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Thermometer suggestion

Postby ilikeale » Thu Dec 20, 2007 4:42 pm

I'm looking for a last minute gift. Can anyone recommend a thermometer for winter camping with an accurate reading down to about minus 15?

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Re: Thermometer suggestion

Postby mtnbikir » Thu Dec 20, 2007 5:13 pm

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Re: Thermometer suggestion

Postby Cruiser » Thu Dec 20, 2007 5:16 pm

Try a multi function watch like the sunto observer, timex helix, or nike acg ascent. I'm not sure how low they each measure, but they all go well into the negatives.
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Re: Thermometer suggestion

Postby icenrock » Thu Dec 20, 2007 6:16 pm

i agree with the multifunction watch. REi has several really nice models. Also Krestel has a really nice device that mot only give temp, but offers a wind chill conversion, wind/water speed and water temp!
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Re: Thermometer suggestion

Postby Papillon » Thu Dec 20, 2007 7:00 pm

I've got a Kestrel 2000 that supposedly goes as low as 5 F. I took a quick look at the Suuntos and they appear to go as low as -5 F. You might have a hard time going lower. I'd be curious to hear from Suunto owners regarding temperature. They must have a pretty good sensor if it is able to ignore the heat emanating from one's wrist.
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Re: Thermometer suggestion

Postby Scott P » Thu Dec 20, 2007 7:13 pm

Can anyone recommend a thermometer for winter camping with an accurate reading down to about minus 15?

I use an Accurite hi/lo accurate to 0.1 degrees. I would highly recommend them.

As far as getting camping/overnight temperatures, it doesn't seem a watch would be the best choice unless you are willing to leave it outside at night, but that's just my opinion.
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Re: Thermometer suggestion

Postby Hunter » Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:45 am

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Re: Thermometer suggestion

Postby gsliva » Fri Dec 21, 2007 7:58 am

I use an infrared thermometer with a continuous readout. They work great. I have a kestrel as well but it's kind of overkill. ... 03171.html
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Re: Thermometer suggestion

Postby firsttracks » Fri Dec 21, 2007 8:08 am

I use a small thermometer on a key ring that I attach to my pack's zipper. Small, lightweight, and dirt cheap! It would be a great stocking stuffer for $5. It'll always be handy.

Here's a similar one:

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Re: Thermometer suggestion

Postby Hawkeye » Fri Dec 21, 2007 9:31 am

For what it's worth, I think an inexpensive zipper attached thermometer might be your best bet. The Kestrel is a great unit, but it only goes down to -5. Likewise, the Casio pathfinder is fantastic (beats the heck out of Suunto), but it goes down to only -10. Plus, like any watch, it won't register anything but the temp on the back of your wrist if you're wearing it.
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Re: Thermometer suggestion

Postby mrburns » Fri Dec 21, 2007 11:17 am

I'd be curious to hear from Suunto owners regarding temperature. They must have a pretty good sensor if it is able to ignore the heat emanating from one's wrist.

I have a Suunto X6 and the thermometer works great, but it does not ignore the temp of your wrist. I find that it is usually ~12 degrees warmer than it should be. If you want an accurate measurement, you have to take it off. I usually hang it from my pack strap if I am trying to keep track of the temp.
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Re: Thermometer suggestion

Postby Duffus Kentucky Climber » Fri Dec 21, 2007 11:55 am

All the outdoor stores have those little thermometers that hang from your zipper, as well as compasses that are similar. I've always got those for my plan C. Find 'em in the checkout lanes with the croakies and lip balm. Unless you wear your watch/thermometer on the outside of your parka on a sports wrist band its going to pick up your body heat.
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