The Suunto Core All Black is the most popular watch in the Core range, particularly popular with military personnel. It has a black plastic housing with a rotating aluminium bezel with degrees marked every 10°. The negative face and black elastomer strap give this watch the all black look that is so desirable by the military and other similar organisations.
The Core is Suunto's most popular altimeter watch. The combination of altimeter, barometer and compass (ABC) is a really useful tool for any navigator. Add to those features a number of timers, a memory function, storm alarm and depth meter and you have a complete outdoor adventures tool. The Suunto Core comes with many face and strap options but the functions of all the models are identical.
A full table of technical specs is at the bottom of the page. These specs have also been summarized in the bullet points below.
- Barometric Altimeter with start from zero function
- Smart switching from altimeter to barometer mode
- Storm alarm and weather trend indicator
- Cumulative ascent/descent and recording logbook
- Water depth measurement down to 10m
- Compass with semi automatic calibration and a digital bearing
- Multiple watch, date and alarm functions with dual time and countdown timer
- Sunrise/Sunset times for over 400 locations worldwide
- Digital thermometer
- Scratch resistant mineral glass face
- Menu based user interface in English, German, French and Spanish
- 30m water resistance
- User replaceable CR2032 battery
- Negative LED
- Black Elastomer
Suunto Core Technical Specifications
Customer Reviews of Suunto Core All Black
This watch is a replacement for an well used and abused Suunto Vector and all the various functions work well. It takes a bit of time getting used to the different buttons compared with the Suunto Vector but I like the extra functionality and easier logging capability.The only downside is the light on dark display is not always very clear, despite adjusting the contrast.
Nice looking watch. Easy to use and set up. Display generally is fine but not great in some conditions. Storm warning is utterly paranoid. Compass, the main reason I bought it is very good and seems pretty accurate, not sure I would use it on a hike but for a quick and dirty reference its excellent. If the display was brighter I would give it 5 stars, you can adjust the contrast but that's not the issue.
Overall very happy.
I've been looking for a replacement for my Polar AXN500 for some time and after looking at what was available I settled on this Suunto Core. It is packed full of functions but still easy to operate, I haven't had to look at the instructions since I got it and find it very easy to find the function I need through the menu system. It is so lightweight and comfortable that you hardly feel you have it on. I am yet to find a bad point but it is early days, not that I'm looking for a fault, but considering what I paid for it I was expecting there to be some downsides, but can't find any yet. I would highly recommend this watch to anyone who needs a reasonably priced watch with these features, or even just as a day to day watch that's just a bit different.
Great looking watch, all functions are explained ok. You will need to go to web site for in depth as the setup card doesn't cover much and some function routes are not as shown. The storm warning and temp are a bit suspect as temp always measures your wrist / body and hpa mapping hastily shows storm but there hasn't been one. Instructions say for accurate temp watch shouldn't be worn??? How does that work then. Good job I don't need to rely on temp!, overall I give it a 7/10 I may change review after Lake District climbing next week :)
It's a good looking watch, quite large but feels remarkably light and generally seems well made and just nice to own. The display initially seems dark but the main display area has large digits and is perfectly readable over a fairly wide angle in reasonable light conditions; it's better than that on my previous watch, which was recessed deeply and tended to get shadowed. I also like the fact that the battery is user replaceable.
The menu system is generally reasonably logical, though I had to read the manual to learn how to set the compass declination and the mode selection (alti or baro) is referred to as profile, which initially confused me. I do use the barometer function occasionally, more because I like to see what the weather's up to for interest's sake, rather than for any practical reason! I will probably use the altimeter function when skiing, again for geeky rather than practical reasons. The compass is a cool feature though I am unlikely to use it for anything serious.
From my point of view there are a couple of negatives though: the stopwatch only appears in a smaller secondary section of the display and my older eyes struggle to read it indoors. Also, I was rather dismayed to find that the stopwatch has no split / lap timers, and I had intended to use this watch for running. I chose it over Suunto's sports watches because the specifications showed a countdown timer, which wasn't listed on the sports ranges specifications, and I do use this feature quite a lot. One final minor point is that the countdown timer alarm only sounds for a few seconds and isn't very loud, so could get missed in a noisy environment.
All in all though I am pretty pleased with it.
