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Old Wednesday 29th August 2018, 07:50   #1
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Spending quite a bit of time in mountains, I wear an altimeter watch. I started with a Casio but I got fed with the high cost of getting a battery fitted -it had to be sent off to retain the waterproof seal. I then swapped to a Suunto due to the rave reviews - apparently it was the brand and the fact that a new battery could easily be fitted without it losing its waterproofness. However, for sometime now, the altimeter has been very erratic to the point where it has become pointless. I am pondering swapping back to Casio - which now have a number of solar-powered models. This being the most likely one https://www.amazon.co.uk/Casio-Pro-T...ywords=prg-270.
Anyone got any thoughts on Casio vs Suunto. I actually prefer the looks of the Suunto Core, but a bit reluctant to buy it, as it's the updated version of the faulty one I have.

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Old Wednesday 29th August 2018, 10:02   #2
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Hi Steve

This guy does incedibly detailed performance tests of what you are looking for..

.https://www.dcrainmaker.com/

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I went for a Casio.
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I went for a Casio.
How are you getting on with the Casio? I had a Protrek years ago and quite fancy another but have also been considering the Suunto Core.
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Whilst not scientific - I've owned both a Casio Protrek and a Suunto Core All Black...
(I wanted the Altimeter function for the opposite reason as you - I do alot of Caving and anted to know how far DOWN I'd gone :) )
Anyway...the Suunto Core is a better watch overall...comfier, easier to read, easier to use the functions...but the Casio Protrek was MUCH better at giving a (semi) accurate altitude reading...
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I've been in flat Suffolk for a while so the watch hasn't been used in anger yet so it's hard to say. I will say my Suunto wasn't that old when its altimeter started giving erratic results. The new model may be an improvement and I have to admit I preferred it asthetically but that expereience put me off. The Casio I had before never went wrong; I just got fed up of paying to replace the battery but that problem was solved by the solar watches.

For some reason I got the watch 40 cheaper than the link I originally gave so dig around if anyone is tempted.
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Have had both over the years. I had to abandon my Suunto when the plastic of the battery compartment dissolved due to exposure to DEET! I have had a Protrek for several years (solar) and have been really pleased with it. Over the winter I occasionally need to put it on a sunny windowsill to keep the battery topped up, but otherwise delighted. I have one of the models which reads a time signal so I never need to adjust it.

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