Suunto 9 Baro Titanium gets a Red Bull X-Alps Limited Edition
To mark the 10th anniversary of the world’s toughest adventure race Suunto has released a Suunto 9 Baro Titanium Red Bull X-Alps Limited Edition.
For those not in the know, this is a paragliding race which takes place annually in Europe. Participants must hike or fly the 1,000+ kilometres track which weaves through Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and France. The decade old race starts in Salzburg, Austria on 20th of June 2021. Only 33 of the toughest teams from 17 countries (one athlete plus one official supporter) have been selected to start. Most of these will not make it all the way to the finish line. We are yet to see a non-Swiss team win the race.
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The original Suunto 9 was revealed back in 2018. This was followed by a Titanium version earlier this year. It is this second iteration which is getting the styling upgrade.
Only 1,238 pieces of the Suunto 9 Baro Titanium Red Bull X-Alps Limited Edition are available. Why that many? Because the 10th edition of the race will tackle a 1,238 km route through the mountains. So one for each kilometre of the race.
You still get the titanium bezel but now it has the Red Bull X-Alps Limited Edition text etched on both sides with red ink fill around the edges. Each watch is numbered with a corresponding kilometre of the race.
The quick-release strap has also received a revamp. It comes in two lengths and with the Red Bull X-Alps and Suunto logo. Included is also a dual color silicone strap in the box.
The actual specs of the device are unchanged from the original. A highlight of this is awsome battery life. The 170 hours on a single charge on the Suunto 9 is sure to last any athlete competing in the Red Bull X-Alps. The thing is also built to survive most conditions. To this end it comes with sapphire glass and 100 metre water-resistance.
The limited edition timepiece features a Red Bull X-Alps SuuntoPlus feature. This is designed to help users track their vertical speed. It should be useful for the hiking and flying community.
Other navigation functions include point of interest creation and navigation, along with turn-by-turn navigation by komoot. The later was introduced for the regular edition of Suunto 9 and 7 via a software update in March.
The Suunto 9 Red Bull X-Alps edition is available now on the company’s website. It will cost you around $700 if you want to snag one of the 1,238 available for sale.
Another Suunto 9 iteration will come in the form of the Suunto 9 Peak. A recent FCC filing has revealed details on the watch which is likely to come with an ultra-thin design upgrade. No word yet on an actual release date.
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