Highgear Altis SS
To start out...The Altis ti and Altis SS are the same…
To start out...The Altis ti and Altis SS are the same watch except that one is made of titanium and the other out of stainless steel. Both watches have heft and are built like a brick. The band is high quality rubber with breath slots cut into them and are fitted seamlessly to the watch.
The Altis SS is a large attractive, premium watch from Highgear. that wears very nice and can be used for all occasions (unlike a lot of other bulky brand watches with these features). I found the strap to be very comfortable. Excellent looking, accurate, and simple to use once you master the features. I use this watch for hunting and navigation in deep woods.
Somehow Highgear found out a way to take a very complicated watch and make it simple to use in the field and make it look good as well. Display is large and crisp looking with a good back light that has its own designated button. Mineral glass face is very scratch resistant. Water resistant to 50m but is NOT recommended for scuba diving because of the barometer. The compass is very easy to display quickly.
I have tested the altimeter many times with my GPS and found it to be surprisingly accurate. I test the barometer with a my local weather station and it too is dead on. Changing the battery can be done in the field using a coin and cr2032 battery.
This review would go on and on if I were to get into all the features of the ALTIS. I recommend checking out Highgear's web site to get a full list of features. Don't be overwhelmed when you first get this watch. You will need a few days playing with the ALTIS along with the manual to get the general layout and features but when you understand how the watch is laid out and how its features operate, it becomes second nature to access them in the woods.
IMO, this is THE watch to own for hunters, hikers, climbers, or anyone that goes deep into Gods country and needs a serious navigational watch. It's a bargain for its features and price. Highgear is a USA company out of North Carolina.
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The HighGear Altis Stainless Steel Altimeter is constructed with a highly durable and consistant casing that can take use and abuse for as long as you have the watch. Tons and tons of features create a watch that can do almost anything you need when exploring the backcountry: Altimeter, barometer, compass, thermometer, ski chrono, chronograph, and a watch. Click on the sizing chart for more details on each of these features. Great for hiking, skiing, mountaineering, climbing or really anytime you are outdoors.
The Highgear Altis Altimeter Watch's tough stainless steel case provides durability for the harsh mountains while altimeter, and compass features help you find your way through the hills. The altitude logbook remembers up to 20 points, and an altitude alarm help you find your descent couloir in a total whiteout. An electronic compass with adjustable declination ensures you hike in the right direction when you hit the glacier. The Highgear Altis Altimeter Watch also includes a ski chronograph that times your run from the top to bottom and uses altimeter data to provide your average descent rate.
- Backcountry Outlet
The HighGear Altis Ti is an altimeter watch with all the funtions youll ever need wrapped in a stainless steel casing.
Up to 30% Savings during the REI Fall Sale! Plus members save 20% on one full price item. Taking performance to new heights, the rugged, stainless-steel Highgear Altis provides accurate real-time altitude readings and much, much more! Also features a digital barometer, compass, thermometer, chronograph and time. Altimeter function features a range of -2,296 to 29,520 ft., rate and average/total ascent and descent, alarm, 20 altitude log entries and 3 presets. Barometer reports changing trends in the weather; 1mbar resolution with 300- to 1,100-mbar resolution. Digital thermometer reports temperature with one-degree resolution in Fahrenheit or Celsius (min 14°F to max 140°F). Chronographic feature records 1/100-second resolution; 100-lap memory; stores run number, month/date, lap number, split, time and average lap. Digital compass with leveling bubble accurately reports direction; rotating bezel to mark cardinal points; adjustable declination. Watch features time in a 12- or 24-hour format; auto calendar is programmed through 2049. Backlit for easy viewing in low light. Water resistant to 165 ft. (50m).