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Jon - Suunto X9i

Satellite navigation for your car might be the thing to have this Christmas but if you get lost and don't own one it's not the end of the world. What's the worst that could happen? You take a bit longer to get where you wanted to go, you have an argument with your partner about map-reading skills (or the lack of them) and you get a little bit stressed out.

Out in the hills, though, when you're hiking, climbing, sailing or skiing, a GPS can, literally, save your life. If you get lost you can find your way back. If you get injured you can tell the rescue crews exactly where to find you over the phone or radio.



The thing is, most GPS devices aren't exactly glam – they're fine hidden under the cuff of your ski jacket, but if you happen to emerge from the wilds somewhere hip and happening that black lump of plastic strapped to your wrist is going to let the side down.

That's why I want a Suunto X9i. This is one mother of a wristwatch, featuring not only a 12-channel GPS receiver but also a compass (for when you can't get a satellite lock), an altimeter and a barometer so you can tell when the weather's about to turn bad. Best of all it wraps it up in an attractive package that wouldn't look out of place in the swanky hotel bars of Courchevel, Val d'Isere, Verbier or Klosters.

Oh, and it tells the time too.

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