What is the loudest alarm wrist watch for backpacking?
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Roleigh Martin
(marti124) - MLife

Locale: Moderator-JohnMuirTrail Yahoo Group
What is the loudest alarm wrist watch for backpacking? on 06/03/2007 13:27:14 MDT Print View

Hi, I have problems hearing the typical tiny beeps a typical wrist watch alarm clock makes. I need something louder for waking up prior to dawn while backpacking. Does anyone have any suggestions. So far the best suggestion I've seen is to get a 2.9 ounce shortwave/fm radio with built in speakers and alarm clock function, but ideally I would like something loud that can double function as a wrist watch or pocket watch too. See http://www.countycomm.com/gp4light.htm for info about the 2.9 ounce shortwave radio (an idea that was posted in one of these forums by the way by another). Thanks for any better suggestions!

Jonathan Chiappa
(chiappaj) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: What is the loudest alarm wrist watch for backpacking? on 06/03/2007 21:11:56 MDT Print View

Hello,

I'm looking for a similar solution with one addition. I would like an alarm that doesn't stop until it's shut off.

In general, what do people use to wake up?

Thanks,

- Jon

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: What is the loudest alarm wrist watch for backpacking? on 06/03/2007 21:55:34 MDT Print View

I asked the same question before... but didn't get any specific recommendations. In my case, I was looking for a watch/alarm for travel use. Sometimes, in hotels with lousy soundproofing, I would use ear plugs -- but then I worry that I wouldn't hear the alarm to wake up for an early morning flight.

Sorry, I still don't know which watch has the loudest alarm. But in my limited experience, if you want loud, stay away from Timex. Casio is better.

Brett .
(Brett1234) - F

Locale: CA
The 'Banshee',re:What is loudest alarm wrist watch for backpacking? on 06/03/2007 23:02:44 MDT Print View

Roleigh, Johnathan, I too became acclimated to the faint beeping of my wrist watch. Wrist alarms are useless. What I used to use, and highly recommend for you is the 90db ear bleeding shriek of 'The Banshee'. Do not use this at a public campsite for fear of retribution, but it is guaranteed to wakeup your group in time for the 'alpine start'. I used to take mine on business trips to GUARANTEE waking up for the flight, meeting, etc..
It weighs about 3 ounces, but a few pain pills before sleeping, and the banshee in the morning can squeeze a few hours activity out of every day on your trip; maybe that's worth it. What good is all that light gear if you are sleeping?

Its about 5 inches wide, 1 1/2" tall and 2" deep.

http://www.camping-gear-outlet.com/camping-gear-43369.html?src=froogle&src1=cgo&src2=gbase&utm_source=Froogle&utm_medium=Product%2BSearch%2BEngine
Caution, do not use at public campgrounds

Edited by Brett1234 on 06/03/2007 23:58:43 MDT.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: The 'Banshee',re:What is loudest alarm wrist watch for backpacking? on 06/03/2007 23:06:53 MDT Print View

Brett, buddy!

That thing looks bigger than some executive desk clocks! :)

Edited by ben2world on 06/03/2007 23:12:22 MDT.

Scott Ridgeway
(ScottFree) - F
Try this: on 06/03/2007 23:16:49 MDT Print View

I place my watch in a cup or pot (titanium)and face the opening toward my head. I THINK it helps a little bit.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: What is the loudest alarm wrist watch for backpacking? on 06/04/2007 07:17:01 MDT Print View

In the past, some would say the Nike watches had loud alarms. Check campmor descriptions.

Jon Rhoderick
(hotrhoddudeguy) - F - M

Locale: New England
Re: Try this: on 06/04/2007 17:43:31 MDT Print View

Or hows about trying wearing a warm hat or balaclava, and finding a place either towards the forehead, top of the head, or wherever it is bearable, I bet you'd hear it pretty well there. My Highgear Altitech, which is basicly a wristwatch on a carabiner, has similar problems. I tried it once on my bedside table and completly forgot I had set it until I woke up 5 minutes earlier due to another alarm several days later.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
"HE WHO WEARS OUT THE MOST GEAR WINS!" on 06/05/2007 15:28:32 MDT Print View

John,
It's not dying with the most toys or lightest gear.

It's who USES (& hence enjoys) the gear the most that "wins".

Edited by Danepacker on 06/05/2007 15:29:04 MDT.

Richard Sullivan
(richard.s) - MLife

Locale: Supernatural BC
Alarm on Garmins on 06/05/2007 16:31:38 MDT Print View

I believe that most if not all of the Garmin GPS units have alarms. The one on my Venture Cx is not loud, but it's a hec of a lot better than any wristwatch. It also has a Snooze function.

I like the Ti-pot amplifier trick...must try!

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: "HE WHO WEARS OUT THE MOST GEAR WINS!" on 06/05/2007 18:22:42 MDT Print View

Eric, I agree!

rajesh kumar
(rajesh) - F

Locale: Portland
cell phone or GPS alarm on 06/07/2007 13:57:21 MDT Print View

I don't use a wrist watch. I carry a small cell phone (ya, ya I know back country and cell phones). There are places you can get reception and not others. Fine.

Anyway, leaving aside the ethics of cell phone in backcountry, it has a super aggro alarm that is much louder than any wrist watch. If you don't like cell phones and use a GPS unit, those alarms are loud too.

