Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch

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At its initial release, the Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch was systematically equipped with a barometric altimeter. So we had two names: Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch or Suunto 9 Baro to designate the same watch.

Last updated on February 10, 2019 2:36 am
Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch

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What the athletic layman fitness tracker Fitbit is, the endurance athlete is his sports watch Suunto. With the Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch, the Finnish manufacturer has now presented its latest model and does a lot different from the competition and yet the innovations in the target group are likely to provide much joy.

Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch mainstream

Suunto was previously the manufacturer, which moved slightly away from the brownfields such as Garmin, Polar and Fitbit. There was not hell out of chasing after the competition and trying to adapt one or the other innovation with its own product or outdo.

Therefore, it is not surprising that the Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch offers no features such as music playback or contactless payment via NFC, but the desire for a longer term and higher accuracy.

Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch

Of course, the improvements are in the foreground here, so as not to reduce the sports watch, the following short portrait should describe the Suunto 9:

  • GPS sports watch
  • 24/7 fitness tracker
  • optical heart rate measurement
  • waterproof up to 100 meters
  • Weather features
    • Sunrise – / – sunset
    • storm warning
    • air pressure
    • temperature
  • 80+ sports modes

Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch weighs 81 grams due to the robust material choice consisting of stainless steel and sapphire crystal glass. The bracelet has a standard width of 24mm with a circumference of 130 to 230 mm and can be changed easily. The transflective LCD display offers a resolution of 320 × 300 pixels.

In essence, the Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch is based on the previous top model, the Spartan Ultra, but offers some promising new features.

Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch battery life

The biggest attention is probably the introduction of a new power management, thanks to on and off switchable functions and the change between the profiles for battery life of up to 120 hours provides – and that with activated GPS.

Suunto 9 - Energy Profiles (Source: Suunto)

Suunto 9 – Energy Profiles (Source: Suunto)

The Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch differs from the factory three different operating modes:

  • power
  • Endurance
  • Ultra

An additional custom mode allows settings between the standard profiles.

Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch energy management

What lies behind the modes is essentially the sampling rate of the GPS position, which can be between one and 120 seconds, depending on the profile.

More settings apply

  • display
    • brightness
    • shutdown
    • To dye
    • touch
  • Vibration feedback
  • optical heart rate measurement
  • Bluetooth

An indication of the remaining time for the selected profile allows you to check whether the battery lasts until the end even before the start of an activity.

If a sports venture takes longer, you can also change the profile with the Suunto 9 during the recording, to ensure the data collection with a few drawbacks.

If this is not enough, the Suunto 9 switches to Chronos mode when the last battery reserves are reached in order to at least make it possible to read a target time.

Smart memories

In order to avoid such emergency situations, Suunto 9 tries to determine from the past activity history when and to what extent activities take place regularly. If the Suunto determines in advance that the remaining battery charge would not be sufficient, she reminds to load the clock in time.

To make it clear: benefit from the innovative power management, especially athletes on the long and ultra distances, but also notorious charging-Vergesser.

FuseTrack – Support for GPS

In addition to power management, the Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch has a second innovation, called FuseTrack by the manufacturer.

This is a technique that evaluates the data from the accelerometers to improve the accuracy of track profile recognition and speed.

These are very specific disciplines attributed to the GPS, but perfectly complement the aforementioned power management in the case where the sampling rate of the GPS is set a little more generously. Currently, this technology delivers plausible values exclusively for running. The recognition of other movement patterns is at least conceivable.

Availability and prices

The Suunto 9 GPS Fitness-Tracking Watch is already available on the manufacturer’s website in black and white and is scheduled for delivery on June 26, 2018. The product images suggest additional color variants at a later date. The EIA for both announced models is 599 EUR.

+ Positives:
  • he many options to optimize the use of the battery.
  • The technology and operation of FusedTrack.
- Negatives:
  • The lack of maps for navigation and tracking.
  • The absence of musical functions, as much the control of the music on the smartphone as an autonomous reader in the watch
  • A big lack of ability to configure advanced split.

