Smartwatches are no longer merely fragile novelty gadgets. The integration of smart technology into everyday watches allows users to monitor their heartbeat and steps, track their GPS location, and many other useful functions. This is particularly true in the case of the Suunto watches, produced by a Finnish company who have not only been manufacturing outdoor equipment for 80 years, but have been committed through all that time to pushing the boundaries of excellence.


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How We Reviewed

We reviewed a selection of Suunto watches, and have provided an overview of their features, Pros & Cons, how much each product costs, and a link for where to find each smartwatch. We hope that these overviews will help you to work out which watch will be best suited to your needs.


Overall Price Range of This Product (and Similar Products)

These watches ranged in price from just over $100 to $400. The lower priced watches are more basic and may lack some of the features of the higher priced modules. However, depending on your needs, a mid-priced watch may be more suitable than a more expensive one.


What We Reviewed

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SUUNTO Traverse Alpha
  • Features a rugged, knurled stainless steel bezel, durable water repellent nylon strap, and a premium scratch resistant...
  • Suunto's automatic shot detection technology keeps track of when and where you shoot, mapping the GPS coordinates of...
  • Gps tracks your path, helping you find your way back using the automatic breadcrumb trail,Compatible with Suunto...

Features

This watch features a rugged stainless steel bezel, scratch resistant and shatterproof sapphire glass, and a water-repellent nylon strap. It is ideal for hikers and wilderness explorers, as it is able to provide you with GPS readings while you travel, and can also be configured to set a GPS breadcrumb trail to help you navigate. The Traverse Alpha is compatible with an app called Movescount, which is available with both Android and iOS. Users loved the altimeter and accurate GPS readings, but found transferring data from the watch slow and the Movescount app unwieldy.

Pros

  • Stainless steel bezel
  • Sapphire glass
  • GPS breadcrumb trail
  • Altimeter

Cons

  • Nylon strap may need replacing
  • App not always useful
  • Inaccurate pedometer

Price: $$$

Suunto Traverse
  • Water proof, tough all-weather design
  • Predict upcoming weather, daylight hours available
  • Follow your route, elevation, distance and pace

Features

The Traverse is a scaled down version of the Traverse Alpha, but still has an excellent range of features. The Traverse can give you alerts on sunrise and sunset times, daylight hours, barometric pressure, and other features to help you hike safely and wisely. You can also pre-program your route and use the GPS system in the watch to guide you along your route. Though the watch technically has a battery life of four days, the reality is that it this is reduced to a mere eight hours when in constant GPS tracking mode. Though this may not be a fatal flaw for many potential users, it will be fine for some.

Pros

  • Rugged build
  • Color options
  • Route programming capability

Cons

  • Variable battery life
  • Altimeter not always accurate

Price: $$$

Features

This watch features a tough titanium bezel surrounding a vivid, bright touchscreen which can be seen even in bright sunlight. It is ideal for the sports enthusiast, with 80 different sport modes available to choose from. Like other Suunto smartwatches, this model is compatible with the Movescount app, allowing users to pre-program their routes and have the GPS in their watch guide them along.

The watch also features additional step- and calorie-counter options. It is possible to buy this watch either with or without heart-rate monitor, though if this watch is your choice because of its other fitness features, we think the heart rate monitor makes the best sense.

Pros

  • Titanium bezel
  • Bright touchscreen
  • 80 sport modes
  • Heart rate monitor

Cons

  • Users report screen-lag

Price: $$$

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Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR - Steel
  • Battery life up to 10 hours in training mode
  • GPS tracking with speed, pace, and distance
  • Ready for all your sports: swimming, running, cycling, gym, hiking, and more

Features

This watch is specifically designed with the aim of helping users to train more effectively. The Spartan Trainer features a number of different training modes and can be configured to track a large number of different activities, such as running, walking, cycling, and swimming. It features a stainless steel bezel and is water resistant to 100 metres. Users report that all the features work more effectively if they do the recommended warm-up before commencing their training and that the results given are more accurate in these cases. Users also report that the touchscreen is difficult to read in low light situations.

Pros

  • Excellent battery life
  • Reliable tracking
  • Different training modes
  • Tracking available for many activities

Cons

  • Heart-rate monitor not always accurate
  • Screen difficult to read in low light.

Price: $$$

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Suunto Spartan Sport (Wrist - Hr), Black
  • Battery life up to 12H in training mode
  • Steel bezel, mineral Crystal Glass, and an outdoor-grade color touch screen
  • Strong and sleek design with100 mwater resistance

Features

Another strong contender in the Spartan range, this watch features an outdoor grade touch screen contained within a steel bezel. This watch is aimed at the sports enthusiast and has various training modes as well as a heart-rate monitor and a step counter. Users liked the sleek look of the watch (which is available in a range of stylish colorways), and its lengthy battery life. As well as the sports-based features, the watch also contains GPS tracking software and other features making it ideal for use as a hiking or navigational watch.

