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Why should I get a sports GPS watch?

A GPS watch, such as the Suunto Vector ABC Wriststop Computer, has the same navigational features as any GPS, as well as options for ascent/descent rates, a mileage logbook, a stopwatch, and a countdown timer. This sports GPS watch is also water-resistant and weighs in at just 55 grams (1.9 ounces).

Whether you are using a sports GPS watch or another GPS device, it is important to remember some of the pros and cons of any GPS system.


A watch GPS is a fun way to plan and follow a route for hiking, skiing, kayaking, or any other outdoor adventure. It helps you find your way in the dark or when you have no obvious trail to follow. Any GPS device, including a sports GPS watch, taps into satellite technology to pinpoint your location.


Just like any electronic device, a sports GPS watch requires batteries, so be sure to carry extra batteries for a watch GPS. Also keep in mind that nighttime use of a backlighting feature will drain your sports GPS watch more quickly.

Visit your local Sun & Ski Sports shop for expert advice about choosing a sports GPS watch.

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