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Hi Suunto fans,
I need your experience.
I am looking at buying my first ABC watch.
I live in the snowy mountains of Japan and the soul purpose of the watch will be for ski touring/backcountry skiing. Im looking for that 3rd degree on the topo map, an need a watch with an accurate, reliable altimeter.

On yahoo auctions here, (equlivant of ebay) the Suunto Core all black has popped up at around $250 and the vector at around $200.

From the research I have done, The core sounds like the more accurate alitmeter of the two, asuming its a newer model. But the Vector seems to be bomb proof. Would you say this statment is true?
Im still not entirely sure how the core`s altimeter /barometer work, but have concerns in the hostile conditions of the Japanese alps, with constent storm cycles coming through, will this drive the alitmeter crazy, or will this system of the core be better at dealing with the weather cycles and give more accurate readings compared to the Vector.
I am swaying towards the core, but if reliability and accuracy would be an issue, (which are the key factors) I would go for the Vector.

Any info, and recomdations is appericated.
I unfortunatly have no experience with alitmeters and barometers.
Thanks everyone
 

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The Core is probably your better watch. Core has a tighter resolution. 3 feet compared to 10 feet. The alti logs on the Core may be nice for your skiing as well.

Both are very accurate but the Core is obviously a few generations newer.
 

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I wouldn't ruled out Ambit from the equation, especially now when the new Ambit 3 is out and the 'old ones' significantly reducing price.For me, it's a much better choice then the Vector and Core in approx same price range.
Cheers.
 

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I was just showing that you can get a NIB Ambit2 for under $250 delivered. Weren't you the one asking where you could get it at that price?
 

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I was just showing that you can get a NIB Ambit2 for under $250 delivered. Weren't you the one asking where you could get it at that price?
I would love to get an Ambit2 for under $250. If you show me where, that would be great.
 

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I work as an alpine guide over the Northern Hemisphere winter and run the core. Either the all black, but more recently the extreme silver as I am finding the all black that little bit more difficult to read these days.... sighhh. Nearly all the guides I work with in the mountains run the core. Its a solid watch and does the job. The Ambit would be fine, however when I head out for extended trips then recharging is a pain. If I need map coordinates etc I take a dedicated GPS and map. The watch is for altitude which I use daily at work. So I would go the core. Great watch.
 
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