Brunton ADC Sherpa
Price Paid: $110
For the last two years I've owned a Brunton Sherpa. I use it mostly for the barometric pressure and altitude functions, and it has been reliable. The Sherpa also offers wind speed/velocity and temperature, for the latter the instrument must be held away from the body for a minute or so. It is slightly smaller and not as bulky as other handheld electronic altimeters on the market, and is fairly unnoticeable when carried around the neck on its attached lanyard.
The Sherpa is marketed by Silva of Sweden outside the U.S., by Brunton in the U.S., but it is actually made in Switzerland. It's a well-made instrument, but I think that the success of the watch-type altimeters have really cut into its popularity.
The only real disadvantage I can see to the Sherpa is that it cannot be turned off unless you remove the (expensive) lithium coin battery entirely. When not in use it's best to store it w/o the lithium cell so as to preserve battery life.
Price Paid: $99
Had to return the first one, altimeter woud not stay in calibration. I cafefully read the instructions also.
Same problem with the second one, and I returned it also. A few other people even tried setting it in case I was fat-fingering it.
The other functions worked fine.
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This compact instrument can help you plan your outdoor activities by measuring wind speed, wind chill, temperature, barometric pressure and altitude. Wind speed mechanism shows maximum, average and current speed, measured in mph, knots, and more; measures wind speeds up to 90 mph. Wind chill is calculated and displayed in relation to current temperature and wind speed. Current temperature is displayed in degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius; temperature range is -4 to 131 F, or -20 to 55 C. Barometer setting shows current barometric pressure and the pressure change over the previous 16 hours to indicate the weather trend. Altitude is measured in feet or meters; range is from 0 to 30,000 feet, to within +/- 3 feet accuracy (or 0 - 10,000 meters, +/- 1 meter). Made of durable, lightweight ABS plastic with a large, easy-to-read LCD display; a lanyard is included for wearing the instrument around the neck. Includes a replaceable, 3-volt lithium battery; battery life is approximately four years. Closeout.
The Brunton Sherpa is a small hand held altimeter, barometer, thermometer and wind meter all rolled in convenient package.
- Backcountry Outlet
Fellow travelers will be glad you brought along this handy device from Brunton. This atmospheric data center displays your altitude (to 30,000 ft.), wind speed, temperature, wind chill factor, time, and barometric changes that have occurred over the last 16 hours. Hangs conveniently from lanyard. Water-resistant case. Uses 3V lithium CR2032 battery, included. 4 x 1
- Sierra Trading Post