Suunto has quietly released the mid-tier $329 Suunto 5 Peak. The multi-sport watch comes in a more lightweight design and some improvements under the hood.
This is an updated version of the Suunto 5. That one was released back in May 2019 so it was well due for an upgrade. The company has made quite a few improvements, although some things have stayed the same.
The colour, matrix 1.1 inch display (218 x 218 pixels) is unchanged but the glass material now is Polyamide glass fibre glass instead of Mineral crystal Glass. Suunto has also managed to squeeze that screen into a smaller body – it measures 3mm less at 43mm. The weight of the watch has come down, from 66 grams to only 39 grams. The watch is sleeker, measuring 13.5mm in depth – down from 12.9mm on Suunto 5.
All of these are useful changes which result in a nice, lightweight, 5 button watch. The case material is reinforced polyamide and this is attached to a 22mm silicone strap. The 6 strap options include Black, Dark Heather, Ridge Sand, Ochre, Cave Green and Ridge Sand Multicolor.
Interestingly, the water resistance is not as good as on Suunto 5. That one is rated 5 ATM (50 meters), where as 5 Peak is rated 3 ATM (30 meters).
The sensors are pretty much unchanged. There was speculation that the device would come with the addition of a barometric sensor but this did not turn out to be the case. The watch still estimates barometric altitude solely based on GPS position.
There’s also no blood oxygen sensor, tech that is becoming pretty standard these days. The heart rate sensor is the same but accuracy should be improved thanks to upgraded algorithms. The Bluetooth and GNSS chips, however, are upgraded.
It is also worth mentioning that Suunto 5 Peak now has the ability to update firmware over the air. This is a feature introduced with the 9 Peak. It does away with the need to connect your watch to the smartphone or the desktop app when refreshing the software.
As far as battery life, this is also pretty much unchanged. You’ll get about a week in normal mode and 20h/40h/100h in GPS depending on the battery mode chosen.
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With over 80 customizable sport modes, adaptive training guidance and a bunch of performance metrics, this is a nice looking sports watch. Suunto 5 Peak manages to fit lots of functions into its sleek but durable body. This includes sleep, stress and recovery stats, route recommendations and 3D heat maps, turn-by-turn navigation and smartphone music controls.
The company is launching 5 Peak at an attractive $329 price point. That’s much cheaper than the $570 that 9 Peak sells for. In that sense it offers good value for money as it essentially has lots of the Suunto 9 specs. The differences between the two come in the form of a less premium build on 5 Peak, a smaller, less high-res, non-touch display, shorter battery life and the lack of the digital compass, barometric altimeter, temperature and blood oxygen sensors.
The target audience for the Suunto 5 Peak are runners and athletes who don’t need all the bells and whistles of 9 Peak. It is a decent device for those after a lightweight, entry-level GPS watch with long battery-life. Direct competition comes in the form of the non-music version of the Garmin Forerunner 245.
Global availability of 5 Peak starts this spring. Limited stock will be available starting on February 1st for certain European retailers and on suunto.com.
Suunto has recently changed ownership from Amer Sports to Chinese-based Liesheng. The transaction is scheduled to finalise sometime during the first half of 2022.
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