User Review: Highgear TrailDrop
Source: tested or reviewed it for the manufacturer (I kept it.)
Accurate, sturdy. Good backup.
- Goes anywhere - keychain clip
- Easy to calibrate and take a bearing
- Changing the Time & Date is difficult
- Changing the batteries is even MORE difficult
I've had my Trail Drop for about 3 years now and only JUST needed to change the batteries. I've had it hanging on my bicycle handlebars the last two years or so and it always gives me the time, date and proper temperature all on the face. Taking a bearing is very easy but you just need to make sure it's level (has built in leveling bubble).
I've used it right on the bicycle and it works fine! I have a set of very small caliber flat head and Phillips head screwdrivers so removing the back was no big deal. Getting the batteries out was! You DO NOT need to replace it with the exact same sized watch batteries. Since they all have about the same power, I replaced it with batteries that were slightly smaller and the unit works great.
Not as rugged as the HighGear Alti-Tech digital compass but you get what you pay for. I don't think the Trail Drop is worth what many retailers are charging though.