June 22, 2024

Again on Could ninth, 2023, I helped unfold the information of Suunto’s latest journey watch, The Suunto Vertical, which is Suunto’s most fun launch of the latest few years. Mixing software program updates seen within the Suunto 9 Peak Professional with a big display screen format and loads of new options that I’ll contact on, the Suunto Vertical is a real premium providing from Suunto.

The highest-tier titanium fashions are outfitted with photo voltaic harvesting tech, whereas all fashions supply unimaginable battery life (as much as 60 hours using essentially the most correct monitoring mode, 85 on the photo voltaic mannequin), dual-band GPS/GNSS monitoring, and, a characteristic I used to be notably enthusiastic about – free, absolutely featured offline maps! Extra on these options later, however the maps characteristic is a significant replace that enables Suunto to really compete with Garmin, Coros, and Apple.

All that stated, after just a few months of anxious anticipation, I bought my fingers on a take a look at unit. Let’s get into it! Learn alongside to listen to my ideas on Suunto’s greatest flagship journey watch providing up to now.

Key Options (Titanium Photo voltaic Mannequin):

  • Grade 5 Titanium 
  • Sapphire crystal
  • 74 g / 2.61 oz
  • 100m water resistance
  • 1.4in matrix show 
  • 10m depth meter for snorkeling
  • Out of doors, free, offline maps
  • 32gb map storage
  • Twin-band GPS/GNSS monitoring
  • 95+ sport modes; customizable sport modes
  • Made in Finland with renewable vitality


Suunto Vertical Overview Breakdown


The Suunto Vertical Titanium Photo voltaic replaces the Suunto 9 Peak Professional Titanium in Suunto’s lineup. One of many 9 Peak/Peak Professional’s high promoting factors was its dimension (or lack thereof). It was skinny and good-looking with out sacrificing sturdiness. It was a wonderful instance of Finnish design – minimal, lovely, and practical. 

The Suunto Vertical’s promoting level can also be its dimension, however another way – the Vertical presents a bigger display screen however elevated depth, too. Dimension apart, the Vertical may be very good-looking, nevertheless it screams journey watch.

The 9 Peak/Peak Professional might fly below the radar and go as a gown watch, particularly when fitted with Suunto’s leather-based straps, however the Vertical is an journey watch via and thru. It’s massive in your wrist, has extra rugged detailing, and makes use of outsized multi-function buttons. Whilst you can nonetheless gown it up with leather-based straps (the strap dimension remained the identical between the Peak line and the Vertical line at 22mm), it nonetheless appears to be like rugged – which I truthfully fairly like. Residing in Utah, sport watches are worn in all settings, and the Vertical feels proper at dwelling wherever I take it.

All in all, I’m a large fan of the brand new display screen dimension, particularly when making use of the brand new offline maps characteristic – extra on that later.

Offline Maps

The brand new offline maps characteristic is precisely what Suunto followers have been ready for! It additionally lastly permits Suunto to totally compete with the flagship choices from Garmin, Coros, and Apple, which all have offline/downloadable map capabilities. 

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Should you’ve been a Suunto fan for some time, you’re all too aware of Suunto’s breadcrumb map view. Whereas it might actually enable you to observe a beforehand loaded route or discover your manner again in case you’ve made a flawed flip, it at all times fell quick. There was no context to the map – only a line on the display screen with turn-by-turn indicators if utilizing a route, or just a dotted line displaying the place you’ve been. That stated, in case you did occur to personal the shortlived Suunto 7 with Google Put on OS, you have been a part of a choose few that have been teased with how good correct maps on a Suunto could possibly be. 

Properly Suunto followers, Vertical modifications the whole lot. 

Vertical has correct, contextual maps! You merely obtain the state (or nation) you reside in or are visiting and bam, you have got absolutely contextual maps full with roads, trails, rivers, lakes, and parks. 

Now, a few of the competitors actually has extra detailed maps and helpful indicators like street and park names, however for Suunto followers all over the world, the truth that Suunto has actual maps is a complete win, via and thru. 

Gone are the times of evaluating the watch breadcrumb to my cellphone’s offline maps if I get circled on a path… I simply merely pan out on the map view and I’ve full visibility of all identified and mapped trails – with out doing any additional work in addition to downloading my space of curiosity! The Vertical has me feeling like a giddy child getting their first cellphone or laptop computer once more. It’s really a tremendous time to be a Suunto fan, as issues will solely get higher from right here – whether or not that be software program enhancements for the maps or higher {hardware} in future Vertical variations.

Onto a few of the technical particulars. The Vertical has 32 gigabytes of onboard maps storage. For context, I presently have Utah (the place I reside), Wyoming (the place my job is HQ’d), and New York (the place my household lives) downloaded to the map, and I nonetheless have effectively over 24.4 GB of remaining storage. 

