I've been looking at sports watches and recently read a review of Suunto's S6. Do you think it's worth spending $350 for a watch? Can you think of other timepieces that are cheaper but have some of the se bells and whistles? You know, altimeter, rate of ascent/descent, that sort of thing. Helen Boulder, Colorado
To which they will reply, "Leave us alone!"
Seriously, I find the S6 extremely interesting but am uncertain as to what it really adds to the outdoor experience. Suunto claims it's a "training aid" for skiers and snowboarders, but without a heart-rate function (for that you need the Suunto X6HRa cool $449!) I don't see where it gets you other than adding up your vertical for the day. And the things I typically find usefulelevation, rate of descent/ascent, barometric pressureare found on lesser watches such as the Suunto Vector ($215 for 2004's model). Besides, who wants to sit at a PC after a day's skiing and download all this stuff to make up some chart of what you did?
I'm not a Luddite on this issue; I've used altimeter watches and heart-rate monitors for years. And Suunto's technology honestly delights me. But are you going to look at a change in the barometric pressure and say, "Oh, no! Weather is changing, gotta run!"? Come on, you're sitting on a chairlift at the time. You wait until the weather takes the fun out of things, then you head in for some après-ski brews. For this you need a $370 wristwatch?
Additionally, the S6 lacks a GPS, a feature I'm sure will be coming soon. Then I'd say things get interesting. Get back to me when this happens and I might revise my opinion.