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Item # SUN0090

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Item # SUN0090
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
Movementdigital
Technical Featureschronograph, digital compass, thermometer, altimeter, barometer
Alarmsdate, time
Backlightyes
Submersibleyes, up to 30m
Recommended Useskiing, mountaineering, navigation
Manufacturer Warranty2 years

What do you think about this product?

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>Rating: 4

Great desing and price!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I got it on sale, so I was happy for the price I paid. Their are some features I do not like about it, such as the configuration and options, sometimes it is treaky to change setting. Also it i a petty tha is does not record a temperature history every 24hrs... I had a Chinese one that did it! The rest, works as you would expect!

>Rating: 5

Awesome ABC watch with Depth Profile

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I've had my Suunto Core Lava Red since 2012, and it has since been my everyday and bike watch. A week ago it died on me, maybe due to abuse, and salt water damage that seeped through the bezel, so maybe it's fitting give it a nice review here. First few weeks of having it I had a nasty bike crash that left deep scratches on the bezel, but aside from that, the watch wasn't seriously damaged. The strap eventually went away after a year so I got a zulu 5 ring strap off ebay to replace it. The typical mode button problem of the Cores then happened but was fixed. No issues the sensors and software whatsoever, but after battery changes the barometer and thermometer readings would be way off for a day or so. It's one tough timepiece. The battery normally lasts around a year, but tends to be shorter if the storm alarm is always going off, esp during typhoon season. I haven't seen reviews with the depth profile here and although the specs say it has up to 30m of depth measurement, the max depth only records from to 10-12m. It's not a dedicated diving watch, but it's cool to have the feature for snorkeling and skindiving. So maybe we can call it a ABCD watch.

I've
>Rating: 1

Doesn't last the test of time

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I've been fortunate to have my Core last for a few years before it totally took a dump. First the bezel, then the altimeter, then the thermometer and finally the strap. I know other people that are on their second or third Core after only a few years. It's a great watch, but hardly worth spending a few hundred dollars every couple of years to have a functional piece of equipment.

>Rating:

What elevation range does this watch work for?

>Rating: 5

Rugged, reliable, simple

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Height
5` 10"
Weight
165 lbs

Love this watch. I've taken it across several continents. I've taken it backpacking, hiking, climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, you name it. It's been underwater and over 5600m (18,000ft). I highly recommend purchasing the color with a dark on light display since you'll be able to more clearly read the numbers in harsh daylight (a common complaint I hear from people with any of the other colors). The altimeter is pretty darn accurate: holding within 10-20m of GPS after a full day of hiking or climbing. Even at high altitudes it seems to hold pretty well (barring a storm that'll require a recalibration). This is a barometric altimeter so obviously if there's a massive change in pressure you'll need to recalibrate. No way around it. The benefit of a barometric altimeter is it uses way less battery than a GPS watch and it tends to work in all conditions. Plus it tends to be more granular. The thermometer is a joke. You can't really get an accurate thermometer in a watch like this since it'll be warmed by your hand.

Love
>Rating: 5

super bien!

really happy, great deal! pitty it does not record temp changes though

>Rating: 3

Great product, terrible customer service

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

I bought this watch about a year ago, and it's been great. Ultimate Black is style-ish, and the watch does the things it's supposed to do pretty well. However, dealing with Suunto for what should be a quick warranty fix has been a nightmare. Two of the faceplate screws loosened and fell out, so I contacted Suunto to see what could be done. First they would not let me ship directly to them, they suggested that I drive 4 hours to the "nearest retail location" which was certainly not the nearest retail location on their website. Once I walked 10 blocks to the actual closest retail location, the shop happily accepted the warranty repair and shipped it to Suunto. Suunto shipped the product back with four new screws and said "do it yourself, your warranty is void if we put in the screws for you". What kind of company says this? Is this any way to stand behind your product? Furthermore, the screws are a very small torx wrench which I don't have handy, so I needed to go buy one of these, too. Oh, and the screws they sent me - stripped bare, so I bought new screws from the hardware store too. Genius. The Core is the standard altimeter watch here in our little mountain town, but the service from Suunto was absolutely abysmal. Buyer beware.

>Rating: 4

Suunto Quality

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

Like most Suunto products, this watch works and functions great. I don't have any huge complaints, other than what a few other people have pointed out: Smart Phones and accessories can do most of what these watches can, thus eliminating the necessity of such a watch... That being said, it does a great job at what it does and the Battery Life is there for the few of us that can't get by on the short-life of our phones and accessories.

>Rating: 2

Don't like it.

