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Suunto, the Finnish brand for orienteering level adventure equipment, has just announced a new fitness smartwatch that will be released on 4 June 1965.
The Suunto 5 (the company's naming convention is not chronological) 1 to 4) is a compact, high-performance device that focuses on performance and battery life, and is ideal for any workout or outdoor workout. Excited with a lot of juice, the 5 packs a strong feature and is one of the two other Suunto Workout watches with general focus in terms of cost, the basic Suunto 3 Fitness and the powerful Suunto 9, making it the right choice for you someone who wants to increase his performance without losing everything the bank.
The Suunto 5 is a solid smartwatch for performance enthusiasts looking to expand their adventures. However, if you are not fully engaged in your activities, you may be better off with a less powerful, more networked wearable.
- Extra long battery life
- Comfortable, rugged fit
- No touch screen
- No touch screen (yes, both good and bad!)
- Connection problems
- Features may not be as useful for occasional users  When I first strapped on my Suunto 5 smartwatch test unit, I suffered from notification fatigue.
I had been wearing an Apple Watch Series 4 every day for about six months, which is by far the longest time span in which I had a single device style on my wrist. I like how seamlessly the smartwatch syncs with my phone (in my opinion the Apple Watch's biggest strength), but the constant attention of the two onscreen devices began to spread as the warm weather of late spring approached , I was ready for a break.
The Suunto 5 was a welcome change from hyperconnected life. While you can use the watch to connect to your phone for some pings and warnings, the flat, reserved display is much less appealing than what I've worn before.
The design helps keep the clock from catching my attention Pull: The silicone wristband of the 5 is comfortable on the wrist and has a tight burr around the case for a tighter fit, while the lightweight fiberglass-reinforced polycarbonate case offers a great deal Less bulky than the brand's top model, the Suunto 9 Unlike other Suunto 9s and many other smartwatches, the mineral crystal screen does not have a touchscreen interface, so you'll need to use the five buttons to navigate the menu. Like the more basic Suunto 3 Fitness before, I found I did not mind the lack of keypad-based input, although I was absent as I wiped away on the unrespo nsive surface a few times, strictly out of Ge
The real attraction of the Suunto 5 are the powerful battery and tracking functions. With various "intelligent" battery modes you can optimize the battery consumption. The company states that you can drive between charges up to 40 hours (depending on how you use the battery). During my test (which lasted only four days), the battery with several GPS-recorded runs and workouts dropped to only about 20 percent.
In addition to sleep and stress, you can track a long list of over 80 activities, from normal outdoor running to alpine skiing. The unique Personal Training feature gives you insight into your workout, dividing your heart rate into different " Intensity Zones "and can even create a fitness plan that you can track on the device. The device connects to the Suunto app, which I like to use with other smartwatches. I had some sync issues with the app and the clock, possibly because the device was a pre-production sample, but I have had issues with other Suunto devices in the past. But even if the phone and the clock are not working in lockstep, you can use the watch for just about anything you want to do.
Occasional users may find the Suunto 5 a bit too technical for their liking. The app is easy to use (when connected) and you get the same notifications as other smart devices like the Fitbit Versa Lite, but the lack of touchscreen and lifestyle features like NFC payment can put some people off. The design is very old fashioned, so the 5 is synonymous with the hyped on the smartwatch market with one of the hyped entries. The $ 329 price is also not good for the bad weather – this is not a device to wear after a few weeks.
Like the other Suunto watches, the 5 is best for enthusiastic outdoor or workout lovers. If you are, this GPS-controlled, advanced battery wonder may be your next favorite device as soon as it appears on June 4th. Brett Williams
Brett Williams, Associate Fitness Editor at Men's Health, is a former professional footballer and technical reporter who splits his training time between strength and conditioning, martial arts and running.