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Watch/computer with accurate speed and descent/altitude info

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The last post I could find on this was about four years old, and I've found iphone aps very inaccurate in measuring speed. Are there any good computers/watches that record accurate speed and give altitude info as well that anyone has experience with and is happy with?
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I have a Garmin Fenix 3 that I'm very happy with. While they don't advertise the ski mode, it works very well in my experience. The display is very configurable and can show you nearly anything. The default screens are:

 

1: Current Run (max speed, average speed, vertical feet, miles, and time)

2: Total Runs (max speed, average speed, vertical feet, miles, and time)

3: Speed, which uses the whole display and is easy to see because large

 

I've found that unlike some iPhone apps, it is flawless at detecting new runs, even when on very short lifts and when skiing tiny bunny hills with young kids. 

 

As a bonus, it also tracks:

- step count

- running

- cycling

- swimming

- hiking

- displays smartphone notifications

 

My only two complaints are that the process to pause during lunch is a bit clumsy and has resulted in my losing my morning data, and the watch doesn't come with a strap extender or fabric strap for wearing over a jacket. 

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Kind of expensive, but I've found that my Oakley Airwave 1.5 with the Recon Snow2 Hud to be fantastic with speed, distance, altitute, and vertical readings.

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Have been using my Fenix 3 for the last two weeks skiing here in New Zealand and think it is brilliant.  Agree with CASkiDad's comments, although having the watch on top of my under layers and partially exposed between my gloves and coat seemed to work fine and removed the temptation to look at my speed while skiing.  Just great to see all the stats and tracking with the Garmin Connect app. Although I can't figure out how to check the time while using the activity app so I can just check the time while on the ski lift.

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I like my Garmin GPS Map 76CS, but it's more of a (large) pocket watch.

https://buy.garmin.com/en-CA/CA/on-the-trail/discontinued/gpsmap-76cs/prod252.html

 

Before the novelty wore off, I would set to 1 second recording, stick it in an inside pocket and forget about it until the end of the day.  Then download the track logs onto my PC.

 

Bonus, with proper charts, it's great for canoe trips too.

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