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Backpacker Magazine – 2010 Editors' Choice/Gear Guide

Gear Review: Tech40 TraiLeader Jet

A wristtop altimeter, compass, and accelerometer.

by: BACKPACKER Editors and Contributors

Tech40 TrailLeader Jet (Courtesy Photo)
Tech40 TrailLeader Jet (Courtesy Photo)

A wristtop altimeter and compass can help you navigate through fog or whiteout, and Tech4o’s TrailLeaderJet adds a third tool: an accelerometer that lets you track speed and distance. Input your stride length, and this watch crunches approximate mileage, mph, and calories. “It hit known distances within 10 percent,” says our Colorado tester.

“Accuracy was best on level trails, with few stops or detours.” Technical terrain is a challenge (tip: re-enter a shorter stride length), but it’s a welcome addition to the relatively accurate altimeter and compass. A big face and best-in-class back light produce top-notch readability, but only big wrists need apply. $160;

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Jul 12, 2012

Don't buy the CW3. Compass wouldn't calibrate from new. Customer Service would only give me credit even though CW3's are still listed as available on their page. They wanted the difference of what I paid for it and what their list price is (Another $20). Then they weren't sure they could send my faulty watch back as "it may have been recycled". Not a customer concerned company.

Mar 15, 2012

Useless, can't even get it wet. I have dress watches that can handle wet conditions better.

Sep 16, 2011

All talk no, no action watch. As with Jack's comments, I had similar issues. Lines in screen, fogging up, moisture, and such. The "water resistance" is terrible. People who buy this type of watch are going to expect it handle more that "a splash of water". If you're in need of something for real outdoor use, pick another brand. You'll be thankful you did.

Feb 27, 2011

this is a flawed watch, it can't handle any moisture, or even rain the screen fogs up and eventually it dies.


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