Skywatches and alternatives

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Tech' started by JKM, Mar 10, 2018.

  1. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    my birthday is looming and i cant think of anything i need.......

    i am vaguely hankering after a skywatch xplorer though. the options are below.

    i definitely want a temperature/windchill measurement (Xplorer 2) but i also fancy the altimeter measurement (Xplorer 4) as when on a known route it would be one less thing to get my phone out for.

    not too fussed about the compass as i would always have one, or often two compasses (silva explorer in my pack and a silva metro clipped to my strap usually) plus compass app and viewranger on my phone.

    £90 seems like a lot of (other peoples) money to spend on a non essential electronic gizmo so i was just wondering if anyone had tried the '3' or '4' and found the extra features worthwhile or effective?

    overall, what is the durability / reliability like?

    should i be looking any any other brands?

    what else could i possibly need for my birthday?

    thanks


    Skywatch Xplorer 1 £35
    Balanced instant wind speed
    Maximum wind speed

    Skywatch Xplorer 2 £39
    Balanced instant wind speed
    Maximum wind speed
    Temperature measurement
    Calculation of the wind chill factor

    Skywatch Xplorer 3 £65
    Balanced instant wind speed
    Maximum wind speed
    Temperature measurement
    Calculation of the wind chill factor
    Electronic compass in degrees
    Wind speed units

    Skywatch Xplorer 4 £90
    Balanced instant wind speed
    Maximum wind speed
    Calculation of the wind chill factor
    Electronic compass in degrees
    Absolute pressure from 300 to 1100hPa
    Relative pressure with calibration
    Weather forecast with barometric pressure tendencies
    Altitude with calibration

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    Last edited: Mar 10, 2018
  2. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

  3. hillwalker66

    hillwalker66 Trail Blazer

    Had a skywatch 2 for a while....until I mislaid it on Moel Llyfnant a couple of mths. back :-( worked very well. Munro277 has used 1 for a few years now with no issues. personally I don't think paying the extra for a few more features is worth it.
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  4. Diddi

    Diddi Section Hiker

    I always wanted one then bought one then carried it around far more than I actually used it..... Sold it.....
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  5. fluffkitten

    fluffkitten Thru Hiker

    Have an Explorer 2, when I remember to take it has done everything I wanted of it.
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  6. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    Xplorer2 - it covers the things im curious about, wind speed, temp and windchill temp. For me, its just a novelty i like to have with me.

    The windspeed impeller on mine stopped working. Pretty sure it was caused by storing it in same pocket as my compass. I sent it back to the manufacturer in Switzerland cost £6 ish, but they did send me a brand new one back.

    p.s. its also good for annoying your walking partner by updating him on the evening with current temperatures...every minute...
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  7. andreostergard

    andreostergard Trail Blazer

    Excuse my ignorance but I see a lot of UK hikers using these to measure windspeed etc. Is this "only for fun" or do you use it as an instrument for eg choosing a good campsite?
  8. el manana

    el manana Thru Hiker

    Just curiosity for me @andreostergard , you can tell if a sites windy, and knowing the metrics doesn't make a difference.
  9. andreostergard

    andreostergard Trail Blazer

    Absolutely, thought some had way more knowledge than me of something like; my tent can handle x amount of wind.
    Been looking at these myself just for curiosity of windspeed but I've never found a practical use for it.
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  10. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    I bought a cheap one in Amazon last year, temp and wind only but only cost a tenner. It seems like a fun toy but really after taking it in most trips last year I realised I'll only use it if I know I'm going somewhere high and exposed on a windy night to test a shelter.
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  11. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    Had the 4 and a a few 2 s most last me 3-4 yrs ish , I have mine fixed to cord on my poles permantly ,I have a bag to cover it if it’s snowing hard,just stops impeller freezing up..
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