Whether you are a casual hiker who just wants to know what altitude you are at, or a serious rock climber who needs to know how much more vertical feet you can climb before darkness sets in, an altimeter watch is for you.

An altimeter watch measures altitude by measuring changes in atmospheric pressure. It’s not always exact, but it usually gives you a fairly accurate reading of your altitude. We’ve compiled a list of the 10 best altimeter watches. The list of quality instruments will enhance your outdoor experiece, and enhance your style to boot.

The Best Altimeter Watches

Garmin Fenix 3 GPS

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This watch is the ultimate in multitasking. Whether you are going hiking, running, skiing, climbing, biking, or swimming, this watch can do it all. It can track your speed, distance, and vertical drop. This ABC (Altitude, Barometer, Compass) watch also has a GPS function, a thermometer, a heart rate monitor. It connects easily over wireless to your other electronic devices. You’ll love the battery length, which is rated to 20 hours in GPS mode and can run for 6 weeks when the Fenix is in its regular watch mode. The watch is tough, with a stainless steel bezel and a Sapphire glass lens. It can take a pounding, but it is also stylish enough to wear into the office. And at only 2.9 ounces, this watch won’t weigh down your wrist!

MSRP: $349.99 (as of 2017-12-13 at 11:40)
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Casio PRG-300-1A2CR


The Pro Trek is an affordable way to get introduced into the world of altimeter watches. Like other Casio watches, it runs on solar power so you won’t have to change the batteries or worry about losing power on a long hike. Despite the low price, you get a altimeter, compass, and a barometer, as well as a stopwatch and a thermometer. The watch functions down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and has four daily alarms, a stopwatch, and a countdown timer. The Pro Trek does have a smaller display, which can make the watch features a bit hard to read sometimes. The upside to this is that the watch does not overwhelm a small wrist like many larger watches do. The watch does keep manual instead of atomic time, but that makes sense for the price point.

MSRP: $250.00 (as of 2017-12-13 at 11:40)
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Suunto Core


If you don’t need a GPS or a heart rate monitor, the Suunto Core provides you with lots of functionality at a price that won’t break the bank. At the time of writing this watches MSRP is $299, making it 2-3 hundred dollars cheaper than the top of the line smart watches, but still gives you numerous features. Star with an altimeter, barometer, and compass, and add storm notifications to alert you to incoming inclement weather. The watch senses barometric pressure drops and notifies you of a possible storm. You also get sunrise/sunset times (based on over 400 locations), and a 7-day altitude log tracking. Many users appreciate its durability and its long battery life. A battery can last about a year if the extra features are not enabled. The design is sleek, it weighs in at less than 2.3 ounces, and the watch comes in six different colors.

MSRP: $329.00 (as of 2017-12-13 at 11:40)
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Suunto Ambit3


This top of the line watch earns its chops by combining a plethora of features with an easy-to-use interface. You can use the Suunto Movescount app to import waypoints and routes, or import routes from other users. Don’t worry, it has the traditional altimeter, barometer, and compass, but it does not stop there. The watch is compatible with a heart rate monitor, and can track the important information for your workout such as duration, distance, and calories burned. Hikers will appreciate the storm alarm that will alert you to severe weather rolling in, and highly accurate elevation data. The watch is water-resistant down to 50 meters, and is protected against damage by strong Sapphire glass. The battery life is fairly short, though; coming in at only 30 days even when you don’t use the GPS function. All in all, thought, this is an incredible watch that should enhance all of your outdoor activities.

MSRP: $315.00 (as of 2017-12-13 at 11:40)
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Casio PRW-6000Y-1ACR


You won’t have to worry about running out of juice with this solar powered watch. The Casio 6000Y gives you an altimeter, barometer and a compass set in a modern face with a sharp looking carbon fiber insert band. The atomic clock keeps very accurate time, and you get a thermometer and stopwatch as well. The watch has an old-school feel. Some might like this, while others might want something more modern with more features, especially at the 6000Y’s high price tag. The watch does not have a GPS feature, although it does track weather patterns and store trips. If you do decide to go with the 6000Y you will get a tough, durable watch that you can wear while on a hike and in the office.

