Suunto Core Classic Watch Review

I bought my first outdoor watch a few months ago and Deskbound Girevik asked me to write a review so here it is!

This is the Suunto Core Classic Watch in ‘all black’.

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Functions:

  •  Time
    • Day and Date
    • Alarm
    • Time in another time zone
    • Sunrise/Sunset times
    • Stopwatch
    • Timer
  • Barometer
  • Temperature
  • Storm Warning Alarm
  • Altimeter
  • Compass
  • Depth Meter for Snorkeling

I bought this watch for hiking. In particular I thought the altimeter, sunrise and sunset times, and storm warning alarm would be useful.

It turns out the compass is useful too. On a recent trip to the New Forest I used it, along with a map, to navigate to the pub off piste through the woods. Worked like a dream. Even got me back again after a pint of cider.

The temperature reading is fun. I tend to check it a lot and inform people how hot/cold it is, I’m sure they’re interested. On a cold morning in the tent it’s a good indication of madness.

Last weekend I used the alarm and it was discrete and yet woke me up. I don’t like too loud an alarm when I’m camping near other people as I like to get up early and don’t want to disturb others.

The controls and menu are intuitive and easy to navigate. One of the Suunto Core’s best features in my opinion.

The second best feature is that, despite its size, the watch is very comfortable to wear. It’s light and has a low profile. It’s something I wear often, even when I’m not hiking, so that’s a good indication of how wearable it is as I rarely wear jewellery.

It is possible to change the battery yourself on this new version. (I think this was a problem on previous models.)

All in all, a useful piece of kit and I’m very glad I got it.

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Archived – Surprising Kit! No. 1

Surprising Kit! No. 1

Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 09:12PM

Very quick review of a piece of kit that’s surprised me (either in a good or bad way).

Hog Wild Snap Watch 2.

Cheap, waterproof, and easy to attach to rucksacks, belt loops, etc. as the strap is attached to the watch with simple poppers. Designed for skiing, sailing, climbing etc. When you don’t want to risk ruining an expensive watch.

At home I use my mobile phone to tell the time & I don’t wear a watch very much anymore but when we’re camping the power drains flat on my phone by the end of the first or second day. Knowing how long we have til sundown is very handy! So I originally bought this little beastie for camping and walking. To tie to my rucksack or hang from the ceiling loops inside the tent.

It’s getting used daily though as it’s so light, comfy, and I don’t have to worry if it gets dunked in the washing up bowl or scratched up or lost on a dog walk.

Surprisingly useful.

Example stockists UK: Cotswold Outdoors for £8.50 or online for £6.99 at Penrose Outdoors. http://bit.ly/bnQYKp

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