I wear this watch every day. It's light and thin enough to wear for work and has useful day-to-functions such as the alarm, stopwatch and dual time (so that I can keep track of in the US). I also use it when I'm out walking and find the altimeter particularly useful when I'm descending in the mist and looking out for a turn off a path. The all-black design is stylish too. The only slight issue is that the display can be a bit hard to see at a glance in less than perfect light, but this can be remedied my adjusting the angle of your wrist and focusing for a second. The battery is easy to change too, which I've done a couple of times over the last three years. I've also had to replace the strap once, but did so easily with advice from Facewest, buying the black core standard elastomer strap which I've reviewed separately. This is half the price of buying a direct replacement.
Really great watch, particularly like the weather storm alarm which I find super useful to monitor the pressure when out and about.
Ideal also as another level of navigation info with the altimeter to cross reference with contour lines on the map.
Only gripe is the brightness of the display but guess that saves battery life which I'd prefer... Just have to read carefully in bright sunlight/underwater!
Superb watch, very, very pleased with it. I bought the Vector as well from Facewest so I could compare the watches. My advice is go for the core if you can stretch the budget a bit. There are remarks about display being dim. I've no problem at all with it. It's not a bright display, but I think it is cleverly done. eg wore it in full sunshine and was able to read it clearly with polaroids on. The backlight is sufficient for nightime use and I'm sure the battery would run out very quickly if the display was brighter. Battery life according to manual 1 year. Battery is a coin type, easy to change yourself. I took the time to digest the online manual
Worth getting familiar with all the functions straight away. Alto very accurate when checked against etrex10 reading at summit (Ben Nevis) Baro graph and trend very clear. Compass easy to use, my favourite option was setting bearing where watch tells you turn left or right until a ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Â 'ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã‚ symbol lets you know you're on target. I am very pleased with the watch and would recommend. I went for the all black option.Last note is about the superb customer service from Will at FaceWest. I returned the Vector, as I was keeping the Core, and managed to send back an empty Core box by mistake. Will was great about it all and sent the empty box back in a later order while I returned the Vector for a credit which was quickly paid into my account. Thanks Will/FaceWest
I already own a Suunto XLander military watch. The only downside to the XLander is it can be a bit complicated to use all the features. The Core All Black is easier to use and has a really useful storm warning feature. Another bonus of the Core is that the screen lock is better and prevents changing between modes. Personally I hold the opinion that the layout and operability of the Core All black is better. It is a robust, reliable watch that is packed with easy to use features.
This watch really is fantastic. The strap is really comfy,the weight is light,and the looks...well,its a very good looking watch!! This is the first watch I've owned that has received comments for its looks. The sensors all work really well,a lot better than my old pro trek for sure. I have a fairly small wrist,but the core sits comfortably, and doesn't look huge or out of place.
If you're thinking about this watch - get it, just do it. You really won't regret it.
I bought this primarily for use as an altimeter, backup compass and (obviously) time keeper when fell walking. My primary concerns before buying would be if it would suit those purposes, and due to it's size, if I'd be willing to wear it when I'm not on the fells. Happy to say I'm satisfied on both scores.
The altimeter works as expected, though like any barometric altimeter you'll need to calibrate it before you set out. I tried it out on Helvellyn at the weekend, setting the reference altitude to 220m at the car park at Swirls, and read 952m at Helvellyn summit. I guess 1 of those extra meters was me, so that level of accuracy isn't to be sniffed at.
As for the compass, I wouldn't be willing to leave my regular compass at home, but it's a nice backup to have.
Some minor gripes: * The 'view' button isn't locked out by the button lock, you can and will switch view modes accidentally when walking. * It doesn't have the most intuitive interface in the world, and those like myself who think manuals are to be skimmed and discarded, might want to actually keep this one handy... I ended up downloading the PDF for future reference.
I'm a regular cyclist, doing about 20 miles to and from work and then longer rides including sportives that can go up to 100 miles.I was looking for a watch that could replace my old one that got irretrievably damaged when I got knocked off my bike and that complemented the functions I already had on my bike computer.It was important to have something that could help with knowing what the weather was doing, let me know lighting up times in the morning and evening and had a large clear display so I could see it whilst I was riding.Whilst most bike computers now have GPS and large numerals for cadence, temperature, etc the time display is often quite small and difficult to read.Finally, I needed something that wouldn't look too out of place in a professional environment as I was going to be wearing the watch at work.
