Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Suunto Vertical Evaluate – Sports activities Watch Evaluate


I’ve all the time loved reviewing Suunto’s sports activities watches. Over time I’ve appeared on the 9 Peak and Spartan Baro HR and every time they impress me, drawing me nearer to leaping ship completely into the Suunto world. With their newest providing, the Suunto Vertical, they’ve lastly satisfied me.

Someplace outdoors of Birdsville, outback Queensland

Why choosing the proper watch is essential

When you consider it, there’s one thing so completely private concerning the watch you select to put on. It’s not like underwear, you don’t change it on daily basis; it’s extra like a automobile, your trusted GP, a financial institution or perhaps a superannuation plan. When it’s time to alter, we do our analysis, have a look at the options we would like, evaluate what is on the market in our value vary and lock ourselves in for the subsequent foreseeable future.

Contemplating worth for cash and what I’m gonna name ‘Price Per Look’ (CPG) a long-held watch is one thing that carries its weight.

I’ve owned two different sports activities watches in my time (a Casio ProTrek (2004-2010), Garmin Fenix 5s (2016-2023) and after sporting and testing for a month, I’m now offered on the Suunto Vertical (2023-?). It’s undoubtedly on the most important funding finish of the spectrum at $1299AU for the top-of-the-range titanium or $999AU for the stainless-steel model, so yep, I plan on sporting it for a really very long time.

Straightforward-to-read show when on the transfer. Federal Move, Blue Mts

Navigation perform

Finnish model Suunto has been related to out of doors pursuits since 1936, once they began manufacturing compasses; or what I affectionately name, ‘analog GPS’. Bloody dependable issues they’re that by no means want recharging.

Their firm title comes from the Finnish phrase suunta, which means course, path, bearing or heading. 

Enjoyable Truth

Correct location displayed on OSM maps with contours. Federal Move, Blue Mountains, NSW.

Now, as a lot as I like a very good compass and practising conventional navigation, I loved the nav options on this smartwatch and located them intuitive and straightforward to make use of. 

The navigation capabilities on this watch are wonderful and mimic most of the options chances are you’ll already use in a navigation app on a smartphone.


By connecting to the Suunto app while on wifi, I used to be capable of obtain free topographical maps (Open Avenue Maps) for the entire of NSW and QLD. The 49mm actual property of the Sapphire crystal face actually comes into its personal when utilizing the maps. Tracks have been clearly outlined, together with contours and the straightforward 3-button interface makes it straightforward to maneuver round, together with the contact display. A phrase of warning right here although: don’t be in a rush to obtain the maps, like earlier than you run out the door for a visit. Even with obtain speeds from my house NBN of 40mbps, it nonetheless took a few hours for every state.

Conway Circuit, Whitsundays, QLD

Map Show

You may select to view the map in 3 methods, I discovered the Out of doors view probably the most sensible and was one thing that I used to be visually aware of. Initially of every exercise, you may decide to have the map off/on if you’re desirous to preserve battery.

Navigation varieties

I examined Mountaineering and Trekking sport modes. Inside these you may select a navigation ‘sort’ (or none in any respect) from breadcrumb, POIs (Level of Curiosity), Routes, Bearing, Snap to route or Compass. You may also direct it to a easy back-bearing, taking you again to the place you began.

Clear and crisp visible shows

Place Format

For us bushwalking/mountain climbing/path working varieties, we are able to choose from the most typical codecs utilized in Australia:  UTM and MGRS. In the event you actually can’t pull your self away from the lat/lengthy (you wacky maritime, 4WD and aviation varieties), don’t fear, all 3 of these WGS84 codecs are in there too, together with a bunch of different worldwide ones.

Battery Life

With the Vertical sports activities watch, Suunto have actually checked out battery life. The titanium photo voltaic mannequin has integrated a characteristic that I like – photo voltaic charging. One much less gadget to fret about draining my treasured energy financial institution power at camp. Within the month I’ve been utilizing it, with a mean of three recorded mountain climbing actions per week (as much as approx 7 hrs every), I’ve solely recharged it twice.

The specs are fairly spectacular with Suunto stating that in time-only mode, the titanium photo voltaic model ought to final 12 months (WTF!?) on one cost and as much as 60 days for the non-solar model. That’s loopy lengthy battery life; approach in entrance of its opponents.

