Suunto Sports Watches

The watch and its components

Packaging

The Traverse comes in pretty packaging including a proprietary USB cable to connect to a PC, a very brief start-up instructions and a warranty manual.

Design and Ergonomics

Suunto has focused on quality and beautiful design for this model hand assembled at its plant in Finland. Its mineral crystal dial and stainless steel bezel associated with a lovely bracelet give it a beautiful look that allows the everyday wear, even if the box may seem a bit big on small wrists (5cm diameter).

Sturdy construction with its steel bezel protecting the dial and case lightweight composite material, it can resist shocks and extreme temperatures (-20 ° C to +60 ° C and -30 ° C storage).

Unlike Ambit watches, Suunto offers for Traverse a very soft and comfortable silicone strap which comes in 4 colors: black, white, amber and graphite. The watch is comfortable to wear and it hardly feels it has on the wrist despite its 80 grams (or 9 g less than the Ambit 3) and 16 millimeters thick.

The Traverse is available in 4 colors: black, white, amber and graphite

The display

The display of the Suunto Traverse is a large 128×128 LCD pixels supporting up to 3 display lines. It is possible to reverse the color of the screen (black background display).

The watch features a programmable backlight intensity to read data when it is dark or night.

In “shows”, the Traverse has an impressive amount of useful information that is also found in “record” mode or “navigation”. We describe these data in the following section.

GPS sensor: ultra rapid hooking and GLONASS reception

GPS chip is located in the bezel of the watch. The satellite search is very fast through an integrated program to watch calculating their position. A regular update of the watch is necessary to ensure that speed. In our tests, the attachment is always done in under a minute.

To ensure optimal coverage, Suunto has integrated its research shows Russian satellites (GLONASS or “global system of satellite navigation,” a satellite navigation of Soviet origin). This feature adds some consumer battery but can be disabled. With GLONASS, approximately twice as many satellites available and thus fewer dropouts in covered areas (buildings, forest) and therefore more reliability.

Barometer (pressure sensor Alti-Baro)

As a GPS smartwatch, the Traverse is equipped with a pressure sensor (Alti-Baro) on the back of the watch. It displays the atmospheric pressure to predict the weather trend and can be used in measuring the altitude (see below). We detail these functions in the next section (main features).

Note that the Suunto software is smart enough to limit the calculation errors (altitude, vertical speed, etc.) related to changes in atmospheric pressure. Below 3 km / h, the watch believes that atmospheric pressure changes detected by the barometer are linked to unstable weather and not the upward movement of the user. Thus the altitude and vertical drop traversed do not change. It is these small software details that make the big difference with low-end shows.

Altimeter

The altimeter to determine the altitude and deduce traveled vertical drop and the rate of vertical movement. The altitude measurement can be performed by 3 different methods:

  • From the atmospheric sensor (barometric altitude): The advantage of this method is that it does not depend on the GPS signal, which is convenient in areas protected (dense forest, caves, buildings, etc.) if we want to save battery power by turning off the use of GPS.A calibration is necessary, however: it will indicate to the watch the altitude of the place where one is for what combines the current pressure altitude of the place. For good accuracy, this calibration should be repeated every day, especially in case of large change in the atmospheric pressure (time change).
  • From the GPS (GPS altitude): This method provides a good measure of accuracy provided that the area where it is located is not covered.In the case of a weak GPS signal, the altitude accuracy will be reduced.
  • By combining GPS and barometer (FusedAlti system) is obtained accuracy and reliability regardless of where it is located.

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