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  1. Arheddis Varkenjaab

    ***UPDATED REVIEW – PLEASE SEE THE END**This is a really nice watch, with lots and lots of functions. It’s also extremely expensive, so my review has one eye on the price to benefit ratio.I really can’t decide if Suunto are going for the fashion end of the sports market, or the hardcore athlete end. The marketing blurb definitely suggests the hardcore end of things, but as a training tool there are many odd design choices here. Everything works, sort-of, but it’s just not quite there for using as a serious tool. At the same time, this isn’t a subtle watch – it’s very big and makes a statement on the wrist.The best example is the speed meter on the GPS. If you come to a complete halt the speed readout lags a solid five seconds behind until it read zero I used this watch to try and get a live feedback on my kayak sprint stroke, making small differences in technique to see how it affected my speed, but I couldn’t be sure if what I was seeing on the screen was my speed right now, or five seconds ago. This is using the high accuracy mode. The data when I downloaded to my PC was spot on, and the GPS track is super-accurate, but that’s no good to me in the water.The pulse meter is another odd one – it seems to work fine when you’re working, but for checking resting pulse or low-level intensity work it just doesn’t work properly, and only shows whatever you’ve programmed your resting pulse to be. To get the best from this, you really need to use a HR chest belt, which leads to another odd choice in that only bluetooth devices are supported, not ANT+. For cyclists especially, power meters and HR belts use this and it’s almost a defacto standard interface. I don’t understand why a high end gadget like this watch doesn’t support it. If you’re using a lot of ANT+ kit, look elsewhere.The auto-lap function is odd too, as you can only have it working by distance, or time and not by position. If I’m open-water swimming between two buoys, I want the watch to know I’ve done a lap when I pass through the same point geographically, but with this watch I have to measure a lap, stop, program the watch, and then carry on. It’s just not as usable as it could be.I could go on, as there are lots of silly details Suunto seem to have overlooked. – the compass is useful and accurate, but constantly asks for calibration. It gives a bearing for the direction its facing, but there is nothing on the watch to indicate which way the watch thinks that is – presumably it’s 12 o’clock, but nothing really shows you. It’s handy as a backup and impressively matched my expensive magnetic compass (also a Suunto!) but I certainly wouldn’t trust it for even casual navigation when it constantly asks to be calibrated.Anyway, enough of the poor bits, none of which can’t be fixed by software updates, and none of which are really deal-breakers.. This is a very expensive watch, and I’m therefore holding it to very high standards, but taking a step back from that for a moment, here some of the good bits.GPS accuracy is extremely good, especially on the highest setting. This uses battery faster, but you still get 30-odd hours of use at this level so for most people, most of the time, this is what you’ll be using. You can tweak the settings to give you up to 120 hours of use, but this reduces the GPS ping rate, and so accuracy. The watch attempts to ‘fill in the gaps’ using its motion sensor on this setting, and this works well if you’re doing something with a lot of movement, like running. A long, smooth, sweeping descent on a bike, for example, will fool it, and while the results will be perfectly usable it won’t be super-accurate. You can use the watch to navigate, and set waypoints, but you can’t offset these on the watch – you need to be at that location to mark it as a waypoint. The watch can then give you a bearing and ETA, but this is not turn-by-turn navigation, and is no substitute for a traditional map and compass. Any movement with the GPS on gives a breadcrumb trail to follow. Again, a nice backup, but not for serious work in the country side. What is very good though is that you can change the coordinate system and being able to get a OS BNG position is very useful as a cross check, or in emergencies.Data fields and recording are excellent. I’ve used similar devices as this and had nothing but frustration getting the data into my PC, but this works beautifully. The data cable is a magentic snap-on cable that is quick and easy, and the data is quickly uploaded to the Suunto app. Within this app you can customise all sorts of things for your watch, including which data fields are shown when you are training, which activities you want to do and even make your own up, and analyse all sorts of things. It plays nicely with Strava of course. The Suunto software isn’t the most straightforward to use, but on the other hand there is no dumbing down here. You can really dive deep into your exercise data. That said, I couldn’t get the mobile app to work, as it would not recognise my watch. Suunto support has been great here, and is looking into the problem.The altimeter and barometer are first class. It’s not often a watch altimeter actually works well enough to be useful, as it gets thrown out by changes in air pressure. This watch uses a combination of the movement sensors and air pressure to give an excellent level of accuracy, which is useful for both training and for navigation. A ‘storm alarm’ warns you if the air pressure drops suddenly.Using the watch during sport is hit and miss – the touch screen is useful, but doesn’t work when wet. The buttons are nice and big and easy to use with gloves on, but the strap is a bit too short to get over a wetsuit or a jacket if you have larger wrists. The user interface is a bit odd, and takes some getting used to. Some things require a long press and it’s not always that intuitive to use, especially when you’re tired and under stress. Most of the time you’ll set it up how you like it, press ‘Start’ and then not touch it..The watch is very big, and sits high above the wrist, but the screen is very tough and has taken some bashing without seeming to come to harm.I’ve written enough I think, but I think you get the idea. If you’re an elite level athlete this might not quite have the fine detail you need in real-time, but for mere mortals it really covers everything you could need. It also looks cool and smart without being too ‘look at me, I like to exercise’ but is definitely noticeable on the wrist.As seems to be usual for high-end devices these days, it doesn’t come with any real instructions so you will be spending a lot of time on the Suunto website to get the best from this, but if you can overlook it’s many nearly-there shortcomings, this is a really good watch.**UPDATE AFTER SIX MONTHS** OK, so while I stand by my comments above, I have to say I have come to love this watch. The thing is, it does an awful lot more than the marketing says, and is let down by the lack of a manual. For a start, I had no idea this thing has smart watch features. If your phone is bluetoothed to this, then the watch will show messages, and vibrate when your phone rings. Really useful when you’re out training and don’t want to stop to see who’s phoning. The battery life is actually pretty incredible, and it’s a tough watch. I’m a beach lifeguard and swear by my G-Shock watch for dealing with abuse, but this Suunto shrugs it off too. It’s now sneakily become my daily wear watch. The limitatiions I mention above are still valid, but in real-life use they are of little consequence. This is a very , very good watch and I’m upping my review a star to the full five.

