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suunto S6

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does anybody have experience with this watch????

it says it does include clinometer: does this mean you can actualy measure and see how steep is the slope????

does anybody have a product which shows inclination of a slope ???
thanks for A
post #2 of 11
FWIW I've had 5 (five!) VECTORS, same basic innards as the one you're asking about, four of them replacements at $75 per, each one died just past warrantee for the same reason: the displays faded or left completely after exposure to moisture or casual water, as in swimming in a pool (and Suunto makes dive watches; their hiking/skiing models are supposedly good to 30 m underwater or more). Plus their altimeters are crap, like all the barometric designs have to be calibrated every day to local air pressure or they can be off by several hundred feet. So I'm off the bus now. Even if the latest one fails, no more even at that great deal of $75 for a new one.
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FWIW I've had 5 (five!) VECTORS, same basic innards as the one you're asking about, four of them replacements at $75 per, each one died just past warrantee for the same reason: the displays faded or left completely after exposure to moisture or casual water, as in swimming in a pool (and Suunto makes dive watches; their hiking/skiing models are supposedly good to 30 m underwater or more). Plus their altimeters are crap, like all the barometric designs have to be calibrated every day to local air pressure or they can be off by several hundred feet. So I'm off the bus now. Even if the latest one fails, no more even at that great deal of $75 for a new one.

any other company worth to look at????
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does anybody have experience with this watch????

it says it does include clinometer: does this mean you can actualy measure and see how steep is the slope????

does anybody have a product which shows inclination of a slope ???
thanks for A
I bought S6 last winter and it has worked ok. There is a clinometer and I used it few times. It is not very accurate coz you have to incline the watch to match the slope angle and then push a button to freeze the angle. In any case you get some info but more or less it is a toy to play with.
post #5 of 11
I looked at these and ended up not being able to justify the cost for such a trivial thing overall. The altimeter lets you set the baro that day which is a good thing or it would be off, possibly by a lot. I was hoping the inclinometer was a measurement of distance traveled over altitude lost, but guess not.
post #6 of 11
I've had an s6 for years and love it. The inclinometer is not fantastic but it does give a little bit of a guide as to pitch. Life-link also makes an inclinometer that costs about $10 is is super easy to use. The S6 is a great all purpose tool for tracking vertical, getting a proximate idea of altitude, giving you info that is not critical but useful.
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Plus their altimeters are crap, like all the barometric designs have to be calibrated every day to local air pressure or they can be off by several hundred feet.
How is that crap?
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How is that crap?
thank you for all opinions
post #9 of 11
I started using a High Gear last year. Pretty nice alternative, I think.
post #10 of 11
I picked up an S6 earlier this fall at a deep discount. I haven't used the clinometer function since it's not very accurate. As Musashi says... you must rotate and eyeball the slope of the face of the watch to match the slope angle, so it's only as accurate as you can eyeball it.

It's a fun novelty for altitude monitoring and vertical tracking throughout the day/season. If I had to pay near retail for it, I wouldn't have gotten it. But at a discount it's a fun toy.
post #11 of 11
I've had an S6 for a few years. I've also tried other watches over the years like the Avocet Vertech, Suunto Observer, Nike ACG Ascent, and other older-generation Suuntos. My favorite of the bunch is the Suunto Observer for all-around mountain use (climbing, skiing, etc.)

The S6:
I just use it for logging my vertical footage (and to know what time it is, of course). It works very well for that.

I tried messing around with the clinometer once and gave up in frustration. I expect if you're someone who really needs that feature, you should be able to make a go of it. Expect to spend some serious time with the watch in one hand and the user manual in the other.

Another thing, this watch eats batteries like my wife eats bonbons. Luckily they are user-replaceable and not too expensive. Finding them in ski-town stores is often possible, but not always. Not a bad idea to get an extra battery or two and bring one along on fly-away trips.

One other gripe: if you're interested in using the 'Suunto Ski Manager' software to store data, etc. on your computer, it is Windows-only. No Mac option last time I checked. For most people, this is not an issue. But it was for me.
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