The Suunto Core All Black has delivered on all fronts!It fits in well for work, with it's all black appearance meaning I can wear it with suits and the case not being too large to fit under shirt sleeves.The barometer works well to show trends and I can see the storm warning is going to be useful to warn me of adverse weather on the way so that I can find shelter or at least know how hard the rain is going to come down.The display is really clear and I haven't found an occasion I can't see it although I acknowledge this is winter so maybe I haven't hit the conditions that others have.I also find the light useful as I'm riding at night now and being able to see the time really helps on the commute.
In terms of what I wasn't looking for, firstly, it's incredibly light.I know some have commented that they'd expect it to have more heft but for on the bike it's a real plus point as it means it stays in place on top of my wrist.Secondly, it has enough strap to be able to secure on the outside of my wrist over clothing, which is a huge advantage in the winter.
In terms of negatives, again, as others have commented, the menu structure is not *that* intuitive but the full manual online is very helpful and the least intuitive bits are, for me, ones that I don't use.The same applies for switching between the altimeter and barometer.I can see that would be a pain and not perfect if set to automatic but I only use the barometer as I've got a very accurate altimeter on the bike computer that's backed up by Strava when I get back from a ride. I suppose there is also an argument that it's expensive for what you get as it's made in China but you are paying for the design and the brand plus I'm used to paying for high end mechanical watches (I've currently got a Rolex GMT Master that cost more than twice as much as this watch to service!) so everything is relative.
All in all, I'd strongly recommend it if it does what you want.
I am primarilly going to use the Core for off-piste skiing and mountaineering. The watch has a great design and a very good display. I have had a couple of Suunto watches before and been very satisfied (except for the GPS range, which used too much battery). One criticism is that the watches are not water proof - I learned the hard way ...Another minor criticism is that the functions on the Core are not particularly intuitive, I keep forgetting how to re-set the stop watch and cannot remember how to set the clock, even though I read the manual 2 weeks ago when I bought it.
I work in the emergency services and needed a watch that could stand up to all of the day to day abuse that I encountered .To date it has stood up to this admirably and looks stylish to boot!The watch is extremely light, stylish and comfortable.The negative contrast looks great and I have not had any issues reading information. I have still to get the watch out onto the hills, but have already set up and functions are practical.The features work well with my Compass and will great assist in navigation / knowing what the weather will throw at me.I also like the battery user change facility as other watches battery change have in the past cost me a packet.I have not got any negative points to date, but will update this review if I do.
I bought this watch for my husband - we wanted to be able to chart how much we climb and descend when on our bikes or when trekking. We chose this one because it is the least chunky on a fairly small wrist- other options were too big for his wrist , or tended to catch on the cuffs of his technical clothing. It was fairly easy to set up, and the instructions were clear. So far it is working brilliantly, and gives interesting information. We haven't yet tried it in a high altitude setting. So a good product in a neat package.
Purchased to replace a 10yr old Observer that had died. A bit chunkier but way better than a Vector. Simple to set up although I needed to visit Suunto website to alter contrast. I do find the display a little dim if indoors though it does appear ok in bright sunlight. Easy to use and in limited testing so far very accurate.
First time Facewest user, great price and very quick standard delivery. Fantastic Service. Recommended. Thanks.
Fantastic looking watch, stylish and smart. The display is large and clear, which as I am partially sighted is a definite plus. I'm a Vector owner so was familiar with the ABC functions but have to say the interface on the Core is so much better. The start from zero addition is very nice.Haven't had a chance to test out the snorkelling depth meter but the storm alarm has already saved me from a soaking. The mineral glass of the Core is also a definite improvement over the Vector's plastic screen.
All in all a smart looking watch.
This is now my third Suunto watch purchase and I am yet to be disappointed.The watch was delivered the next day and was on my wrist immediately.
The interface and controls are similar to other Suunto watches, but for those new to Suunto, they take a little getting used to.The controls are simple and similar to most watches (one button for menu, different buttons to scroll through and select menu options), but because of the number of features this can seem daunting at first.
I would always recommend downloading and reading the manual whilst your watch is in transit, then having it available when you receive your watch, which has always held me in good stead and has enabled me to quickly learn and make use of the features.
