Avocet Watch Computer

3.14/5 (66 Reviews)


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Avocet Vertech Watch


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Aryati a Weekend Warrior from minnesota

Date Reviewed: April 2, 2011

Strengths:    yes. I always took a good care and maintain consistent at Avocet reapair

Bottom Line:   
a good design and very neat

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Favorite Trail:   mountain of himalaya

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   suunto


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by munrorunner a Weekend Warrior from UK

Date Reviewed: December 19, 2010

Strengths:    Looks cool, easy to operate with gloves on and can be worn on outer sleeve. Good function for recording number of runs etc.

Weaknesses:    Battery replacement costly and frequent. Stop watch is seriously inaccurate and this is recognised by Vertech. Other functions are not accurate enough for serious outdoors activities. Casing can crack easily. Not reliable. Strap it comes with cracks after a couple of years and needs to be replaced with the elastic strap. No UK servicing station.

Bottom Line:   
Cool for its day because it packed new technology at a good price but most of its functions are inaccurate and unreliable. Battery doesn't last long and is expensive to replace. Bottom line is that it is a false economy compare to a good equivalent such as a Suunto or Garmin.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Marshall's

Similar Products Used:   Suunto Advizor.


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Paul Gambin a Downhiller from Australia

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2010

Strengths:    Easy to read, Easy to use, Holds daily, weekly and monthly accumulative data. Easy to reset, Love the Ski runs skied and the meters/feet skied data that is at a glance.

Weaknesses:    Its big, It doesn't fit under your SKi jacket sleeve easily, It looks like its from the seventies, A light would be great for night skiing/ walking. A lack of compass on an intended to use in the outdoors is a sin.

Bottom Line:   
For all the gadgets, sometimes normal folk only want to use the basic functions. See weather changes before they hit. See how many ski runs I have for the day, and accumulated for the week / month etc. Ditto for the meters / feet skied. and tell the time. For this, my Vertech avocet ski watch has never let me down. Oh by the way. Its not that bad a thing to have to send the watch for a service and battery change. Cause when it comes back it works as well as the day i got it... That's not a bad thing when your relying on the watch to get you back safe.
Thanks Paul

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Favorite Trail:   Ore Bucket - Breckenridge USA

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Paddy Pallins Austra

Similar Products Used:   NA

Bike Setup:   NA

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by RideOnRideOnRideOn a Cross Country Rider from Green Bay, WI USA

Date Reviewed: December 26, 2009

Strengths:    Fun to use and compair with known elevations

Weaknesses:    Short battery life. Same shortcomings as any altemeter. No light

Bottom Line:   
This is an antique now. With today's GPS systems, using an altemeter and a map is so old-school that my younger companions look at me like I am taking readings with a sextant.

Realistically, I never used it for a serious trip. If I was going on a trip that needed an altemeter as if my life depended on it, I would bring another piece of equipment. So, at best it was an expensive novelty. It was fun to look at the storm warning come on and I could look at the sky and guess at least as accurately as the Avocet.

Oh, ya, by the way, it tells time (when the batteries aren't burned up.)

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Favorite Trail:   Bob Marshall Wilderness

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Don't remember


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Alan a Weekend Warrior from des moines, iowa,usa

Date Reviewed: June 10, 2009

Strengths:    Altimeter is very accurate once you learn how to use them. Works great with for trending. Good features like switchable from Alpine to Ski, Multi stop watch, Weather trending, altitude tracking and storing. Lighter then most. If damaged can get case replacements. Not as expensive as simular models that have simular featurs and test as accurate. I have beaten the daylights out it on many climbs and case was crushed once by postal service so Avocet replaced for free. Hold up to cave mud and moisture as well as alpine winter summits.

Weaknesses:    The watch band is cheap. Replace it. I use the elastic one most of the time. It could use a light. Worst complaint about it.

Bottom Line:   
I have been reading the reviews and seemed surprised by some of the extreme pro and negative comments. Truth be told is has some missing things. You can change the battery but be careful of the clip that hold the battery. Don't take out the main guts. There are small parts that you can easily loose. Hate sending it in to change the battery, but do most of the time. It seriously needs an internal light, but I always keep a headlamp near by anyway. I love the replacement case idea. If you are looking for something to monitor pressure, altitude, trending has an alarm and time then seriously look at this. You have to replace the batteries about every year or every other, depending on climate and use. It's a pain but you seriously can do so yourself. It takes a CR 3032 watch battery, that's pretty common. Sending it off to be redone though has a plus of a tech looking it over and recalibrating if needed. Buy an elastic band option or replace with some funky nylon one. The standard one is lame. The product if very accurate. I have been using it since 1995 and use it to nail spot on topo points. I use it to check myself as well as trend weather. Be it kayaking, climbing, riding or backpacking in remote areas I try to always bring it in the backcountry.

