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Description

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

Altimeter:
yes, usable to 29,500ft (9000m)
Heart Rate Monitor:
no
Barometer:
yes
Thermometer:
yes
Digital Compass:
yes
Adjustable Declination:
yes
Chronograph:
yes
Backlight:
yes
Water-Resistant:
yes, up to 100ft (30m)
Alarm Type:
, date, time
Face Size:
medium
Recommended Use:
casual wear, skiing, mountaineering, navigation
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year

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On top of Colorado

On top of Colorado

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I love checking the altitude (probably too often) during both ascent and descent. Great tool.

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I see the Brandon Riza in you !!! : )

Awesome shot, Ryan!

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This was TOTALLY a tribute to Brandon. You, me, Brandon, and a few others know what's really going on. HAHA!

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Now I just needs me a nice camera...

1 5

Super Bummed

  • Gender: Male

Bought this watch in Nov '13 and 6 mos. later the screen started to leak and it no longer worked. Returned it to Suunto and was informed today that it is not covered by their warranty. Not about the money, but have spent (wasted) a lot of time on this and am really disappointed. Their customer service is a disaster - Be careful.

3 5

Time will tell...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Worn this daily for a year, at home or on the trail . Accurate measurements and looks cool.

It is pretty beaten up and I am worried in one more year it maybe completely finished

Unanswered Question

I'm looking to use this watch for backcountry...

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I'm looking to use this watch for backcountry skiing and summer backpacking. What is the difference between the core and the spartan? Any pros/cons of either?

Outdoor Gear Lab Top Pick

Outdoor Gear Lab Top Pick

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Outdoor Gear Lab tested five of the best altimeter watches on the market in side-by-side tests over a year. These watches feature the key functions that hikers, backpackers, and climbers use the most: altimeter, barometer, digital compass, and standard time-keeping features.

3 5

Careful with DEET

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

FWIW... I've had my core for a while.

When I was in Tanzania (I toss that in so you will think I'm cooler than I actually am) I was regularly applying DEET, and I'm sad to say that it ate away at the watch in a surprising way.

I've always been aware that DEET eats plastic, but honestly I didn't expect the Core to be susceptible.

That said, my now pretty wildly deformed watch makes me look a lot tougher than I actually am!

Also note: be careful with replacement bands, especially if you want to replace the original awesome black stretchy band... that one is called "elastomer" and I found out too late.

Core Vs Ambit2 : For $300 less one could...

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Core Vs Ambit2 : For $300 less one could purchase the Core. Is there any defining factor that would push one to buy the Ambit (Ambit2 Sapphire) over the Core?

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Yup: the Ambit is a GPS watch, but the Core isn't. That's the "big" difference between the two.

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ehine1,

The big difference between these two watches is the GPS, but that GPS does quite a lot for you. Suunto bills the Core as being for "explorers" while the Ambit 2 is for "athletes and explorers." The GPS on the Ambit 2 gives you a more precise altimeter by combining readings from GPS and barometric pressure. The GPS further enables you to track your ground speed, minutes per mile, and with the new upgrade that was just released, cadence as well. The Ambit 2 also has the option of pairing with a variety of accessories including a heart rate monitor. Also, while both watches are very well constructed, I think the Ambit 2 is the more durable, especially in the sapphire edition.


My advice is to really examine what you intend to use this watch for. If you are looking for a solid ABC watch for backcountry use, the Suunto Core will get everything you need. But if you want a watch that can also track and chart you training over time as you prepare for you next triathlon or ultra, then I think the Ambit 2 is worth the extra money.

5 5

Rock n Roll. New best friend!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Straight out of the box onto the wrist. I hit the mountain for some hike and fly paragliding, from the one and only mount doom (Mt. Ngauruhoe, New Zealand).
Epic features. Altimeter Accuracy to a T!
From this to mountain biking Whakarewarewa in Rotorua...to trekking the amazing spots around...flying light cessnas in the Marlborough Sounds...the logging of trips and reviewing, altimeter referencing and safety of compass navigation. I love this device. It has just such a simply smooth, but sexy look... coupled with a plethora of functionality. Easy to operate.
Fully Satisfied. Completely recommend for any outdoors enthusiast.

5 5

Hot Dog, This is a great Watch!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I just got this watch a couple of weeks ago and so far, it is a great one. I read many reviews before I decided to get one. I got the all black military one because it looks more classy than the others. A lot of people have complained about not being able to read the time in low light conditions with the all black face. Yes, they are correct. It is difficult to see when you are in a dark place or are outside at night. However, in those cases, use the backlight feature...that's why the feature exists. I have yet to set the altimeter/barometer feature, so until I brush up on how to use it, I won't know how well those features work. I can say that the compass is spot on. However, I have yet to be in a situation dire enough to solely rely on it. I would suggest taking the ole trusty "manual" compass if you are going to be out in the woods on a hike or hunt. As great as it is, I can't bring myself ever to rely solely on technology. This is my first Suunto watch that I have purchased and I'm very pleased with it!