  2. Tansydog

    The latest flagship model of sports smartwatch from Finnish company Suunto, the ‘Suunto Unisex 9 BARO Watch, Black, One Size’ is a beautiful and highly functional watch. It is a large watch but comfortable even on a fairly small female wrist. The face is highly scratch-proof while functioning as a responsive touchscreen.Upon first unboxing the device, it is necessary to set it up and perform software updates by means of connecting it to a computer, which seems a little backward these days – why can’t this be done via the app? It is necessary to set up an account with Suunto for them to sync your info to, then once this is done you can try (operative word) to sync it via Bluetooth to the smartphone app. This is where things go downhill a little. There are currently two options of Android app to use – the Movescount one, or the newly-developed and not yet fully functional Suunto app. The reviews of the Movescount app on the Play store are deeply uninspiring, with many tales of horror about Suunto products failing to sync to it, and my initial optimism that the new Suunto 9 would overcome this was soon dashed. The watch synced well to the other, newer app, but unfortunately almost all the functionality you want currently resides in the older, dodgy Movescount one… The watch communicates perfectly with the computer app when connected via the usb/charging cable, but this doesn’t feel like enough for a device of this cost and calibre. Hopefully they will fix the app issues soon, although the Movescount issues seem to be long-standing.The watch display is gorgeous, with a clear screen and fairly easy navigation if you’ve used such products before. There are limited instructions provided in the packaging, but a great FAQ is available on the website. The Suunto 9 has capability to track many different types (and sub-types, e.g. Trail running, treadmill running etc) of activity, and has extensive navigation features available, although they are not as user-friendly as they could be, and novices may find them difficult to utilise. The wrist heart rate monitoring seems accurate, and marries well with pulse rate results taken with a blood pressure monitor. A chest belt which connects via Bluetooth is available separately if greater accuracy is essential. Please note that, unlike most other devices of this ilk, the Suunto 9 connects to peripherals only via Bluetooth, not ANT+, rendering obsolete older footpods etc which could have otherwise been used with it. This seems a shame.Overall this is a beautiful watch, with excellent features, just let down a little by the connectivity and ease of use.

  3. Filip K.

    This Suunto is absolutely amazing! One of the best purchases I’ made. Battery is great, GPS is accurate and it works well when kitesurfing or wakeboarding so definitely worth the money!

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