Alternatives? One good one, I think. Suunto's E203 ($140) is a handheld altimeter that is designed so it hangs comfortably from a neck lanyard or slips into a pocket. So, it won't fit on the wrist at all, and isn't meant to. I understand that may be a drawback, but if you are willing to sacrifice that aspect, then you get an excellent altimeter that is really easier to read and use than the wrist-mounted ones, with better button position and a bigger LCD screen. The E203 has everything you'd want-readouts to 29,000 feet in as little as three-foot increments, barometric pressure, temperature, vertical waypoints you can set and more. And it's water-resistant. Really, a very nice unit.
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