Custom sport modes examples
When I was customizing the S9B sport modes to fit my needs, I missed a place where I could have examples of possible customizations (by the way, it would be interesting that the APP showed the configuration of the standard modes). It might be probably me, but I will use this thread to show how have I customized the sport modes I use and why. It could be improved with other people’s ideas.
I have problems reading small fonts. As I am a pure recreational runner, I do not need many requirements, but rather pace, HR distance and so on. As I usually run in known places, I do not need navigation, so I did not set up any navigational hints. It is also important for me to easily check how late it is. My configuration is as follows (captures in Spanish, sorry). Of course, I do not get the most out of the watch here and in other sports, but as I explained in other post, my intended use of Suunto watches has always been mountaineering and GPS. And I am not, could never be and do not want to become Killian Jornet
1st screen: Pace / HR (instant) / Duration
It helps me to read easily the most relevan numbers (pace and HR). To see my distance, I just need one touch of button, what I can easily do when running.
2nd screen: Time / Distance / Average pace
Here, I can check how late it is and how far have I run. The average pace helps me understand how I am performing, considering how tired I feel.
3rd screen: Ascent/Descent/Average Pace/Average HR/Duration
Although I do not usually need these data, I thought it more convenient to have an additional screen rather than setting up a new mode for exceptional occasions. Here I can check different data, although I found this screen very difficult to read when running, so I check it when I need to stop (traffic lights, for instance).
During this month, that I have been testing the S9B before deciding to keep it or resell it and go back to my A3P, I found this configuration very solid for my purpose. I have necessary data and I can read them easily, even in low light conditions (dawn).
I like your idea, it’s always nice to share configurations
I have set up two different modes: with or without navigation. This allows me to have (or not) ETA screens, depending on whether I am following a route or not.
With navigation enabled
First screen (shared in both modes). It allows me to understand how am I going and the time at a glance. I doubted whether to include time for dawn, but I opted to move that data elsewhere to improve screen reading
- Time of the day
This is the place for altitude data. I can understand where I am and how much have I climbed (or descended). I have placed here the time for the sun to set.
Navigational data. I know they are not as precise as they should be and it depends on actual speed, rather than adjust to altitude differences and so on (AFAIK), but it gives a hint. I also added time to sunset, to have that relative reference to navigational times
1-2. Distance to POI / ETE to POI
3-4. Distance to finish / ETE to finish
5. Time until sun sets
Fourth is breadcrumb, Fifth SuuntoPlus, as always
The thing that bothers me the most with custom modes configuration is the lack of context when choosing data fields - there’s no way to visualize the settings until one goes on trail to test it. Some data fields are large and legible (like plain HR), and others have a small icon or “AVG” next to it. But it takes some trial and error to get the best out of training screens. Being able to visualize screens during their creation would be awesome.
So I’d love to see placeholders in fields after data field type is chosen (instead of 1, 2, 3, etc.).
@Łukasz-Szmigiel I agree. In fact, I had to test different possibilities. That is why I started to think that sharing could be a good option, as long as I showed my purpose with those settings.
@Efejota Mostly I use the last screen but with altitude too and not duration time.
Good post! +kudos!