My Vector was purchased in 1999 after a night spent sleeping with feet in pack on the shoulder of the Wasatch Mountains in the late fall. We realized early the next morning, after bush whacking through the dense brush of a side canyon for hours through the night and ending at the top of a significant cliff band (and of course with 1 functioning headlamp between the 2 of us) that we really just needed an altimeter to corroborate our map reading skills. We had estimated we were about 500 feet lower in the valley and the altimeter would have made all the difference.It is now 2010 and that Vector still sits on my wrist. It still looks reasonably all right considering it's 11 years old (the face for how large it is is amazingly scratch resistant), and still works like a champ. It has gotten me out of pinches across the western US, Australia, and western Canada and is always a nice backup to have if the day ends, the batteries on the headlamp die, and the GPS mysteriously decides it's done. Great for trail running, mountain biking, skiing and paddling (and supposedly my yellow model stops time too- though I haven't figured that function out yet). Possibly one of the best $200 I have spent.
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