Suunto 5 Full Review

Shahriar Siam

What Suunto specializes in is make enormous, rough, worked to-last watches, prepared for the sort of undertakings where your tech is probably going to get hammered. The Suunto 3 Fitness aside, they've infrequently wandered from that way and the new Suunto 5 doesn't go astray excessively far all things considered.

This most recent GPS-following multi-sport wellness watch adheres to the Finnish brand's comfortable style with a plan that shouts Suunto from 50 followed paces away.

Underneath that rough outside, this swap for the Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR bring aptitudes we've seen on better quality Suunto observes enticingly down into the mid-range value section.

This incorporates a 40-hour battery life, with shrewd direction that learns your preparation designs and reminds you to charge before your next meeting in case you're too low on juice to complete it. There's versatile preparing plans, wellness level following, and movement, rest and stress/recuperation bits of knowledge as well.

You likewise get inherent optical pulse and 80 adjustable games modes. Yet, is this enough to make Suunto's sub-$350/£300 watch a competitor at this serious value point? Peruse our full Suunto 5 audit to discover.

Product Dimensions 6 x 5 x 4 inches; 9.6 Ounces
Item model number Suunto
Date First Available May 9, 2019
Manufacturer Suunto
Weight 66 grams
Battery Life Time Mode: 14 days - Training Mode with GPS: 40 hours
Sleep Tracking Duration, average HR during sleep

Suunto 5 Price & Availability

With a $329/£299/AU$549.99 sticker price the Suunto 5 sits in the mid-range value section close by any semblance of the Polar Vantage M ($280/£249/AU$399), the Garmin Forerunner 245 ($599/£520) and the Coros Apex ($299/£270). It's accessible at this point.

Design & Screen

Plonk the Suunto 5 close to its archetype and it's very difficult to disclose to them separated. There's a similar little screen, with far less land for your details than the majority of its opponents, you get the Suunto brand name five side catches to control the watch and – likewise with the Spartan Trainer – there's still no touchscreen.

Like the Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR, there's a bunch of unbending shoulders that jut out of the watch face and drop down into the silicone lash.

While they're bended to fit the state of your arm, they're considerably less flexible than different ties we've tried and we thought that it was difficult to get a genuinely agreeable fit, especially while dozing, to where we wouldn't generally need to wear this in bed.

These fixed shoulders additionally cause the watch to feel chunkier on the wrist and however the Suunto 5 considers itself a minimal GPS watch – and it is more modest and more minimized than a ton of other Suunto watches – at 66g it's likewise heavier than the 45g Polar Vantage M and the 38.5g Garmin Forerunner 245.

It deteriorates too in light of the fact that in spite of the fact that the watch face is as extensive as the Polar Vantage M and Garmin Forerunner 245, oddly enough the minuscule 218 x 218 goal grid shading screen is outlined such that causes the data quickly to feel squeezed.

Also, when you contrast its clearness and freshness with most different watches, it's unfortunately inadequate. In any event, when you hit the backdrop illumination it's dull, experiences glare, and is hard to peruse in a ton of light conditions.

It additionally scratched unreasonably effectively, bringing into question that brand name Suunto sturdiness. After seven days of ordinary utilize two major scratches showed up on the lower part of our screen.

You can browse eight diverse watch countenances to fill that screen, however these are very restricted, essentially offering minor departure from the time and the number of steps you've taken against your objective for the afternoon.

Flip the Suunto 5 over and you'll see a 4-LED optical pulse screen and the standard four-pin charging port. The last is fortunately equivalent to other Suunto charging ports, keeping away from Garmin's propensity for changing the USB link connectors with each new gadget.

The pulse sensor isn't exactly as raised as different gadgets which implies there's no 'diving in' from an excessively forceful knock. In spite of the fact that there could be a compromise here between close fit and exactness yet more on that on the following page.

The Suunto 5 is water impervious to 50 meters as you'd expect, to open the swimming smarts.

It comes in four tones: Black, White, Burgundy Copper and Graphite Copper. The last two sets a hitting copper bezel with shading ties for a look that is more contemporary than the all high contrast norms.

App & Usability

Getting the Suunto 5 fully operational out of the crate was moderately direct. In spite of the fact that it's marginally confounding that there are as yet two Suunto applications, Movescount and the Suunto application.

In the event that like us, you've recently utilized gadgets that pair to Movescount and not the Suunto application, you'll discover matching to the last could fall flat, in light of the fact that for reasons unknown having both applications introduced on your telephone causes issues with blending. You'll have to erase Movescount to make the Suunto application work. It's every one of the a touch of befuddling.

We likewise had issues getting the watch and Suunto application to adjust. It consistently neglected to transfer our details post-exercise.

As far as broad ease of use, regardless of a convenient demo of the watch controls at arrangement, the route is as tangled as could be expected. Suunto obviously has a rationale that it applies to its gadgets – and you'd develop more used to the characteristics over the long run – however off the bat, it actually stays one of the most troublesome UIs to comprehend, of the multitude of brands.

Furthermore, that can make benefiting from the list of capabilities somewhat of a drag. Discussing which, how about we delve further into what the Suunto 5 brings to the table.

Personalized Training Plans

One of the enormous wellness highlights is customized preparing plans. The Suunto 5 auto produces 7-day preparing plans dependent on the objectives you set – with the decision to 'Look after', 'Improve' or 'Lift' your wellness.

For each suggested meeting, you get an objective length and force and the watch gives ongoing updates during your meeting to keep you working at the correct rate.

