Columbia Switchback Watch for Men - Realtree
Watches should not be purchased online
Unfortunately, I will be returning the Switchback watch I recently ordered for my fiance. I can't really complain about the product itself - the problem is when I received it I realized it was too bulky for him (the watch face, not the size of the band). It's really hard to tell how big it will be when you're ordering online. I was also disappointed that it didn't come with any kind of instruction manual at all. I know it's just a watch, it shouldn't be that complicated, but given all the features it has, some guidance would be helpful. We will be selecting him a different one in person.
February 21, 2014
Good, large watch
This is a pretty good watch and a reasonable price. The alarms, chronograph, and timer all work as described.
One small gripe I have is that there's no independent button for the light. Holding it down brings up settings. I'd much rather have a separate button for the light that could be held down or a push-on push-off design. Not a big deal though.
My only other complaint is the manual is hard to understand. It shows the basic operations but doesn't really go into detail about them.
March 11, 2014
This watch is excellent on my opinion. The watch looks great and performs great too.
The options of the watch are divided on 6 screens (Time, Compass, Chrono, Chrono Recall, Timer, Alarm).
During Time (Main) screen the numbers are big and easy to read at all times. On the dark the glaring negatives are excellent. You have: time #1 or #2 [With the option of military time for both], combinations of: Day and Temperature (C or F) or Day and Date (month/year).
The temperature is very accurate in my opinion when is away the body, however if you are using the watch the temp. may be 10 degrees higher. If you are ok with doing the math and using the temp., make sure to refresh the screen to get the closest temp. possible.
The compass screen/Trakbak technology is just simple and excellent. Just make sure you understand and learn how to use it. The Chrono screen is simple to use with lap and spl times display.
The Chrono Recall screen helps you recover 50-lap memory and 10 run data storage
The Timer screen gives you two 24-hour countdown timers; 10-run data storage
The Alarm screen gives you two simple to use alarms.
Overall this is a great and simple watch for someone that is active/outdoor kind of person. I love it. Another Columbia product that meets my expectations and demands.
February 12, 2014