By Andrew Liszewski
There’s nothing worse than going camping only to have the weather not co-operate. (Well, maybe being attacked by a bear might qualify as worse.) And while this handheld altimeter from Oregon Scientific isn’t going to change the weather in your favor, it will at least you keep informed as to what the conditions will be like in the next 12 to 24 hours so you can plan your outdoor activities accordingly, or simply throw in the wet towel and head for home.
In addition to weather forecasts, the easy-to-read LCD display also provides information on your current altitude, barometric/sea level pressure, a digital compass as well as a 12/24 hour clock with alarm and calendar functions. It even includes an LED flashlight and an electroluminescent backlight function, and is water resistant up to 164 feet. It comes tethered to a carabiner which can be easily clipped to your jacket or backpack and is shock resistant up to 3 feet if you, or it, happens to take a nasty fall. You can get it directly from the Oregon Scientific website for $79.99.