Disappointed - Bulky, Complicated and Poor Screen Contrast
G. A. P. "G.A.P.", Amazon
27 December 2013
Summary: I got this watch for Christmas and so wanted to like it. Ultimately I returned it because of the following issues: 1. Watch is a lot bulkier than it looks from the photos. This is a big bulky watch. 2. Dark background and contrasting numbers is far from "easy to read" as stated in the description. Almost impossible to read in dimly lit environments. No way to increase the contrast. This was my biggest issue. 3. Backlight is very dim.
Summary: I've been wearing my Vector for three years now, and two summer's ago I walked 2,500 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail and can say that I considered my Vector the most trusty and useful possession in my life then. What was most useful about it and why I would recommend this watch for hiking and walking in woods is alone for it's bottom right button on the default screen. When pushed the watch will go from time mode to compass mode for 5-10 seconds.
Summary: Was out hunting and a buddy of mine was showing me his Suunto. Had it for 10 years and never let him down, durable, lots of cool features so I thought I would get one. First one I purchased was the Suunto Mil. Did not like it, sent it back, not because it wasn't awesome but I found it a bit hard to read and a bit hard to navigate the complex functions.
Summary: I'm confused on why everyone is having so many problems with the waterproofing. I've swam in the ocean, fished in rivers and lakes and drilled in swimming pools for 7 years straight with my suunto vector hr. I understand it is a different function but the same exact model and platform. Rain or snow I've taken this watch through it all and it has performed exceptionally. In 2006 I was in RANGER school and many of the candidates swore by this watch.
Summary: I decided to write this review while researching other watches. I was reading watch reviews by people who had their new watch for days and weeks. I have had my Vector for ten years, so I thought I would share. I rock climb, surf, and play volleyball. I never take my watch off. It's still ticking. I've replaced the battery a number of times. Yes, the crystal is scratched and I have torn my band in half a couple times, but the guts of the watch just keep going.
Summary: period end of story. Even though it says waterproof to 100m it is not. I had it on and left it on swimming and it filled with water. It did dry out and worked fine but I was lucky.I have had mine since 2005 and started to wear again recently. Still functions like new and all the features still work. alt, baro etc.
Summary: I purchased my Suunto in 2005 (not from Amazon) and wore it daily from then until 2013. It has good to combat twice, multiple airborne jumps, and EVERYTHING! I had to replace the band once during this time (loctite my friends, loctite) and the battery just a few times. I am going back to Afghanistan in a few months and considered getting another Suunto, the Core, however, the reviews seemed pretty bad so I decided to get a new battery and keep the Vector.
Summary: I bought this over two years ago and have worn it ever single day since. The battery needed to be replaced once but other than that this has given me no problems. I have taken this skiing and hiking and the altimeter function has been accurate to every elevation marker I have come across. Since it is quite big I have often hit it into walls, doorways, etc. and it hasn't sustained any damage other than minor scratching.
Summary: I've owned this watch for a little over 2 years and like it. The paint is starting to fade a little where it says "SUUNTO" but thats probably because I wear it to the gym where it rubs on stuff. But to be honest, you can get the same functions with a $50 G-shock and a $5 compass if you're not gonna use the elevation and barometer. I've swam in it multiple times and never had a problem. If you like the looks and want to be a little different from the G-Shockers, get one.
Summary: I have owned the Vector for 14 years. My watch has operated flawlessly. I do not use the compass feature (I carry compass & Garmin GPS60 for navigation) but the watch has been accurate to within a second/year (as checked on the Atomic Clock). Baro works great, altimeter works as well as i need. Incredibly durable - this case has been through hell and back and has scratches sure, but still does its job.