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Favorite Trail:   Continental Divide

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Active Endevors

Similar Products Used:   Several models of altimeters, including GPS internals

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rob a Racer from Ogden, UT

Date Reviewed: October 1, 2008

Strengths:    Like the very easy controls (buttons).

Weaknesses:    The replacement battery wore out in less than three months??

The altimeter did not seem to accurate.


Bottom Line:   
If I can get the battery to last I will use this often.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Garmin 305


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by tobin kelley a Weekend Warrior from missoula, mt

Date Reviewed: December 11, 2007

Strengths:    Has actually withstood quite a bit of abuse. Have used sparingly on the fireline, due to ash, dust issues, but I have used it in the past. GPS's with altimeter and tracks have negated the use for this now. Great for skiing, hiking, biking for vertical record.

Weaknesses:    Battery replacement. Although this last time it was very quick and efficient. Not nearly so good in the past.

Bottom Line:   
Best altimeter watch I have used on a dollar basis, and ease of use. Keep the functions simple. I too would like to see a light, since I hate fumbling around for my headlamp in the middle of the night for those alpine starts.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Similar Products Used:   I came back to the Avocet after trying several other brands. Either the instructions and functions were just way too complicated, or way too expensive.


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Joy Fitzgerald a Cross Country Rider from Louisville, KY, USA

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2007

Strengths:    Ease of use, durability, accuracy--used on AT, Rockies, and on fireline in KY & Indiana.

Weaknesses:    Temperature sensor tends to read higher than ambient air temp.--probably due to influence of body temp on wrist.

Bottom Line:   
I have used this instrument to avoid incoming storms especially in tornado alley in Midwest and snow storms in Rockies. I will purchase another when this one quits. I purchased mine in 1998.

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Favorite Trail:   Appalachian

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Colorado

Similar Products Used:   Brunton Kestral

Bike Setup:   Mountain bike with packs.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Roger a Weekend Warrior from Naknek, Alaska USA

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2002

Strengths:    Excellent altimeter, thermometer, and memory capabilities.

Weaknesses:    Battery seems to go out a lot.

Bottom Line:   
Here is the address for repair: JE-NOR, 30500 Union City Blvd., Union City, California 94587. They have a two week turn-around and it costs you $20 to have a battery and calibration done.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   REI

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Unknown, I am a ultralight pilot and hang glider pilot, as well as a fixed wing private.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by mogul skier a Racer from Pleasanton, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: May 21, 2001

Strengths:    I like most of the features of the watch. I light would be nice so you can read the watch when the alarm goes off or during apres events that go late. A built-in heart monitor would be nice too. YOU CAN CHANGE THE BATTERY YOURSELVES!!! If your warranty is up, just take it to the watch repair shop and tell them to be carefull about the rubber grommet for waterproofness. I have changed the battery 3 times myself in my car outside of the drug store where I purchased the battery. It is a very common battery... sells for less than $3.00 US. You should put some kind of water sealant (sometimes you can use a "real thin" layer of vasaline on the grommet... too thick, the watch will fog) Silicone sealant that I use for my scuba camera (available at scuba shops) is ideal. 4 small screws and you're set.. You won't be without your watch for more than a half hour!!!!

Weaknesses:    water proofness, water proof grommet is very thin and easy to damage while replacing the battery. Watch could come with 5 extra grommets and not raise the price more than $1.00 $US. The watch crystal is acrylic which scratches very easily... Thermometer is worthless unless you wear it outside your gloves. Watch can break easily that way during a fall. I sometimes put the watch outside my glove on the lift ride up... gives me an idea albeit not an accurate measure of the temp.

