Highgear AltiTech 2
Price Paid: $110
I enjoyed this toy very much. However, some vallet in Las Vegas decided he needed it more than me.
Anyhow, I liked the large number readings on the front panel. I loved the light weight and the clip to hook onto my pack. I also enjoyed having the temp. Information is always fun.
I did not use the compas much, but I was dissapointed that the compass only displayed for about 15 seconds. Twenty to twenty-five seconds would have been better for me.
Over all, I have the feeling I am going to replace my AltiTech 2 with another AltiTech 2
Update: October 29, 2006
I just wanted to add that at 10,000' in 20 degree weather that the display is slow when changing between options. As if the liquid in the liquid crystal display was thickening up.
Over all, I really like the device and would recommend it to any one who enjoys the extra information of hight and temp.
It does not guess weather accurately in the high elevations. When the sunny day icon was displayed, it was actually raining out. That happned once. Several times it displayed the cloudy icon on bright sunny days.
I have not used the compass portion much. I would like the compass to display about twice as long as it does.
This would be a 5 star item if it weren't an unnecessary (albeit very cool) toy. It has better compass and elevation resolution than most of the competition, and other than that it's everything you'd expect in a digital compass.
The big improvement, in my mind, is that you clip it on your pack or belt instead of your wrist. Anyone who climbs with a bulky wristwatch knows how difficult it is to fit it under multiple layers of clothing, dig it out when you want to read it, and avoid snagging it on your shoulder straps as you put your pack on. Additionally, the temperature reading is more accuarate than a wrist computer because it's not constantly in contact with your body heat.
Oh, and the hinge in the middle allows it to stand up on its own, which is great for bedside use.
Price Paid: $150
Works great in the summer. The display is useless below 35 degrees.
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With the Altitech II, you'll instantly know your direction, elevation, the forecast and much more with just a push of a button! High-resolution digital altimeter with icon reports current elevation in 1 meter (3.3 ft.) resolution; updates every 2 seconds. Barometer with weather icon reports changing trends in the weather; 1mbar with 300-mbar to 1,100-mbar resolution. Digital thermometer reports temperature with one-degree resolution, Fahrenheit or Celsius (min. -4F to max 158F). Digital compass with leveling bubble accurately reports direction; adjustable declination. Watch features time, day/date display dual time zone and two programmable alarms, as well as a chronographic stopwatch function. Backlit for easy viewing in low light. Small size and soft-grip surface make it easy to hold; carabiner-like gate clips to straps or lanyards easily. Water resistant to 10 meters (33 feet). Not intended for climbing or load-bearing use.
Consolidate your navigation components inside your hiking, climbing or kayaking pack with this multipurpose AltiTech 2 combination altimeter/compass/thermometer/chronograph alarm. This rugged little device is molded to a metal clip, allowing you to attach it to your belt loop, pack strap, gear loft--anywhere you need it. The altimeter has a 3.3 ft. range and display data in metric or imperial measurements. The digital compass has one-degree resolution and an adjustable declination. If you're in training for a big ascent, the chronograph features a 100-lap memory for 30 individual trips and features date records to help you monitor your progress.
- Altrec Outdoors
In the mountains, navigation is as much about altitude as which direction you're going. The Highgear AltiTech 2 Altimeter tells you your current altitude and plots up to 20 altitude points by time and date which you can reference for navigation or bragging rights. Not only does the AltiTech 2 work to an elevation of 29,500 feet with an accuracy of 3 feet, it also graphs your vertical gain and loss. Its digital barometer stores the barometric and temperature trend for the last 24 hours; allowing you to predict weather patterns. A digital compass with adjustable declination keeps you on route, and the watch lets you know if you still have time to push for the summit. Weighing only 2 ounces, the AltiTech 2 clips nearly anywhere, so you won't have to pull your glove off every time you need some information.
- Backcountry Outlet
Altimeter + barometer + digital compass + temperature + time + chronograph 1 and, this compact do-it-all Alti-Tech 2 instrument by Highgear weighs only 2 ounces. Stows easily in your pocket or clips to your belt loop. Altimeter with 3.3-foot resolution and a range from -2,296 feet to 29,500 feet; also stores 20 altimeter data readings with altitude, time, and date. Barometer with .1mbar resolution and a range from 300mbar to 1,100 mbar; maximum and minimum pressure recorded for present and past 23 hours. Compass with 1-degree resolution; leveling bubble for increased accuracy; adjustable declination; displays bearing in degrees and cardinal points. Temperature with 0.1-degree resolution and range from -4F to 158F; Celsius readings also available. Other features include time, date, lap and split time chronograph, backlight; measures 4 x 0.25 x 0.75 inch; weighs 2 ounces.