Pros

  • Battery life of up to 12 hours in Training mode
  • Sleek design
  • Training modes

Cons

  • Doesn’t synch well with the app
  • Unreliable

Price: $$$

Suunto Core All Black Military Men's Outdoor Sports Watch -...
  • An altimeter tracks your vertical movement, a barometer tells the Trend in air pressure, and a compass points the way
  • Suunto core tracks both the weather and the sun for you; Operating temperature: -20° C to +60° C / -5° F to +140° F;...
  • A weather Trend graph and storm alarm along with preset sunrise/sunset times for over 400 locations help you stay safe...

Features

This watch is developed for outdoor activity and contains an altimeter, barometer, and compass. It allows you to track the sun and weather in more than 400 locations. This watch also features sunset alarms and storm warnings to help you keep safe when you are in the wilderness. This watch is available in a variety of colors and at a variety of price points. If you search around for one of the cheaper options, this could be an ideal entry point into the world of smart watches; however, customer reviews suggest that the watch may not be as robust and reliable as higher priced models.

Pros

  • Classy looking
  • Easy to set up
  • Solid build

Cons

  • Watch strap not good quality
  • Compass unreliable

Price: $$$

Suunto Core All Black Military Men's Outdoor Sports Watch -...
  • An altimeter tracks your vertical movement, a barometer tells the Trend in air pressure, and a compass points the way
  • Suunto core tracks both the weather and the sun for you; Operating temperature: -20° C to +60° C / -5° F to +140° F;...
  • A weather Trend graph and storm alarm along with preset sunrise/sunset times for over 400 locations help you stay safe...

Features

The watch has an integrated altimeter, barometer, daylight hours, and compass so that you can find your position and stay safe when hiking or walking. It also features an intelligent storm alarm which uses the integrated barometer in the watch to sense impending storms and notify the user. Users can also utilize the watch’s computer to record their sessions in order to track their movements. The watch is available in a variety of styles so that you can be sure you’ll find one you’ll like the look of. However, reports indicate that some of the watch straps may be less durable than others.

Pros

  • Clear display
  • Impending storm sensor
  • Durable

Cons

  • Watch straps break
  • Battery life variable
  • Buttons may jam

Price: $$$

Suunto Ambit3 Peak HR Monitor Running GPS Unit, Black
  • Suunto Ambit3 peak delivers Stable and accurate altitude and weather information with full navigation in a robust...
  • Includes built in altimeter, barometer, compass and GPS with 100 meter water resistance
  • One of the most competitive battery hours in the market, 200 hours with 1 minute accuracy. Case material - Polyamide

Features

This watch includes an altimeter, barometer, compass, and GPS. It is able to provide stable and accurate information and weather data within a robust casing which is water resistant up to a depth of 100 meters. It also features an incredibly long battery life of 20 hours; more than long enough for even a lengthy mountaineering trip. The Ambit3 Peak can be connected to your smartphone both to connect with the app, to read messages, and receive push notifications for calls.

Pros

  • 20 hour battery life
  • Good for hikers
  • Smartphone compatible

Cons

  • Temperature readings inaccurate

Price: $$$

Suunto Ambit3 Sport HR Monitor Running GPS Unit, White
  • Suunto Ambit3 Sport delivers speed, distance, heart rate and much more, including a growing feature set through Suunto...
  • One of the most competitive battery hours in the market, 100 hours with 1 minute accuracy
  • Record heart rate from your swims with the Suunto Smart sensor

Features

Another member of the Ambit3 family, this is another of Suunto’s watches available with a heart-rate monitor. It is particularly aimed at runners and contains a large range of features aimed at helping enthusiasts track their times, distances, routes and average speeds. It is also one of the most competitive options in terms of battery hours available on the market, with more than 100 hours of battery time. As with other Suunto products, this watch can be linked with their app for a range of extra features. Users liked how it improved their training programs but found the interface took some time to get used to.

Pros

  • Excellent battery life
  • Perfect for training

Cons

  • Interface initially difficult to operate

Price: $$$

Lad Weather Altimeter Barometer Compass Watch + Heart Rate Monitor...
  • There are 8 colors for this model. This product is Black Bezel with Negative display. (Other colors are sold on other...
  • Lap Average Heart Rate at Trip Point, Total Step, Total Traveled Distance, Total Calories Burnt, Total Traveled Time,...
  • Altimeter -Current Altitude (706 to 9164m, -2316 to 30067ft) -Altitude graph (24 latest hourly data) -Altitude Alarm:...

Features

This lower cost Suunto watch is aimed at beginners. It is a good looking and robustly built product available in a few different colors. The watch has a simple yet effective interface and various features such as timekeeping, stopwatch, alarms, and nine available user interface languages. It also comes with a heart-rate monitoring strap. However, this watch does not come with a GPS monitoring system and is somewhat bare of features. Though we are reviewing the men’s M2, this model is also available in a custom women’s fit.

Pros

  • Good basic watch
  • Reliable

Cons

  • Lacking in features
  • No GPS

Price: $$$


The Verdict

The best smartwatch for you will be very much determined by your own personal needs and budget. If you are looking for an easy-to-use, basic smartwatch, then the M2 is a good option for you. If, on the other hand, you are looking for a watch suitable for hiking and wilderness exploration with all the bells and whistles, then the Traverse Alpha is the watch for you. Whatever you end up choosing, Suunto's products will make sure that you're well-equipped for your task.

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