Chunkier than the Suunto Core, the Vector is more user-friendly. It also costs less and could have more functionality for most hill-walkers. There’s a clear box on the main screen for barometric trends, and you can scroll between altimeter and barometer, which I wasn’t able to do on the Core. There’s also a hot button that takes you directly to the compass. But with the Suunto Vector you don’t get the sunrise and sunset features of the Core, while barometer trend indicators are less obvious to read than the visual weather indicator that comes with other models tested here.
Screen size 32mm diameter
Features altitude range -500m to 9000m, temperature range -20 to 60 deg C, water-resistant to 30m
Verdict: We reckon the Suunto Vector could be a better option for hill-walkers than the Suunto Core, although it does lack some features. It has no gimmicks, and is a very functional outdoor tool perfect for any grade of hill-walker. It won the ‘Best in Test – Most Technical’ award.
Review by Matt Swaine
First published in Trail magazine September 2009