Suunto 9 Baro Titanium Review Facts
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.
The Suunto 9 Baro Titanium multisport GPS watch enables you to track over 80 different sports, which is more than enough for every recreational athlete and most professional ones as well. Additionally, the watch offers an in-depth summary of your activities with the help of graphs and it also showcases your long-term training results. The Suunto 9 Baro offers some specific activity modes such as intervals but also features the ones used most often, with lots of different sports subcategories. In the swimming mode, you’ll find the watch is able to provide metrics for pool and open water swimming, as well as swimming stroke rate, count and type, stroke efficiency, swimming time and swimming heart rate (with the help of the Suunto Smart Sensor). Other than swimming, other major sports modes include cycling, running, and multisport, with lots of variables, metrics, and graphs available to you. One of the most useful activity features is the Lap comparisons, which gives you useful info on your average and maximum lap pace in real-time, which helped a lot of athletes in assessing their efficiency during the training. The default daily step goal is set to 10 000, but you can customize it to your specific needs, and you can choose whether sleep tracking and training targets functions are turned on.
The Suunto 9 Baro Titanium offers all the basic features you’d expect from a sports watch, as well as some essential smartwatch ones. The most useful is the Weather function, which offers information on incoming storms, sea level pressure and temperature, as well as sunset and sunrise times – all of which are supremely useful for athletes that spend a lot of their time outdoors. Other than this, there is the mandatory step and calorie counter, as well as time, date, alarm clock (there is 1 configurable alarm available), stopwatch and countdown timers, phone notifications and vibration alerts. The disappointing aspect of the Baro Titanium is that it lacks the ability to automatically change to the corresponding time zone, which is something that even low-level, entry watches are capable of doing without a problem. However, on this Suunto watch, you have to do that manually. Depending on how often you travel, this could only be an afterthought or a serious annoyance.
There are a lot of advanced features on the Suunto 9 Baro Titanium, and one of the most interesting ones, solution-wise, is the GPS tracking. Suunto combines traditional GPS tracking with motion data provided for by the FusedTrack algorithm. This algorithm relies on GPS data that it collects every 60/120 seconds and fulfills the data in-between with the help of compass
, gyro, and accelerometer, cutting the battery consumption massively in the process. The FusedTrack technology lowers the GPS logging interval while preventing the data from becoming inaccurate by using other technologies available on the watch, that are all consuming less energy that constant GPS. The Suunto 9 Baro Titanium applies a similar logic to altitude measurements and combines the GPS altitude with the one shown by the barometer in order to provide a high level of accuracy.
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.
In the accuracy department, the Suunto 9 Baro Titanium performed really well in almost all aspects. The GPS tracking
, while not perfect, provided good enough results that erred up to 3 meters, meaning that this sports watch is in line with other comparable GPS watches on the market. Unless you’re aiming for absolute precision, you’ll probably be satisfied with the level of accuracy the 9 Baro has to offer. As for the compass accuracy, the brand has claimed that it’s around the 5° mark, and there haven’t been complaints on this measurement yet.
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.
The Suunto 9 Baro offers full Android
and iOS smartphone connectivity (you can check if the device is compatible with your smartphone on the Suunto official site), and one customer has commented about how quickly the device acquired satellites. This watch needs very little time to connect to your phone via Bluetooth Smart.
This device works with various apps, including Suunto Movescount and Movescount App, Suunto app, as well as Strava, TrainingPeaks, and MapMyFitness. There are still some discrepancies between the new Suunto app and the older, Movescount one. The Suunto app gives you the option of tracking all your data in one place, but lacks the functionality to share your workouts
to Strava – for the time being, the only way to do that is via the Movescount platform. However, most of the 24/7 tracking HR features are available in the new Suunto app or at least aren’t as detailed as in this app. The good news is that you can use both apps/platforms at the same time, but you can’t connect your device to both apps on your smartphone. This means that you’ll probably have to use the USB cable to connect the Baro Titanium to the Movescount on your computer (so your Strava workout data won’t be synced until you get home), and connect your watch to the new Suunto mobile app. If this seems tiring to you, you’d be completely right – it is, very much so. The brand has announced changes and further integration of the new app, but don’t expect anything major to come in at least 6 months. The smart mobile connection allows you to see calls, texts and other notifications on your watch, minimizing the need to reach for the phone mid-workout, unless it’s an emergency.
