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Suunto 9 Peak Professional In-Depth Assessment


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The Suunto 9 Peak Professional is each a modest replace and a serious replace, relying on the way you have a look at it. Internally, the Suunto 9 Peak Professional is considerably completely different – with virtually the whole lot revamped: Processor, GPS chipset, coronary heart fee sensor, and reminiscence. Even the consumer interface and software program. In different phrases, all of the issues that matter. Nevertheless externally, it principally seems the identical because the earlier Suunto 9 Peak. Tied with this inner revamp are additional prolonged third get together integration choices, and expanded ‘app retailer’ capabilities.

Nevertheless, whereas the above is an efficient record to start out from, it’s tough in that it nonetheless falls in need of the multiband GNSS chipsets that many (if not most) watch fashions above $400 are placing in nowadays, particularly for corporations’ flagship models (this one priced at $549). Identical goes for mapping. Moreover, Suunto skipped on considerably revamping the usually hard-to-read show, one thing that many had recognized as in all probability probably the most vital aspect needing a refresh.

But then, out of left discipline comes the Suunto 9 Peak Professional’s means to trace shallow-water snorkeling and diving – all the way down to a depth of 10 meters. Not sufficient for scuba functions, and even most free diving – however sufficient for monitoring most snorkeling dives, and simply these desirous to have a little bit of enjoyable. It’s one thing unseen in endurance sports activities watches, in need of the high-end Apple Watch Extremely’s dive capabilities they introduced a month earlier.

And thus arrives in all probability one of many extra intriguing critiques I’ll have written shortly. Can Suunto discover a option to thread the needle sufficient to have their new options, mixed with current platform energy, make up for the dearth of different options usually seen at this value level? Effectively, let’s dig in.

As common, this watch is a media loaner, and it’ll return to Suunto. This overview isn’t sponsored (nor does any firm get to preview something I overview), and I don’t take any advertiser cash from any corporations I overview. And as common readers know, if one thing is crap, I’m gonna inform it brutally like it’s – regardless of the model. As soon as this unit goes again, I’ll exit and get my very own for any future testing wants. When you discovered this overview helpful, you should utilize the hyperlinks on the backside, or think about turning into a DCR Supporter which makes the location ad-free, whereas additionally gaining access to a principally weekly video collection behind the scenes of the DCR Cave. And naturally, it makes you superior.

What’s New:

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So what precisely is new within the Suunto 9 Peak Professional? Let’s dive into all of the variations. First, as famous, it seems practically an identical to the earlier Suunto 9 Peak, although it’s really a mere 0.2mm thicker, which after all you wouldn’t discover in actual life. As a substitute, it’s all concerning the inner {hardware} revamps, and software program options updates. Right here’s a fast hit record of what’s modified:

– New extra highly effective processor, but in addition with new power-efficient MCU
– New LifeQ Optical HR sensor module, barely decreased battery consumption
– New All-Methods GNSS Chipset (not multiband, however GPS/QZSS/Galileo/Beidou/GLONASS by way of Sony)
– Claimed elevated GPS accuracy by permitting as much as 4 concurrent techniques and 32 satellites without delay
– Revamped consumer interface, with sooner responsiveness
– Added new “Mermaid Dive” mode, for monitoring shallow free-diving to 10 meters
– Added watch widget customization
– Added wrist-based operating energy
– Added normalized graded tempo (NGP) in exercise logs
– Including Strava Reside Segments in Oct/Nov timeframe
– Added extra SuuntoPlus guides (mini-apps)
– Elevated sturdiness to MIL-STD-810 customary
– Elevated battery life by 50% to 40 hours of GPS time in excessive constancy mode, 70 hours in endurance mode
– Maintained current fast-charging (10 minutes charging = 10 hours coaching)
– Worth is 499EUR/$549USD for the chrome steel, and 629EUR for the titanium

Acquired all that? Good, let’s get it unboxed!

The Fundamentals:

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For this part of the overview, I’m going to concentrate on the non-sports parts of the watch. Issues like exercise monitoring (e.g. steps & sleep), smartphone integration, music management, and many others… In addition to some tidbits on the {hardware} itself.

To start, the watch has three buttons, in addition to a touchscreen. Typically, the higher button goes up, and the decrease button down, and the center button selects. Nevertheless, the center button might be long-held to return. Considerably notably, on the Suunto 5 Peak (comparable physique), that unit doesn’t have a touchscreen, however relatively 5 buttons. I’d really kinda favor that Suunto stored the added buttons. I do know they’ve lengthy had this sample, however I feel the pattern in sports activities tech during the last 12-18 months has been in direction of extra buttons, and easily the flexibility to decide on whether or not you need a button-led expertise, or a touch-led expertise. Both method, this isn’t a giant deal – only a minor request/choice.

