The Suunto Core Regular Black has the sleek and clear look associated with the other black Core models. The difference with the Regular Black is that it has a positive face which will make it that bit clearer to see in bright light. It has a black shaped rubber strap.
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 measuremant 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
- Positive LED
- Black Elastomer
Suunto Core Technical Specifications
Customer Reviews of Suunto Core Regular Black
I have had my Suunto Core watch for a few years now. It came from Facewest in Black and Orange, with the negative display. The orange had to go after a few weeks as it looked cheap and got dirty after a very short time. Many say that the negative display is hard to read, I have found this not to be true. In full sunlight it shines out from the face with a bright orange glow. The light on the watch works just as it should in the dark. Just put the third strap on (from Facewest) the other week, new type black rubber, looks good as ever.
This has to be my favourite bit of outdoor kit as I use it every day and that reminds me of my love for the outdoors.
Bought this model after I had just bought and then sold very quickly an all black core model, this regular model was so much easier to read (buyers beware for high alpine winter use in strong sunshine the all black was impossible to read, had it for one alpine trip and sold it on my return and bought the regular model) which is so much better. Had a Vector model for 15 years and if this one lasts and serves me as well as that watch did I I will be a happy man. As with all Suunto models, easy to operate and big plus with this model easy to read !!!
Great watch, great quality and looks good as well if you are into that sort of thing.
This is my first altimeter watch that I have owned and so far it is fantastic.I bought it as I am training to become an International Mountain Leader and for navigation the watch is a must.I intend to use this over the winter months for mostly ski-touring.I have so far used it for summer walking to get to grips with how it works. Setting the altimeter reference point at the beginning of the day, and throughout the day, is an easy task to do. Tracking through all the figures is, again easily done.
The watch is extremely light weight, and fits well on the wrist.It is also fairly stylish, not screaming out ugly rugged outdoor watch like the old-style casio g-shocks. So you can look good in the Aiguille du Midi lift que with this on!
Bought this for high altitude ski touring. Not used the watch for this yet but have tested it out and about and gone through the functions. Very easy to use, intuitive design and display, which is also large. Overall, very well designed piece of kit. It gets 4 stars for as it lacks integration with other Suunto watch products. I have a Suunto HRM with bike and foot pod but have to use a separate watch when out training, which is a bit annoying.
I recently purchased this watch as I wanted an accurate and reliable timepiece that could also give me altitude, compass and a barometer. At first I was disappointed with the instructions that came with the watch as they only give the basic settings in order to set up the watch. However, I quickly found a comprehensive instruction manual was to be found on the Suunto web site. I did find the setting of the barometer rather complicated and soon abandoned the manual and set the watch up against a known altitude and this worked really well on the hill. Indeed, I set the Suunto altitude against my GPS and found that the 2 were within 1 metre throughout the day.When using the compass I found it was extremely sensitive but nevertheless fairly accurate and the fixed bearing attribute worked really well to keep me on course.In summary, a class watch which is proving to be accurate and reliable and a great watch to display on your wrist.
I bought this watch after researching which would be the best one to get.I'm off to Denali in May and wanted an instrument primarily that would be an accurate altimeter - for the money I didn't expect to get a thermometer and a compass too! Last week I took it up to Valley Blanche in the French Alps for an over-nighter to try it out - it worked perfectly at -10, the altimeter was very accurate.
The only negative is minor really - I prefer a smaller face, but hey, that's me being fussy.
The Suunto come in very nice box. It is have relatively large manuals, but once you open then, you realize that they are so big because they are in like 30 languages. But all necessary information you will find on Suunto website.
So far I can't say nothing bad about this watch. The Core watch itself is pretty sweet and modern design. The Core's body is subtly rounded on the back to limit contact with your skin and allow airflow.
A features work great! You can set the Suunto Core to automatically switch from altimeter to barometer depending on your activity and show the most relevant information for each situation and I have too say it works very well! Digital thermometers: You need remove Suunto for this feature to work! Otherwise this simply measures your body temperature.I bought my Suunto Core Regular Black on Facewest sale for only Ã‚Â£150.
Suunto Core Regular Black is an essential tool for mountaineers, backcountry skiers, and travellers and for everyone else. Highly recommended!
I bought this watch to accompany me on my work related expeditions to Madagascar. Watch is a little big and bulky, but extremely durable on the other hand. It dropped couple of times on rocks and have been under waters several times, but works like a charm.It also has very easy replaceable battery. All you need a 2 Euros coin to open back of the watch and put new battery. Battery is also generic CR2032, which can be bough quite cheap in any big super market.
Watch has plenty of great function for field work, such as altimeter, barometer (with storm alarm which are actually working you get a beep couple of hours before it starts pouring) and compass. On a negative side you have to chose manually do you want to see altimeter or barometer when you cycle through main views (watch - altimeter/barometer - compass), it is a pity it does not cycle through as watch - altimeter - barometer - compass.
I've been contemplating the purchase of this watch for a number of months now but have been reluctant to take the plunge because I was concerned that it would bee too big and would look stupid on my small wrist (only just 6 inches in diameter). It is big, as other reviewers have stated, but oddly it doesn't look big and it certainly doesn't feel too big. The strap adjusts up perfectly on the smallest setting and is very comfortable.
