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Suunto Traverse GPS Watch

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    20 Reviews


    From traversing plateaus to crossing streets.

    Your daily adventures consist of hiking unknown trails, backpacking to new peaks, climbing in the alpine, or surviving the chaotic concrete jungle, and Suunto's Traverse GPS Watch will be on your wrist no matter what. This watch uses both GPS and GLONASS systems for powerful accuracy so you can navigate with confidence. 

    FusedAlti technology graphs your altitude, vertical speed, total ascent, and distance information so you always know where you are on the mountain. There's a digital compass and barometric trend information with storm alarms that let you know when it's time to head inside. The step and calorie counter helps you calculate your workouts whether you're running treadmills or trails.

    You can plan your route ahead of time by uploading ready-made maps from the Movescount app via your smartphone. Movescount also lets you upload photos and videos on a 3D map to share your adventures on Suunto's YouTube channel. There are notifications for incoming calls and texts with a slight, subtle, and silent vibration. Suunto made this watch out of hard composite case with a stainless steel bezel and a powerful battery.

    • GPS and GLONASS timekeeping and navigation systems
    • FusedAlti altitude, vertical speed, and total ascent
    • Barometric trend and storm alarm
    • Distance graph
    • Digital compass
    • Step and calorie counter
    • Movescount topographic map application
    • Incoming call, text, and push notifications
    • 100-meter submersible
    • Backlight
    • 100-hour battery life
    • Item #SUN001K

    Tech Specs

    Housing Material
    stainless steel
    Strap Material
    Face Material
    mineral crystal glass
    Technical Features
    Movescount app, GPS and GLONASS navigation systems, FusedAlti altitude, vertical speed, and total ascent, distance graph, digital compass, barometer, backlight, step counter, calorie counter, incoming call, text, and push notifications
    storm alert
    yes, 100m
    USB charging cable, quick guide, warranty leaflet
    Claimed Weight
    2.82 oz
    Recommended Use
    casual, backpacking, alpine, hiking & camping
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

    Tech Specs

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    • Reviews
    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

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    Amazing what a watch can do!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The Suunto Traverse is the only watch you will need and the battery lasts as long as most of your long outings will be. I am not a technologically oriented person and this watch is very easy to use. It is easy to change from short heart rate training sessions to super long, multi day ultra runs to simple day ski trips. It has a ton of great features, but my favorite ones by far are the: distance graph, digital compass ,step and calorie counter, topographic map application, incoming call, text, and push notifications (work great with android) and it is submersible up to 100 meters! This is an expensive watch, but you will not need another one for many years!

    Great watch

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Bought this mainly for hiking peaks as I didn't have a watch with an altimeter previously. Watch is very comfortable and pretty easy to use. Honestly has a lot more features than I need but still love the look and feel and it does the job.

    Great Gift for Outdoorsmen

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    I bought this gift for my Dad for his birthday, but this was his feedback: This is a great, easy to use watch! It is completely waterproof and comfortable to wear all the time. My only complaint is that the battery seems to be draining somewhat quickly if the GPS is running. Generally seems to last around 1 day with GPS, but other than that, fantastic watch!

    Game Changer

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I bought this watch to use while thru-hiking the John Muir Trail during July 2017, and have worn it everyday since then. The watch has incredible features, is easy to navigate, and has a good battery life. The 2017 winter in the Sierras was record breaking and left a lot of the JMT trail snow covered and hard to find, but was no problem with the Traverse as we created routes ahead of time using the movescount website and downloaded everything before heading out. What a game changer and a life saver helping us find our way back onto the trail.

    Since then I have been wearing it daily and use it for mountain biking as it will save your routes and links to your strava account as well.

    I would highly recommend this watch to any outdoor enthusiast

    Game Changer

    Great adventure companion

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    A high quality, light and comfortable fit. Features are numerous and great for my runs through Iceland, although the 'storm alarm' function proved unreliable in places.

    So far so great

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Really enjoying getting to know this watch so far. I've had it about a month now, and it's accompanied me on a three week journey around Iceland.

    Tracking activities, keeping up with altitude profiles, and the storm alarm have been stellar, although I think the storm alarm has been a bit sensitive. (Need to research more in to what triggers this).

    Definitely excited to get this out on some mountain climbs in the near future.

    So far so good - Impressed

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 178lbs

    I've only used the watch a few times , but am impressed with what it can do so far. Very easy to figure out and an excellent manual online as well as many youtube videos to help out as well.
    I've used it on some local area hikes in dense coverage and have had no problem keeping a signal. I have also linked it to my strava account and have logged in a couple mountain bikes rides on it. All easily transferable to the movescount program to record your activities.
    As I begin to learn more about what it can do I am more excited to apply it to all my outdoor activities. The main purpose for purchasing the watch is to thru hike the John Muir Trail this coming July/August. Thanks to my assigned gearhead Sarah, I made the purchase based on her recommendation and am very happy with the product.