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All of the buttons right here on the Suunto 9 Peak Professional really feel crispy, and have a pleasant click on to them, whereas being steel as properly. I haven’t had any points with the buttons – both above water or under water. I don’t have a tendency to make use of the touchscreen a lot, as I don’t discover lots of worth in it with the Suunto 3/5/9 watches (whereas on the Suunto 7, because it has maps and Put on OS, it’s extra helpful).

Subsequent, we’ve obtained the display screen itself:

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Suunto has made steps within the Suunto 9 Peak Professional with its revamped consumer interface to attempt to enhance the readability of the textual content on the display screen. That is much less about some nice new display screen and extra about altering their fonts and styling to make it extra seen. And sure, it’s positively extra seen than previously. Nevertheless it nonetheless doesn’t appear as clear or simply seen as in comparison with most different corporations on the market. I don’t know the precise cause, however I’d say that the Suunto 9 Peak Professional display screen, each by way of high quality and measurement, is definitely its largest draw back. And I’m not even going to get into the entire bezel measurement debacle.

Flipping it over, you’ll discover the unit makes use of the newer Suunto 9 Peak magnetic charging dock. This works properly, and usually aligns itself to the proper spot to cost. I’m pleased with this:

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Additionally on the again you’ll discover the Suunto 9 Peak Professional’s optical HR sensor, which is a brand new sensor from LifeQ. I’ll dive into the accuracy of this afterward, however for probably the most half, Suunto is absolutely solely utilizing this sensor for coronary heart fee readings and SpO2 readings. That means, not like different corporations, they aren’t utilizing it for issues like respiration fee or a myriad of different metrics. A few of these metrics are helpful, some much less so. Relies on the use case.

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Subsequent, you’ve obtained the detachable bands/straps. They merely pop-out while you use the little pins on the within of the watch band itself. These are fairly customary straps, and are 22mm strap sizes, so you should utilize different third get together straps if you would like.

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Now wanting again on the entrance of the watch, you’ve obtained the watch face. You may faucet on it, to alter the underside metrics, iterating via battery, coaching time, steps, and altitude:

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Suunto doesn’t have a watch face retailer, however does have a handful of watch faces you may choose from throughout the settings on the watch itself.

Subsequent, taking a look at a few of the metrics this can observe, it’ll do your customary steps/exercise, in addition to sleep, and 24×7 coronary heart fee. It’s nonetheless solely polling coronary heart fee at 10-minute intervals sadly, a long-standing Suunto observe. I can even manually take a blood oxygen studying:

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It appears to take eternally (30-60 seconds), in comparison with most watches taking solely 5-15 seconds. After all, that’s assuming you may even get it to take a measurement. Most instances I can’t, it simply circles eternally.

Subsequent, there’s the steps and energy overview web page:

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You may as well see this information by the week too, taking a look at steps and energy for the previous 7 days:

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The identical goes for sleep information. You may view it by the week, or, simply final night time as properly:

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It’ll additionally present you a short ‘Good Morning’ report while you get up. However I discover that disappears tremendous rapidly, like a fart within the wind. When you don’t catch it the very first time you get up, it’ll immediately be gone. I actually want it caught round like different corporations do, giving me time to really see it, till I dismiss it.

So far as sleep accuracy goes, it’s typically been fairly good about getting the time I fell asleep/awoke at. I don’t sometimes consider the sleep phases facet of issues, since for probably the most half even the professional shopper instruments used to judge which are solely 80% correct (in a finest case), thus, attempting to match to one thing that’s not all that correct to start with, appears kinda foolish to me.

In any case, all of this information is after all accessible on the Suunto App, and might be plotted in a wide range of methods as properly:

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Subsequent, you’ve obtained your coaching time this week. In my case, my week ‘began’ on Sunday, and immediately is Monday, so it solely reveals immediately and yesterday’s exercises:

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After that, you’ve obtained your stress ranges, adopted by your Health Degree and Health Age:

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Adopted by which are the barometric altimeter widget, barometric strain, and sundown/dawn widgets:

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Following bits just like the timer/stopwatch, and compass (with compass settings):

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And eventually, music controls:

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These music controls will management music in your telephone. The Suunto 9 collection doesn’t have any onboard music storage (solely the Suunto 7 does).

Oh – and final however not least, we’ve obtained the textual content message notifications. These will present texts in your watch out of your telephone, per the app settings in your telephone. Sadly, neither Des’s eggplant or berries emoji got here via.

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You may’t reply to those messages out of your watch, however you may dismiss them, which can concurrently dismiss them on the telephone. That is much like most watches that aren’t both the Apple Watch, or a Put on OS watch. Within the case of iOS, for instance, Apple restricts the native textual content reply perform to solely the Apple Watch.

Lastly, for lack of anyplace else to say it, the brand new consumer interface is unquestionably snappier – that’s for positive. The earlier Suunto watches had develop into slower and slower, and this largely resolves that.

Sport Utilization:

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It’s fairly darn seemingly that when you’re wanting to buy a Suunto watch, it’s seemingly for the sports activities options. Except you’re a mermaid, during which case, you’re searching for the following part. To every their very own.

