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Topic - Altimeter queries - barometric vs GPS

d80f0u on 15 Aug 2013
So after this year's trip to the Alps I think I'm sold on the idea of buying an altimeter watch, both for navigation assistance and for training purposes (i.e. one that can show rate of ascent in real-time as well as overall for the day etc). Been reading about barometric vs. GPS altimeters and although I understand the concept of each, I'm none the wiser about the practical pros and cons. In fact, the more watch reviews I've read the less decisive I've become! Anyone here with experience of both that can give me some advice? Just to make matters more complicated, I've also had a separate train of thought about buying a HR monitor (mostly for running). Might this be better as a distinct device or should I look for one that's built-in?

Thanks in advance!
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