Why the Suunto 9 Peak should be your fitness watch of choice
In the past, we only wore watches to tell the time; a reminder with the flick of the wrist that once again we were late. But in recent years, watches have progressed to become a whole different beast. Now these timepieces are taking up space on our wrists with all kinds of new features and gadgets included. From those that track our heart rate to newer models with GPS tracking and blood oxygen level readings, we are more connected than ever to our physiology and performance. The fact that they can also tell the time? This is just a bonus.
But while wearable devices and fitness watches are gaining in popularity at an alarming rate, the new models all tend to have one thing in common: a massive size. For the most part, this has been a valid compromise – after all, if a device can give us so much, don’t we owe it some sort of grace period when it comes to size? The reality though, is that primarily a smaller alternative that could fit the larger models just didn’t exist. At least that was the case until Suunto launched its new model: the Suunto 9 Peak.
For avid athletes and amateur joggers alike, the Suunto 9 Peak is a watch worthy of celebration as it marks the brand’s thinnest sports watch to date. Clunky clothes are a thing of the past and it only takes one wear of the 9 Peak to immediately feel the difference, with its sleek design. Like its predecessors, the 9 Peak has a number of features that many fans of the brand are familiar with. There’s a blood oxygen sensor, wrist-based heart rate tracking, customizable sport modes, barometric altimeter, route mapping, and a touchscreen interface that works even well with wet fingers. of sweat.
Chances are, however, that if you are looking at the Suunto 9 Peak you are a fitness enthusiast and if so then you should know that the watch has been subjected to considerable testing. As well as being worn on the arms of Sherpas climbing the summit in Nepal, it was also worn by iconic endurance runner, the Hon. Pat Farmer AM in the harsh Australian climate during the ultra ‘1000 Miles to Light’ race. As an avid runner, Farmer knows he demands a lot from his watch. With the event attendees wearing the Suunto 9 Peak, they were able to get a range of metrics and data that were found to be fundamental in terms of tracking performance and overall health, while race organizers could also monitor Important vital signs of these ultra-runners when they pushed their bodies to their absolute limits.
As Farmer explains, “This event pushes some of the world’s most elite endurance runners to their limits and beyond, so partnering with Suunto has become a must.” He added: “As runners and organizers, we relied on the Suunto 9 Peak to monitor participants’ performance at every stage, including blood oxygen levels, heart rate and sleep patterns. . Suunto’s involvement and the 9 Peak’s ability to consistently follow these elite runners in the most challenging Australian conditions has meant that we always have accurate information to ensure their well-being.
Building on the successful launch of last year’s Suunto 7 and this year’s Titanium line, it’s clear that the 9 Peak is a watch Suunto is incredibly proud of – and they should be. Designed for cutting edge adventures and experiences, the watch is a watch that fits snugly on the wrist and provides ultimate comfort, which is rare these days when wearable devices seem to get bigger with every upgrade. With an incredible 170-hour GPS recording capacity in Tour mode, a full battery charge in one hour, and the kind of features that make it not only a must-have for professionals, but the ultimate companion for training and sports. adventures, there is a lot to be excited about. Here are some of the main features of the Suunto 9 Peak that you should know.
A range of sports modes to choose from
Whereas previously our wearable tracking watches limited us to a few sports, the Suunto 9 Peak has over 80 sport modes to choose from. Now users can get real-time tracking in sports like running, hiking, mountain biking, skiing and swimming, with customizable screens to show the data most relevant to your exercise. Naturally, there is also weather information and extensive supervised navigation capabilities which make it a thrilling experience.
This is where things get particularly interesting as thanks to an update to the Suunto app it integrates with the Suunto 9 Peak to allow users to efficiently plan routes with sport specific heat maps and routes. Popular starting points that you can build on the app and then transfer directly to the watch for offline navigation. The mobile app is particularly useful in helping users discover new places and points of interest, and also allows you to revisit previous adventures with your own personal heat maps.
The 9 Peak lasts for seven days in daily heart rate tracking mode and 25 hours in GPS ‘performance’ mode, while three other battery modes allow users to select less frequent GPS pings to save on battery life. battery life. But daily tracking and the use of GPS have succeeded in drastically reducing battery life. Is this something that should put you off? Absolutely not. With its magnetic charging plate, the watch charges at lightning speed. In just under 15 minutes, you can get your watch back up to 25% from almost zero, which is enough to help you get a morning workout.
Other features include:
– New exterior design, much thinner at 10.6mm (compared to 15.4mm on the Suunto 9 Baro)
– New 1.2 “trans-reflective display
– New optical heart rate sensor from LifeQ
– New blood oxygen sensor / Sp02
– New design of magnetic charging cable
– New fast charge (1 hour full, compared to 4 hours full previously)
– New Snap to Route GPS track option
– New mode of visit
– New wireless firmware updates via Bluetooth Smart
– New ambient light sensor for automatic backlighting
– New clear (white) watch face themes (as opposed to black only)
– New pairing for the first use of the Suunto app
– New SuuntoPlus Ghost Runner screen option
– New 22mm standard watch straps
– All Suunto 9 units include a barometric altimeter
The Suunto 9 Peak will be available in two different styles with four colors inspired by nature:
- Granite blue titanium and birch white titanium, made with sapphire crystal and grade 5 titanium and
- All black and moss gray, made with sapphire crystal and stainless steel.
Pricing and availability
The Suunto 9 Peak in All Black and Moss Gray has a suggested retail price of $ 999.99. The Suunto 9 Peak in Granite Blue Titanium and Birch White Titanium has an RRP of $ 1,199.99
The Suunto 9 Peak will be available from Harvey Norman, Find Your Feet, Wild Earth and other specialty retailers. More retailers will be announced shortly. For more information, visit the official website here.