Suunto has today unveiled the new Suunto 9 – ‘a multisport GPS watch designed for athletes who demand the best from their sports watch’. Suunto 9 claims to deliver a notable battery life – up to 120 hours with GPS – and an intelligent battery life management system with ‘smart reminders to ensure your watch will last just as long as you need it to’.
The company notes that the Suunto 9 is ‘made for long, arduous training and racing, and it is tested to the extreme with thousands of hours testing in the toughest conditions.’
Suunto 9 is compatible with the new Suunto app that keeps a log of an athlete’s training, daily activity and sleep, and enables sharing training logs and engaging with others in the Suunto app community.
Intelligent battery technology with smart reminders
Three predefined battery modes – Performance, Endurance and Ultra – deliver from 25 hours to up to 120 hours of recording time with GPS tracking on. Additionally, athletes can create custom battery modes to best suit their needs. When a session recording is started, the user gets an estimate of how much battery life is left with the current mode. ‘If it’s not enough, switch to another mode at any time.’
In addition to the battery modes, Suunto 9 uses smart reminders. Some reminders are pre-emptive based on, for example, ‘activity history to make sure you are fully charged for the next outing.’ Suunto adds that ‘iIf the watch notices you are running low on battery during an exercise, it will automatically suggest changing to a different battery mode.’
“Durability and precision, attributes at the core of Suunto design heritage, are highly valued by our athletes, and one of the elementary reasons they trust and choose us,” said Markus Kemetter, Suunto Product Line Manager. “To ensure this, we put the Suunto 9 through vigorous testing. First in our testing laboratory, exposing the materials and the build to various elements and forces, including drop, freeze/thaw, humidity and immersion, and later by our skilled and passionate team of field testers and athletes, who for months have used the watch in their training and everyday life.”
On long ultra runs, Suunto notes that battery life is often a limiting factor for recording distance and track accurately, as GPS is a heavy drain on the battery. With this in mind Suunto notes that its FusedTrack algorithm combines GPS and motion sensor data to improve track and distance accuracy. ‘This allows you to extend battery life by lowering GPS power without significantly compromising accuracy.’
“When talking about training or racing tools for any adventure or endurance sport, the first thing I consider is durability, because it actually gives you the chance to just focus on what you need to do,” said Mauricio Méndez Cruz, Suunto triathlete and XTERRA World Champion. “For me, GPS track accuracy during training and racing has become, not a tool, but a weapon of choice and by this I mean that with it I have become a lot more precise, efficient and confident on my moves during racing – which, at the end of the day, is what makes me be at the top of the podium.”
Suunto 9 includes over 80 sport modes and ‘delivers convenient wrist heart rate measurement from Valencell Inc.’ The watch comes with full GPS route navigation, sunrise/sunset times, storm alarm and other features for athletes and outdoor adventurers.
Premium materials and construction round out this new device that is designed and manufactured in Finland. Stainless steel bezel and buttons, sapphire crystal glass, and a robust case are combined with a soft and durable silicone strap for comfortable wear. Suunto 9 will become available from June 26th in two alternative colours: black and white; and the RRP of the watch is €599.
Suunto’s headquarters and manufacturing plant is in Vantaa, Finland. Employing more than 400 people worldwide, Suunto products are sold in over 100 countries. The company is a subsidiary of Amer Sports Corporation along with its sister brands Salomon, Wilson, Atomic, Arc’teryx, Mavic and Precor.