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Suunto 9 Peak // Gear Assessment

Within the nice battle between two arch-rivals, (assume Ford vs Holden, iOs vs Android or scrunch vs fold) the place there doesn’t look like a lot between the 2 apart from model allegiance*, Finnish designed and made Suunto have launched their newest sports activities watch, the Suunto 9 Peak and in doing so, proceed to place the strain on their arch-rival Garmin. Let’s dive right into a gear overview from a bushwalkers POV.

Oooo, lastly! A small, light-weight Suunto sports activities watch!

My 2018 gear check of the Peak’s large sister, the Suunto Spartan Baro HR, confirmed plenty of issues to love and only one (not so tiny) bug bear for me – it’s measurement. I’m glad to say that with this 2021 mannequin, Suunto have smashed the bear and handled the bug, making the selection between a Suunto or Garmin much more tough, particularly for ladies, folks with smaller forearms or those that choose to not put on a weapon on their wrist.

Don’t get me incorrect, this 9 Peak continues to be a weapon – however this time – licenced to thrill with Suunto’s thinnest, smallest, hardest watch ever.

Should you’re searching for the full-on geek-out model gear overview, you’ve come to the incorrect place for that. Relatively, my critiques are far more sensible than that, taking a look at a few of the key options that I search for in a sports activities look ahead to my most popular actions being bushwalking/mountaineering (inc. off-track) and path working.

There are a selection of show faces to select from

Design and Person Expertise

The factor about these fashionable Finns and their Skandi-esque methods is that they do design and consumer expertise rather well. I’m not saying that this watch is the love-child of Marimekko and Nokia (for these of us sufficiently old to recollect the 5110 and Snake), however they share an satisfying, no-nonsense, expertise. This begins from the second you open the field (with a packaging straight from the cult of Apple), via to the ‘How was that?’ query and emoji face offered to you on the finish of an exercise. Select how a lot of a smile you might have left… if any.

Measurement and Weight

It’s just like the Suunto gods heard my name. At 52 grams, this watch is over a 3rd lighter and smaller than the one I examined in 2018. I’ve no concern of knocking myself out as I toss and switch in my sleep and it doesn’t scream, “Hey, I’m a brilliant hard-core athlete”, when rocking it to the workplace… or Zoom conferences. The thinner traces and brushed stainless-steel (different fashions are available grade 5 titanium) appears to be like fashionable in addition to sporty. Nonetheless, should you love the feel and appear of Thor’s hammer in your arm, you’ll be happy to know that they nonetheless have the Suunto 9 Baro mannequin to provide you all 5 cm of attention-grabbing width.

Battery Life

I used to be tremendous impressed with the Suunto Peak 9 battery life (14 days in time mode) from not solely it’s quick cost time (100% in 1 hour), however (in line with Suunto) as much as 7 days in Coaching Mode with GPS. That appears like one much less cost cable to have to hold on multi-day hikes!

Easy sync-ing with the Suunto App

Compass, GPS, navigation and altitude

From a digital compass to a 5 satellite tv for pc system GPS (GPS, GLONASS, GALILIEO, QZSS and BEIDOU), you possibly can elect 4 completely different GPS recording charges (I name it the ping interval) from greatest, good, OK and low. A watch isn’t going to switch my most popular navigation apps on a smartphone, however the Peak 9 contains an enormous quantity of nav options together with waypoints, breadcrumb trails, maps, altitude profiles, heatmaps, factors of curiosity, monitor evaluation and the must-have monitor logging, viewing, sharing and integration with a load of apps resembling Strava… ‘cos you already know what they are saying. Altitude is taken care of by each a Barometric and GPS altitude, in addition to a mixed strategy.

All of this monitoring and information assortment provides as much as the power to create some fairly good visible representations. By linking with the Suunto app in your cellphone, you possibly can share (or analyse to your coronary heart’s content material) your route and efficiency in a number of alternative ways, resembling this cool little take a look at certainly one of my native walks within the Blue Mountains – Furber Steps to Large Stairs.


I’ve discovered actual advantages in utilizing sensible watches to measure and monitor my health ranges, particularly if I’m coaching for an enormous journey with a great deal of hills and technical terrain, while carrying a pack. This watch contains heartrate monitoring, energy, peak coaching impact, restoration time (thanks!) and the tease that VO2max at all times is. Apparently, I discovered that the VO2max ranges on this watch didn’t match my ordinary watch (disappointingly so), nevertheless I imagine I simply wanted to do extra actions for it to ‘be taught’ my private ranges.


Given the hit to the pockets, the assorted shades of moody Skandi gray/black/white/darkish blue of the delicate silicone bands sends shivers up my backbone. If I used to be fortunate sufficient to personal certainly one of these puppies, I’d head straight to eBay and purchase a generic brighter watch band simply in case some significantly rigourous exercise despatched $1,000 into deep bracken fern, by no means to be seen once more.

The exercise display is customisable. eg. distance, HR, velocity, time and coaching zone (ring round exterior)


A majority of these watches should not those you wish to lose within the bush. They’ll set you again round $1,000 AUD ($1,200 for the titanium).

Suunto Peak Peak – even Errol simply certainly one of Leura Forest’s resident bush turkeys got here for a better look.

Should you’re looking out for a brand new watch and wanting a visually interesting interface, loaded with options which might be related to mountaineering/bushwalking and open air journey, then the Suunto Peak 9 is a stable providing.

Nb: I acquired a mortgage product for the needs of testing.

*besides scrunch, which is clearly superior.



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