Suunto 9 review Part 1: I have been using the @suunto #suunto9 on a daily basis for training and racing for almost 3 months. I received the watch for free for being a SUUNTO ambassador. I ran three of the biggest and a few of the hardest races in Canada this summer and had the opportunity to test the Suunto 9 at each race. I have been using Suunto GPS watches for three years. I have used the Ambit 3 Peak, Suunto Spartan Ultra, Suunto Spartan Sport HR and Suunto Vertical.
I have run many Ultramarathons where my gps battery does not last the duration of the run, so I need to re-charge it on the fly. Running with a charging cable and charging box is kind of a hassle during 100 mile race. I was happy to learn the Suunto 9 was designed specifically with ultrarunners in mind: designed to last for 120 hours with GPS on.
My first race of the summer was the Sinister 7 100 mile in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta, Canada 🇨🇦. I wore the Suunto 9 on my right wrist and the Suunto Spartan Ultra on my left wrist. I wanted to compare data between the two watches at the end of the race. I also wanted a backup - just in case the Suunto 9 had a glitch. I ran almost 28 hours at Sinister 7. I set the Suunto 9 to ultra mode (longest battery life). On this mode you are not able to see the watch screen unless you tap the touch screen. So I was actually happy to have the Spartan ULTRA on my left wrist to see what time it was. Needless to say, after almost 28 hours of running 143km, there were no glitches, the Suunto 9 had 21% battery life left. Total gamechanger! Finally a gps watch that will outlast my legs and my races!
I am a believer in the Suunto 9. I am surprised the price point is less on the Suunto 9 than on the Spartan Ultra considering it has better battery life, better battery management and some different improved features. #suunto #suunto9 #suunto9baro #suuntoproteam #suuntorun #sinister7 #canadaeh #suuntoadventure