As far as appearance goes, the watch is as good as it looks in the images.My only slight gripe is that the bezel is not a matt finish; it's quite glossy, which doesn't fit so well with the rest of the watch.
Other than that, if you're looking for an ABC (Altimeter, Barometer, Compass) device, you'll be hard-pressed to find one as reliable, fully featured or that looks as good as the Suunto Core All Black.
I purchased this having perused the plethora of reviews. Firstly, I was impressed by the price-was unable to source it anywhere else cheaper. Secondly my main concern was the actual size of the watch, some previous reviews having declared it to big for day to day wear. I was however delighted to find that the watch was no bigger than my current watch (big watch faces are after all currently in fashion) and I will have no hesitation in wearing the Core as my day to day time piece. I was also impressed by how easy it is to set up with great support from the online site. I can't wait to try out all its functions this weekend in the Pyrenees!
Nice product - purchased as a smarter alternative to my over 10 year old Suunto Vector, which is still going strong as a work watch. My new Core looks great, I like the higher resolution display, and it seems easier and more logical to navigate all the menus and features. The only (slight) downside is that it's now made in China rather than Finland. I haven't had any issues with visibility of the grey-on-black display either, and the backlighting is nice and bright too. I can't say I've used it for proper backwoods-type expeditions, but as a cool looking watch it excels, and is a departure from the usual g-shock that seems to be the norm with my colleagues.
An excellent watch as expected. With a little investment in the instructions it is simple to use. The only word of warning regards the Storm Alarm-it is quite sensitive and if left on will sound frequently. All other functions are relatively accurate within constraints (taking off watch and letting the temperature recalibrate for instance).
Overall a good buy. Seems robust, is light for it's size and practical. Ease and low cost of battery change is a bonus.
This is my second core. Destroyed the old one after many years of abuse. The old one was a Core 'Regular Black'. The screen on the 'All Black' is probably a bit harder to read but looks better. The watch is an all round good performer. Takes a while to get used to what all the buttons do ;) Small enough to wear all the time. The battery does need replacing every year or so, but you can get them cheaply from many shops and install easily yourself. The temperature feature is great for measuring the temperature of your wrist: you have to take it off and wait for a while to get an accurate reading!
I've recently used this watch for a week in the Lake District and can only say I've been impressed with its performance. Although I only walked in 'fair weather' and had no need to use a compass, as the watch was new I carefully compared the compass function to my traditional trusty Silva and would be confident in future using the Suunto in poor visibility. Although at first a little sceptical about the watch's altimeter function I found this to be impressive and accurate in the field (and better than my Garmin Summit, although I have to say mine is an early model);during a walk over Grike to Crag Fell, Caw Fell and Lank Rigg the altimeter was consistently accurate when compared to the OS contours at known locations such as corners in the 'Ennerdale Wall'for example.
The barometer function is useful also and clearly displayed, which brings me to my only slight criticism of the watch: the display, as other reviewers have commented, is slightly dim in some lighting conditions.This is only a slight inconvenience however and I quickly became used to it.The 'time' functions/options are excellent and, of course, the watch looks great on your wrist.Spend a little time with the manual(downloaded from Suunto)before going to the hills and you won't be disappointed with this watch which I have no hesitation in recommending to anyone considering a purchase (and where better to buy than from Facewest with their bargain price and superb customer service?).
My review of this product is based more on the excellent after sales service that I received from Suunto than just the product itself. I have read a few of the reviews of the Core on this site and there is little more for me to add other than I love the watch. Unfortunately on the first day of a recent week of Telemark skiing I went over the handlebars on the first morning on a shaded icy piste. Having dusted myself down I rejoined the group but noticed that my Core was flapping about my wrist as the strap had snapped at the join to the main body of the watch. Also the LCD display had shattered despite the glass face still being intact...In short my watch was a write off.
Upon returning to the U.K. and it having been suggested to me to return it to Suunto for repair, I logged onto the Suunto website and completed their registration form. I had a reply back before the day was out and a reference number and an idiots guide of instructions as to which forms and how many of each to print off. I was told to call DHL to arrange pick up. Within 24 hours of DHL picking up my seriously battered watch I had received an email from Suunto saying that the expected turn around time for repair was 7 days. 7 days later I got an email saying my product had been sent to me with DHL and a link to track its delivery. The following day I now have brand new spanking Suunto Core All Black at no extra cost to me, no further questions asked. This has literally cost me nothing extra as all the P+P was covered by Suunto aswell. Seriously impressed, and thank you Suunto.
