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Gear Review: High Gear ATF8 Watch

Clips to your pack for easy access to stats like temperature and altitude
Jan 2011 Gear High Gear ATF8 445x260High Gear ATF8 (Courtesy Photo)

On every trip there’s a go-to person for vital stats like altitude, time, direction, barometric pressure, temperature, and other geeky calibrations. That person is usually me, which is why I loved having the ATF8 on board.

Watches with similar features are usually bulky (especially for women) and difficult to read under multiple layers, but not this design: I could clip it to my pack strap for easy access, or use the kickstand on a flat surface so anyone in the group could take a peek. Recalibration is a cinch and was only necessary a few times during several months of use. Gripe: The small side buttons are difficult to operate when wearing gloves. $170; 1.5 oz.; highgear.com.

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