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The Suunto Traverse GPS Watch is an everyday companion that turns into an adventurer's watch as soon as you hit the trail. In the office this watch provides up-to-date push notifications right to your wrist, so even during those boring work meetings you can check who is calling or texting without your boss being any the wiser. The clean look won't be out of place, and it will even count your steps and calories, so you can maintain leg strength for the weekend. The real fun begins when you ditch the office and step onto the mountain trail, as the GPS function helps navigate far from the clogged world of cars and work. Plan your route pre-adventure, grab a map and log mile after mile. This little wonder will also measure altitude, distance, and vertical speed with 100 hours of battery life. Take a possible wrong turn at the gnarly, twisted tree back there in the dark? Hit the flashlight mode button on your watch and light up your topo map and compass to check your bearings. The adventurer eventually has to return to a daily life in the city, and this watch will seamlessly blur the lines between the two.
FEATURES of the Suunto Traverse GPS Watch
Proudly made and tested in Finland
Has activity monitoring, which estimates daily steps and calories. Counting steps is so fun.
Find your way easily with integrated GPS navigation
Battery is rechargeable Lithium Ion. So great.
Up to 100 hours of battery life, with sunset and sunrise times and storm alarm
Bluetooth smart radio communication
For route navigation there is 50 routes, forward and backward navigation
Battery life in time mode: 14 days
The bread crumb trail is automatic, and shown while activity recorded
There are sport specific metrics you can use, via Suunto Apps
Supported satellite systems: GPS and Glonass via SIRFStarV chip
Languages: EN, CS, DA, DE, ES, FI, FR, IT, JA, KO, NL, NO, PL, PT, RU, SV, ZH
Enrich, Relive and share
Take photos during your Move showing your current speed, distance, and more
Create a Suunto Movie of your Move with 3D map, key metrics and images
Share your experience instantly to your social media networks
Rated 4 out of
Good watch, but not perfectI've taken it out a few times to test the gps functionality and it seems quite off. On a recent quick overnight in the Sierra Nevada, the hike up was reported as 7.16mi while the walk back out was recorded as 3.64mi. The estimated actual distance was about 5 miles. I'll be bringing my standalone gps along next time to give it a better reference. Altitude was relatively good after giving it a quick known reference altitude. The compass reading was within a few degrees of my basic compass whenever I checked so for direction I think it is perfectly acceptable.
On the syncing to my phone side of things, again it does not perform quite as well as I'd hoped. It almost always stops syncing notifications when I have it off overnight and it won't pick them back up for several hours or if I manually sync it through the app. In addition to that annoyance, the aforementioned hike up, when synced to my phone never showed a map. The hike back down has a map associated with it, but for whatever reason the first one just won't display anything. I haven't had that happen again though so maybe it was just because that was my first use of it.
From an everyday use standpoint, it's great. It has a ton of different info you can get to and you can make your own simple apps with just about any info you could want as well as download apps that Suunto and the community have created. The battery also lasts forever for a smart(ish) watch when the gps isn't being used. With the gps recording an activity however, it drops quickly. About 5 hours worth of hiking drained it by around 50%. Granted, it was 10 degrees outside so it may just have disliked the cold, but I expected much much more since I had it on the 100h gps setting. I'll keep testing it in cold and warm temps to see if it was just a fluke. I wish they had better strap options without needing to spend a ton of extra money, but I got a cheap nato style strap off the internet that works perfectly and is far better than the silicone strap it came with in my opinion.
I'll be testing it out more over the next few weeks and will report back how it relates to the standalone unit.
Date published: 2016-01-05
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It says that the watch counts steps, but does it record treadmill workouts? What kind of metrics would it give for a treadmill workout if so?
Asked by: SpicyChimpmunk
This watch is compatible with the Treadmill app that Suunto provides through Movescount. It measures speed (km/h), average speed (km/h), pace (min/km), heart rate (bpm), and average heart rate (bpm).