The Suunto Traverse neatly fills the gap between the Ambit 3 and the Core. It has all the outdoor functions found on the core such as a barometric altimeter and a compass as well as having many of the sports functions found on the Ambit, including Bluetooth connectivity for use with a smart phone and GPS tracking and navigation. It's also compatible with the Suunto Smart Heart Rate belt. It features a strong battery life with up to 100hrs with the GPS set to its least frequent log and it's compatible with Movescount so multiple apps can be used to get the most from all the features.
The Traverse allows you to upload a GPS route to the watch from Movescount. To work alongside this there is an automatic breadcrumb feature which works in real time as you move and which then allows you to easily retrace your steps should you need to. Other outdoor functions include a storm alarm and altimeter logging with a choice of 2 frequencies which can be displayed as an altitude graph.
The sports functions on the Traverse use the GPS to give a time and distance which is also used to provide a real time average pace. It allows 5 different sports modes which are all fully customisable using Movescount. The Bluetooth compatibility also allows you to connect your watch with a Smartphone so you can receive notifications to the watch from your phone.
This Sapphire version comes with a Sapphire Glass face which is harder and therefore offers better scratch resistance than the standard mineral version.
Suunto Traverse Sapphire Features
- Sapphire crystal glass
- Highly accurate altimeter
- Vertical speed
- Total ascent/descent
- Sea level pressure
- 3D Compass
- Storm Alarm
- Fully featured GPS
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Countdown timer
- Time, date, alarm, dual time
- Multiple Languages (EN, DE, ES, FI, FR, IT, NL, PT, SV)
- Water resistant to 100m
- GPS time keeping
- LED backlight
- Vibration alert
- Low battery indicator
- Data transfer and charging via USB
- 50 x 50 x 16.5mm
- Battery Life:
- 14 days in time mode
- All Black
Customer Reviews of Sunnto Traverse Sapphire All Black
After much looking around for a decent watch, I settled on the Suunto Traverse with the Sapphire glass and to be quite honest it exceeded my expectations.
My friends and I are ex-military and we go hiking quite frequently and like to take support equipment with us that 'does what it says on the box.' Two of us have the Suunto Traverse. We use them to track weather conditionsand our progress across rough terrain. The GPS and altimeter work extremely well as does the barometric function which warns of impending storms and changing circumstances.We have other full-sized GPS equipment and, when compared, the Suunto watches were very accurate.
The Traverse is a great looking robust watch with exactly the functions that are needed for sport or activities without being too clever and including unnecessary extras. The face is uncluttered and easy to read and, once you get the hang of how it operates, it is easy to use. There are plenty of support videos to help [from other users] for those not techno minded.
Price is subjective: some say it is expensive... personally, you get what you pay for and when it works this well that is brilliant. I did look at other watches but found the read out was too cluttered, they didn't have enough technology in them to make them useful or they were just gimmicky - in short, the price is great!
I love this watch and there is nothing I can say against it!