To get began on a exercise or exercise, you’ll faucet the up button, which brings up a listing of sports activities, ordered by the latest sport profile you’ve used. For these accustomed to Suunto watches, you’ll see this has modified a good bit from yesteryear. Fairly than one sport per web page, you get a rapidly scrollable record). This makes it simpler to seek out the game you need.

Observe that whereas these are sport names generically, you too can create your personal sport profile. Take for instance the ‘Run with Energy’ profile you see there. That’s really not a typical named profile, however one I created, which, as you may anticipate, has some operating energy pages with it. You may customise these profiles by way of the Suunto App in your telephone, although there are a number of quirks/limitations with that I’ll discuss in a second.

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When you’ve discovered mentioned sport to endure, you’ll faucet to enter it, which will get you to the ‘foyer’ of that sport (above). That is the place it goes off and begins trying to find sensors (together with GPS and HR), in addition to reveals you a bunch of issues you may customise. You may tweak battery profile settings, add a path to navigate, change coronary heart fee zones, add a selected exercise goal, auto lap, autopause, and many extra – all with out meandering elsewhere within the settings.

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Notably, you’ll see within the record right here the SuuntoPlus choices, together with each SuuntoPlus Sport Apps and SuuntoPlus Guides. These are basically apps that corporations can write, or structured exercises that you may create, and have within the watch profile. I’ve talked a good bit about this previously, and Suunto builds this out. From a theoretical standpoint, that is designed to counter Garmin’s Join IQ growth platform, however clearly CIQ has a few decade of existence already. Suunto has roughly a 12 months or so, plus some scattered historic stuff a decade prior. Nonetheless, on the launch of the Suunto 9 Peak Professional, they talked about new sensor connectivity and have already got some significant connections out:

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And that’s along with the few dozen completely different Suunto-built apps they’ve beforehand created. In truth, the problem at this juncture isn’t a lot the dearth of apps, however relatively, the dearth of means to pick a couple of. You see, many of those Suunto Plus apps are actually items of performance that ought to be natively inbuilt.

You wish to do a structured exercise? That’s a SuuntoPlus Information (app).

And the issue is, you may solely select one app per exercise. So, when you needed to do this structured exercise, you couldn’t use any of the third get together apps. Beforehand, Suunto mentioned this was a {hardware} limitation with restricted processor capability. Hopefully, with the sooner processor on the Suunto 9 Peak Professional, they will deal with this – because it’s actually a fairly substantial situation for the platform (by way of scale as a growth platform).

Whereas Garmin has a 2 concurrent CIQ app restrict on their watches (extra on their bike computer systems), that’s much less restrictive as a result of so most of the different options are already baked in. Nonetheless, even their restrict is foolish in 2022.

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Anyhow, when you’ve chosen no matter it’s that you simply wish to choose, you can begin your exercise and start doing the ache/struggling half. In truth, right here’s what it seems like for operating energy. That’s as a result of operating energy is now built-in, requiring no further sensors.

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Suunto is now becoming a member of the fray, which incorporates Garmin just lately as properly. With earlier entrants Apple, COROS, and Polar, just about rounding out the most typical GPS sports activities watches (save Wahoo, which does help the accent energy). As with most wrist-based operating energy choices, you merely have to run to see your operating energy. Suunto continues to help the Stryd operating energy pod, and when you pair a Stryd pod, that information will override the Suunto wrist-based information. All different power-driven capabilities stay the identical as earlier than, it’s merely now that you simply don’t want a Stryd pod.

Now for the standard preface, there isn’t any customary (or scientific settlement) for operating energy, and every firm roughly aligns to a couple completely different algorithms. Some corporations merely select to align to what Stryd has executed (COROS/Apple), whereas others choose completely different algorithms (Polar/Garmin). Suunto aimed for the Stryd camp, and thus says their information ought to align there.

My wrists have been a wee bit full of many new watches the previous couple of days, however I did a brief check run to see how issues dealt with. This run had the Suunto on one wrist, Garmin on the opposite, after which a COROS up on the hand (so, it’s not good, however I discover it’s often fairly near ballpark).

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As you may see, it’s just about the place we’d anticipate, nearer to COROS (since COROS typically matches Stryd). The Garmin is increased up, as is often the case based mostly on the algorithm selections they’ve made.

Now, as talked about earlier on, you may add a course right here to navigate. Suunto has been chipping away at their navigation options for a few years, however extra notably throughout the Suunto App in the previous couple of years. A 12 months or so in the past they added Komoot turn-by-turn navigation help, after which this previous summer season they added Strava Routes help. Plus their very own turn-by-turn routing help utilizing their warmth maps.

About the one annoying factor right here is that once I create a brand new route on Strava/Komoot, it doesn’t simply routinely present up on the watch. As a substitute, I’ve to manually toggle it. I don’t know why Suunto (and COROS) assume anybody desires to do that manually. Clearly the purpose of making a route is to have it accessible to navigate, no? It’s what Garmin/Wahoo/Phases, and others do – and it means the whole lot is simply prepared and ready for you.

