For many years, Suunto has been building watches (wrist-top computers) for people who love the outdoors. Their most popular model, the Vector has been the standard watch for many years with onboard functions like barometric altimeter, thermometer, barometer, electronic compass, multiple time zones and multiple alarms. It's a great watch with big number making it easy to tell the time when you are surfing down the wave cause that is when I'm thinking, "what time is it?"
With the big numbers comes the biggest
complaint of Suunto watches. They are huge, thick and urbanites think they are
ugly. Also, it doesn't look good on dainty woman's wrists.
Suunto has just released two new models,
the Lumi for woman and the Core for fashionistas.
The Lumi is a thinner model that looks
great. It has all the same core features that you would want in a wrist-top
computer (they don't like the term watch) including thermometer, storm alarm,
and digital compass. They have also released the model as a pendant with no
wrist strap allowing you to lose it quicker.
The Core has similar features to the vector
but is slightly more precise including a slew of software and user interface
upgrades. It also looks fantastic.
I absolutely love my Suunto watch. Those
who already own one will agree with me. They have a huge variety of models with
different features so you can find the unit with the features you are actually
going to use.
not many people know this but they also have a fantastic warranty program. Like
everything else they have a standard replacement warranty which is I believe
three-years. If you break your unit after the warranty expires, you can send it
in (through your point of purchase) and purchase a replacement watch at a significant
discount. That is great for the hard-core users that wear their watch out in
5-6 years like I have.
More info: suunto.com
New Suunto Wrist-top ComputersThursday, 18 October 2007
David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.