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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2013

Gear Review: Highgear WeatherPort Weather Station

Stay safe with this handheld weather station from Highgear.

by: Allison Woods

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“It’s like having a pocket-size Al Roker with you,” says one tester, who used this featherweight weather gadget in dozens of car campsites all over the West; it’s even compact and light enough to make the cut on backpacking trips.

“It records so much data, like temperature, air pressure, and humidity; plus it forecasts the upcoming weather,” she says. “I avoided certain misery in the often-volatile North Cascades high country when the barometric pressure crashed.” The WeatherPort also has an altimeter, digital compass, alarm, and a timer. Bonus: The big buttons and intuitive operation make the WeatherPort kid-friendly and easy to operate, even with gloves on. $50; 2.6 oz.; highgear.com



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May 07, 2013

Intuitively obvious buttons? I don't think so. Consider there are 4 buttons to set Fahrenheit vs Celsius for temp, inches vs millimeters for pressure, feet vs meters for altitude or read min/max temp, min/max pressure, min/max altitude and clear min/max readings.
Don't, don't, don't lose the instructions!
The forecaster seems no better or worse than other electronic weather stations like this.

All in all, I don't regret buying it. I will use it when backpacking out of range of weather stations. It is very lightweight and compact. I just wouldn't claim that using the buttons is intuitively obvious.

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