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In any occasion, when you toggle it on, it’ll sync to the watch, and you’ll see particulars concerning the route:

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From there you may navigate it. At this level, you see a basic distinction between three merchandise at principally the identical ~$500 value level:

COROS APEX 2 Professional: Full-color non-routable maps with out turn-by-turn navigation
Garmin Forerunner 955: Full-color routable maps with turn-by-turn navigation
Suunto 9 Peak Professional: No maps with turn-by-turn navigation.

And if we have been so as to add Polar, they’d fall into roughly the identical camp as Suunto right here. Now that is the place the nuance of truly utilizing these units for navigation turns into necessary. Whereas COROS has maps, they usually have a breadcrumb path atop these maps, none of their watches will let you know when or the place to show. They’ll merely get upset while you go off-course. Nonetheless, not less than when you’re off beam you may see that the lake is on one facet of you, and get context about it, to hopefully determine it out your self.

Suunto in the meantime, will let you know concerning the flip as you method it, then chirp to remind you to really make the flip – full with actual path/avenue names if relevant, after which lastly, it’ll yell at you when you miss it. The one (mildly huge) downside is that the 9 Peak Professional doesn’t have any maps. So it’s only a breadcrumb path.

And definitely, I’ve efficiently navigated with all three sorts through the years. And unquestionably having full routable maps + TBT is finest. That mentioned, failing that, I’ll take a breadcrumb path with TBT (the reminder to really flip), relatively than maps. It’s simply extra helpful.

I level this out, as a result of I feel lots of people will probably be taking a look at these two watches facet by facet from an out of doors standpoint, and attempting to determine how they differ – and this can be a substantial piece to remember. After all, COROS says they’re engaged on bettering their map and routing items, beginning as quickly as later this 12 months, however virtually, we don’t know what meaning (in any respect). It’s seemingly it’ll get higher, and COROS has extra headroom to get higher right here as a result of Suunto merely can’t add maps to the Suunto 9 Peak Professional {hardware}. That’s not within the playing cards. Whereas COROS including routing is one thing completely viable with the {hardware} they’ve.

In any case, again to our run exercise – as soon as we’re executed with it, we’ll get abstract data on the watch:

After which all of this data can also be accessible within the Suunto App too:

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Plus, when you’ve obtained third get together platforms (like Strava or TrainingPeaks), it’ll sync to that. And much more so, with Suunto’s APIs, their some 200 companions can even get much more detailed information straight as properly.  Once more, one other space that’s laborious to quantify on a field or shiny comparability sheet. For some, that received’t matter so long as it’s on Strava, but for others, the precise accomplice app they need is simply as necessary.

Enjoyable With Aquatic Depth:

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Subsequent is a little bit of a enjoyable part, which is the Suunto 9 Peak Professional’s means to behave as a depth gauge underwater. Now, it received’t go that deep – simply 10m value. Suunto says that is attempting to steadiness the {hardware} half wants of an above-water altimeter, with that of an underwater one. They are saying that combo sensors typically favor doing one or the opposite properly, not each. So on this case, they’ve obtained a sensor that does properly to 10m in depth, whereas nonetheless sustaining accuracy above water. Their purpose was to nonetheless present sturdy above-water accuracy, since that’s the place nearly all of the watch focus is.

In any case, there are two sport profiles right here:

– Snorkeling Mode
– Mermaid Mode

The easy distinction is snorkeling mode additionally has GPS enabled, although, I’ll spoil that half proper now and be aware that until I caught my hand above the water for some time, it by no means would discover GPS whereas snorkeling (as anticipated, since GPS doesn’t work properly underwater). Nonetheless, not less than you had some extent or two someplace throughout your snorkel of the bay you have been in. Right here you may see I raised my hand above the water a number of instances to create a triangle of kinds.

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When you’ve obtained the mode activated, you’ll go about your enterprise snorkeling and mermaiding. In my case, I used to be in a shallow bay that had some coral and stuff to take a look at. So, down I went. I did this on a number of completely different days, one with fins, and one with out. In each circumstances I used to be really restricted not by my depth, however just by the seafloor in that space, which bottomed out at 7.4 meters (24ft).

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Every time you dove, it’d present in real-time the depth you have been at on a devoted depth web page. It appeared to be fairly near immediately responsive. Perhaps a second or two behind at worst. It’s additionally concurrently monitoring the dive time for each.

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However the cool half is then as you go alongside and proceed being the inner-mermaid you’re, you’ll get a operating abstract of all of your dives, together with each max depth and dive size. And it’ll present your relaxation time between every dive as properly:

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When you’ve scuttled out of there, you’ll see all this identical information on the Suunto App, exhibiting the dive/depth profile for the complete exercise, together with abstract information:

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That is cool, and I discovered it pleasurable. Whereas my spouse was lounging round on the seashore, I used to be going up and down and up and down and up and down, out within the water. All of which was basically a exercise unto itself. I do want it tracked deeper, as then it’d be extra interesting to extra informal free divers, most of which don’t want loopy depths – however do want greater than 10 meters. Nonetheless, I feel it’s a inventive function that no person else has at this value level, and comes from a spot that Suunto really has tons of expertise in (their well-regarded dive computer systems). I’m hoping we’ll see this broaden extra sooner or later on different watches, each Suunto’s and others.