Unanswered Question

WEIGHT = 2.26 oz

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WEIGHT = 2.26 oz

4 5

Handy tool for mountain life

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Its hard to imagine how I got by without one for so long. This watch is super handy for determining altitude while traveling in low-vis conditions, provided you have calibrated the watch. Any barometric altimeter has its limitations with drastic changes in barometric pressure, but as long as you calibrate the altitude at the base and at the summit, you will have accurate results. The log feature doesn't hurt either.

Handy tool for mountain life
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I like how the face size is categorized as "Medium," yet it's the width of Mr. Gibbs' wrist. Slick-looking watch for sure.

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Yes I arguably have very small wrists. Certainly more in the "Large" watch category.

5 5

loaded with cool features

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This watch does just about everything you could want except make toast. If only it could make toast....I digress. Its comfortable to wear. While being a large watch, it doesn't seem bulky or cumbersome. Feels extremely durable. It is very easy to read and use. The altimeter is accurate (just need to set the reference alt based on the day's conditions). The sunrise sunset estimator is pretty cool, the timer, stop watch and dual time are all great features.
Took a little time to get this watch figured out, but the Youtube videos on how to use it are extremely helpful. Can't wait to really put this watch through the wringer, and see how it does for a skydiving altimeter, and how it holds up in the long run.

I know, I KNOW!!

I know, I KNOW!!

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I've posted enough photos of this watch!
But...I just wrangled all my CR2 RAWs and found a treasure trove of ones I never processed, so I'm excited, and you're gonna have to bear with me...

This one's from the top of North America.
Cool.

And here's a whole ton of them...
http://www.brandonriza.com/Miscellaneous/Numbers.jpg

And the fact that I'm posting this at 0:43 on 01/01/14 probably means I have rather significant mental issues...
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

5 5

Great watch

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

First off, this is my first altimeter watch and I don't own a GPS so I have never really had the ability to measure my altitude. I've used this watch for backpacking trips, hiking, and mountain biking. The altimeter reading is awesome for quick reads on the trail with excellent visbility - the watch face is large and easy to flip between different view modes. The watch does need to be calibrated often (at least daily) to stay accurate, but even without calibrating it is still very helpful in measuring relative altitude changes - it's also a cinch to calibrate - didn't even need to read the manual to figure it out. I have found that the altitude readings help both with navigation awareness as well as general motivation when slogging up big climbs - helps motivate me as I know I'm nearing the end even when the visual clues don't indicate so.

I don't use the compass function much, but I do like the temperature reading - keep in mind it is only reliable when you are not wearing the watch as it is sensitive to your body heat. I left the watch out one night while backpacking in Yosemite and the reading in the morning was 28 deg F, which is exactly what the forecast had called for.

I have only had the watch for a couple months so can't comment on any battery longevity issues, but so far it has been exactly what I was looking for. I've also had quite a few compliments on the look of the watch when just wearing around the office - I really only cared about the functionality of the watch, but nice to get some compliments on the look as well.

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Just a quick note on the elevation calibration.
All the watch is doing is measuring how many trillions of atoms are crushing down on you at any given point at any given time. This, of course, changes by the second. (That's why wind blows...) It's actually far more accurate than the elevation reading on any GPS device, since those are triangulating your location in a 3D array. There's smoosh-room on most GPS devices where the elevation is concerned. The good ones recal and audit themselves from barometric pressure readings.
So yeah, you need to reset the elevation on barometric pressure altimeters quite frequently, but that's part of what makes them awesome...the discrepancies you see are simply changes in atmospheric pressure and thus of weather. (By discrepancies i mean discounting your vertical mobility...)
So if you calibrate at known elevations, you can accurately predict short-term weather patterns. If it's constantly and consistently reading a higher elevation than where you know you are (which is simply an indication of lower baro pressure for a given elevation)...you're about to get wet...(or colder.)

As far as the compass goes, here's a non-documented tid-bit. (at least since last time i RTFMd...):
The watch is constantly attempting to calibrate the compass based on your movement (radially), but it gets jacked a lot due to the various metals and devices we all carry, and other things.
Before I head out, i take the watch off and balance it on my nalgene bottle, then rotate the bottle around its Z axis about four or five times.
Doing this recalibrates the compass to about as accurate as it's gonna get. There's no feedback that it worked, other than that it works better after than it did before... ;)

Man...that was long...

2 5

Not the best bang for the buck.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Buyer beware! I live in the Smokey Mtns here in TN and thought this is the best watch for all my needs on the trail. I love the looks of this watch, seriously it's a cool watch. However, the durability of this watch is horrible. Within the first year it died! Broke the band($65) and went through two batteries. Went to Myrtle Beach and went waist deep and came out to find my watch was no longer functional . Really was dishearten about the whole thing because it was an expensive toy. Features were never correct. I may have gotten the lemon but I advise to stay clear of this watch.

