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An essential tool for mountaineers, backcountry skiers, and wilderness travelers. A fun tool for everyone else.

The weather was clear for days as your expedition ascended 10,000 feet, but then the barometric pressure started to change and your Storm Alarm went off. Thanks to the Suunto Core Altimeter Watch, you set up your high-altitude camp ahead of the big storm and are in your sleeping bag sipping hot cocoa before it hits. Bravo.

  • Highly sophisticated altimeter provides detailed data on your current elevation and elevation change over time—usable up to 29.500 feet
  • Seven-day altitude log and keeps track of your elevation gained and lost for you—so you can focus on the climb at hand
  • Keep an eye on approaching storms with an innovative motion-sensing barometric altimeter with seven-day memory and Storm Alarm feature
  • Additional features include timekeeping, date, chronograph, alarm functions, and underwater depth measurement to 30 meters.
  • Improved interface over previous models for a more user-friendly design
  • Parlez-vous français? Kannst du Deutsch? Habla Español? Yo, you speak English? The Suunto Core Altimeter Watch can answer oui, ja, sí, and yup
  • Slim profile, stylish design, and comfortable strap means you’ll probably want to take it to business meetings and out to dinner with your spouse too

Tech Specs

yes, usable to 29,500ft (9000m)
Heart Rate Monitor:
Digital Compass:
Adjustable Declination:
yes, up to 100ft (30m)
Alarm Type:
, date, time
Face Size:
Recommended Use:
casual wear, skiing, mountaineering, navigation
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

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4 5

Perfect Watch

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I bought the Suunto Core in Sahara Yellow. The watch is fairly large but it feels like it weighs close to nothing! It's so comfortable I actually forget that I'm wearing it. The instruments are really accurate and reliable. Perfect watch. My only issues are that it can be a little tough to see the numbers in bright sunlight and the alarms aren't really loud enough IMHO.

1 5

too complicated

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

lack of instructions makes this watch impossible to figure out

5 5

Everything you need, plus more

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I have worn this watch almost everyday for the past 18 months. I have used it, in addition to my daily routine, mountain biking, running, and backpacking.

I took it out for a three month stint working as a part of a trail crew building and repairing trail. I was worried that working with rocks and tools I would damage the face of the watch. After the end, the glass face is in excellent condition with just one small scratch. The outer edges did get scratched quite a bit, but it is only cosmetic. (In my opinion I think it looks good- showing this watch has been places)

Over the course of my daily routine, I only use it to look at the time. The screen is beautiful and shows everything you need. I have received many compliments. Though there is a learning curve, it is not that bad to figure out how to use all of the features well. Sometimes I want to see the altitude I'm at when travelling, so the "auto" mode works well for that. (Adjusts between barometer and altimeter automatically- impossible to view both at same time because altitude is calculated from pressure) Keep in mind the temperature will be about 15 degrees higher than the ambient temperature. To find the ambient temperature, just take off the watch and strap it to your backpack. You'll have an accurate reading in 15 minutes.

I have yet to change the battery. I think the time is coming soon though.

The biggest qualm I have is that the strap ended up breaking after being bent so many times when I put it on and off. Unfortunately, my warranty just ran out so I had to buy a new one. $35 from Suunto was a bit steep, even when on sale. Another minor thing is getting used to the watch. It's on the bigger side- not huge- but just a bit larger than the average watch. The strap feels a bit strange at first. Now though, I barely notice it.

4 5

Cool watch. A couple drawbacks

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Height: 5' 10"
    Weight: 155 lbs
    Size Purchased: One Size

The watch it surprisingly light. I like the strap and the way it fits. The large numbers are cool as well. The temperature gauge is off by around 10 degrees since the sensor is so close to the skin. Also, I'd like to be able to see the barometer and the altimeter at the same time. Other than that, I love it.

4 5

Suunto.... why such a weak strap

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Height: 6' 2"
    Weight: 240 lbs

Great watch. Has all the bells and whistles. Its a little bulky but that did not bother me one bit. However the straps....
1. It was always too tight or too loose. I could never get the right sizing because of the strap.
2. Why the weak strap Suunto??? Strap lasted just under a year. I am on my 3rd strap. Very weak breaks easily.

