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    Can't decide between Suunto X9i (GPS watch) or PathFinder

    hi all,

    I need to buy a navigational watch, and found this watch company suunto
    suunto.com
    and I'm into their X9i GPS watch
    http://www.suunto.com/suunto/main/pr...=1159679752199

    but a friend told me to go for casio pathfinder.

    what do you think about it ? anyone ever heard or own the suunto watch? Is it worth it, or should I just go for casio pathfinder?

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    Re: Can't decide between Suunto X9i (GPS watch) or PathFinder

    Both watches are good options. I would go for the Suunto, because in my opinion this is the ultimate tool watch brand.
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    Re: Can't decide between Suunto X9i (GPS watch) or PathFinder

    The Tissot T touch has a compass and altimiter built in along with a few other gadgets. Looks much cooler than the Suunto as well.
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    Re: Can't decide between Suunto X9i (GPS watch) or PathFinder

    Depending on what you plan to use it for some of the Garmin wrist GPS units might be what you are looking for.

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    Re: Can't decide between Suunto X9i (GPS watch) or PathFinder

    Quote Originally Posted by mtbrnr
    Depending on what you plan to use it for some of the Garmin wrist GPS units might be what you are looking for.
    do you have any link for the garmin wrist GPS watch?

    thanks

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    Re: Can't decide between Suunto X9i (GPS watch) or PathFinder

    Hi wikes82,

    I've seen the Suunto with the GPS advertised and thought that a watch with that would be a really nice feature. But then a thought occured to me, how much battery life would the GPS watch have? Almost all of the Pro Trek models are tough solar, so battery issue is not a big deal there. I haven't heard anything about battery life on the Suunto so I don't what the life is there. Frequent battery changes would drive me nuts O| O| .

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    Re: Can't decide between Suunto X9i (GPS watch) or PathFinder

    Sorry I took so long to look at this thread again. In case you still need it:
    http://www.garmin.com/products/forerunner305/

    Also for what it is worth I found these comments on a website selling the Suunto X9i:
    Not the best.... depending on why you're buying it06-16-06
    robertwlewis (2):
    I purchased this watch/"GPS" a few weeks ago and I must admit, I'm pretty disappointed. I intended to use it to track routes and keep up with my training (trail run, bike, paddle, etc.) but it turns out that this is probably not what this device is best suited for. It seems that it would be best used strictly as a traditional GPS unit to track routes while hiking/camping. I would however highly recommend the Garmin Forerunner 305 (see my review for it) for anyone wanting a good (not perfect) GPS unit to track progress while training. Overall the X9i only gets 2 stars from me mainly because 1) It is not intuitive (included instructions help some, but keep them close at hand), 2) The distance it recorded for my run was way off (I ran approx 4.5 miles; it recorded 7.75) and 3) It is gigantic (I understand this is necessary to cram all of the circuitry needed for GPS) Bottom line: If you want a compact GPS training device, go with the Forerunner 205 or 305. If you want a GPS for hiking/camping buy a real GPS. Sure, it won't be quite as small, but it will work much better.


    This Watch is Great09-07-06
    Dave S. (1):
    I've bought this watch and am VERY HAPPY with it. It has worked flawlessly and has been exceptionally accurate. I have used it while operating my car and it was perfect in distance over 103 miles. It can gauge speed and was dead on with the speedometer of my auto. I tracked back from 140 miles out and it was within .01 dead on accurate. You MUST read the manual from the CD. The watch is complicated and you must understand the functions to succeed with it. If you don't, you'll end up unhappy. Spend time reading and you'll find a new best friend.


    Quote Originally Posted by wikes82
    do you have any link for the garmin wrist GPS watch?

    thanks

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    Smile Re: Can't decide between Suunto X9i (GPS watch) or PathFinder

    Quote Originally Posted by wikes82
    hi all,

    I need to buy a navigational watch, and found this watch company suunto
    suunto.com
    and I'm into their X9i GPS watch
    http://www.suunto.com/suunto/main/pr...=1159679752199

    but a friend told me to go for casio pathfinder.

    what do you think about it ? anyone ever heard or own the suunto watch? Is it worth it, or should I just go for casio pathfinder?
    Couple of links for you

    (1) (2)

    I did watch, yes watch, an online review for the Suunto that was video taped, but for the life of me I cannot locate it online anymore.. Take a look for that, it was VERY well done. In the end they couldn't recommend it.

    BTW, I went with a casio & a gps unit
    Last edited by funkright; October 15th, 2006 at 06:34.

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    Wink Re: Can't decide between Suunto X9i (GPS watch) or PathFinder

    I was escorting a marathon a week ago and I was suprised to see how many runners use the Garmin GPS watches.

    Actually I was thinking of buying a EDGE 305 Bundle (Heart rate monitor, barometric airpressure, GPS, Heart Rate Monitor, pedal frequention, cycle computer, PC interface). It's quiet a lot of Bang for the Buck! At the moment I own a Garmin Etrex.

    As for the Garmin/ ProTrek choice, there is not a recent GPR ProTrek (= Pathfinder) model, but all recent have a compass function. Note that a GPS watch only works for a short period of time (a few hours). A new ProTrek model can take months without light (they are Tough Solar now).



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    Re: Can't decide between Suunto X9i (GPS watch) or PathFinder

    Casio Pathfinder and a Pocket GPS with military decrypt chip (okay, okay - I'm in the Army, so it's issue, but it's awesome).

    James
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