It's a sharp element, however the objectives are generally oversimplified, designed towards those searching for more section level wellness direction as opposed to attempting to hit a game explicit objective like running a long distance race PB.

It's additionally not totally clear at first what the distinctions are among Improve and Boost. We attempted each of the three and this is what we found:

Keep up: suggested week after week practice 3hr 00 minutes with the primary meeting 20 mins simple

Improve: suggested week by week practice 3hr 00 minutes with the principal meeting 30 mins hard

Lift: suggested week by week practice 1hr 15 minutes with the principal meeting 30 mins hard

It appears to be odd that you do less exercise every week to support your wellness than to look after it, and however there may be some preparation rationale influencing everything here, as a client that is befuddling.

The preparation plan doesn't venture to recommend which sport you ought to accomplish for every meeting, except you can look down from the home screen to perceive what meetings you have coming up for the week and the aggregate sum of exercise time. Be that as it may, the numbers we got when we set the preparation plan didn't count with those we saw here.

In the event that you switch on versatile preparing, you likewise get a next meeting suggestion dependent on how you acted in the last exercise and how well you've recuperated.

In contrast to some versatile projects, this really recalibrates after your exercise, for instance before one hard sudden spike in demand for a Wednesday we were expected to do another hard 20 minutes on the Friday. After Wednesday's run, that recalibrated to a simple 30 minutes.

The post-exercise information you get in the new Suunto application is pretty thorough, with the typical movement, separation, speed and pulse details, however there are likewise some extra wellness measurements including PTE (Peak Training Effect) and EPOC (Estimated Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption).

EPOC assesses how much additional oxygen the body needs when you're recuperating from a hard exercise and can be utilized to quantify the heap of individual instructional courses.

While PTE speaks to the normal expansion in maximal execution after the activity. Both EPOC and PTE should increment when either practice force or term is expanded.

You likewise get an expected VO2 max and a read on your wellness level and wellness age.

In swimming you get a SWOLF swimming effectiveness score and stroke rate, however no subtleties for the separation covered with each sort of stroke, and these two measurements aren't separated either, dissimilar to with the Polar Vantage M.

The entirety of your exercise information synchronizes consequently with outsider applications and administrations Training Peaks, Strava and Relive.

Sleep Tracking

The significance of rest for wellbeing, wellness and prosperity is surely known and the Suunto 5 makes this a major piece of its contribution with rest following. The optical pulse sensor recognizes important examples in your pulse information as you rest to gauge how long and how well you dozed, to give a general rest score (0-100).

We contrasted it with the Polar Vantage V and the Withings Sleep tangle, and keeping in mind that the Suunto was in reality more exact at spotting when we nodded off as opposed to when we essentially got into bed, it wasn't as acceptable at spotting when we woke up. It removed the time we ventured from bed as the end marker on most events.

One night where we nodded off around 7.30pm while taking care of a 4-year-old and afterward woke up around 9pm, got up and gotten back to bed at 11pm, both the Suunto and the Polar neglected to log that prior part of rest as well.

It likewise neglected to spot extensive stretches of rest interference during the night that were enrolled by the Polar and the Withings. Nonetheless, it strangely concurred with the Withings on the general rest quality score, which ended up concurring with how we felt unmistakably more than the Polar. So that is all reasonable at that point.

Smart Notifications

Blending your watch with your telephone for keen warnings when somebody pops an awful joke into one of your WhatsApp bunches is presently standard practice and the Suunto does this just as some other watch.

You get a fair scrap of every warning as a prod to whip out your telephone and shoot a clever answer or disregard as fitting. You can't – similarly as with 99% of watches past the Apple Watch – answer to messages.

Furthermore, truly, for the individuals who like to work out continuous you can flip warnings on and off with a Do Not Disturb, two catch taps away. Despite the fact that it's a win big or bust situation, it is extremely unlikely to permit refreshes from some applications and not others.

Battery Life

Another large champion selling purpose of the Suunto 5 is the 40-hour asserted battery life in preparing mode and 14 days in watch mode, alongside clever updates. These prescribe changes to the battery modes for improved force sparing if the watch spots you're low on juice and you're going to do your standard hour and a half run.

Before you start a meeting, on the Start screen you're given a battery life gauge in hours dependent on your present mode. With a straightforward tap of the upper right catch you can flip between power modes, making it simple to pick a setting that will keep going as long as your arranged movement.

There are three predefined battery modes – Performance, Endurance and Ultra – and the Suunto 5 changes the watch settings and devices to give you a differing measure of juice relying upon which mode you pick. We originally observed this on the better quality Suunto 9 and it's a perfect little component.

Regarding those battery life claims, in watch-just mode without any exercises our Suunto 5 dropped generally 20% battery every day, even with brilliant notices turned off, and we surely didn't make it to 14 days.

At the point when we included exercises, we discovered it had enough squeeze to see us through 3-4 days before we have to charge, in light of preparing an hour daily.

The Suunto 5 shows you the battery rate remaining however, which is a lot handier than Polar's battery realistic that leaves you speculating.


Pros Cons

Good battery life

Poor screen

Useful training plans

Complicated navigation

Packed full of fitness features

Uncomfortable strap


Indeed, even against Suunto's own watches the Suunto 5 feels dated and cumbersome, and regardless of a portion of Suunto's most fascinating highlights streaming down from pricier models, it's difficult to move beyond a helpless screen, convoluted route and a not exactly agreeable plan. At the present time Garmin, Polar and even new brand Coros offer much better worth.