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Good watch for skiing?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hi, I'm a teen, and I'm usually allowed to get one expensive gadget per year. I want to be able to track my speed, runs, distance, and vertical. I know that there are a few watches out there for skiing. I've seen the garmin fenix 3, but it looks a bit big and it's awfully expensive. What would you recommend?

post #2 of 10
Most people are using their cellphones these days. I use a non-watch that does runs and vertical, but not distance and speed. For that you need something with a GPS. If you use your smartphone, you can come on here and argue about the accuracy of the speed.
post #3 of 10

I like my High gear Altimeter watch.  Doesn't track speed but does a very good job of accumulated vertical feet.  More accurate than my phone.

post #4 of 10
Look at the smartphone app 'ski pursuit' by rossignol will show details of speed at points in the run
post #5 of 10

Suunto Ambit 3 Sport

post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

So, how does the Suunto Ambit 3 compare to the Garmin Fenix 3?

post #7 of 10

According to DC Rainmaker, as of March 2015, the Fenix has much more complete skiing functionality, including 3D distance: http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2013/02/garmin-fenix-skiing.html


There's useful discussion in the "Comments" section on that link. DC Rainmaker is mainly a triathlon-related site, but he is a keen, expert skier and among the most informative sports gadget reviewers on the web.

post #8 of 10

Correction, the date of his review is 2013, the date of the last comments is 2015. But it doesn't look like the Ambit has been updated to match the Fenix's functions.

post #9 of 10
Thread Starter 

well, I ended up just using my cell phone and saving a ton of money, so that's good

post #10 of 10
Originally Posted by mrB17 View Post

well, I ended up just using my cell phone and saving a ton of money, so that's good

There's a few good cell phone apps, put that money towards shredding. :)

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