A truly excellent product and outstanding after sales service. This watch was bought for me from Facewest about 2 years ago, so was not under warranty. I was fully prepared to buy a replacement from you again, but thanks (or not, from your sales point of view) to Suunto I have no need. One very satisfied customer.
I have not used it 'in the field' yet, but have been learning how to use it for when I do. It is a good looking watch, without the usual chunky all-bells-and-whistles look of many competitors. The instructions that come with it are basic and you need to refer to the downloadable users guide on the Suunto website to get a more detailed understanding of how it functions.Having said that it is a pretty intuitive set up. You need to be familiar with the programmes to use the Alt/baro as these need to be regularly re-set to be of any use - both these functions are based on measurements of air pressure.I presume that using this on a hike you would have it on Alt setting whilst hiking and it would register changes of air pressure as changes of altitude.When you stop to make camp switch to Baro and any change in air pressure then registers as change in barometric pressure, thus warning of any change in weather.
I'm looking forward to using it this summer on some long hikes in the US, where knowing my altitude will be critical to some of the navigation.
Purchased this for hill walking and am absolutely delighted with this fantastic watch.Well built and very smart looking - I now wear it to the office as my every day watch too.I was worried that it may look plastic - but no such concerns.
The Suunto Core is not only a time piece but a wrist top computer. At least that's what you're told before you get one. And oh my, It's true. As useful on the hill as it is waking up in the morning.
Along with looking bold and strong on the wrist it offers a number of features ideally suited to the outdoor wanderer.
I've used mine doing everything from pacing my jog to work, Confirming North bearings while navigating in a white-out on the Cairngorm plateau, checking altitude while ice climbing in the Ecrins and being warned of impending storms so you can bail off whatever you're on so as not to get caught in horrific weather.
If you love the outdoors and spend as much of your time there as possible, Then you need this watch or one of its brothers in your life.
ABCT sums up the main features after basic timekeeping tasks, Altitude Barometer Compass Temperature.
All as accurate as can be expected from a tiny device on your wrist. For bestaccuracy I recommend setting the Altitude and pressure whenever you know it to be exact such as hilltops or weather stations. And for the temperature to be true it must be away from your body's heat source. I find the shoulder strap of your rucksack is ideal. Some people moan thinking this is a foolish gimmick but it is perfect for calculating wind chill and when to bail off ice routes!
I'm still finding out about all the fantastic functions of this little beauty. It has a storm warning and a barometric log. It has all the usual time functions that you'd expect: dual time, alarm, timer, stopwatch. It has a compass with a bearing lock function to keep you headed in the right direction.
I bought the black screen version and the display is a little weak even with the contrast cranked up. But to be honest I prefer the discrete nature of the darker display. As yet I don't know what the battery life is like, it wouldn't surprise me if it's quite short but the batteries are not madly expensive c.Ã‚Â£2.
My only complaint would be that the instructions are inadequate. It doesn't explain and nor can anyone on any forums explain how to undo the bearing lock once you've turned it on. Bit of a bug there.
Suunto Core watch has a digital compass feature which is excellent for monitoring where you are and ensuring you are on the right path. In addition, it features a intensity meter which you can use to accurately measure drinking water depths up to 30 feet.
So, if you really enjoy the outdoors, you need to get the Suunto Core wrist top computer watch as it's effective for keeping safe and on the right track in all your outdoor hiking and mountaineer adventures.
I've been wearing the Suunto Core Black for about 3 weeks now.
Love the watch features, the functions are also easy to use and not as complicated as I thought at first. I don't think there is any problem at all with the backlight and the storm alarm is quite accurate. but I still haven't use all the function yet as I haven't done any outdoor activities yet since using this watch but so far I'm satisfied with it.
The Core is a lovely looking watch, light and comfortable to wear. The face looks large however I have quite a wide wrist so it does not look out of place. I originally had a G shock and found the smaller digits on this watch difficult to read. The Core has clear large LCD digits.