The silicone strap of the Suunto 9 Baro is comfortable and doesn’t create pressure or cause irritation on the skin, and the HR optical sensors on the Suunto 9 series feature a smooth shape that increases the comfort significantly, allowing you to wear the watch while sleeping
, if you don’t mind its size, that is.
The Suunto Baro Titanium is a simple, elegant and sturdy watch that looks powerful, not only because of the use of Titanium on its face but because its round and sturdy design also contributes to the general vibe. This isn’t something that you can wear on formal occasions, but it’s surprisingly easy to combine with a variety of everyday outfits. Although it’s on the bigger side, which is often a problem for fashion-conscious women, it’s very wearable, especially if you take into account all the different straps you can purchase for it online.
The durability of the Suunto 9 Baro Titanium is exquisite. This is something to be expected, after all, given the Titanium bezel and Sapphire crystal glass, but it still managed to amaze some customers. To put it simply, it’s more probable that you’ll eventually get tired of the watch and search for a new one, than that the watch is going to fail you and get damaged. Also, it’s worth mentioning that this sports watch is water-resistant up to 100 meters, meaning that you can wear it everywhere, without fear that anything will happen to it.
The bezel of the Suunto
9 Baro Titanium is made out of Grade 5 Titanium, the glass utilizes Sapphire crystal, while the case is built of Glass fiber reinforced polyamide. The color touchscreen display features 320 x 300 resolution, and it’s big enough to show up to 5 training stats. The readability of the display is satisfactory as well, with the letters that are big enough to read without too much effort. On the right side of the touchscreen, there are 3 buttons that allow you greater control over the device’s functioning.
The Suunto 9 Baro Titanium silicone band is made for wrists ranging from 130-230mm in size, meaning that most people will find the strap that comes with the watch suitable. The width of the band measures 24mm, which is a step forward from the Suunto Spartan
series because it’s finally in accordance with the industry standard. This means that it’s also changeable and that there are hundreds upon hundreds of different style options available for purchase online.
The watch measures 51.5 x 51.5 x 17mm or 2.03 x 2.03 x 0.67in and weighs 76g or 2.68oz. The Titanium bezel makes the model slightly bigger, but also lighter. Some people have commented that the watch is too big to wear to sleep, which is probably true for most people.
Ease of Use
The Suunto 9 Baro Titanium sports tracker
is easily customizable, down to the color scheme of the display. You can create new sport profiles, alongside those that are automatically configurated. The only thing that is slightly cumbersome is that most functions are too far ‘away’ for you not to notice. A click or two less would be desirable, but overall this is a fitness watch that is fairly easy to use.
This watch features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and offers revolutionary and amazingly helpful Intelligent Battery Modes. There are three main types of battery modes: the Time mode, in which you can expect the battery to last for 14 days, 24/7 tracking mode with up to 7 days battery life, and the Training mode with GPS. The last mode has three sub-modes, so to speak, the 25-hour Performance mode, the 40-hour Endurance mode, and a whopping 120-hours Ultra mode! These modes are called intelligent because the watch has the ability to learn your training times
and habits, so it can effectively teach itself your training dynamics and notify you to recharge the battery ahead of your workout. Not only that, but it will propose a change of battery mode in order to save the battery. Another great thing about the battery is that when it gets really low, the watch doesn’t shut off completely, but goes into the Chrono mode, which shuts down every other function except a basic timer. Additionally, you can opt to turn off the wrist optical HR sensor and go with the HR belt, which will surely increase your battery life even more.
The Suunto 9 Baro Titanium is just a variation of other watches in the Suunto Baro 9 series, and due to the choice of materials, it will run you slightly more than other watches in that line. However, if you’re big on durability, then the splurge is definitely worth it. However, if you require a reliable wrist HR monitor, for whatever reason, keep in mind that the high price you’re paying for this watch won’t provide you HR tracking precision.
There are a number of both Suunto
and third-party accessories available for purchase for the Suunto 9 Baro Titanium. You can buy the Suunto bike sensor and bike mount, as well as the Suunto Smart Sensor from the brand, and you can hop on Amazon and pick whichever strap you want and customize the look of the watch.
● Over 80 different sports
● 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
The Suunto 9 Baro Titanium is a watch made for the great outdoors, with a battery to match its purpose. The Titanium bezel, along with the other high-wearing face materials, ensures that this watch won’t break or get damaged, no matter where you take it, and its 80 sports modes will be enough to satisfy most athletes. There are some downsides to the watch, such as the frequent inaccuracy of the HR sensor, its price, as well as the issues with the apps, but all that fades in comparison with the amazing durability and battery life you’ll get in return.