By: randosteve|Posted on: September 23, 2008|Posted in: Broken Link to Photo/Video, Gear, Gear Reviews | 11 comments

Suunto-Observer-QUICK-button feature
With only one touch of a button, the Suunto Observer
gives you accumulative ascent/descent and number of runs skied
while you are recording a logbook. (Last night’s Snow King run)

As a backcountry skier, I’ve come to the conclusion that the best feature to have in an altimeter watch is a running total of your accumulative ascent and descent while you are Suunto Observeractually skiing.  Nearly all Suunto watches track this in the logbook, but only a few actually let you view them with only one push of a button.  Enter the Suunto Observer.

The Suunto Observer comes in 3 styles and 2 have a high contrast, reverse LCD display that is easy to read in bright sunlight and at an angle. This is actually very noticeable when compared to other black-on-grey style displays.  The Observer is more shock resistant than other Suunto models which also makes it great for high speed, outdoor activities.   It has all the typical features that most Suunto altimeter watches have like barometric pressure, compass, stopwatch and a multitude of time and altitude alarms to keep you busy.  But the best feature is the QUICK button, which automatically reads of accumulative ascent, descent and runs skied (any continuous descent over 150′) from any display window you are currently in.  This is a very skier specific feature and great when you’re logging in the laps and dizzy from exhaustion.

Suunto CORE Observer Comparison
The Observer is much smaller in profile than the popular CORE model.

I’ve been rocking the titanium TT model lately, which adds extra durability and weighs only 75g..  And for those that think that all altimeter watches are big and bulky, the Observer has the lowest profile of all of Suunto’s offerings and fits nicely on my skinny, rando wrists.  Which is nice, because I know it will be on them for the next 8 months.