Once you get the hang of the menu system its quick and easy to set up and adjust. The buttons are a good size for adjustments on the hill and for use with gloves on, and the functionality has been well thought through with some nice extra touches like the Storm Alarm. I've had a number of ABC watches, including the Suunto Observer, and this is the best so far. I went for the positive face as I value readability over the stealth-like qualities of the all black military version which other reviewers have had difficulties with and I haven't been disappointed.
I have nothing negative to say at all about this watch, it does everything that it says it will it's surprisingly light weight, it doesn't look silly on my skinny girly wrist, and I don't have to squint at it. And its was a bargain at Ã‚Â£150.
I have been using a Suunto Altimax watch for about 10 years but having taken a lot of hammer climbing, skiing, fell running and working on all sorts of industrial sites it finally gave up the ghost.Facewest's price for the Core was only about Ã‚Â£25 more than I paid for the lower spec Altimax 10 years ago so I was happy to part with my money.
The core has a very clear display and it is simple to cycle through the options and settings.
I used the Core for the first time in anger for the Kinder Trial, an 11.5 mile navigational fell race.It was reassuring to be able to confirm my altitude and be able to choose a good line to the next checkpoint.It recorded 980 m of up and down in the logbook setting which also displays elapsed time, an improvement on the Altimax.The readings were spot on throughout - within 5m of the heights marked on the map.
The Core looks smarter for work and feels slightly less Big Ben like on my wrist.It has some nice extras, like sun rise and sun set times - great if you spend a lot of time outdoors.
I have bought this to replace an ageing Suunto Vector.It functions well but has a few things that seem annoying after all the years with the Vector.The first is the alarm - I just don't seem able to get it off the snooze function!So rather than a simple, bleary eyed button push I have to concentrate and reset it.The same is true with the altitude recorder - this seemed very simple with the Vector but now requires some concentration.The face glass also scratched on the first day I wore it.Overall, however, it is really good value for money and I would recommend it - I am sure if I hadn't had the Vector I would have got used to it straight away.
I had a Suunto Vector previously and was happy with the accuracy.It worked well for me up to Everest Base Camp.However the user interface on the Vector can be a bit inscrutable.OK with the manual in front of you but black magic when your up a mountain.Not having a dot matrix display means functions are only labelled in abbreviated text.
The Core however has a much better user interface in a number of areas.The dot matrix display allows for full text menus.The different modes of the buttons are shown.I always found myself not quite sure which button did what on the Vector.A graph can be shown with Barometric and Altimeter data.And again the log function just seems to work easily and intuitively.
The combined Barometric and Altimeter mode controlled by profiles also works great and allows for better accuracy by putting the watch into the correct mode depending on what activity you are doing.
Oh and it tells the time too.With dual timezone and sunrise and sunset times it adds more useful features for when you are out and about, home and abroad.
The only negative is the battery cover.I would have preferred the quarter turn version on the Vector, as it has a very positive open and close.
All in all I am very happy with the Suunto Core and would recommend it to anyone wanting an altimeter watch for trekking and mountaineering.
Fantastic watch with great features. Easy to navigate between the settings and far more accurate than the Casio Protrek I have been using.
I have found that the altimeter updates very quickly, and the logbook is great to look at after a hike to see how you went.It also looks great!
This was a fantastic price for a great watch. It's already been used in anger in Scotland and the altimeter proved very accurate over a pretty grim weather day. Overnight, the barometer provided a useful tool in determining the incoming weather when we had limited access to official forecasts. I haven't used the compass yet but see it as one of my back-ups to my trusted Silva!
As ever, great service from the Facewest team!
Looked big in packaging but is fine on the wrist! Amazing watch / computer for the money and I'm not sure why you would go for the Vector instead. Suunto are a great company and if they are ever faulty (rare) the warranty is amazing! Facewest are superb as always with super quick dispatch and excellent customer service.
I bought the Sunnto Core Regular Black to replace a Sunnto Vector I had. I wanted the positive face as I found the negative one on the Vector difficult to read. The core has similar features to the Vector but some nice additions. e.g. keylock so you don't knock it off the mode you are on by accident, depth gauge to 10m, sunrise/sunset, and you can set the date UK style DDMM. It even has a neat way to stop the strap retainer moving thus avoiding the excess strap flapping about. It's easy to use and the logic is straight forward.
Also the Facewest price could not be beaten. So far, very pleased with it.
Does Exactly what it says on the tin!
I bought this watch prior to going ski touring in Canada. I have been testing it on the south downs which is a good test for the altitude meter as there are lots of ups and downs with reference points on top of most. It was very easy to set up and has held true since New Year.
The key lock function is great so you don't use up battery too much. Trawling through the instruction booklet is still ongoing but very clear and easy to set up. I can't comment on the negative face but the positive face version I have has been easy to read in sunshine and dusk or under the backlight.
I like that the watch is quite a bit flatter than the Vector watch so I can wear it socially without looking like I have a laptop on my arm.
Very useful bit of kit.