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    Riseman altimeter accuracy in vehicle?

    most interested in the altimeter feature of the 9200 riseman for use in my car and hiking. is the altimeter accurate at all in the cabin of a moving vehicle either with the windows up or down?

    i have heard mixed reports on the accuracy of the altimeter as well as the barometer but have also read they can be calibrated.

    what do you guys think? i really like the looks of the 9200 MS but for real world use should i just go with a protrek or pathfinder? they are a little more but i don't want to spend the $160+ on a riseman and be disappointed with it's features.

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    The riseman is great but the altimeter is the least accurate function on the watch.My baro/thermo are always spot on temp reading off wrist.The altimeter reading is based off air pressure so from inside a car to outside will change drastically,but after being outside for a short time or if a reference point is set it usually will be pretty
    accurate.When i was at the beach for while with my riseman it read 0ft that was cool!!

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    the readings have not been very accurate for me no matter how many times I calibrate the readings. This watch has been disappointing in that regard.

    every time I press the red button I feel so horrible about my watch.

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    Hmm, my GW-9200 seems always spot on, like the DW-9100 model. Only thing you need to do is calibrate before leaving. On the other side, don't have airco in my car, which might help. At our holiday, we started from 200m and we came back on 200m (+/- 5m) when we returned. All you need is normal quiet weather I'll guess.



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    It depends on weather. On summer it's ok, on autumn it's eeh. I never calibrate it, it's selected "off".

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    Re: Riseman altimeter accuracy in vehicle?

    Keep in mind that these are few-hundred-dollar watches. They will not be super accurate except for the time. Not to be used for professional purposes. If they're at all close, thank your stars. Most of the features are... well I got hammered for using the word "gimmicks" in another thread.. so let's say they are "optimistic" about their own capabilities.

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    Altimeter drift is inevitable, due to barometric pressure changes. Just place your riseman on your wrist and sit at home and watch the altitude fluctuate....

    I'm a big fan of G-shocks but I can't recommend the Riseman for its altimeter.
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    Re: Riseman altimeter accuracy in vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonky McBonk View Post
    Keep in mind that these are few-hundred-dollar watches. They will not be super accurate except for the time. Not to be used for professional purposes. If they're at all close, thank your stars. Most of the features are... well I got hammered for using the word "gimmicks" in another thread.. so let's say they are "optimistic" about their own capabilities.
    Well, you can buy the most expensive altimeter on the market, it won't to any good either if the essential technique is not incorporated. Money got nothing to do with it, basically any other manufactuerer of ABC watches does a significant better job than Casio, when it comes to altimeter/barometer accuracy. The four major points where Casio always fails is the lack of sea level pressue (SLP), thermo compensation, an altimeter lock and 1 meter increments (minor).

    Quote Originally Posted by time4d
    Altimeter drift is inevitable, due to barometric pressure changes. Just place your riseman on your wrist and sit at home and watch the altitude fluctuate....
    With an altimeter lock, drifts are simply history. I can sit with my Tech4o and have a Tornado blasting my surrounding away, and the altimeter won't move one single meter. But you are right - sit there with your Riseman and watch your altitude miraculous rising to Mount Everest heights when the Tornado approaches...


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    ZOMBIE THREAAD!!

    haha, thanks for the reply's. i've found i have to adjust my riseman every time i wear it but once i do the first time of the day it's pretty solid the rest of the day. haven't payed attention on any long trips with it but around town at 45mph with the windows down it does appear to accurately register ascent/descent across large hills and from one side of the county to the other which is sort of nifty.

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    Re: Riseman altimeter accuracy in vehicle?

    As an avid mountainbiker the Riseman is my watch to go. Tell you what : this is a true outdoor watch,the more it stays outside the more the altimeter gets precise.

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