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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)

Summary

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.

Pros

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

Cons

  • 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.

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Highgear Axio Max

MSRP:
$150.00

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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