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Sorry to hear you've had troubles. I've owned two of these, now (lost the other one) and I've found them to be very solid watches. However, I've had a bucket-load of problems with my Suunto T6 watches and some (i've had 3) were definitely just broken when they came off the production conveyor belt. So i would not be surprised if you did indeed get a lemon. I say give it another chance. I've had mine every where from sea level to 7000 meters, temps from 120F to -30F, it's been tied to piece of cordeltte, weighted with a rock, and thrown into the alpine lake i was swimming in for 20 minutes to quantify just how closely I was flirting with hypothermia (42F! brrrrrrr...)
I've found it to be a great watch.

It's not uncommon for it to need 2 batteries in a year.
The little guy is doing lots of stuff other watches don't do...

5 5

Great for the magazine reader.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this because it looked great and it was on sale (SAC).

I have no justification for having such a capable watch. But I have found it useful nonetheless:

-- The altimeter has actually helped me find my own location on a map when I was lost. Also, good for settling bets.

-- The compass seems to work sometimes, but despite my delicate nature I've got an excellent sense of direction so I prefer dead reckoning.

-- My children are convinced that I control the forces of nature because I can predict when storms are rolling in.

-- I work at a school and all the teenagers around me think it looks "kick ass" "totally smokin" and "so dirty."

-- I keep the countdown timer set at 20 minutes and I'm AMAZED how often I use it. Seriously: 20 is a magic number.

-- I like knowing the date, and the sunrise sunset times. I don't much care about time in another time zone.

-- Alarms are useful but setting them is a pain so I don't do it often.

-- I like that the battery can be replaced by normal humans with basic tools.

-- When I injure myself in the field, I suspect the rescuers find the presence of a second hand on my watch useful for monitoring my failing vital signs..

-- The watch is huge, so I don't lose it so often.

-- Some people have had QC issues, but mine is (I assume) a refurb so that probably won't happen to me. REFURB RULEZZZ! Also, I'm a big baby so it's not like this thing is gonna get concussed as I jump off a waterfall or something.

-- On backpacking trips I always check the temperature when I wake up in the wee hours so I can brag about it to the ladies back home.

So there. It's not the watch I deserve, but it's the watch I need right now.

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Dude...you should TOTALLY jump off waterfalls. Also, put the watch outside your tent. 20 degrees F more bragging rights points. Chicks dig that stuff. Well...the cool chicks, anyways...

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LOL... I can't leave it outside the tent. How would I check it? It's COLD out there!

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has anyone had any experience scratching the face? what is it made of is it mineral crystal or soft plastic like the last SUUNTO I purchasted. I was pissed. Bought it while I was in Afghanistan and bumped into a CON-EX and scratched the face. Totally screwed up the face. The guts still worked fine but it sucks to look at a $250.00 investment with a huge ding right in the middle of the face.

Brand new CORE on Bear Creek Spire...

Brand new CORE on Bear Creek Spire...

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I lost my old CORE (Regular Black) on Mont Blanc and replaced it with the Glacier Gray version. I love this thing. I've actually bought four of them, two as gifts. Out of those four, I like the Glacier Gray one the best. The two gifted versions were various iterations with black faces, which look super cool, but I find them hard to read.
You might notice in some photos online that the Glacier Gray version has a lighter face as compared to the Regular Black version. In some photos, the face looks almost white.
It's not. (lamentably...)
The Regular Black and Glacier Gray version have the exact same face.
The bezel is easier to read (dark on light) than on the Regular Black version, and the buckle is matte black, not silver.
Anyway, great watch. If I could change anything from a functional standpoint, I'd make the elevation adjustment operate more like the one on the Suunto T6d.
When you are adjusting the elevation on that watch, it starts slow as you hold the button down, then starts jumping in larger increments. You can change it from sea level to 5K feet in a few seconds. Not the case with the COREs. You have to hold the button down so long you get painful imprints in your finger.
Minor detail, though...5 stars.

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SICK photo Brandon!!!
Thanks for sharing!

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What camera/editing software did you use? All of your photos are sick!

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Hey, Carver...
Thanks!
I shoot with a Canon 5D MKII or MKIII and various lenses, mostly primes. This one was shot with a Sigma 15mm f/2.8 EX DG fisheye. (great lens) I shoot RAW and process in a few different apps depending on what I'm doing. This was a 5 EV-spread tonemapped HDR proc'd in LightRoom and SNS-HDR Pro.

It's a drag carrying the heavy cam up there but I'm never happy with the photos when I don't bring it.
I get waayyy OCD on my pixels, man...

This seems like a huge watch for a female....

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This seems like a huge watch for a female. Is it comfortable to wear?

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Hey,

It is indeed quite a large watch. However, if you look through the reviews you'll see that most find this watch to be very comfortable.

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i've been wearing this watch for almost 5 years now , it's great watch and comfortable , but it is big.. i have a dent on the back of my hand from the watch :D

Is it genuine?

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Is it genuine?

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You do realize that Backcountry is one of the largest, most successful, highly regarded online retailers in the world, right? That didn't happen without a whole lot of integrity in satisfying millions of customers over the years. If you buy a Suunto, it is a genuine Suunto.

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