It provides useful alerts earlier than you begin an exercise to point out you what number of hours you may train on the present cost. You may simply swap between completely different energy modes that adapt the watch’s capabilities and companies to save lots of and preserve energy. Select from Efficiency (max options and battery use), to Endurance, Extremely or Tour (minimises power-hungry options and saves battery).

After some time, the Suunto Vertical will get to know you and the actions you do. Primarily based in your historical past, it should advise you to alter energy modes if it thinks you’ll run low. Good.

App and evaluation

I’ve to confess, I’m not a kind of gear reviewers who goes into minute technical testing element, that’s not the form of particular person or bushwalker I’m. In the event you’re after that sort of substances evaluation, perhaps try Ray from DCRainmaker. Provided that, right here’s my abstract of the app options and evaluation screens that I do use and discover useful.

Coming again to my visible bias and focus, there’s quite a bit I like on this a part of the watch and the Suunto app.

Have a look on the net interface show of day 4 of my Sunshine Coast Hinterland Nice Stroll. You may play the 3D video of the crimson observe worm and perhaps get a bit enthusiastic about doing it your self sooner or later!

What I like

Design and interface

There’s no denying I’m a visible particular person. I like good design and interesting interfaces which can be intuitive; I’d go as far as to say, humanise the binary of expertise. I imagine Suunto does this higher than another sports activities watch that I’ve examined. The menu format, 3 button or contact display interface and colors, all conspire to make the Suunto Vertical straightforward to make use of straight out of the field, with out feeling like I have to learn a wordy guide. It simply makes logical sense.

Straightforward display swipe interface, visually interesting and good user-interface


I admit that I used to be nervous about this. Having examined the Suunto Baro HR 5 years in the past, having the burden of a small weapon was the one main disadvantage, particularly for ladies. With using titanium on this new mannequin, they’ve cracked the code of a light-weight easy watch, full of options, stable battery life, wonderful consumer interface and (this couldn’t go with out point out) an orange band 😉

Dawn/Sundown alarm

I like that I can select to be woken on daily basis 15 minutes earlier than dawn (to greet the day) or 15 minutes earlier than sundown (to shut my greenhouse and defend my veggies from frost). 

Photo voltaic charging

I like the useful graphic that reveals how a lot solar energy is being harvested.

Photo voltaic charging… up by 3 hours. Simpson Desert, Birdsville, QLD.

Suunto App

Constructed into the Suunto App is a ‘coach’. It doesn’t have to be hooked as much as another coaching app (though you may if that’s your bag), which let’s me know the way I’m doing. The mixture of the language used and design for this doesn’t translate into snarky or preachy – extra like a useful and inspiring good friend. Good.

Customised exercise mode

After I’m in the course of a bushwalk, there’s a bunch of data that I discover useful to have at a look. I designed my excellent display shows that work for me. It’s straightforward to do with the Suunto app and means the precious actual property of the 49mm display isn’t wasted with reporting belongings you don’t want. Right here’s a have a look at the display setup with my preferences.

What I reckon they might work on

Variety of alarms

Other than the dawn/sundown and a storm alarm (linked to the barometer), there seems to be just one different alarm within the menu which you could set for both as soon as, weekdays or day by day. No biggie, I’ll simply change my behavior and use my telephone for a number of alarms in the identical day.

Auto pause throughout exercise

This characteristic prompts if you transfer lower than 2 km/hr throughout an exercise. For the sadists amongst us who relish off-track scrubby pursuits together with my favorite, wombatting, the place bodily taxing train is going down at lower than 2km/hr (I recall one heinous journey at 250m/hour), it doesn’t actually work for us. Perhaps they need to add wombatting to the checklist alongside impediment racing, curler snowboarding, Nordic strolling, paragliding, SUP or mermaiding (!), that are choices.

Mountaineering exercise shows tempo not velocity

Out of the field, I discovered that the Mountaineering exercise shows my velocity as tempo (minutes per km) as a substitute of velocity (km/hr). Once more, not a biggie, it simply meant I wanted to arrange a customized exercise. 

I used to be supplied this product for evaluation functions. You should purchase my time to check, evaluation and write – you may’t purchase my opinion.


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