lot with accuracy during stop/start travel. As a bonus, in this era of gigantic fashion watches it can double as casual wear. I do find that the the strap is a bit fiddly to adjust, and I wish it were easy to swap out for a bigger one to wear over a jacket sleeve, skydiver-style. Still, it's a fine piece of gear.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent watch. This is an excellent watch, and I wear it every day. My only issue with it is that I need to take the watch off for fifteen minutes in order to check the temperature accurately.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Too much $$$ for this all black Core I use this watch daily for work. I like that its black, military style and stealthy. It's easy to read and unique. To me it's better than a G-shock that the rest of the guys at my work use. I like also that I don't have to plug it to the computer to charge the battery. Only downfall is that the IndiGlow or backlight is weak, wished it was stronger and brighter.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Nice when it works I have had 2 Suunto watches and both met the same fate. About a year after I got both of them, they died. On both of them, the screen fogged up for no apparent reason and then the watch proceeded to die. For that reason I would not recommend this product. I will admit though that while they worked, however brief it may have been, they worked very well. But, the reliability of this watch is terrible. I plan on switching to a new watch brand in the hope that I find a better watch.
    Date published: 2014-04-01
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Suunto Core- Regular Black I have wanted this watch for about two years, however, it was always just a little more than I was willing to spend for what it does. I spend alot of time running, riding mountain bikes/motorcycles and backpacking in the N. Georgia mountains so it semed like something that would be neat to have during those activities but not entirely necessary. Well, this past Christmas I got an REI gift card so I decided to take the plunge and get the Suunto Core regular black. I must say that before buying the watch, I did extensive research trying to decide if this particular ABC watch would suit me best and I decided it was the best ABC watch on the market for my price point and that REI carried. Upon purchasing the watch, I did even more extensive research learning how to use it properly and I must say that after learning how to use the watch it's going back to REI. There's two problems that I've found with this watch. The first is that none of the featurs that make this watch anymore interesting than an everyday Timex work accurately. I'll start by saying that I've spent a great deal of time studying barrometric pressures and learning about Mean Sea Level Pressure and the Absolute Air Pressure which are what the watch use to get an altitude reading. Unfortunatley, this watch has always been off by at least 500'-1000' in altitude and when I set the correct Altitude Reference Value it gives me an incorrect Absolute Air Pressure. The thermometer is fairly accurate, however, it takes almost a half an hour to adjust to a new temperature to give you an accurate reading after walking outside or inside (while not wearing the watch on my wrist). Then there's the compass, this this thing is usually off by as much as 90 degrees, certainly not accurate enough for anything that you would need a compass for. The second problem with this watch is that even if all the functions worked accurately, it's really not as interesting as it sounds. I thought when reading reviews about this watch that it would be such a neat thing to have but after having it for a couple weeks I'm somewhat embarrased that I spent so much money on this watch that's so extremely unnecessary. I knew it was unnecessary from the start but thought it would be a fun "gadget" to have, however, I've quickly changed my mind, others may have different opinions and to each his own but I'm returning this and only giving it two stars becuase the functions that work properly on this watch can also be found on any average Timex or any other digital watch. Reasons such as the ones I just stated are the reason that I always buy from REI because there's no hassle to return a product when it doesn't pan out.
    Date published: 2014-03-28

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