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Backpacker Magazine – November 2009
This compact piece packs all the technology and none of the size.
Gear Field Test: Watches
Small and Mighty
Most training and altimeter watches are heavy enough to pound nails and pretty big on the wrist. Not the TraiLeader Pro. It tracks altitude, barometric pressure, heart rate, speed, distance, temperature, and a slew of timing functions in a relatively svelte and well-priced package. "It performed at a consistently high level through months of tracking ski descents and trail runs," says a tester, "but it slides through sleeves easily and doesn't scream watch-wonk."
The menu tree has a steep learning curve, though; we had to consult the manual frequently. "But once you get the hang of it," our tester reports, "you can jump straight to the readout you want rather than having to scroll through a flurry of screens." A logbook lets you track heart rate, distance, or altitude gain/loss over a set period of time; expect the memory to hold 20 to 30 sessions before you need to upload data with the provided software. PCs only. $200; 1.9 oz.; tech4o.com.