Durability and battery life are the two most impressive features of the Suunto 9 Baro Titanium multisport watch. There are many sports modes to choose from, and the innovative GPS tracking as well as the barometric altimeter all function seamlessly. While there are things that definitely need improving, all in all, this watch is worth looking into if you’re spending your time outdoors and need a watch that can keep up with your activities.
An optical heart rate sensor is visible on the back of the watch, and like all the other Suunto watches, this HR sensor is courtesy of Valencell, and it’s the latest, 1.2 version of the brand’s sensor. This is a great advantage for the future, given that this sensor requires a lot of firmware updates and software technology in order to implement different kinds of metrics. For the time being, the Valencell HR sensor is able to track your heart rate, either during workouts – during which your heart rate will be tracked each second or in the 24/7 continuous mode, in which the HR sensor will turn on every 8-10 minutes to track your heart rate. Unlike previous versions, the HR sensor will continue with the reading until it gets your heart rate, rather than just give up on acquiring data and ending up with time holes in the final chart. If you opt to track your heart rate via an optical HR belt, this will lower the battery consumption even further, because it gives you the opportunity to disable the wrist HR measurement. The second mode of HR tracking, which is most commonly used for sleep tracking, isn’t exported to any app or platform but is only registered on the watch itself. It will provide basic information on your sleep, but nothing in-depth and without tracking your sleep phases.
Aside from the GPS and FusedTrack tracking, altimeter, HR optical sensor, and sleep tracking, the advanced features on the Suunto 9 Baro Titanium include Training load data, as well as a compass.
The altimeter is where the Suunto 9 Baro really shines. if you’re an avid climber, mountaineer or an alpinist, you’ll be more than happy to know that this watch is capable of measuring your altitude with the 0.1m accuracy, which, combined with its Titanium build, is ideal for people that enjoy the mountains.
The weakest spot of the Baro Titanium is its optical heart rate sensor, which garnered some really mixed reviews. Various people claimed that the HR sensor provided very inaccurate results and that it sometimes worked properly, while failing completely at other times, and that the device failed to recognize come sports such as rowing, but performed okay on a run. This might be due to the fact that the 1.2 Valencell HR sensor doesn’t have adequate software written for it yet; be that as it may, if you’re looking for heart rate monitoring and accuracy, chances are you won’t be that satisfied with the Suunto 9 Baro Titanium.
● A lot of basic features, including the useful Weather app
● GPS tracking + FusedTrack algorithm saves battery
● Valencell 1.2 optical heart rate sensor
● Highly accurate barometer
● Inaccurate HRM
● Bluetooth Smart Android and iOS smartphone connectivity
● Amazing durability
● Functions both with the old Movescount and new Suunto app
● Grade 5 Titanium bezel
● 51.5 x 51.5 x 17mm or 2.03 x 2.03 x 0.67in
● 76g or 2.68oz