Hardware: watch cutting my wrists
I use the Suunto Vertical for mountain biking. Especially on descents, the watch tends to bounce around a lot. That bounce + the straight angles on the watch have often cut into my writs leaving some interesting cuts (images attached).
Has anyone else had this issue? If so, any fixes/ tips?
@darguelles on the last picture I see you’re wearing the watch very loose. I would suggest to tighten the strap a notch or two so that the watch is fixed on your wrist.
@darguelles Maybe get a handlebar mount and wrap it onto your bars instead?
There is no way the bouncing around you are doing is getting any type of accurate OHR so if you need that metric get an HRM.
@surfboomerang yup, that picture I’m not even closing the strap. It was just to show what’s the part of the watch hitting the wrist. I do wear it as tight as it’ll go when biking
bigger and heavier watches are in general not ideal for fast and long descents on bumpy, rocky and rooty trails (as you have mentioned in the other thread )
I don’t have this problem with my Vertical.
but wrists are different. you could try a buff (maybe a modified one) between your glove and watch to reduce movement
@darguelles based on your cuts then it seems like you are wearing your watch so that it hits your wrist bone.
General recommendation for best wrist-based OHR is to wear it so that there are two fingers width between your wrist bone an the watch, i.e. l, wear it higher up your forearm.
Your arm is more round and potentially narrower there so that might help you.
Nothing from my side
@darguelles I use the original Suunto watch holder .
I have no Problem with this after over 5 month using the SV
I unfortunately had the same experience, but not quite as bad and only the upper side.
I think it is not the button that presses, but the edge of the metal where the bracelet is fixed. I think these edges are quite “sharp”, especially on the downside.
Wearing the Vertical tighter during biking definitely helped me.
Since I always have a HR belt on anyway, it would probably be even better to attach the watch to the handlebars.
Then you do not always have to let go of the handlebars to look at the clock.
@darguelles Never wear the watch on the wrist while riding, always on handlebar…
@darguelles You could wear it on your right arm instead. Should be much less wrist contact with the buttons.
@nseslija basically this.
It’ll work like a bike computer and you’ll get better asc/dsc readings. However, you’ll need external sensor for HR.
So, while I have not personally experienced this, I have read ONE other report of it doing the same thing to someone else. This resulted in them returning their watch.
As someone else mentioned, by the location of your marks, it appears you’re wearing your watch right on your wrist bone. Also rather high on your wrist, which may not be optimal for casual use… comfort… and especially sports.
Keep in mind with flexion of the wrist, naturally (especially when MTB) you’re going to experience discomfort anywhere space is expanding and contracting with something be in that zone.
I’d recommend wearing it below the wrist bone, especially if you plan on giving it another shot. I believe that’s the opportunity here, but that’s just my OP.
Sad to see this…