MSRP: $382.60 (as of 2017-12-13 at 11:40)
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Suunto Traverse


If you are a hiker and want a GPS and ABC watch, but don’t want to pay the money for a Ambit3 or need all of the Ambit’s features, then you might want to check out the Suunto Traverse. It is easy to use, and has many of the same internal features as the Ambit, but does not provide functions geared toward runners, bikers, or swimmers. You do get a great GPS, a flashlight mode, a very accurate altimeter, a barometer, and a compass. The watch also features a data log, a trip summary, and other features geared toward hikers. Battery life is a concern with this watch, as it only lasts 14 days when not using the GPS.

MSRP: $450.00 (as of 2017-12-13 at 11:40)
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Casio PRG-300-1A2CR


The Pro Trek is an affordable way to get introduced into the world of altimeter watches. Like other Casio watches, it runs on solar power so you won’t have to change the batteries or worry about losing power on a long hike. Despite the low price, you get a altimeter, compass, and a barometer, as well as a stopwatch and a thermometer. The watch functions down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and has four daily alarms, a stopwatch, and a countdown timer. The Pro Trek does have a smaller display, which can make the watch features a bit hard to read sometimes. The upside to this is that the watch does not overwhelm a small wrist like many larger watches do. The watch does keep manual instead of atomic time, but that makes sense for the price point.

MSRP: $250.00 (as of 2017-12-13 at 11:40)
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Casio PAG240-1CR


This solar powered watch is a tremendous value for the thrifty hiker. Not only do you get an altimeter, easy to use compass, and barometer, you can complete a thru-hike without replacing the batteries! The watch stores 41 time zones, and features 5 alarms for those who really need reminders (or extra help getting up in the morning). The watch does have a countdown timer, but it lacks the ability to count down by second, which can be frustrating. The watch is durable and scratch resistant-perfect for an outdoor tool. It is not the most stylish watch on the market, so you might want to swap it out for your boardroom meeting. If you are not interested a GPS-or the price point that comes with it-the Pathfinder is a perfect outdoor watch choice.

MSRP: $250.00 (as of 2017-12-13 at 11:40)
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Suunto Vector


If you want the quality that comes with a Suunto watch, but don’t quite have the money for one of their flagship offerings, check out the Suunto Vector. This time-tested watch (first made in 1998) features an altimeter that can take you up to almost 30,000 feet, and is water resistant down to 100 meters. The watch still gives you an altimeter, barometer, and a compass. In addition, you get a 24-hour altimeter memory and log book, an alarm, and a countdown timer. The Vector has a long battery life of 18 to 24 months, and at 1.92 ounces, it won’t wear down your wrist, either. You will get a classic, durable, watch which you can bang up and wear for years with the Vector.

MSRP: $219.99 (as of 2017-12-13 at 11:40)
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Casio PAW2000-1CR


While the PAW2000 does not have a GPS function, it does have numerous other features. You get your altimeter/barometer/compass functionality on an easy to read Duplex backlit LED screen. The band is high quality resin, and it is water resistant down to 100 meters. Like other Casio watches, the PAW2000 is solar powered, so no trips to the watch repair store to pick up a new battery. The watch features atomic timekeeping for extra accuracy and sunrise and sunset data. While you do get five daily alarms, some people do complain that the watch alarm is not particularly loud, which could be a problem if you are a deep sleeper. It also might not be the best watch if you have a small wrist. Although the watch feels large on the wrist, it weighs in at only 2.4 ounces.

MSRP: $380.00 (as of 2017-12-13 at 11:40)
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Garmin Epix


Garmin bills this as the first GPS/GLONASS mapping watch, featuring a high resolution, color touchscreen, basemaps, and a 1-year BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription. Add in the fitness tracking of the Garmin Fenix, an altimeter, barometer, and compass, and you truly have a do-it-all watch. It has 8GB of internal memory to add in all of your maps. The screen is 1.4 inches in size. You can take this watch out of cell phone range and still have a navigation system, or you can use it to track your interval workouts or your altitude gained or lost while trail running. All of these features do increase the complexity of the watch, and many people don’t need-or don’t want-to deal with all of the different options that this watch offers. But for those who do, this watch can do it all.

MSRP: $424.99 (as of 2017-12-13 at 11:40)
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