Suunto X-Lander is the choice for outdoor people who are not willing to make compromises when it comes to the quality, materials and functionality of their equipment. Suunto X-Lander is an accurate altimeter, a complete barometer, a precise electronic compass and a multi-functional sports watch in a one elegant package.
The altimeter features a range up to 9000 m (29 500 ft), which puts all 14 of the world´s 8000+ meter summits within your range. It has also an adjustable altitude alarm, as well as different memory functions. With the logbook function you can record total and cumulative vertical ascents and descents, as well as the number of runs skied.
Suunto X-Lander displays the current barometric pressure and temperature as well as the pressure-related data for the past four days. It also shows you the present sea level pressure, which makes it easier to read and understand the barometric pressure at high altitudes.
The electronic compass displays the cardinal or half-cardinal point and the North-South arrow and can display bearings with 3-degree accuracy. You can also set it to track a certain bearing, which helps you follow a chosen direction in the terrain. The declination adjustment function allows you to correct the difference between the true North and magnetic North.
No matter where and how you are traveling, Suunto X-Lander keeps you on time. The calendar watch is pre-programmed to the year 2089, has 3 daily alarms and a stopwatch with split time measurement and a countdown timer.
Potentially a great watch, but not.
First off, I was extremely excited to get this watch, but after 4 years of ownership, I have to give it 1 star for 3 reasons. First, and foremost, the water resistant leather band is junk and should never have made it onto the watch from being field tested. I had to replace the band every year at $35 a pop (plus shipping). Even with this issue, I still really liked the watch. Secondly, the plastic bezel started to wear out after about 2 years. It sticks out and as a result, bumping into things can cause it to pop off. When this happens, there are two black plastic pieces - one on the left and one on the rights - these can slide off once the bezel has popped off. The first few times this happened, I caught it and found the pieces and was able to just put them back on. The bezel just snaps back into place. Eventually, this happened and I didn't realize it and I lost the bezel and one of the side pieces. This was not good, but if I could have found the parts cheaply and ordered them, I would still have given this watch 3 stars. That was not the case, however. When I contacted Suunto, they would not send me these parts, indicating that I had to return my watch, at my expense, to their service center here in the U.S. Fine. I wasn't too happy about that, considering that these parts are something that just snap into place, but I needed them, so I jumped through their hurdles. What happened next really put the final nail in the coffin though. They got the watch and wanted to charge me $85 to clean it up and then put the parts on I needed. $85! That's plus the $15 it cost me to ship it to them (with insurance, of course), so a total of $100 for these three parts that probably cost them $0.79 to make. Well, to say the least, I was disgusted in this extremely poor customer service from such an upscale active watch company, so I had them send me my watch back, took it off and put it in my end table drawer, where it shall sit until the end of time. I'm now wearing a much more dependable, and cheaper $35 Timex Ironman watch. Suunto, how could you? Dub
alarm is quiet
the watch is great but cannot hear the alarm
Reviewer: Chris H.
The two digit display at the top that shows the day (or other info depending on what mode your in) had a problem with the second digit. The two horizontal lines never turn off. "TU" for Tuesday is displayed as "T8". It is a great watch with amazingly accurate features. The compass works great. The temp works well, but you have to take it off your wrist to get an accurate reading. The altimeter is a little off, but what I expect in a watch. I wish the light worked as well as Timex's Indiglo but it doesn't. It is a large watch and have heard comments about it, but it is still a lot lighter than any of my metal watches. Overall a great, fun watch.
X-LANDER, Great Investment
I have owned one for about 1 year and I have no complaints. I love the band as well as all the features. I can wear it outdoors to play or inside without worrying about scratching it or tearing it up. Best watch I own by far, and I own a few watches in my collection.
I took this to the desert and beat the crap out of it for years and the only problem the band finally wore out truly amazing.
Great watch but too big
This is a great all around watch that is extremely stylish and functional. The poly band is also better than leather. Suunto makes a great product. Unfortunately I won't keep it because the watch is simply too large for my uses -hiking, kayaking, running and as a casual everyday watch after work.
Reviewer: Kevin Jacquel
I feel that in my line of work (military) this watch has it all...well almost everything, if it had gps then I would have given it 5 out of 5 stars. The buttons are easy to use and the light is just enough to see what you need to, but not to much for the enemy too.
Reviewer: del saam
I am currently serving in Afghanistan for my second tour here. The XLander watch has been very good here, the crystal face is not scratched even after owning the watch for 6 years. I have replaced the band 2-3 times, because of the dust and sweat from the heat getting in the band and cutting it up. Batteries last 1+years depending on how much you use the light, but all in all a very good watch. This watch has lasted though combat dive school, special forces qualification course, 2 tours in Afghanistan and hours, weeks of abuse in demanding military training without any problems other than replacing the band and battery.
Reviewer: Paul S.
Love the watch. Hate the original watch band. I've broken three bands - once while putting a backpack on in Alaska and the watch fell into a stream. The bands would invariably tear at the pin that attaches it to the watch body. The most recent replacement is a rubber-fabric mixture that seems to hold up better than the cheap pseudo-leather originals. The watch itself is pretty hard on batteries - I've learned to keep a spare around all the time. I can never remember how to calibrate the compass. I always need to refer to the manual for that part, but beyond that one becomes accustomed to this many features with only four buttons. I know there are features on the watch I've never used, but after four years the watch and I are comfortable with each other. The manual compass rose (adjustable ring) has become loose and now falls off fairly regularly, but I have not yet lost any of the plastic bits that seem to fall off with it. The the pieces snap back into place (so far). I'll keep the watch for as long as it lasts, but will most likely get something a bit less heavy and feature laden for my next outdoor-activity sports watch.