GPS & Coronary heart Price Accuracy:

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On this part I’ll check out the GPS & coronary heart fee accuracy of the Suunto 9 Peak Professional collection. In these checks, I’m evaluating them towards a ‘recognized good’ chest strap (the Polar H10 or the Garmin HRM-PRO Plus), in addition to a number of different watches or optical coronary heart fee sensors. In these checks, just one watch is worn per wrist to make sure optical HR accuracy remains to be legitimate. Further sensors could also be worn on the higher arm (Whoop or Polar Verity Sense), the finger (Oura), or the chest (varied chest straps).

For all these checks, the Suunto 9 Peak Professional was set within the highest accuracy mode doable. All different watches have been set of their highest respective modes (multiband/dual-frequency for Garmin watches, multiband for COROS APEX 2 Professional & Vertix 2, All Methods for COROS Apex 2 base, and the Fitbit Sense 2 doesn’t have any choices).

First up we’ve obtained a run that begins in a metropolis, after which climbs up comparatively straightforward alongside what ought to be a fairly simple street.

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As you may see, it locks properly for GPS on the primary half in entrance of the tall buildings. One thing that may’t be mentioned for the Fitbit Sense 2, which first struggled considerably to even discover GPS, after which as soon as it discovered it, has me on the flawed facet of the 4-5 lane street.

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At one of many turns, the Epix and Suunto are very shut collectively for probably the most half, nearer than the Fitbit Sense 2:

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After which the remainder of the way in which up, the 2 endurance-sports-focused models are just about facet by facet, although there’s an enormous crater subsequent to it. Good things.

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Heartrate-wise on this run, the Suunto was spot on, together with the sprints I did, in addition to going uphill and most notably downhill (the place HR cadence lock is usually a problem on optical HR watches). Not a lot for the Fitbit Sense 2:

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Subsequent, we’ve obtained a little bit of a forest/tree run. I had initially used this run to indicate how the Apple Watch Extremely secondary low-power GPS monitoring mode labored (you may examine that right here). However since that’ll simply make this graph unnecessarily messy (because it skips chunks of time), I’ve eliminated it from right here to only present the COROS Vertix 2 and Garmin MARQ 2 Athlete, plus the Suunto 9 Peak Professional:

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As we get going, the Suunto 9 Peak Professional is principally spot-on with the Garmin MARQ 2, which is in flip principally spot-on the path. It does simply barely reduce one nook to the left, however contemplating the COROS Vertix 2 (in multiband) is offset more often than not, it’s not doing too badly.

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As we get into the taller/deeper treed sections (nonetheless with leaves right here), you may see the Suunto 9 Peak Professional will get a bit wobbly in comparison with the MARQ 2 Athlete, which you’ll clearly see is on the trail. In trades locations in numerous spots with the Vertix 2 for who’s least on the trail.

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Later within the run, inside extra timber, you may see the Suunto 9 Peak Professional is again with the MARQ 2 Athlete, whereas the Vertix 2 is offset once more.

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And the identical for the remainder of the run within the woods, Suunto 9 Peak Professional accurately matches the trail, and Vertix 2 in multiband is offset:

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In the meantime, the guts fee on this run wasn’t tremendous superior. It actually struggled fairly a bit, particularly within the second half, which is actually a bit odd given it was comparatively steady-state. No matter occurred after that dash, it had a very robust time retaining it collectively:

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Subsequent, we’ve obtained a combined issue check, this one beginning off kinda straightforward, however then getting an increasing number of advanced as I dive into the buildings of town. As we see right here going underneath this small underpass, the Suunto 9 doesn’t fairly observe the trail accurately, slicing the nook. Nevertheless, it doesn’t reduce the corners as badly as both the COROS APEX 2 Professional or APEX 2, which put me within the canal on each side. The Suunto 9 Peak Professional retains me on dry land, even when within the bushes.

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For the following short time, the Suunto 9 Peak Professional stays comparatively near the trail, roughly in step with the COROS APEX 2. Typically on the trail, generally a bit wetter. Each models reduce the nook a bit. We will see examples of this all through, although the Suunto 9 Peak Professional does deal with this part properly, simply beating the COROS APEX 2 Professional (which has multiband), in addition to beating the APEX 2 base.

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Nevertheless, just some hundred meters later and the roles are reversed, with the Suunto out taking part in in site visitors:

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Subsequent, we’ve obtained the tall metropolis part. On the decrease go within the under picture, the Suunto really manages to carry it collectively in a comparatively straight line, even fairly near the roadway (arguably a bit straighter than the FR955). Nevertheless, on the flip (the left facet), all of the models reduce the corners besides the FR955. The higher part proven under is kinda messy for everybody, at various offsets.

