Does anyone actually use the altimeter?

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    Question Does anyone actually use the altimeter?

    I just received a Pathfinder PAW-1500 and love it. All of the bells and whistles are fun to play with, but does anybody actually rely on the altimeter? I live in a flat desert location and adjusted it to what the local altitude is a couple of days ago. Since then, the altitude displayed has climbed about 250 feet, even though the watch hasn't gone up or down more than 30 feet at the most.

    I'm wondering why include an altimeter if it isn't the least bit accurate? Or, am I missing something that I need to adjust to make it work correctly?

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    Re: Does anyone actually use the altimeter?

    I'm not familiar with that model, does it use the barometer to calculate the altitude? If so as the air pressure changes each day it will mean the altitude loses accuracy. I set the 'reference altitude' every morning by calibrating it to a known height. It should all be in the manual.

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    Re: Does anyone actually use the altimeter?

    Moved to main forum.
    I used to list my watches here until I realised it ruined people's Google searches...

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    Re: Does anyone actually use the altimeter?

    Yeah, I do. Okay, have done about 3 times. The area where I live is pretty flat too, but I have done some trips to where there are some real hills (although just 600, 800 and 1200 m above the see level respectively, yeah so nothing extreme but you can see how useful it is that you can neatly see on the altimetre "where you are") and I suggest you to do the same, if you want to try it out.

    The altimeter is, as I have experienced, quite reliable as compared to my gps (and possibly maps). I think it is quite accurate as soon as 1) you calibrate it in the beginning of the trip 2) the weather remains stable more or less. Also the compass shows quite accurate against my gps (I never needed to calibrate it or anything).

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    Re: Does anyone actually use the altimeter?

    I own three watches with altimeters and don't use it. There are no significant changes in elevation here where I live. The barometer is the most useful feature for me.




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    Re: Does anyone actually use the altimeter?

    Quote Originally Posted by cottonchipper View Post
    I'm wondering why include an altimeter if it isn't the least bit accurate
    because it is a casio, plain and simple.

    the non-existing altimeter lock, as well as the lack of sea-level pressure, as well as the lack of proper thermo-compensation are constant critic points which i am - along with member queen6 - are complaining about. personally i'm done with casio AB sensors (the C's are okay so far) and won't neither buy nor recommend a pro-trek/pathfinder watch to anyone anymore, unless casio decides to change those obvious flaws. there are enough alternatives out there with a whole lot better and more precise sensors than casio does offer.

    Or, am I missing something that I need to adjust to make it work correctly?
    no, unfortunately you don't miss a thing. the only thing you can do, is to recalibrate your watch's altimeter as often as you can and hope that air pressure doesn't change much or nothing at all....


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    Re: Does anyone actually use the altimeter?

    sadly enough i have just met a guy with, i think PAG-40, and his barometric pressure says 1006 hPa and mine 999 hPa :'(

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    Picture Re: Does anyone actually use the altimeter?

    See the links below for the answers to your questions;

    Are Protreks Accurate #1
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    Re: Does anyone actually use the altimeter?

    Quote Originally Posted by madman01 View Post
    sadly enough i have just met a guy with, i think PAG-40, and his barometric pressure says 1006 hPa and mine 999 hPa :'(
    Is he short?
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    Re: Does anyone actually use the altimeter?

    Quote Originally Posted by tribe125 View Post
    Is he short?
    lol

    7millibars difference are equal to about 57 meters - so either madman01 must be a giant, or the other guy is really VERY short


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