Highgear Axio Max

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There’s a reason the President of the United States…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: received it as a sample, freebie, or prize (Highgear)


There’s a reason the President of the United States chose a Highgear watch for himself. The Axio Max builds on the pedigree delivering accuracy, ruggedness, and good looks.


  • Accurate altimeter, barometer, and compass
  • Multiple alarms
  • Chronograph for training


  • No countdown timer
  • Inaccurate thermometer

A few years ago I acquired a Highgear Enduro compass watch. Strangely enough, so did Barack Obama (which you can read about on the Amsterdam Watch Blog). Regardless of politics that product was, and still is, a great little sports watch, simple to operate, accurate and good looking. The Enduro’s newer sibling – the Axio Max – improves on design, and adds a range of features making it a solid contender in the category.

Chief among the Axio Max’s features are the altimeter, barometer, and compass. All three operated accurately in our tests. The barometer is coupled with a small weather prediction icon located in the upper left quadrant of the watch face. That bit was not always accurate but was easy to re-calibrate.

The Axio Max also includes a thermometer which like all in this test struggled with providing accurate readings. My advice, if you really need an accurate temperature, leave the watch off your wrist for a few minutes to get an ambient reading. That worked every time in our tests.

For a complete review and photos visit GearGuide.

Manufacturer's Description

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Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

The untamed world may beckon you to wander, but the Highgear Axio Max Altimeter Watch provides important navigational and weather data to keep you informed while you're at the mercy of the whims of nature. An all-digital, back-lit display supplies you with reliable readings from the Axiom's built-in altimeter, compass, thermometer, and barometer, while its basic time and chronograph functions keep you on time for important events on or off the grid.

- Backcountry.com

The HighGear Axio Altimeter Watch has all the features you need for high adventure mountaineering. The Axio replaces the popular Axis altimeter and includes updated technology for more accurate data.

- CampSaver.com

Find your direction, keep an eye on the weather, the Highgear Axio Max keeps you informed.


Strap on the feature-laden Highgear Axio Max multifunction watch and track your elevation, the weather forecast, directions and more! Altimeter with Swiss sensor reports current elevation in 1m (3 ft.) increments and features 2 altitude alarms. Barometer reports changing trends in the weather; 12-hr. forecast feature predicts upcoming weather changes. Thermometer reports temperature with 1deg resolution in Fahrenheit or Celsius (minimum -4degF to maximum 158degF). Displays time and date; features 2 programmable alarms, 2 time zones and 12/24-hr. readout. Rest and hydration alarms help you pace yourself and stay hydrated. Backlight provides easy viewing in the dark. Water resistant to 50m (164 ft.).


Highgear Axio Max


The Highgear Axio Max is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen December 10, 2013 at Backcountry.com.

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