As a lifelong gear editor I’ve been involved in many SUUNTO sports watch launches since the first Ambit in 2012, and while it’s difficult to believe, it makes sense that some 9 years later, they are now on V.9 of this coveted piece of EDC equipment. I can’t even tell you how many doctors, pro athletes, and watch aficionados have commented on my SUUNTO watches over the years, and although I’ve tried most of the other brands of GPS watch currently available, there’s something about the Finnish engineering and ease of use that keeps me a SUUNTO fan.
The new Suunto 9 Peak that launched today is now the thinnest, smallest, longest-lasting GPS, and toughest sports watch Suunto has ever released. Following on the award-winning Suunto 9 Baro, the Suunto 9 Peak has every feature of that watch and more. It is 37 percent thinner and 36 percent lighter with a new minimalistic, Nordic-inspired design. You can barely feel this sports watch on your wrist.
The Suunto 9 Peak is replete with all of the uncompromising features the Suunto family is now known for, including: up to 170 hours of GPS recording capacity with an intelligent battery management system; more than 80 sport modes like running, hiking, mountain biking and skiing; customizable screens to show the most relevant data for your exercise; accurate wrist-based heart rate monitoring; in-depth weather insights; and expansive on-watch navigation capabilities.
All-new upgrades for the Suunto 9 Peak include:
// Blood oxygen level measurements to help determine acclimation levels at higher altitudes
// Automatic backlight intensity adjustment depending on lighting conditions
// Faster charging: 100% battery in 1 hour
// Improved watch strap with new metal fastening pin
// Added watch face that showcases weekly training metrics and inspires new routines
// Bluetooth 5 doubles the sync speed between watch and Suunto app
// MSRP: Titanium models: $699.00, Standard models: $569.00
// Availability: Pre-sale and launch on 5/25/21, available for purchase at www.Suunto.com
The brand is also famous for its dive computers, compasses and other precision instruments, famed for its sealed compasses that began coming out around 1932. Headquartered in Vantaa, Finland, where much of the work is still done, Suunto employs north of 300 people globally with products sold in more than 100 countries. Suunto is a subsidiary of Amer Sports with sister brands Atomic, Salomon, Arc’teryx, Sports Tracker, Precor and Wilson. The name comes from the Finnish word suunta, meaning “direction” or “path”, or in navigation, “bearing” or “heading” according to Wikipedia.
–Author Aaron H. Bible works with the Vanish team to bring you the most important news and trends in outdoor life-style, travel, technology, feast, adventure, and more. Follow him on Instagram at @DefinitelyWild.