Plus points. Reasonable cost, comfortable, looks good, large main characters in the centre of watch, good company service record, user replaceable battery, Nice use of animated log for barometric pressure readings, peace of mind having a storm alarm on your wrist.
Minus points:The instructions that come with the core are not comprehensive enough. I had to use a combination of youtube clips and download the PDF from Suunto to find out how to use some of the functions.The barometric trend indicator is very small and difficult to see.
All in all I am very happy with the watch so far and I don't see any other watch coming close to what I require especially sub Ã‚Â£200
For years I wanted to this watch. Now I have it and it is as good as I thought. Its multiple functions are very useful. I love the compass, its precision and its way to tell you if you've strayed.
The screen can be adjusted to have more contrast, but this is a trick that does not come in the instructions. The instruction manual is bad. There is a need to enter the website of Suunto and seek additional information. The barometer is very accurate.
Awesome looking watch with some really great features such as the Storm Alarm and Depth Meter which more than cover the cost after a few days in the backcountry.
Pros: Accurate; Stylish; Water Resistant; Comfortable.
Cons: The crown seems a bit flimsy for a expensive watch.
Change the battery can bring complications. It doesn't work with any battery even though it is, in theory, equal. I think that it is better to go to an authorized Professional to replace the battery.
Have only owned this watch for a couple of weeks so it hasn't been fully put to the test but I'm quite happy with Suunto Core all black in terms of functionality and quality.
- Watch is comfortable, in terms of size and weight on wrist
- Strap seems adequate (although time will tell)
- Barometer and weather profiling with storm alarm seems very responsive and 'accurate'
- Temperature measurement is ok (given you have to remove the watch for a couple of minutes to get accurate readings to remove the body temperature effect)
- Fairly simple to use all main functions, albeit after reading the downloadable manual (recommended)
- Battery change only requires flat blade screwdriver or coin.
- Display is adequate but suffers in low light so you need to use the in-built illumination
- Illumination lasts for short period and requires re-press to reilluminate - would be nice to be customisable (although i understand the potential drain on the battery)
- Not 100% sure the accuracy of the altimeter only tested over short range though). Have had to recset to known source a couple of times already.
Overall the watch is great for the average outdoor person and I look forward to utilising the full functionality include trip logs on my next snowboarding trips.
Great product for the price, competitive with the Casio Protrek range, and Facewest service has been efficient and appreciated.
I bought this watch for alpine climbing and ski touring. So far I am very happy with it. The background light is great and you see the numbers clearly. The altimeter is accurate and easy to calibrate. Strong watchband that feels like it will hold for ever =) I've had it sitting on the backpack in the cold (-5 Celsius) but then it becomes very slow so I recommend you to wear it on the wrist. Then that problem will disappear. That is why it gets a 4 instead of a 5. Otherwise it's a very good watch.
Very good service for face west and well packaged against damage.
The Core all Black looks the mustard,a nice weight and has a good range of applications, having been a soldier I appreciate the Squaddie proof nature of this watch.
I am delighted with my new watch. Although only owning it for a short while I know my Suunto Core All Black will prove very useful. The display is clear and the functions are easy to use. I was a little concerned about the size of the watch with only seeing it on the internet. But it fits perfectly on my wrist. A perfect addition to my kit. I am yet to find any negatives. Would happily recommend.
I bought the Suunto Core as a general day use watch as well as for hiking/trekking and other mountain use.
Pros: the watch is solid and sturdy and as thus far withstood a couple falls without any sort of physical damage. It is accurate (2-3 meter variance) even though my area of residence is prone to frequent weather change. I have had no problem reading the display, be it under the sun or indoors. The alarm sound is neither too low or too loud and it looks great aesthetically.
Cons: despite never giving me any problems, the buttons don't look as sturdy as the body. Still they are functional and responsive and aren't pressed accidentally with any wrist movement. The manual, though informative and complete for someone experienced with this type of watches, lacks some info, sometimes vital (i.e. resetting stopwatch/log, which is done by holding the right upper button till it drops to zeros) sometimes just interesting (like how a barometric altimeter works). With that said, the Suunto website provides a downloadable manual with all the knowledge you might possibly want, which is read easily in under 30 minutes.