Watch still looks BAD AXX and its tough

5 5

Awesome Watch

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

This is super badass watch, I love it. Very light, comfortable strap. It has a lot of functionality. Instructions aren't great but very straightforward.

5 5

bday present for boyfriend

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

i haven't used this myself, but i know my boyfriend loves it. he takes it on all of his big backcountry tours to track total elevation climbed and on major backpacking and climbing trips. haven't heard any complaints from him about it.

Hi, is that possible to switch from ft to meters? On the screen.

Best Answer Responded on

Yes. it will do metric or standard (feet/meters, *f/*C, etc.). It's an option in the menu setting. You can also do 12/24 hrs clock.

Press and hold Mode button (middle right).
Scroll down using -/light button to "Units"

5 5

A little pricy, but a great tool

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I use this thing for hiking, fishing, hunting, anything outdoors related. I was a little hesitant to buy at first after reading some of the negative reviews, but I'm glad I took the chance. Its a great watch. The altimeter is pretty accurate as long as you follow the instructions. I would purchase it again if I lost it.

Halloween Pennant

Highest (and one of the most northerly) recorded in New Hampshire.

How's that for a use you didn't think of?

Halloween Pennant
Responded on

Awesome picture Lauren !!!

I selected this image to feature on the Community Hub at the bottom of the homepage! Congrats on being utterly GOATWORTHY !!

4 5

It's About Time

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: Runs large

I've searched far and wide for a reliable watch for outdoor activity. The Suunto Core is a reasonably priced wrist top computer that you can take with you on any excursion and trust that it will work. After five years of putting it to the test, my Core keeps on ticking. I like the altimeter feature, although it requires frequent calibration to be accurate within 200 vertical feet. The compass also seems to be accurate to within a few degrees (make sure you set the correct declination). My favorite part is the huge display. Even on a small wrist, it looks and wears fine. Sometimes you don't have the ability to stare at small numbers while in action, so the large font read out is much appreciated.

It's About Time
Responded on

Awesome picture Sean!!

I selected this image to feature on the Community Hub at the bottom of the homepage! Congrats on being utterly GOATWORTHY !!

4 5

Great alpine watch.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love my Suunto Core. It never leaves my wrist. I like how the face of the watch is large, which makes it easy to see the variety of features this watch offers. It's definitely worth the coin.

The only bummer about this watch is that the compass seems a bit iffy. I've set my declination, spun the watch around to reset the directions, yet when I compare the direction to my brunton, its off by 5-15 degrees. Hence the 4 stars instead of 5.

Almost back to where the planes are...

...supposed to be.
But weren't due to the obvious inclement weather.

8.5k feet on the Kahiltna. Since we couldn't see more than a rope-length, i was obsessively checking my Suunto CORE altimeter.
Kahiltna Base Camp is SOMEwhere out there...around 7100 feet or so...

Almost back to where the planes are...

17 Camp is cold.

And aptly named...

A favorite quote comes to mind.

"It was cold as hell...mitts and everything was all ice."
-Billy Taylor from the Sourdough Expedition...Denali, April 3rd, 1910...

The watch, of course, survived. This and many other similar experiences. I lost it somewhere on Mont Blanc a short time later.
But I like the watch so much, one of the first things I did when I got back to Chamonix was to buy another one.
After drinking a beer, of course...

17 Camp is cold.

Is there a difference in features between the discontinued colors models and the newer models?

Responded on

Hey There,
The only difference between the disc. model and this years is cosmetic. The functionality and features remained the same. If you have any other questions about this watch or other gear please give me a call at 1-800-409-4502 ext 4446 or email at

4 5

Fun and function

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Bought this sucker for a 250+ mile hike on the Colorado Trail. This was a last minute-am-I-sure-I-want-one-of-these? purchases and I couldn't be happier having bought this watch. The features are excellent and intuitive; I read the manual once and figured out most of it on the trail. It survived multiple weeks of abuse and is looking darn good. My only criticism would be that the functions to set the altimeter reference point are a bit buried, but after a few times you'll zip through the menus without an issue. I"m stoked to take in BC skiing this season.