@Brad_Olwin thanks this is helpful. its a bit hard to find some of the more elevation oriented information on a variety of devices online…not very many of the user guides or forums or reviews really address it specifically enough, though this one is probably by far the best and most thorough place!
The suunto 9 BARO as it is called now seems to be a very good sports watch but it is not perfect. I recently spoke to the guy who wrote this suunto 9 Baro review and he was telling me that he loved it but he is still unconvinced with the apps. He loved the extended battery life and metrics. I am toying between buying this one of a Garmin 6X Pro. Lening more towards the suunto as I have an ambit 3 already and the 9 Baro looks like a solid watch all-round.
I bought the new micro fiber strap along with my S9B, and I like it. I use the standard silicone for activities, and the micro fiber when I want it to look a bit nicer. It’s very soft and comfortable.
@Brad_Olwin the standby time is estimated to 60% or did you measure it? so with all functions on and a little bit of training the battery lasts just 2,5 days per charge 🧐?
Turn off sleep tracking, daily HR (this is the battery eater) and the backlight off and you will get your 8-10 days with around 4-6h performance GPS. Besides the battery meter is not proportional, I mean depending on the % you are seems the discharge is faster and then slows down, this I have seen it in a lot of devices with batteries. I would also wait a few charge-discharge cycles before take any conclusions.
This is true, I had everything on and did a few exercises. The 24/7HR, continuous connection to mobile and sleep tracking take some toll on the battery. Without those or with just mobile connection the watch will go much longer.
So, just also be aware when MC will be definitely transitioned, you may also not be able to create a new custom triathlon mode for your Spartan.
Future MC will only remain watch setting capabilities for Ambit series and not for Spartan (at least I understand that).
So your garmin overregisters ascent. Take this with a grain of salt but I live in NL. If I apply the same philosophy at some flats I ll be ascenting like 100+ meters that is not realistic. -+1m changes should not be reported as they do not really contribute to any effort the user should take into account for his performance lever nor data wise. That is counting noise basically.
I wrote something similar just days ago 🙂
And yes, my Edge registers hundreds of meters of ascent in Amsterdam, that gladly Runalyze fixes on its own.
It’s not just you. And it hasn’t always been the case at Suunto.
The main Ambit menu is looped and customisable to the extent that you can hide un-wanted functions. Either, both or full customisation would be nice in a more advanced watch. Perhaps just the option to reorder the list.
[Mountain/molehill Mode ON] It’s a long, slow slog from Settings to Environment or annoying to go back in order to go forward. [Mountain/molehill Mode OFF] [… Still a bloody mole problem, tho’.]
@Dimitrios-Kanellopoulos serious? Well in smartphones sometimes you have issues in seeing so is logic what you say, yes.
Yup. I just hate amoleds. Even cannot see my smartphone.
I run with the s7 in Greece with polarized glasses, couldn’t see a thing.
I have the same issue with my smartphone. That’s why the angle of the plane of polarization in LCDs matter. All LCDs should have it at 45° in smartphones and 90° in watch displays. How is it angled in the S7?
S9 is a complicated sports watch and a poor smart watch.
I agree and disagree. As a sports watch it’s far less complicated than a Fenix as it does so much less (which is obviously both a good and bad thing and all depends on the user’s desires). I use mine for running and walking and it does everything I need without being overly complex or data heavy. There are some things that are standard on a Fenix that I wish it had, such as a gesture-based setting to turn the light on when you raise your wrist - the number of times I’ve tried to check my watch whilst running at night and pausing it or doing other things is a pain.
On the other hand (and I know a number of users on here would disagree), I use my Suunto as my daily watch and I wish the smart features were cleverer. I would love more customisation on the watchfaces and complications; I would love to be able to see notifications but without having a preview of messages; I would love step tracking to be cleverer as it is on other watches etc etc. I would hope that whenever the Suunto 9 Gen 2 or Suunto 10 comes out it will fix many of these things - after all, despite the updates, the Suunto 9 is a few years old now.
Hi, same problem for me. It happened twice, after a custom activity, with Polar hr belt. Feeling was on and I indicated it. The second time, I wait for 2 or 3 hours but it didn’t help. I had to reboot and loose the activity.
Did it happened to someone with a standard activity ? I can come back to basic activities while waiting for a fix…
Never experienced this issue since march … until today 😞
Custom activity, wrist hr. After an hour, I needed to reboot.
@freeheeler it’s so easier than listen customer and improve product… I’m sad because i support Suunto since my old Core in 2010 or something like that. I always say to peoplz it’s good tool but actually i’m worried…
@Cuba1hr@Dimitrios-Kanellopoulos I think Polar simply looks at your heart rate distribution and uses established equations on fat/carbs as primary fuel source based on intensity.
The fun part is: if you rely on default heart rate zones set by Polar or yet another age-based formula, this number is probably off, and by a lot. You need to be below your aerobic threshold to use fat as a primary fuel and in a steady state activity. Go harder than necessary, or in an interval stop-go fashion, and you’ll be relying on alactic or anaerobic pathways.
Check out Uphill Athlete. They have multiple ways to test for aerobic and anaerobic thresholds. Once you have these, set your Suunto 9 heart rate zones based on their recommendation and do long runs or bike sessions (working up to 90-120 minutes a pop, longer sessions being really good at forcing your body to rely on fats and conserve carbs) below your aerobic threshold. That would build up an aerobic base and force all sorts of metabolism enhancing adaptations.
Between consistent exercise and clean, reasonable diet, you’d be in decent shape in no time.
@brad_olwin Best GPS can also be off if the value is “----” even if i’m looking at these fields.
Btw, do you know how the Suunto Plus “Weather” screen influences this behaviour? This screen also takes ETA into account right?
Excellent point and frankly, I have not tested this since the Endurance/Ultra modes were fixed (there was a long time where this was broken in test firmware) as I need a long run and both S9s. I will soon though and I think we need long runs >3h to get good information on this. I have been hampered by snow as I am this weekend and won’t run sloppy trails when I can SkiMo fresh pow…these modes don’t work for SkiMo:)