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Suunto Elementum Terra Watch
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Suunto Elementum Terra combines decades of outdoors experience with a lifetime in precision craftsmanship, making it a survival tool no real adventurer can do without. Equipped with the essentials – altimeter for altitude measurement, barometer for easy prediction of weather changes and compass for navigation – the Terra provides essential information that makes for both urban and outdoor exploration with the utmost confidence.
Time, Date, Alarm Backlight Altimeter Barometric pressure & trend 3D compass Chronograph Cumulative ascent / descent Log: last 8 ascent / descent, max. altitude Construction
The design of Elementum Terra is based on physical robustness with intelligent navigation ensuring it will perform solidly, regardless of conditions. Corrosion-resistant AISI 316L stainless steel case and buttons; sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating; intelligent knob positioning for simplicity in scrolling; high-quality LCD display with metallic display graphics; water resistance to 100 m.
Whether hiking, skiing, snowboarding or in an office elevator, the altimeter function in Elementum Terra records relevant information about one’s activity. The recordings can be stored as altitude logs that capture the maximum altitude reached throughout the duration of the trip. Furthermore, the logs show the overall cumulative ascent and descent of the given expedition.
At the press of a button, the Terra transforms into an enhanced, 3D compass. As the watch moves on a wrist, the tilt compensation stabilizes the readings, providing the most accurate result and casting out unfounded presumptions.
As a passionate outdoorsman, Tuomas Vohlonen only had one issue with orienteering—the inaccuracy surrounding the dry compass. Putting his engineer background to use, Vohlonen discovered a method to steadying the needle, which ensured more accurate readings. By the 1950s, Suunto was manufacturing compasses for land and sea use, but it wasn't for another 10 years that the first diving compass was produced. The company's really started to grow after the production of the SME dive computer. Immediately realizing the potential, it combined computers and compasses in its wristwatches. Today Suunto produces specialized instruments for training, diving, mountaineering, hiking, skiing, sailing and golfing.
Reviews: Suunto Elementum Terra Watch
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Ideal outdoor sport watch
Reviewer: L. Gendair | USA
Great watch by Suunto, they kept this watch simple without cutting on the Suunto tradition. The modes are easy to go trought with the jog dial and the watch will change mode (ie Altimeter-Barometer) automatically unlike the other Suunto Model. The negative face take a bit to get use to and is sometimes hard to read. The night light is excellent and the rubber band is very confortable ( very soft rubber), no 2nd time zone.
Suunto Elementum Terra Watch
Reviewer: Greg L. | Medanales, MN
I had an Observer for ten years, it got me through two Leadvilles but it is scratched badly. So I decided on the Elementum Steel.
First thing out of the box that is quite obvious; this watch is bomb proof, solid, and a bit heavy (steel is real) but I got used to it quickly. Slightly larger than my Observer.
The buttons took me a day to get used to them. The compass is simple just one button. I found the best way to calibrate the compass is this: put it in calibration mode, it will say Level and Level will blink if it isn't level. This is hard to do if you try rotating the watch. So get it level and just turn yourself while holding the watch. Simple and works.
It is large but it's a beauty, quality, design, construction all add up and this one has it.
Suunto Elementum Terra
Reviewer: Eric J. | Seattle, WA
Got this watch as a replacement for a Suunto Observer, which had started to fail after almost ten years of regular use. Considered the Suunto Core, but wasn't convinced it would last long. The Elementum, like the Observer, is made in Finland, and feels like it's built to higher standards.
The Elementum has the same basic functions as the Observer: date and time, alarm, stopwatch, compass, altimeter/barometer, and trip log. However, it only has one time zone, doesn't show seconds (except in setup mode), and doesn't let you adjust the declination for the compass.
The altimeter/barometer mode selection is automatic, based on the rate of change. This is convenient, but a consequence of this is that the watch often misses some elevation gain when hiking, while also ending up with wildly inaccurate numbers after a few days in town without calibration.
The watch has been accurate so far, losing no more than 5 seconds during the past month.