Too hard to read in low light times such as dawn/dusk. The bearing/marking feature on the compass is not very helpful. The major functions of each mode are easy to see, but the sub-functions (i.e. stop-watch, or some of the log features) are displayed too small to read especially when moving.

>Rating: 4

Awesome, but play the balance game.

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
Ultimate Black
Weight
250 lbs

Suunto is awesome. I love their stuff. I've had several of their watches and I have taken them from South Africa to Alaska. Here is the problem with Suunto watches today. There are so many smart watches available that you can install an 'app' to do everything the Suunto does eg Apple Watch etc... So where is the Suunto watch useful today? Well if you are a heavy duty backpacker, pushing 7-10 days of hiking, get a Suunto. If you are a weekend warrior pushing out 8 hour hikes on Saturday, then stick with your smart phone accessory. Specifically the Core is awesome because it is the barebone, essential Suunto watch. It gives you want you the stats you want in accomplishing your latest alpine adventure. That being said, I know of several purists who avoid the digital watch solution, and instead stick with more fine tuned instruments to accompany their adventure. A simple chronographic watch can help you find North just as easily as a Suunto watch. Altitude, temp, pressure etc can be better tuned with individual instruments. But if you're looking for general neighborhood stats, this is good for that. Overall though I like this watch, I like the aesthetic, and I always smile when I see a stranger repping good gear.

>Rating: 5

Awesome Essential

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I loved the Suunto Core from the get-go for all my backcountry outings. Quickly however, I started wearing it all the time. It's got everything I could ask for in a watch to take mountaineering, backpacking, and ski touring, but looks nice enough to wear out anywhere. Aside from the great functions of the altimeter, compass, and thermometer; the Barometer is huge plus for me. When you are in any terrain with a possible chance of a storm, it's great to be able to monitor the barometer(or set the storm warning alarm) to time your descents and/or escapes to shelter! When wearing it on your wrist, it isn't gathering the accurate ambient temperature due to your body heat. If temperature is a key piece of info for you then it's best to keep it in the brain or pocket of your pack to get it more accurate to the outside temp. I don't expect this watch to give up anytime soon whatsoever, but when it does, I am immediately buying another Suunto. Also: just a shout out to the Suunto customer service, the first one I got had software issues with the altimeter and temperature after a couple trips to altitude, and they replaced it immediately! Thanks Suunto!

I
>Rating: 5

The Core Collection

And still growing! Post yours!!

And
>Rating: 5

Loved this watch.

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

Car got broke into this morning and they got away with my beloved Core watch. I loved that watch. Keep it on your wrist, don't be like me.

Car

Aw..I'm so sorry, Justin.

>Rating: 5

Awesome watch

I gifted this watch to my aspiring Navy Seal cousin and he's obsessed with it. I can't say much about the functionality of it, but if a soon to be Navy Seal wants one, it's a sure buy!!

>Rating: 4

Workhorse - Ultimate Black

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

A great watch that truly is a workhorse of a product. It's not the flashy watch, but it's the one I reach for when I head into the back country. Alarm is a perfect volume for those alpine starts, and I haven't had any issues with getting it set. One downside is the contrast is a little weak. Even making adjustments, I feel it can be hard to read in less than ideal lighting conditions. Overall, a great watch for those headed to play that just need a product to work while still looking pretty awesome.

>Rating: 5

Fantastic altimeter for the alpine

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

I bought this altimeter for a long-distance thru-hike and used it every day for five months. It was reliable, easy to use, and would recommend it to everyone. I found I only needed to calibrate it every once and a while, but that was after substantial elevation change. Just be careful not to scratch large glass face.

>Rating: 5

Reliable watch for guides!

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

We love this watch! Great for any outdoor adventure. Skiiing, Trekking, biking, snorkeling, very durable watch. Gets the job done!

Agreed, thanks for the review

>Rating: 5

After a couple tours, I'm sold

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Absolutely love this watch. Used it for a few tours in the Wasatch already and its has been a great tool.

>Rating:

I'm very interested in purchasing the core, my struggle is picking between the all black and the ultimate black. Besides looks is there any differences between the two?

Hi Scott, Functionally speaking those watches are going to be the same. Only the appearance is going to be different. Please let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks,

>Rating:

Need help- Suunto Core question

HI, The Core has been a great watch for me. I have had it for close to 6 months. (Purchased from BC.com) Please see photo. I suddenly got lines on my screen. Is this a battery issue or is screen going out on me? Thank you in advance DL

HI,

Hey Dayne, best bet is to check directly with Suunto, perhaps they can help you troubleshoot.