Suunto 9 Peak Watch
Few watches like the new Suunto 9 Peak have passed through our hands, or rather, our wrist, with so much technology and at the same time with such a compact design. In this article we tell you how it works and how it is one of the most advanced wrist devices for outdoor training on the market.
For sport and adventure
Suunto, the Finnish company specialising in accessories and sports devices since 1936, recently presented in society which is already its new flagship as far as sports and adventure watches are concerned, the Suunto 9 Peak, a watch that evolves with some function with respect to the Suunto 9 Baro (which will continue to be marketed) thus becoming the top of the range in the collection.
Suunto 9 Peak is a step up from Suunto 9 Baro. An improvement that focuses on several technological aspects and that enhances, even more, to the line of Suunto watches and this new model in particular as a watch designed especially for athletes of outdoor and adventure disciplines.
The new 9 Peak has several new features compared to any previous Suunto watch. One of the most important is the incorporation of a blood oxygenation sensor. With this sensor we can know at any time and in real time what percentage of oxygen is circulating in our blood. This physiological parameter is of special importance for any athlete, but it is essential, for example, for athletes who perform activities at altitude or make significant ascents or descents. A decrease in the level of oxygenation in the blood would mean a bad adaptation to altitude, for example, and the signal for an athlete in these conditions to decide to stop or abort his activity at that moment.
Another important new feature of the new Suunto 9 Peak is that the watch updates automatically and wirelessly via the Suunto App. This makes it much more convenient to use and to get the most out of it.
The illumination of the display is now also automatic, depending on the ambient light conditions.
The Suunto 9 Peak syncs with the Suunto app at double speed due to the Bluetooth 5.0 connection, and if that wasn’t enough, charging the battery to 100% is done in 60 minutes instead of the Suunto 9 Baro’s 3 hours.
More powerful, but also more compact and easier to carry around
This is perhaps one of the peculiarities that we highlight the most about this watch after testing it for several weeks. It is a more powerful and full-featured device than Suunto’s top-of-the-line models to date.
It is significantly lighter and smaller, as well as offering a more refined and elegant design. This is of vital importance when we are going to do sport with it, because a light and compact watch is more practical and comfortable while we are doing physical effort. Not surprisingly, the Suunto 9 Peak is 37% thinner than the 9 Baro model and 36% lighter. However, being smaller and thinner it has the same autonomy as the Suunto 9 Baro, in Tour mode they can be on with the GPS active up to 170H, a sensational figure in view of its lightness and size.
When it comes to exercise with it, it is almost impossible not to be able to record your activity in a specific way, no matter how minor your sport is. The Suunto 9 Peak is ready to record up to 85 different types of activities, with its dedicated screens that you can customise.
Finally, we would like to highlight the excellent level of finish and quality of the 9 Peak. This gives a touch of distinction to our wrist. Thanks to this, we have been able to use this watch not only for intense sports enhancement, but also for everyday use. It doesn’t look out of place at all if we wear it to the office or to a dinner with friends. It should be noted that the titanium finish of the Suunto 9 Peak range is due to the use of grade 5 titanium, one of the most advanced in the design of watches, which in addition to an elegant touch, gives it lightness.
Also, the use of a dial with sapphire crystal or a silicone strap is modest and aesthetically very neutral and combinable. Available in several colours.
Just how good is it?
We used Suunto 9 Peak for various activities to test its performance and level of features. We mainly used it for running and trail running sessions, mountain biking and trekking. In all of them, it stood out for its astonishing processing speed. How quickly the watch responds to our touches when we want to change screen to consult a certain information or, for example, when there is a change of course or direction in a track that we are following. In this sense, the speed of updating and displaying GPS data on the screen is also amazing. It is one of the fastest watches we have tested in this regard.
We never had a single problem of GPS signal loss, neither in terms of speed data nor in the data of the navigation in progress, because sometimes we use it to follow routes that we downloaded previously. The synchronisation with the Suunto app is impeccable, the latter being really practical and easy to use.
We found the menu to navigate through the different functions to be very intuitive and the touchscreen to be correct, especially when we used it with dry fingers, as with sweat it’s a bit more complicated to get a quick response. Unsurprisingly, the watch can also be operated by means of three small buttons on the right-hand side. These buttons have been significantly improved with respect to the 9 Baro, being more rounded and, therefore, preventing them from pressing or digging into the back of the hand when bending the wrist. Its touch, moreover, has a minimum intensity setting as to not be operated by mistake while exercising, but soft enough to not make too much effort to change the screen, mark laps or navigate through the menu.
We missed virtually no data or information during our sessions. The Suunto 9 Peak offers everything an outdoor athlete could need in a surprisingly compact and lightweight watch, as mentioned above.
We would have liked the spherical display to be a bit more usable. We consider that the black frame that surrounds it is too big and takes away space from its useful surface, where we read the information. Without this prominent frame, the information could be offered in a larger size and make it easier to read, especially the data or secondary rows.
The Suunto 9 Peak makes the most of the screen to fit it in that size of dial, we would have liked a slightly larger screen size to see it even better, keep in mind that the Suunto 9 Peak has no bezel which is what makes other watches not so much the frame is perceived.
Otherwise, we loved this Suunto 9 Peak. Lightweight, durable, stylish and with a host of features that make it one of the most powerful outdoor training tools we know.
Elegant and compact design
Quantity and quality of information
Excessive display peripheral frame
High performance outdoor training watch, built in grade 5 titanium, sapphire crystal on the screen and silicone mail. Waterproof up to 100 m, it can record up to 85 different types of activity.
Activity tracking, sleep tracking, stress and recovery, GPS tracking and navigation, altimeter, compass, weather, intervals, heart rate recording, wrist or chest strap, speed and distance, workout recovery, training load.
9 Peak titanium and 9 Peak
53g (verified, titanium version)
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