Suunto X10

Suunto X10 10th Anniversary GPS Watch

It's not hard to fathom that Suunto had its humble beginnings in navigational equipment such as compasses. Suunto also pioneered the compact liquid sighting compass used by artillery officers who needed to accurately sight coordinates, as well as compasses which were made of durable materials which prevented a compass needle from shock and excessive motion.

Watches made by Suunto today include many features in addition to telling time; the navigational equipment which helped Suunto cement it's name in history have also been jam packed into their watches as of late. The amount of features present in particular Suunto watches such as a built-in altimeter, barometer, compass, and GPS have made these watches known as “wrist computers.”

The Suunto X10 at a Glance

While many will find a watch like this quite bulky, the natural curves may fool bystanders and people who wouldn't know otherwise into thinking that this particular Suunto watch is a regular athletic watch. Made of quality, extremely durable plastics, metal parts are used in the places that matters such as the strap buckles and connectors. The Suunto X10 is rated for up to 100 meters of water resistance, so one shouldn't worry about getting the watch wet.

The spec sheet for the Suunto X10 states that it has a 33% longer battery life than the previous incarnations of watches. Actual battery life is reported to range from 5 to7 hours with heavy use of the included features, namely the GPS, backlight, compass and the included data storage functions. Light use can bring the battery to last about as much as 3 months if only basic modes such as telling time and going into Altimeter or Barometer mode are enabled. Some modes of the watch can be set to only be enabled in intervals, such as the GPS function: The GPS can be set to only be enabled in intervals ranging from a second to a full minute, getting the battery life up to a good 16 hours if kept on.

Like the other wrist computers in Suunto's lineup, there is included software to help manage the data created and stored in your watch. Waypoints and routes can be set within the watch and can be edited with the computer interface. Limited connectivity to Google Earth is also a feature of the software included with Suunto watches, so blazing a trail and finding exactly where you ended up after can be a potentially useful feature. Connectivity to other map sites such as National Geographic TOPO! Maps and Fugawi are also supported.

Suunto X10 Features and Specifications

The advanced nature of this particular watch extends to its most basic features, including the alarm. The Suunto X10 set weather and altitude alarms in addition to being your wake up alarm in the morning. A barometric alarm even alerts the wearer to barometric pressure changes, a valuable tool for the meteorologist.

The Suunto X10 is capable of measuring the wearer's altitude based off the current barometric pressure. This method of altitude measurement, while requiring a little knowledge of barometric statistics and sea levels, is proven to be more accurate and sensitive than the altitude tracking of the GPS. Reference altitude for a proper, exact calculation can be checked with the GPS feature.

The barometer displays information about barometric pressure at sea level through an intuitive graphical interface on the watch. Typically, the barometer only displays barometric pressure development during the last 6 hours in intervals of up to 15 minutes. The absolute barometric pressure in your current location can also be referenced with this handy feature.

A Suunto mainstay since their early days, a digital compass is part of the many features of this wrist computer. It can work without having to enable other functions in the watch, which makes it handy for situations that call for power saving.

In addition to mapping your direction and heading in degrees, a feature called bearing lock is included with the watch. This feature helps the wearer keep track of his or her direction and bearing better by displaying the degree deviation in both directions after a target bearing is set.

The navigation feature enables the wearer to set waypoints either on a computer or on the watch itself while on the move. This mode can display the distance, direction, estimated time of arrival to your waypoint and other essential information, including a means for you to return to your starting point. These features are best used when you have a set destination.

Activity mode is created for the achiever in mind. This mode keeps records of your journey's statistics including information such as your speed, distance traveled, time or altitude.

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