Gear Reviews

Gear Review: Suunto Core Anniversary Edition Watch

This watch features an altimeter, barometer, compass, and logbook, and is dead-on accurate.


In a decade of testing altimeter watches, I’ve probably tracked more than a million feet of elevation gain. Yes, that’s a lot of wrist-watching. And none have proven more consistently accurate and reliable than Suunto’s. This new model, with the company’s trademark feature set—altimeter, barometer, compass, and logbook—is no exception. It nailed known altitude marks better than two other watch/weather stations I’m testing, a testament to the quality of its barometer, which reads atmospheric pressure to produce elevation. It’s a big watch, but it’s also a memory monster, recording three 15,000-vert ski days in Iceland with room to spare.

Best For

Anyone with a big wrist who hikes up, then down—and likes to know how much up and down

Tester Data

> Jonathan Dorn

> Duration Dec. to May

> Locales Rockies, Zion, Iceland, Canyonlands

> “The sharp black look is classy enough for workaday wear, and the reverse, white-on-black face is easier to read in alpine glare than a traditional display.”