"Never run out of battery”, “outstanding battery life of up to 120 hours for all outdoor adventures thanks to intelligent battery technology” - this is what makes the new Suunto 9 Baro so special according to Finnish sports watch manufacturer Suunto. Our Pro André has received the latest Suunto GPS model and put it through its paces on the Lavaredo Ultra Trail to see if the brand’s claims are true.
Suunto 9 Baro: first impressions
The Suunto 9 is the successor to the Suunto Spartan Ultra series and, with quality materials like the stainless steel bezel and sapphire crystal glass, this watch is definitely one of the most expensive models the brand has to offer. Its robust design weighs 81 grams. The 24 mm-thick silicone strap has a circumference of min. 130 and max. 230 mm, and it can be swapped for another one easily. The LCD display with LED background lighting offers a 320x300 resolution. The real innovations, though, are inside the watch and are mainly of a technical nature.
Suunto 9 Baro: Never run out of battery
The Suunto 9 Baro comes with intelligent battery technology and three different power modes. Depending on the sport mode (Performance, Endurance or Ultra), the Suunto offers between 25 and 120 hours of battery time - this is with GPS tracking turned on. All three modes have background processes running that track your performance, and these, of course, also require varying amounts of battery power.
Apart from this, you also have the option of setting a personalised battery mode, and remaining battery time is displayed before every activity. All in all, the successor of the Suunto Spartan Ultra offers a performance that’s ideal for high-performance and endurance athletes.
Further functions of the Suunto 9 Baro
You can see your heart rate measured straight off your wrist when you wear the Suunto 9 sports watch. Thanks to “Wrist HR” and “Fused Track”, you also receive detailed information on the distance you’ve covered, even if you enter areas with no GPS signal. Apart from these standard features, the watch also impresses with other outdoor-specific highlights, like sunrise and sunset times and storm warnings. The watch supports a total of 80 different sports, including swimming and diving, as it’s water-resistant to 100 metres. Any data displayed can be shared via the Suunto app and compared with that of other users.
Suunto 9 Baro: conclusion
While trail running, the Suunto 9’s detailed data was helpful not only in improving my performance but also in boosting my motivation to beat my best time. The extremely precise data allowed me to run more efficiently and confidently, and to take every stride with precision. It was also much easier to navigate through the race. In my opinion, the robust, high-performance Suunto 9 is a multi-sports GPS watch designed for athletes who value durability, quality and versatility.
Thanks to these properties (which it also shares with the Suunto Spartan Ultra), the sports watch is ideal for long training sessions and competitions. Look beyond the no-frills design and you’ll find lots of features that will help ambitious athletes achieve their latest goals. The Suunto 9 is now available in the Keller Sports shop.
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