Very good service, the item arrived at mu mule's house very quickly, then arrived here with me in Northwest Africa last night, just getting to grips with the functions as it differs slightly to my old Suunto (Vector) which incidentally has travelled round the world with me, changed the battery a few times and needs a new strap, has lots of scratches but still functions very well.
Overall very happy with the new item and service from the Facewest teamWill definitely use them again for future purchases
Amazing watch. Does all the standard things you'd expect from an outdoor watch (compass, barometer,altimeter) But it just has lots of nice little features, that make life that bit easier. Such as compass functions, to lock a bearing in. And with altimeter, you can use the stopwatch function, so you don't have to work out height difference.All things that you can work out in your head, but the fact that it does them for you, leaves you free to enjoy yourself that bit more.
Finally, the storm alarm is amazing! When your multipitch climbing, and lose track of what's happening around you. It gives you a wee nudge to say, its going to rain in 5 mins, put a jacket on! Great feature.
Only negative, is that the thermometer is a bit pointless, as it's only accurate if you take it off your body. Even then I don't see where having this precise info will help you in the hills.
After looking throughout the internet I can safely say Facewest are one of two companies who sell this watch. AMAZON do not sell as I check directly even though they've yet to change the picture.
Right to the watch itself, its something special I bought it for my brothers 21st as he's really getting into outdoor climbing and I wanted something unique and durable. What I like most about the watch is you're paying decent money for a decent watch.
Take time to get use to the functions, I spent about 15-20mins setting up and I was thinking about one personally, but know I've no use as I'm a desk bound worker.
Good watch - get one.
Display is very poor for a watch of this price. Sunnto could do a whole lot better. Swapped it for a positive face and the result is 100% better.
Shame as functionality is superb.
I finally found a store with stock and what more at a very reasonable price. I decided on the Suunto Core All Black after my original vector was looking tired from years of abuse. The first thing that struck me was the ease of use to get it calibrated and how comfortable it is when on your wrist, I have used this on 3 trips to the lakes and am very satisfied with its accuracy. I would recommend this to any one who is in the market for a wrist top computer as the display is large and easy to read. I did have my doubts at first but it's been top draw, negatives if any is you can't have the altimeter and the barometer running at the same time.
An excellent watch with some very useful features.Providing an extra layer of reassurance in the mountains, allowing you to check your navigation against the altimeter, along with a back up compass if you lose or break your standard one.The automatic adjustment between altimeter and barometer is very useful, allowing an almost 'hands off' approach to using the watch.
The altitude logs are particularly interesting to see what you have achieved in a day and to compare against your estimates from the map. All in all, an excellent watch, if a little chunky.
Great purchace and super durable, has lots of functions and the compass is pretty accurate. Battery life can be short but easily replaced and cheap with the knowledge its still water proof.
The user changeable battery feature is a HUGE plus point. A friend has the Casio Pathfinder and he has spent Ã‚Â£250+ on three battery changes. To stay in warranty with the Casio you need to send it back for service for a battery change/re-pressure.
Its hard to see from the pictures but the strap is not the usual pin lock type but in fact is a strong screw. Again this allows servicing in the field and is much sturdier.
The strap itself has a strange albeit pleasant feel about it and plenty of positions for getting the size correct. It also has a loop that actually clicks to hold the excess in place. A well thought out touch.
A number of reviews say the face is too large for a skinny wrist (in fact it almost put me off buying the watch). I would strongly disagree with this. You would have to be seriously slim for this to be too large a watch. To be honest I think those saying its too large are commenting on personal taste and not pure dimensions.
Now to the downsides. The negative white on black display is hard to read indoors. You soon get used to it and the back-light is excellent but don't be expecting the ease of reading of a normal positive display.
Sunset/sunrise setup requires you to set you location. Many cities are covered but its very likely yours isn't in the UK. For instance Glasgow is not included meaning the closest I can get is 6 minutes out using Aberdeen. Frustrating they should at least have including a means to correct or add lats and longs.
I am a huge watch fiend and buy one every few months. The Suunto really is a cut above the rest. I would buy another in a heart beat, you will not be disappointed.
The log function has to the coolest feature and I will be using this the most as I like going up and down the sides of mountains on my MTB.
If you need a great ABC watch that functions great and looks even better then get a Core you wont regret it. Great customer service I will shop here again !!