HIGHGEAR AXIO ALTIMETER WATCH REVIEW

I find the compass good for a quick bearing, but not my choice for taking precision bearings. Join the discussion in the forums here , and let us know what you think. I should warn you if you are a man. As with all altimeter and barometer watches, the values the watch returns require that you calibrate your elevation at least daily. I have also had issues with condensation inside the unit. Did we miss something? I have also had one problem with the durability of the watch. I find compasses in watches to be unusable and I’m happy to carry a plastic Suunto instead.

Pros Simple and uncluttered functions Clean, small and simple appearance Easy to read display Good altimeter function Cons Chronometer doesn’t track elevation accurately Display develops condensation inside Altimeter could be easier to set. Product tested and reviewed in each Formal Test Report has been provided free of charge by the manufacturer to BackpackGearTest. When I bought this watch, I was told by the sales person that it has been a slow seller. There are five large chrome buttons on the perimeter of the housing. Black Colors available Overall, the HIghgear Axio Max is a comfortable, effective altimeter watch at a great price. I wear the Highgear AXIO Max daily and find it unobtrusive, if not attractive, durable and with simple yet effective functionality. The altitude reading seems relatively accurate but the initial altitude is difficult to set.

If you are looking for function, rather than making a fashion statement, you should check this little guy out. As with all altimeter and barometer watches, the values the watch returns require that you calibrate your elevation at least daily.

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The buttons are large and easy to use, even with gloves on.

There are five large chrome buttons on the perimeter of the housing. I owned a Highgear Summit a few years ago but hated it because the watch face was huge and I kept smacking it against door jams. Unfortunately the chronometer function does not accrue elevation properly because it gets “bumped” out of the tracking mode. Did we miss something? Given altitude is based on barometric pressure, you need to reset elevation when you have the opportunity as pressure can change throughout the day.

Are we totally out to lunch? These functions are available through 5 main screens: Recall and view buttons Simple and functional.

Cycling through the five display screens is simple and fast. The unit must remain in this mode to accrue elevation. It is smaller than many other altimeter watches making it very comfortable to wear. Pros Simple and uncluttered functions Clean, small and simple appearance Easy to read display Good altimeter function Cons Chronometer doesn’t track elevation accurately Display develops condensation inside Altimeter could be easier to set.

I purchased the watch because I wanted an altimeter that was comfortable to wear and reliable. Apply here to be a gear tester. The outside temperature range was 10 Rreview C to 55 F 13 C. I started with heavy packs but now I generally follow moderate to light guidelines for pack weight depending on trip goals.

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The display numbers are large and easy to read. I checked this watch out at my local retailer and liked it quite a bit. The watch was worn on my wrist either exposed to air or under a jacket cuff.

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I haven’t used the other features of the watch much but they seem reasonable. The watch band is black rubber.

Unfortunately, it’s missing one two features that I need: Owner Reviews are based on product owned by the reviewer personally unless otherwise noted. The Axio is a basic altimeter watch.

MattK GearGuide July 30, at Product tested and reviewed in each Formal Test Report has been provided free of charge by the manufacturer to BackpackGearTest. The bottom line is I don’t trust the accumulated altitude at the end of the day. The watch meets those requirements but has some other shortcomings. Upon completion of the Test Series the writer is permitted to keep the product. Back to the rest of the reviews.

Terms of Use Privacy Policy. Join the discussion in the forums hereand let us know what you think. The backlight display is easy to read in the dark. I find compasses in watches to be unusable and I’m happy to carry wacth plastic Suunto instead.

Highgear Axio Max Altimter Watch

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