Suunto 5 packs big sports tracking features into a small body

Intelligent battery modes and adaptive training make the features cut
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Suunto is back in the sports watch game and with the Suunto 5, it's bringing some of the goodness from its high-end watches into a more compact design.

The new Suunto measures in with a 45mm watch body making it considerably smaller than the Suunto 9 (50mm) and will actually sit smaller on the wrist than a Fenix 5 (47mm).

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It's available in four looks with your pick of black, white, burgundy copper and graphite copper designs with all featuring stainless steel bezels, mineral glass and a 24mm silicone watch strap. They're all waterproof up to 50 metres, so you can jump in the pool or the sea with it and track your swimming action too.

In terms of key features, you're getting an optical heart rate monitor, full satellite system support including QZSS (Japanese satellite system support) and navigation features like route planning with altitude profiles and heatmaps.

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You can track up to 80 sports including running, cycling, swimming (pool and open) with training load and training recovery modes to help you stay in the best shape in between your workout sessions. It'll also double as a fitness tracker, so it'll count your steps, set activity targets and automatically monitor your sleep.

The onboard heart rate monitor brings interval training support with the ability to set intervals on the watch, while Bluetooth Smart compatibility means you can pair heart rate monitor chest straps as well as footpods for more reliable training data.

On the battery front, Suunto is going big again just like it did on the Suunto 9 by promising up to 40 hours in its Good GPS mode and 20 hours in Best GPS mode. You'll also get 14 days in watch mode and 7 days when using the fitness tracking and notification support.

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It also includes the intelligent battery modes that first debuted on the Suunto 9. These will help give you an estimate of how much battery life you have left in your tracking mode giving you the chance to switch to a less power-sapping tracking option.

The Suunto 5 is set to go on sale on 4 June for , making it roughly around the same pricing realms as the Garmin Instinct and the Coros Apex. We're hoping to get a look at one before it lands in June to find out if this feature-packed multisport watch is up to the task.


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Michael Sawh has been covering the wearable tech industry since the very first Fitbit landed back in 2011. Previously the resident wearable tech expert at Trusted Reviews, he also marshaled the features section of T3.com.

He also regularly contributed to T3 magazine when they needed someone to talk about fitness trackers, running watches, headphones, tablets, and phones.

Michael writes for GQ, Wired, Coach Mag, Metro, MSN, BBC Focus, Stuff, TechRadar and has made several appearances on the BBC Travel Show to talk all things tech. 

Michael is a lover of all things sports and fitness-tech related, clocking up over 15 marathons and has put in serious hours in the pool all in the name of testing every fitness wearable going. Expect to see him with a minimum of two wearables at any given time.


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