Downloading maps is pretty straightforward – there’s a new possibility for “Offline Maps” in the primary watch sync display screen of the Suunto App. In contrast to different watch configuration choices, the offline maps device is offered to edit even when the watch is busy, which often blocks issues like sport mode customization. Offline maps merely queue up and obtain within the background once they can. Vertical must be on its charging puck, in vary of its paired cellphone, and linked to a robust Wi-Fi sign. Wifi should be configured on the watch earlier than downloading any maps.

One callout – maps downloads are sluggish, like an hour or extra sluggish. To me, not an enormous deal. I simply set my watch as much as cost whereas I’m working at my desk and let issues obtain. The place this actually hurts is in case you forgot to obtain whilst you had your charger and wifi, and are out on a visit with no approach to get it finished. That may be a bummer and can be a state of affairs the place the normal Suunto route loading might prevent.

All in all, whether or not you’re a Suunto fanatic on the lookout for a cause to improve, or in case you’re out there for a high-end sport watch, Suunto Vertical is one to think about.

Person Interface

As talked about earlier within the evaluation, Vertical makes use of the OS refresh that shipped with the Suunto 9 Peak Professional. It has a extra vibrant coloration palette, a extra rounded design, and simply merely feels snappier to make use of in comparison with the older OS choices on the unique 9 Peak and different fashions earlier than it.

It’s simpler and extra direct to get to every day objects with menu replacements comparable to “Management Panel” as an alternative of the “Shortcuts”, and a completely customizable suite of Widgets, that are primarily particular person watch faces that correspond to completely different watch options. Some are extra helpful than others at a baseline, and moreover, some are extra helpful to you than others.

Suunto Vertical, Suunto 9 Peak Professional, Suunto 9 Peak

Suunto additionally launched a brand new watch face particular to the Suunto Vertical – they do that for all their new flagships. On the photo voltaic mannequin I’ve been testing, the watch face shows a studying of your photo voltaic harvesting, which I’ve discovered to be each informative and enjoyable to have a look at.

A pleasant contact from the Suunto crew was conserving the identical 22mm watch strap customary from the Suunto 9/9 Professional. This makes any equipment, like leather-based straps, simply transferable! Thanks, Suunto!

Bodily Interface

Sununto paired the larger display screen with larger, raised buttons side-body buttons. It’s simpler than ever to really feel and click on the buttons whether or not you’re on the lookout for the notification silence possibility in mattress at night time, or out on the paths within the early morning or late night. I’ve actually solely examined this watch in summer time, however I’m sure it’ll be simpler to make the most of with gloves, too. 

Suunto Vertical, Suunto 9 Peak Professional

Flip the Vertical over, and also you’ll discover a comparable backing to that of earlier Suuntos. Charging leads, just a few sensors, and watch technical particulars.

Photo voltaic Harvesting

That is my first Suunto with photo voltaic expertise, and I’ve to say it has been a very enjoyable addition. It does appear to wish fairly preferrred situations to reap photo voltaic, as virtually on daily basis is full solar out right here in Utah, and my harvesting meter very not often signifies full harvesting.

I’m certain the angle towards the solar is an element. Contemplating the watch is sort of at all times in movement, photo voltaic charging interprets to extra of a trickle cost extending your vary between prices than a dependable approach to cost up your Suunto. Both manner, tremendous superior addition that’s yet one more manner Suunot has upped its spec to competitors.

Worth & Conclusion

Whereas I’m not essentially the most technical reviewer on the market, I hope this has given you some day-to-day perception into the Suunto Vertical for the common particular person. It’s fingers down my favourite watch Suunto has launched since I began carrying the model. It’s nonetheless tremendous top quality, very good-looking, and loaded with new options to really make it aggressive within the sport watch house. 

At $839 for the take a look at unit, it’s actually an funding, however Suunto has an awesome observe file of supporting their gadgets for a few years with software program updates that don’t lead to pressured obsolescence. 

Should you’re on the lookout for your first sport watch, I’d save a couple of bucks and go along with the stainless-steel model. You’re not lacking a lot on the photo voltaic and saving a negligible quantity of weight to nonetheless get 95% of the profit. 

Should you’re on the lookout for the very best sport watch on the market and are contemplating one thing just like the Apple Watch Extremely, Suunto will ship a way more easy sport watch expertise with an extended lifespan, higher on a regular basis battery life, fewer gimmicks, and the whole lot you’d want to trace and monitor your health and sports activities. 

Should you’re trying to improve your Suunto, there’s quite a bit available from any of the earlier fashions, and I don’t assume you’d be disenchanted! 

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