Bottom Line:   
Watch is great. I can't wait for the next version.
Look into the Suunto brand. Very ruggid - top of the line wrist computers. www.suunto.com. I don't have one but am thinking of getting a Suunto when the Avocet dies for good... unless something better comes along. (Suunto uses metal-glass crystal which is virtually scratch proof although very heavy glass)

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $175.00

Purchased At:   gift from girlfriend


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Paul Anderson a Weekend Warrior from Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2001

Strengths:    The altimeter/barometer is quite accurate. If you know how to read instructions and understand how a barometer works you shouldn't have any problems. Yes, you must calibrate the unit on a regular basis to insure proper altitude readings and barometric trend. You do this by determining the elevation at your current location i.e - home residence, bench mark or other known elevations. Adjust the unit periodically at known elevations through out the day and it will be very accurate. The is especially true in winter where large changes in atmospheric pressure are common. The barometric trend feature is useful only at the elevation that you last adjusted the unit. Also, accumulated vertical ascent/descent feature is quite useful as well as accurate when used to determine the overall vertical feet ascended/descended of a given ride/climb or ski outing. This feature is unaffected by the barometer function and is quite accurate. I personally haven't found much use for the splits feature on the watch but I am sure a more hardcore rider might find it useful. The alarm feature has come in handy for getting my ass up for an alpine start in the mountains for summit bids. Overall the unit has performed very well. However, if you have difficulty reading/understanding directions or don't understand how a barometer works don't buy this product.


Weaknesses:    The unit requires bi-annual battery replacement and recalibration at a cost of around $20. It should be more like $10. The unit is not very water resistant. I had one go dead on me in a light rain during a Mtn. ride. Avocet replaced it with a new one at no charge. The temperature feature is only accurate in limited circumstances ie- inside a tent and out of the sun. When on the wrist it reads closer to your body temperature than the outside temp. As far as a light is concerned I really don't see the point. If it is dark out I am either sleeping or wearing a headlamp. Besides adding a light will more than likely require replacing the battery on a more frequent basis, another $20 charge, no thanks!

Bottom Line:   
Accurate, functional, keep away from water, read and understand directions, know how a barometer works and you will like the unit. I use mine for Mtn. bike riding/skiing/ and alpine climbing and it works great.

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Favorite Trail:   Any SCruz Mtn. trail

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $119.00

Purchased At:   Don't remember

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   GT Zaskar, XT/XTR, Marz. Superfly.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Todd a Cross Country Rider from Pocatello, ID

Date Reviewed: February 15, 2001

Strengths:    Can track altitude climbed which is a great way to track training progress. A group of us at work tracked our climbs & went over 1 million feet for the summer.

Weaknesses:    Not reliable. Has a 1 year waranty & broke within the 1st year. Fixed under waranty & it broke the 2nd year. Avocet wont back up the product either. Plus no light. The temperature adjustment didn't seem to work either.

Bottom Line:   
Cool watch if it worked. Plan on paying to get it fixed every year.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   REI

Bike Setup:   GT Avalanche

Overall Rating:1
Submitted by h a Racer from w

Date Reviewed: December 22, 1999

Strengths:    
I would have to say that this products strength,is its ability to be extremly inacurate.THIS PRODUCT IS A PEICE OF SH*T.


Weaknesses:    
The band wears out fast,very inacurate,breaks easily,contact with company is very difficult,and I cold go on and on........(It even kinda smells bad)


Bottom Line:   
PEICE OF SH*T and I would actually rate it -4(but that's not an option)

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Favorite Trail:   
g

Duration Product Used:   
1 Year

Similar Products Used:   
I got it as a gift to my friend and he gave it back. I wondered why and decided to try it out. Then I figured out why he gave it back.



Overall Rating:3
Submitted by Mark Harper a Weekend Warrior from Pasadena, CA

Date Reviewed: October 13, 1999

Strengths:    
The ski functions are great and it records up to 300,000 vertical feet. Then you have to clear the memory. It has a daily lof that can be cleared with out loosing total vertical feet skied. The elastic band works great, I never used the plastic band.


Weaknesses:    
You have to send the watch in to have the battery changed. The altimeter is not very accurate at high altitude. No light


Bottom Line:   
I never had any problems with mine and it worked well for both backpacking and skiing. You have to recalibrate daily if you want accuracy. The battery will last about 18-24 months and I ski about 600,000-800,000 vertical each year.

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Duration Product Used:   
more than 3 years


Overall Rating:2
Submitted by Bruce a Cross-Country Rider from Mountain View

Date Reviewed: June 18, 1999

Strengths:    
The Altimeter is accurate. The run-counting feature is nice for downhill skiing.


Weaknesses:    
Reliability


Bottom Line:   
This would be a great gadget if it would keep working. Mine has died twice due to moisture. (Both times skiing, so maybe it is ok for biking in nice weather.) I found Avocet to be pretty good at fixing it but I am still going to try one of those Sunto watches next time.

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Favorite Trail:   
Manzanita

Duration Product Used:   
more than 3 years


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