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Then we get into the open a bit across the pond/lake you see there, earlier than getting again down into the buildings. Sadly, the Suunto reduce a nook fairly considerably right here and had me swimming (as did the 2 COROS models, albeit swimming for for much longer). After that, the COROS models obtained nearer again to realty, whereas the Suunto made me go for an additional swim within the different canal. The FR955 was near-precisely on path right here.

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The remainder of the run was principally like the primary portion, by way of variations. Nevertheless it’s a superb instance of the variations from like-priced models. Whereas the FR955 wasn’t at all times good, it simply laid down probably the most good observe for the non-city parts. After which within the metropolis, on the entire, it had the very best of the tracks. The Suunto typically did higher than COROS within the extra open areas (generally meaningfully), after which within the metropolis, I’d say the COROS has a really slight edge.

Subsequent, we’ve obtained a very random hike-thing I did final month. I say ‘factor’, as a result of principally it was only a very lengthy and painful staircase that went exactly straight alongside an outdated rail/tram line, and straight up – to the highest of a crater. However, it ended up being a captivating have a look at GPS accuracy, in addition to elevation accuracy. We received’t spend a lot time on it, however I believed it was kinda fascinating. At a excessive degree issues look kinda shut:

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However as you zoom in you may see the variances. The Fitbit Sense 2 is throughout creation, whereas the Garmin Epix is the straightest. I by no means left the center of the rail tracks, so this ought to be exactly straight, inside 1 meter. The Suunto 9 Peak Professional was sorta in the midst of these two watches.

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If we have a look at the elevation right here, we are able to see the Garmin Epix begins off at 36m, and ends at 37m (begin/finish factors). Given I ended 4 parking areas completely different from the place I began, that is logical. In the meantime, the Suunto 9 Peak Professional began at 55m, however ended at 65m – a 10-meter distinction. The Fitbit Sense 2 began/ended at 61m. Stated otherwise, the Suunto 9 Peak Professional drifted 10 meters all through. Now, had this been a 2,000m climb, it’d be no huge deal. However, on a smaller 320m ascent, it’s a bit extra noticeable. You may determine whether or not or not it’s significant.

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Lastly, as for the guts fee, that first half-hour is the climb up, and you’ll see it struggles a bit right here initially, whereas the Fitbit Sense 2 really obtained it proper. On the way in which down, it’s fairly low coronary heart fee because it’s extra technical not falling than something, so not likely value evaluating, since a lot of the models are inside a number of BPM for probably the most half, it simply seems fairly messy.

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Subsequent, a few fast indoor exercises. First, a Zwift VO2Max interval exercise:

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As you may see it was moderately shut total to the chest strap, however did have a few blips.

Then we’ve obtained this TrainerRoad interval exercise. It did pretty properly right here additionally, a number of blips at first particularly, and one or two intervals a number of seconds behind, however not too huge a deal. That wonky-flat-section in direction of the tip there earlier than the final interval the place TrainerRoad randomly dropped connections to all my sensors, thus the flat-line.

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So what about openwater swimming? Effectively…yeah. Suunto could dive like a fish, however the monitoring of mentioned openwater swim didn’t go properly. It didn’t go properly from shortly after the beginning, nor the center, and definitely not the tip. In keeping with the Suunto 9 Peak Professional, I drowned out in the midst of the lake. Which to be truthful, it was effin’ chilly (13°C/55°F), and that was a viable risk given my sans-wetsuit scenario. Perhaps the Suunto simply needed to place itself out of its distress. I don’t know.

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And whereas I’d prefer to say this was an remoted incident, the fact is Suunto constantly ranks the bottom in my openwater swim testing – 12 months after 12 months, mannequin after mannequin. On this case, its failure was one of many treading water stops that I do, which is often when Suunto fails. Treading water checks are once I cease for often 10-15 seconds, which is quite common swimming in teams, fixing fogged up/watered goggles, or such (or generally even crowded flip buoys in mass begin races). A GPS ought to be capable to get better from that, and most do. And ideally, get better gracefully with none bizarre observe points. On this case, the Suunto gave up fully for the remainder of the swim.

After all, as you may see, it was already going off-track properly earlier than that, after which when you look intently on the first part, it wasn’t really monitoring constantly, however relatively in huge gaps. Even whereas seeing the numbers on the watch, it was rising in jumps of 50-60 meters at a time, not the fixed and gradual enhance of different watches. In speaking with Suunto, they’ve seen this on earlier firmware, however not this particular firmware (this was just some hours in the past earlier immediately). They’re digging into it.

