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4 stars for bold "black" face military style and well-equipped, but price and wrist band take away the 5th star
on December 8, 2013
This watch is what any practical outdoors person would want. First, it has style. This watch carries a statement that you are more practical than flashy, but not in a cheap way that other watches seem to portray. Second, it has several practical tools. It has a built-in digital compass, barometer, and altimeter. I haven't stress tested it, but it is fairly accurate after calibration. (You should read the manual). The compass is a bit sensitive to distortion from other metals/electronics, so best be careful and check twice. Third, it has a good weight, not too heavy, but not too light that I feel it's fragile. I've bumped it against several tables and surfaces but so far has held up quite well.
On the negative side, first, it's a bit on the pricier side than a Timex or a G-Shock, but you are paying to differentiate. The Suunto brand name and the black-face watch design definitely stop G-Shock fans to ask what this watch is. Additionally, the Suunto core just doesn't carry the same feel. If you compare these side-by-side, this is bolder, hands down. Second, the wrist band is a bit hard to use. Once I put it on, it's difficult to take off. Not sure if any other owners have the same issue. Maybe this is why there are so many Suunto X-lander wrist bands for sale? When frustrated, it is hard to control the desire to rip it off your wrist.
In summary, a great watch for functionality and style. It is THE watch to have if you are out in the wilderness or if GPS goes down. Yes, I rely on my iphone for GPS and google maps, but this is a great backup.
Also, be careful that the seller doesn't sell you the non-black version. I've seen other reviewers with this problem, but luckily my seller was good to his word.