Posted by wristwatch on October 10, 2007
Suunto Vector is truly an instrument that you cannot leave home when planning any kind of outdoor activity. Hiking, climbing, off piste skiing all share one common feature in order to practice them safely, you need accurate, real-time information about the surroundings. And this is where Suunto Vector, a versatile device that it is, delivers.
Regardless whether you are climbing mountains, riding a muddy bike track, or skiing off piste, Suunto Vector will not let you down even in the toughest of the tough situations. It combines an altimeter, barometer, and an electronic compass with all the features of a sophisticated sports watch.
The clear logic of the user interface makes Suunto Vector a real forerunner on the mountain. Its ergonomic design with a large display and convenient control buttons makes it easy to use even in the harshest and toughest conditions. It has an electro-luminescent backlight and a user-replaceable battery.
Suunto Vector keeps track of your activities and provides you with means to make rational decisions in situations where information on your surroundings plays a crucial role.
The Suunto Vector and its barometric functions provide you with valuable information for forecasting weather changes. Information on the present sea level pressure helps you read and understand the barometric pressure at high altitudes.
Knowing your altitude, ascent/descent rate, compass bearing, weather trends, and barometric pressure enables you to make safe and responsible decisions, particularly when moving in the mountains.
The altimeter features a range up to 9 000 m/ 29 500 ft, which puts all 14 of the World’s 8000+ meter summits within the avid climber’s range. Suunto Vector features an altitude difference measurement function for following vertical progress between stages. It has an automatic 24-hour memory that stores the altitude and ascent/descent rate for every hour. It also features an adjustable altitude alarm and different memory functions. With the logbook function you can record total and cumulative vertical ascents and descents, as well as the number of runs skied.
Suunto Vector displays the current barometric pressure and temperature, which is valuable information for forecasting weather changes. Suunto Vector automatically records barometric data for the past four days: the first six hours in one-hour intervals and after that in six-hour intervals. When the reference altitude is set correctly, the instrument also shows the present sea level pressure, which makes it easier to read and understand the barometric pressure at high altitudes. However, when on tour in the mountains, don´t forget that the detected barometric pressure changes when you are moving in the vertical direction. This makes tracing of weather changes more complicated.
The electronic compass of Suunto Vector guides you with cardinal or half-cardinal points and the North-South arrow. The compass can also be set to track a certain bearing, which helps following of a chosen direction in unknown terrain. The declination adjustment function allows the user to correct the difference between true North and magnetic North.
In addition to the different outdoor-related functions, Suunto Vector also displays normal time. It has three daily alarms, a calendar programmed to the year 2089, and a stopwatch with split time measurement and a countdown timer. The time can be shown in 12 or 24-hour format.
* Altimeter: Altitude, vertical speed, altitude alarm, logbook, vertical difference measurement, automatic 24h altitude memory, temperature compensation. * Logbook capacity 8 kB, recording intervals 20s, 1min, 10min and 60min, with respective times 10h, 12h, 7 days and 10 days
* Barometer: Sea level pressure, absolute pressure, pressure difference, pressure trend indicator, 4-day barometric memory, temperature
* Compass: Cardinal bearing, North-South arrow, bearing tracking, declination setting
* Chronograph: Stopwatch, countdown timer, calendar, three daily alarms
* Water resistant to 30 m (100 ft)
* Colour options: yellow, khaki, black, blue, xblack, pink, burgundy, lime, violet, brown, foliage green, and coyote brown.