Do you have a "ski watch"? If so, which one?

Discussion in 'Softgoods: Clothing, Helmets, Goggles, and More' started by speedster, Jan 2, 2019.

  1. speedster

    speedster Booting up Skier

    Apr 17, 2018
    Curious if y'all have a specific watch that you use for skiing that actually helps you in ways other than just telling you the time.
  2. raytseng

    raytseng Out on the slopes Skier

    Mar 24, 2016
    SF Bay Area
    Timex digital watch. it's plastic so doesn't get cold or scrape/tear anything. It's cheap so if i lose it, i don't worry. It has indiglo in case it's dark.
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  3. surfsnowgirl

    surfsnowgirl Instructor, newbie Subaru driver and winter lover Skier

    May 12, 2016
    Part time Vermont resident
    Samsung smart watch. Does everything my phone does. I also run the rossignol ski app from my watch. I use the hell out of it when i'm skiing because rather than grab my phone, I just peek at all notifications on my watch. I also control my music playing through my skii helmet from it.
  4. Bill Miles

    Bill Miles Getting off the lift Skier

    Nov 16, 2015
    Hailey, Idaho
    Vertech Altimiter watch. Tracks vertical and gives max vertical/minute between resets.
  5. jmills115

    jmills115 Getting on the lift Skier

    Apr 25, 2017
    Salt Lake City, Utah
    Apple Watch with ski tracks app.

  6. cbk

    cbk AKA Carl ... Ski with great élan! Skier

    Jan 21, 2016
    Del Mar
    I used to have a Timex "Skiathlom" (yes, that's how It was spelled) digital watch, the most notable thing about that IMO was the large buttons on the face that you could push with ski gloves on. They still pop-up on eBay from time to time (no pun intended)… I also had a Suunto altimeter watch, but the band gave out and I never could find a replacement. Now it's the phone with "Winter Sports Tracker" in my Windows Phone days, and some app for my new Google phone that I haven't used yet... Plus, the EpicSki app on the phone when I'm at a Vail-owned resort.
  7. headybrew

    headybrew surrender to the flow Skier

    Apr 26, 2017
    Tabernash Colorado
    I must need a new watch; mine doesn't tell me anything I have to read it!
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  8. Davec1

    Davec1 Booting up Skier

    Aug 15, 2018
    Sydney, Australia
    I have a Suunto Ambit 3 that has a tonne of info/data you can get from it. Eg. Vert distance, actual physical distance travelled on runs, distance on lifts, total distance, number of runs, Max & average speeds for individual runs or over the whole day, ascending /descending time, heart rate, avg heart rate per run or whole day. And a heap of sport science training info like EPOC, Vo2 Max, etc.

    You can download "apps" to it that other users have created that give you basically any data you want. Or you can easily create them yourself on their website if you could be bothered.

    AT the end of the day I don't really have any use for the info other than my own geeky self interest. Mostly the distance I cover in a day.

    I actually find some of the free apps for your phone of more use, eg. Snowzat. They give me info on Vert, distance and runs as well as showing me where all my friends and family are on the mountain in real time. Handy with kids and a way to get me jealous when I'm stuck in the office and they're on the mountain.

    I wouldn't bother getting a watch just for skiing, unless you're using it for multiple sports.

    Give the phone apps a try and save yourself a few hundred $$$.
  9. Primoz

    Primoz Out on the slopes Skier

    Nov 8, 2016
    Slovenia, Europe
    I use my Polar V800 for skiing the way I use it for every other sport I do (except for ice hockey where I like it too much to let it crash :D), just setting skiing (one for alpine, one for skating xc, one for classic xc and one for ski touring) profile and all the data I need, or actually are nice to have but could easily live without, are there :)
  10. Jilly

    Jilly Lead Cougar Skier

    Nov 12, 2015
    Belleville, Ontario,/ Mont Tremblant, Quebec
    Me too!! Freestyle stainless steel with a face, not digital! I had a Timex ski watch too. It's in a drawer, not sure if it works. I remember having a problem after a battery change. It was great when I was teaching, as you could wear it on the outside of your jacket. Had to be back at the bell on the hour!!

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