The Suun To Your eyes
The Suunto 9 is a smartwatch made for the more adventurous type that loves their mountain climbing, skiing, swimming, and so on. But of course you can use it for normal activities such as jogging, cycling and more without much issues. But firstly, the Suunto 9 comes in a few versions, and the one we got our hands on is the Suunto 9 Baro. Depending on your needs, the other versions might be a better suit.
The smartwatch does pack some bulk to it. Unlike your regular slim smartwatches, the Suunto 9 leans towards the rugged side with its Stainless Steel bezel and sapphire crystal glass. This means that the watch can be used a little more carelessly without much babying. The watch’s battery life is also pretty impressive when you are just using basic tracking like sleep and steps. It is equipped with three buttons and a touch-capable screen that assists with navigating around the watch. Returning to the previous menu will require you to swipe right as there are no physical back button on the watch.
As for features, if you are talking about tracking and navigation abilities, then this watch is is chock-full of it. You can plan running routes on your phone, and then run that guided route on your watch. But if you are hiking and want to set Points of Interest, you can do that with just your watch. For example, you are hiking across the woods and want to set a marker for your camp, you can do just that, to prevent yourself from getting lost.
To start your tracking, you can either fire it up manually via your smartphone or kick it off on your watch. When selecting your exercise, the watch even makes audible sounds and will vibrate, thus giving visual and audible feedback. When you complete your lap or end your exercise, the activity record will be pushed to your phone and you can check how well you’ve done. Its tracking ability is pretty accurate thanks to the FusedTrack feature that combines GPS and motion sensor data for precise tracking. You can even share or check other Suunto user’s activities near you, or get detailed information on them as well, such as their lap times, heart rates and so on. You can even inadvertently challenge their time by running their route, to see if you can beat their time; it’s great motivation for those that like to challenge others.
The Suunto 9 is a great watch for tracking activities, is built tough and rugged, while also empowered by a long lasting battery to make it an amazing watch for those with active lifestyles. Navigating the watch does take some getting used to and the UI could definitely be better, but with additions such as native Music Player and NFC, this may very well be the best watch on the market now.
CHIP CONCLUDE: A great smartwatch that could tackle multiple different sports and activities plus a massive battery life makes it a good shout if you do not require NFC payments or internal music storage.
(to be published in issue January 2019)