LTR: HighGear Axio Max watch - Christensen
- Ray, et al:
Here is my Long-Term Report on the HighGear Axio Max multi-function watch. The
html version is available via this link: http://snipurl.com/1fd3gu and the text
version is included below for your review.
Thanks in advance for your comments and suggestions on this report and your help
throughout the test series.
LONG TERM REPORT
November 9, 2010
During this phase of the test series, I wore the watch an additional 5 days. My
likes and dislikes have not changed from those stated in the Field Report.
Overall, I like this multifunction watch and will continue to use it.
Likes Thus Far
- stylish look
- simple display
- easily toggle between modes
- smaller than I anticipated
Dislikes Thus Far
- brevity of the instructions
- difficulty calibrating compass
Field Locations and Test Conditions:
In mid-October, I hiked in Hell's Half Acre National Landmark. The elevation is
approximately 5,300 ft (1,615 m) above sea level. The temperature was in the 50s
F (10 - 15 C), winds were calm, the sky was overcast and there was a slight rain
on one of the hikes. Hell's Half Acre is a 66,000 acres (267 km2) lava field and
is the youngest of the eastern basaltic lava fields of the Snake River Plain of
southeastern Idaho. The lava rock is extremely sharp, glassy and fragmented,
with open cracks, lava tubes and caves. Hiking in Hell's Half Acre is a unique
and somewhat surreal experience.
Not having worn the watch for some time, when I donned it for my hike in Hell's
Half Acre, I noticed that the altimeter needed to be recalibrated. I did so
without any difficulty.
I am certain it is me, but I continue to struggle with calibrating the compass.
I thought over time, I would get the hang of it, but it takes me several
attempts to succeed.
Had it not been for Daylight Savings Time ending on Sunday November 7th, I would
have had no need to adjust the time even once during this test series. The watch
has kept perfect time.
The alarms continue to work well; I wake every morning to the Axio's daily
alarm. I tested the hydration alarm on my hike in Hell's Half Acre--it worked
The weather icon has worked well throughout the test series. Although it
indicated rain numerous times, I never experienced more than a sprinkle--but
that is okay with me. The thermometer has performed equally well. When wearing
it around town, I have checked it against the temperatures shown on various
illuminated signs. The Axio has been within a degree each and every time.
The case, face, and band have held up well. There are no noticeable signs of
wear. The battery remains strong. The watch is comfortable to wear.
This concludes my Axio Max multi-function watch Test Series. I am very pleased
with its performance and will continue to use this timepiece on my future
outdoor adventures. Thanks to HIGHGEAR and BackpackGearTest for allowing me to
participate in this test.
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- Hi Ryan,
I have no edits for you and just a couple comments. It was nice working with you on this series.
See you down the trail,
***I am certain it is me, but I continue to struggle with calibrating the compass. I thought over time, I would get the hang of it, but it takes me several attempts to succeed.
Comment: have you ever tried using a water glass to help do it? I have the High Gear ATF8 and was recalibrating mine each time I would go back and forth between MN and CA. It makes it a lot easier.
*** When wearing it around town, I have checked it against the temperatures shown on various illuminated signs. The Axio has been within a degree each and every time.
Comment: I find this quite strange. All the watches I had only read accurately when they are off my arm as my body temp throws them off.
Thanks for the quick turnaround on the edits. In addition, I truly appreciate your comments. I reworded the paragraph referencing comparing to illuminated signs (I too had to remove watch). I am anxious to try using a water glass to see if I can calibrate the digital compass on my first try.
File posted in the appropriate folder and file deleted from TESTS folder.
See you on the next one,