General, setting apart this openwater efficiency, the Suunto 9 Peak Professional really handles surprisingly properly for not being multiband GNSS. It’s utilizing all 5 of these satellite tv for pc techniques (with out the dual-frequency piece) to handle to place one thing collectively that typically performs in the identical ballpark as COROS with multiband. In some circumstances, COROS does higher, and in some circumstances, Suunto does higher. In lots of (most?) situations, Suunto appears to edge out COROS. In the end, you may merely determine for your self based mostly on the tracks above. Nevertheless, what is obvious is that it doesn’t out-perform the accuracy of the multiband from the Forerunner 955, which continues to be a few of the finest on the market – and possibly why you see the overwhelming majority of sport tech reviewers embrace it of their GPS accuracy comparisons.

Wrap-Up:

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As I mentioned firstly, Suunto is in a difficult spot with this watch. Not essentially a foul spot, however only a difficult spot. I see this mannequin as extra of a ‘cease the bleeding’ watch, relatively than a watch that can trigger folks to leap to Suunto. That means, for the last few years, Suunto has struggled to place forth aggressive fashions. Not simply towards the massive corporations, however even evaluating to the small and upcoming corporations – like COROS. And that ignores the messiness of the earlier Movescount platform adjustments that misplaced lots of people. Nevertheless, in recent times they’ve invested closely within the platform, and it reveals. Each the Suunto App piece, but in addition the third get together integration facet – now boasting some 200 accomplice corporations. They’ve obtained a legit third get together app platform on their watch taking form – one thing that their different endurance-focused rivals of Polar, COROS, and Wahoo – all lack.

Suunto’s on-line/app platform is deeper than COROS from a mapping/navigation/evaluation standpoint. That competitors isn’t even shut. Inversely, the built-in coaching/physio options from Suunto fall in need of what Polar has. In different areas, Suunto vs Polar is a combined bag relying on the precise subject being mentioned.

However in terms of the watch {hardware} itself, COROS typically wins towards Suunto. The show is bigger and extra readable, COROS has colour maps, music help, multiband GNSS, and doesn’t require the bezel be half the watch. After all, inversely, Suunto’s underlying navigation (turn-by-turn) and routing items are far superior (not to mention the complete Suunto App mapping engine, leagues forward). If we have a look at {hardware} parts just like the GPS, that’s the place it’s messy. Whereas COROS has multiband on the APEX 2 Professional and Vertix 2, however Suunto’s non-multiband is definitely beating it in a lot of circumstances. Not on a regular basis, however sufficient that I’d in all probability think about it a wash for land-based actions.

And thus you see why that is tough. Suunto’s lastly at some extent the place the problem isn’t the platform anymore, it’s really the watch that’s holding it behind. A watch show, and underpinnings that largely haven’t meaningfully modified in half a decade. Suunto is an organization that exudes the adventures within the outside, but lacks maps. And lacks a show that’s simply readable in all situations, outside or indoors.

Nevertheless it does have the little snorkel and mermaid function, which I discovered endlessly enjoyable to play with. I may have stayed on the market diving down all day lengthy simply to see the depth change. And doubtless would have, had the seafloor in that space been deeper. Is it as helpful because the dive watches I’d use for once I dive? After all not. Nevertheless it didn’t matter, it was legit enjoyable to make use of. And I’m OK with that. Plus, Suunto is doing good work on sustainability initiatives of their factories, which I highlighted beforehand.

And thus, you may see why this overview is difficult. From a pure watch {hardware} standpoint, the Suunto 9 Peak Professional merely isn’t aggressive with the COROS APEX 2/2 Professional models launched final week, and definitely not remotely aggressive with the Garmin Forerunner 955 from earlier this summer season (all on the identical value level). However what Suunto lacks in {hardware} towards COROS, they make up for in platform – be it navigation, analytics, or app integrations. After all, I don’t know the way to remedy for the Garmin facet, which is why I feel that finally, I see this watch as a stopgap to principally preserve Suunto folks from leaving Suunto, relatively than one which’s going to attract in customers from different platforms.

I simply preserve hoping that we’ll see Suunto roll out some new larger-display-laden watch with mapping and multiband GPS, and multi-app help. In the event that they modified nothing else past that, they’d have a powerful leg up on most of their rivals.

With that, thanks for studying!

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Hopefully you discovered this overview helpful. On the finish of the day, I’m an athlete identical to you searching for probably the most element doable on a brand new buy – so my overview is written from the standpoint of how I used the system. The critiques typically take lots of hours to place collectively, so it’s a good bit of labor (and labor of affection). As you in all probability seen by wanting under, I additionally take time to reply all of the questions posted within the feedback – and there’s fairly a little bit of element in there as properly.

When you’re purchasing for the Suunto 9 Peak Professional or another accent gadgets, please think about using the affiliate hyperlinks under! As an Amazon Affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases. It doesn’t price you something further, however your purchases assist help this web site quite a bit. Much more, when you use Backcountry.com or Aggressive Bike owner with coupon code DCRAINMAKER, first time customers save 15% on relevant merchandise!

