The Suunto Core’s manual brilliantly explains how to get the most out of it on the hill. Aside from time functions, it’s the altimeter and barometer that make it so good. You can track your ascent, and set warnings when you hit certain altitudes, and it has a weather trend and storm warning function. You can lock and follow bearings with the compass. But with no function indication on the buttons it does feel less intuitive. Barometer trend indicators only appear when you’ve selected barometer settings, and it’s hard to scroll between the two settings.
Screen size 35mm diameter
Features altitude range -500m to 9000m, temperature range -20 to 60 deg C, water-resistant to 30m
Verdict: The Suunto Core is a brilliantly functional watch that is highly respected by a wide variety of outdoor professionals. But it may prove overly complex for some walkers, and others in this test are more user-friendly.
Review by Matt Swaine
First published in Trail magazine September 2009