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5.0 out of 5 stars Great watch...just know its limitations, April 29, 2009
This review is from: Casio Men's PAW1500-1V Pathfinder Multi-Band Solar Atomic Ultimate Watch (Watch)
I just got this watch and I really like it. As a flyfishing guide/fisheries biologist, I have found it a very useful tool. For a watch I have found its "casual" data quite useful. I have found the barometer to be accurate within .05 inPb and the altimeter accurate within 60-100 ft... what more can I ask from a watch. If I need more accurate data, I use precise scientific equipment(that costs thousands of dollars and needs more calibration than this watch). For the casual user (hiker, biker, fisherman/woman) this is close enough.

The compass is a little tempermental but works great outdoors once it is calibrated (readings are a little iffy indoors, near powerlines, or electronic equipment). The tide/moon data is great and can be specified to exact locations. For the thermometer to work accurately, the watch needs to be off your wrist for 20-30 minutes. This is probably the biggest con of this watch but temp is the least of my concerns.

The biggest downfall of most watches in this catagory is they eat lots of batteries. Well, I have found the solar powered battery more adequate. Just leave it exposed to sunlight for 5-10 minutes and it is fully charged. Additionally, if you set the watch to "Power Save" mode, it automatically goes to sleep when not exposed to light for more than 60 minutes.

The light can be left on by enabling "auto light." Turn on this function and rotate the watch to >40 degrees and the light stays on until you move it <40 degress.
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Initial post: Mar 8, 2010 3:42:49 PM PST
D. Aubrey says:
the light does not stay on more than 2 seconds when roatting your wrist 40 degrees. not continuously as you suggest...

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 12:21:36 PM PST
As a wildlife biologist, a variance of 100 feet in altitude can make quite a difference when surveying in hilly/mountainous terrain, especially in areas with poor GPS coverage. I encountered these issues a lot last owl season and the thing that saved my "bacon" in the forest was the accuracy of the Garmin GPS' barometric altimeter I was using (Garmin GPSMAP 60CSx Handheld GPS Navigator (Discontinued by Manufacturer)). Often, the GPS location data was out to lunch. My best methods of accurate navigation were topo map for terrain association, compass, and the altimeter. I have had to use similar skills with similar equipment for recreational backpacking. Is the altimeter that inaccurate when the barometer is calibrated?
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