And eventually, right here’s a useful record of equipment that work properly with the Suunto watches. Given the unit pairs with customary Bluetooth Sensible sensors, you should utilize absolutely anything although. I would advocate the Garmin bike sensors over the Wahoo ones, merely as a result of the Garmin have two concurrent Bluetooth channels versus one for the Wahoo RPM/SPEED sensors.

This can be a nice strap, particularly if you are going to the health club. It is twin ANT+/Bluetooth Sensible, but it surely additionally helps the 5kHz analog coronary heart fee transmission for older health club gear. Observe that it solely accepts a single Bluetooth connection, versus dual-connections for the Polar H10.

This can be a twin ANT+/Bluetooth Sensible biking cadence sensor that you simply strap to your crank arm, but in addition does twin Bluetooth Sensible, so you may pair it each to Zwift and one other Bluetooth Sensible app without delay if you would like.

This is among the prime straps I take advantage of day by day for accuracy comparisons (the others Polar H9/H10 and Wahoo TICKR X). It is twin ANT+/Bluetooth Sensible, and in reality dual-Bluetooth Sensible too, in case you want a number of connectons.

This pace sensor is exclusive in that it could actually report offline (sans-watch), making it good for a commuter bike quietly recording your rides. Nevertheless it’s additionally a typical ANT+/BLE sensor that pairs to your system. It is develop into my go-to pace sensor.

The Wahoo TICKR is their baseline twin ANT+/Bluetooth Sensible chest strap that features primary broadcasting of coronary heart fee information to apps. When you do not care about all the flamboyant options of the TICKR X, this is among the finest straps on the market. The ‘simply works’ issue is excessive.

And naturally – you may at all times sign-up to be a DCR Supporter! That will get you an ad-free DCR, entry to the DCR Quarantine Nook video collection full of behind the scenes tidbits…and it additionally makes you superior. And being superior is what it’s all about!

Thanks for studying! And as at all times, be at liberty to submit feedback or questions within the feedback part under, I’ll be completely satisfied to attempt to reply them as rapidly as doable. And lastly, when you felt this overview was helpful – I at all times admire suggestions within the feedback under. Thanks!

Discovered This Put up Helpful? Help The Web site!

Hopefully you discovered this overview helpful. On the finish of the day, I’m an athlete identical to you searching for probably the most element doable on a brand new buy – so my overview is written from the standpoint of how I used the system. The critiques typically take lots of hours to place collectively, so it’s a good bit of labor (and labor of affection). As you in all probability seen by wanting under, I additionally take time to reply all of the questions posted within the feedback – and there’s fairly a little bit of element in there as properly.

When you’re purchasing for the Suunto 9 Peak Professional or another accent gadgets, please think about using the affiliate hyperlinks under! As an Amazon Affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases. It doesn’t price you something further, however your purchases assist help this web site quite a bit. Much more, when you use Backcountry.com or Aggressive Bike owner with coupon code DCRAINMAKER, first time customers save 15% on relevant merchandise!

And eventually, right here’s a useful record of equipment that work properly with the Suunto watches. Given the unit pairs with customary Bluetooth Sensible sensors, you should utilize absolutely anything although. I would advocate the Garmin bike sensors over the Wahoo ones, merely as a result of the Garmin have two concurrent Bluetooth channels versus one for the Wahoo RPM/SPEED sensors.

This can be a nice strap, particularly if you are going to the health club. It is twin ANT+/Bluetooth Sensible, but it surely additionally helps the 5kHz analog coronary heart fee transmission for older health club gear. Observe that it solely accepts a single Bluetooth connection, versus dual-connections for the Polar H10.

This can be a twin ANT+/Bluetooth Sensible biking cadence sensor that you simply strap to your crank arm, but in addition does twin Bluetooth Sensible, so you may pair it each to Zwift and one other Bluetooth Sensible app without delay if you would like.

This is among the prime straps I take advantage of day by day for accuracy comparisons (the others Polar H9/H10 and Wahoo TICKR X). It is twin ANT+/Bluetooth Sensible, and in reality dual-Bluetooth Sensible too, in case you want a number of connectons.

This pace sensor is exclusive in that it could actually report offline (sans-watch), making it good for a commuter bike quietly recording your rides. Nevertheless it’s additionally a typical ANT+/BLE sensor that pairs to your system. It is develop into my go-to pace sensor.

The Wahoo TICKR is their baseline twin ANT+/Bluetooth Sensible chest strap that features primary broadcasting of coronary heart fee information to apps. When you do not care about all the flamboyant options of the TICKR X, this is among the finest straps on the market. The ‘simply works’ issue is excessive.

And naturally – you may at all times sign-up to be a DCR Supporter! That will get you an ad-free DCR, entry to the DCR Quarantine Nook video collection full of behind the scenes tidbits…and it additionally makes you superior. And being superior is what it’s all about!

Thanks for studying! And as at all times, be at liberty to submit feedback or questions within the feedback part under, I’ll be completely satisfied to attempt to reply them as rapidly as doable. And lastly, when you felt this overview was helpful – I at all times admire suggestions within the feedback under. Thanks!

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