Denis Hazlewood
(redleader) - MLife

Locale: Luxury-Light Luke on the Llano Azul
Re: What is the loudest alarm wrist watch for backpacking? on 06/07/2007 21:09:26 MDT Print View

My Pentax Optio has a very loud and persistant alarm that wakes me and everyone else within 20 feet.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: What is the loudest alarm wrist watch for backpacking? on 06/07/2007 23:10:11 MDT Print View

That CountyComm GP4 radio is on my luxury list, but I usually sqeeze it in. Of course it's justifiable for weather reports and the flashlight too, right? Nudge, nudge :)

Check out Eagle Creeks 1.5oz clock: http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=39294391&memberId=12500226 . Casio makes a 2oz anchor: http://www.rei.com/product/693708

Roleigh Martin
(marti124) - MLife

Locale: Moderator-JohnMuirTrail Yahoo Group
Re: What is the loudest alarm wrist watch for backpacking? on 06/14/2007 19:31:52 MDT Print View

Ok, I have continued research on this. The downside to using the Garmin Rino GPS Alarm is the massive drain on batteries to keep it on all night. Here are two potential lightweight loud alarms.

http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=34043971&memberId=12500226
Nike Lance 4 Alti/Compass Watch
Item Number: 93461

A good review of this watch is here:
http://www.watchreport.com/2004/12/the_nike_lance_.html
"Echo-chamber to make the alarms extra loud (since racing outdoors at high speeds is seldom tranquil)."
"Extra-loud alarm - resonance chamber amplifies alarm for use in noisy outdoor environments."

The Invisible Clock-II
http://www.invisibleclock.com/
"Adjustable vibration intensity, beep volume, number of beeps - if you want the vibration soft and quiet you can set to low. If you want it strong, you can set to medium or high - same for the beeps. And you can set from 1 to 6 beeps."
It is very loud. It weighs 1.3 oz including the battery it uses (AAA) - if you use a lithium AAA, it would weigh less. I have an alkaline AAA in it now.

I have ordered the Nike watch and can not personally vouch for it but will update here when I get it. Campmor has a great return policy (the guy on the phone said up to 1 year!).
Some statements about this alarm:

Roleigh Martin
(marti124) - MLife

Locale: Moderator-JohnMuirTrail Yahoo Group
Re: Re: What is the loudest alarm wrist watch for backpacking? on 06/20/2007 22:32:40 MDT Print View

Followup. I got the Nike Lance 4 watch and was amazed it weighs 3.7 oz versus the 1.7 oz of the Invisible Clock II (and that includes the belt clip to hold it on your belt). Also, I was not impressed with the loudness of the alarm. If I do not hold the watch to within 12" of my ear, I do not hear the alarm. My high frequency hearing is poor I admit, but I have no problem with the Invisble Clock II. I am going to do a return on the Lance. The compass and Altimeter and Barometer and Thermometer features are nice but not needed (if I have to put up with the $220 cost and the 3.7 oz weight).

Roleigh Martin
(marti124) - MLife

Locale: Moderator-JohnMuirTrail Yahoo Group
Re: Re: Re: What is the loudest alarm wrist watch for backpacking? on 06/23/2007 20:16:25 MDT Print View

More followup. The Casio $30 referee watch (you can get at Walmart but not online), featured here: http://www.findwatches.co.uk/referee-timer-p-685.html has twice the alarm strength (at least myself and the sales lady at Walmart felt) as the Nike Lance Armstrong 4 Titanium watch.

Furthermore, An ultralight weight battery operated radio (shortwave - 2bands, am radio, fm radio, clock, alarm clock) that weighs only 3.2 ounces (batteries removed--it uses 2 AA batteries), when the alarm goes off, it turns on whatever radio band/station you had turned on (prior to selecting radio off switch). It also has a built in flashlight. It is available here for $22:

http://www.countycomm.com/gp4light.htm

The alarm stays on until you press it off.

Amazingly, this radio weighs less than the Nike watch.

Roleigh Martin
(marti124) - MLife

Locale: Moderator-JohnMuirTrail Yahoo Group
I found the lightest strong multi-function alarm / watch - great find. on 07/02/2007 23:14:41 MDT Print View

My final finding is that the Brunton ADC Pro, which weighs 2 ounces without the lanyard, is the best multi-function alarm / watch to take hiking. It has a very, very loud alarm - my higher frequency hearing is very, very poor, but this alarm was very, very loud. It has a clock, backlighting, and best of all it has what I think is the best weather forecasting pocket meter there is--for it allows you to create custom storm alarms (which I'm figureing out now how to customize). The manufacturer dropped their MSRP to $180 (used to be about $250) and basegear.com sells this for $140 now.

http://www.basegear.com/bruntonadcpro.html

Features:
Features

* Displays current relative humidity, heat index, dew point and wet bulb
* Relative air density
* Air density
* Altitude
* Density altitude
* Displays current barometric pressure (in hPa,mb or Hg)
* Storm alarm
* Displays the past 24 hour pressure tendency
* Predicts the coming 12 hour's weather
* Altimeter alarm
* Ski run counter
* Current, max and average wind speed (in km/h, mph, ft/s, m/s, or knots)
* Shows current temperature
* Past 24 hour temperature tendency
* Wind chill
* Average wind chill and minimum wind chill
* Wind chill alarm
* Water flow meter
* Real time clock
* Time,day and date
* Chronograph operation
* Race timer
* Manual and automatic data logging
* IR data communication with PC using ADC-IR
* Waterproof
* 2 year manufacturer warranty

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Re: I found the lightest strong multi-function alarm / watch - great find. on 07/02/2007 23:20:44 MDT Print View

Roleigh:

Thanks for the post. I too am on a quest for the ever-elusive 'loud alarm' -- but for traveling use. I wonder if Brunton makes a small and light alarm watch with just the basics -- time/date, alarm, and countdown alarm???

Brett .
(Brett1234) - F

Locale: CA
What is the loudest alarm wrist watch on 07/03/2007 00:14:57 MDT Print View

Lets not forget our cellphones(mentioned once above); mines got three alarms, each with snooze. You are hiking with your cellphone, right?

Edited by Brett1234 on 07/03/2007 00:15:42 MDT.