Alpine Time: Timex Expedition WS4

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The new Timex Expedition WS4 is a lot of watch: altimeter, barometer, thermometer, chronograph, alarm and compass. It even tells time! It's also unapologetically macho which not venturing too far into the land of overwrought wrist weights.

Its got the standard stuff you'd expect for other Timex sport watches, making it water resistant to 50 meters and lit completely by Indiglo. The default strap is rubber, but it can also be mounted to a fabric strap so it can be worn on the outside of heavy gear.

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It also comes in colors other than EMS Orange, so you might even be able to wear yours when you're not on a mountain. Available pretty much everywhere by May, the Expedition WS4 will cost you $200.

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  1. I had a prior version with the altimeter. It was perfect for kite flying. I’d attach it to the kite, select keep highest reading and send it up. It was great to be able to tell how high the kite flew.

  2. Heh. I was about to snark about this missing notation: “The bright orange colors scream ‘watch dork’ from 100 yards.” But some of the other colors available are nice. Sadly, I live in a very flat prairie state and can’t justify $200 for something with an altimeter.

  3. OREGON SERIES ALTI COMPASS
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  4. I just got this watch. It’s looks great — way more hip-hop/Jetsons than the Casio models. Also, I had a Casio with a compass/altimeter a few years back and it stunk. It broke. Often. This Timex feels much more solid. We’ll see how it stands up to the life test over the next year, but I’m digging it now. Can’t text. (smile) But then again, I have a phone for that. The compass by far is what I use most. If you travel at all, directions are a great thing to know at a glance. Thanks!

  5. As with any equipment you will rely on in your adventures, it is incumbent upon each person to train and become very familiar with the equipment. Like training with your crampons, ice-ladders, and oxygen systems, the Timex Expedition is no different a device. The more you use it, the better information you will extract from it reseller hosting. That said, the WS4 is relatively easy to get to know and operate. Beyond basic familiarity, individual time and experience will bring out the best in this instrument.

    The Timex Expedition WS4 watch is without question an instrument that does what it’s designed to do. It’s light weight is also a positive attribute and the wide elastic band on the WS4 is comfortable and expandable to fit over heavy parka sleeves and insulation garments. A solid wrist-band clasp works well, yet would benefit from an opposing-direction locking mechanism to keep the instrument from inadvertently un-clasping.

    By pressing the INDIGLO illumination button, you can view the time and dashboard information in low-light and total darkness. This function worked well. It would be great to see an illumination technology applied to the digital information so the wrist-born watch can be glanced at without using a second human hand to read the watch. I wear a wrist watch 24/7 and will look at the time in the middle of the night internet phone service, half-asleep. My daily-wear watch is a heavy diver’s chronograph carved out of stainless-steel. The illuminated mechanical watch hands are visible in any kind of light.

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  7. This is a crazy awesome way to read really fast. I never knew this was…. humanely possible :P. Thanks for sharing. This stuff really does work. I can’t read it as fast as you can probably, but i’m learning.

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