    Get one you wont be disappointed.

    Best Watch Out There!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    I love this watch! I have used it for backpacking, mountaineering, alpine touring, MTBing, road biking, and hunting. This thing has all the bells and whistles. I found a really cool website,, that you can custom create some routes and then save them as a GPX file and load it right into the watch. I used that site and saved a couple routes on a 3 day backpacking trip through the Adirondacks, the watch worked flawlessly. There are different settings for tracking and it all depends on the settings for how long the battery actually lasted, but I had it on the lowest setting to ensure battery life and it lasted on the 3 day trip. The head of the watch is pretty large, but I think it's very comparable to other similar GPS watches.

    I would strongly recommend this watch. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me directly and we can chat.

    The watch that does it all. . .

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I purchased this watch to be able to track my hikes and outings more accuratly. The product I received was better than expected. I spent many hours researching this watch and I couldn't be more pleased with my investment. The start up is super easy and the options can be navigated with ease.

    Took this watch out for the first time on a 14 mile hike with just under 4000ft elevation gain. The bread crumb tracking is absolutely amazing. Even when hitting areas where the GPS signal is temporarily lost, the watch continues to track and route as you go. The interactive videos that can be created are amazing and bring your adventures to life.

    The battery life last for the entire outing which was about 9 hours, in GPS and bread crumb tracking. When we reached the truck, we still have 1/4 of life left. The battery charges quickly and the battery life did great.

    The display is very readable - even in sunlight. You can toggle through altitude, time, elevation gains/loses, date, and weather updates with ease.

    This watch does have a larger display screen but looks good on your wrist even for style. So far, the battery in watch mode does last a little past the 14 day limit.

    The one thing I would encourage Suunto to consider changing is the barometer readings. The sensor sits right about your wrist on the side/bottom of the watch. I have found often times, the temperature outside is colder than what the watch is reading and I imagine if wearing a long sleeve, this information may not be accurate either. However, this is not enough to really pull away from the amazing feature this watch offers. Simply put, this watch does it all and you can't go wrong.

    Works well and looks good too!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    I wear this watch one my hikes and backpack trips. I love it. It looks really cool and does a great job. I bought it first for my trip to Kilimanjaro. It did really well and I was able to record my trip to the top. Unfortunately I did not charge it enough so lost a bit of the data but it worked well otherwise. I have attached a video to the top of Kilimanjaro from day 3 to day 6. Enjoy!

    "This watch ROCKS man!" he said!

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    Bought this as a gift for my brother. Asked him what he thought and he said "It Rocks!" He loves all the features, how they work, etc. It's a win!

    One month update

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 6'0"

    Alright, I have been putting the Traverse through its paces for the past month and can finally elaborate on my previous review.

    This watch has continued to amaze me. I have finally taken the time to setup my activities and have customized recording modes based upon them. I have been using the watch to track my ski tours, and the data has been surprisingly helpful. While I am ski touring the watch is tracking everything including time elapsed, speed and pace, altitude, barometric pressure, and even my GPS coordinates in a "bread crumb" format. At any time I can look at my watch and see how far we have toured and even use the altitude and GPS to help pin point our location on a topo map. I have been recording with 1 second GPS intervals and have yet to run into battery life issues. I usually make sure to charge it fully the night before I go skiing and the battery lasts well beyond a week if I am not using it to record anything. According to Suunto the battery will last for 2 weeks in time mode, but I have yet to go 2 weeks without using the watch for its other many functions.

    The only issue I have had with the watch is that the thermometer never seems to work correctly. This issue might be due to the location of the temperature sensor on the watch and the fact that it spends most of the time tucked inside the sleeve of a jacket. This hasn't been a huge issue for me because I generally just check the temperatures for the day on my phone before I go outside, though it could be cool to see how cold it actually is at the top of each peak that I summit.

    Another cool feature is the ability to upload recorded data to Movescount. When I finish recording an activity I can save the data and upload it to my phone and view it on the Movescount app. This makes reviewing the data much easier to see and you can even see your route on a map. I have been saving my ski tours and naming them so that I can I can reference them the next time I want to repeat the tour. This will help me determine the time frame and location for specific tours and will make repeating them so much easier. I have included and picture of a tour I did recently up White Pine Fork in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

    I would definitely recommend this watch to anyone looking for a sports watch that can track and record your activities while still looking good enough to wear on a daily basis.

    Please contact me directly if you have any questions.

    One month update


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    This watch will track everything and the fit is great . Still working on all the features that this watch offers but so far so good. Great fit and easy to use. Being able to recharge the Traverse is very easy and last a long time.

    Unanswered Question

    What is the correct way to charge this watch?

    Can i use USB adapter same as can be found for mobile devices?
    Or i need to charge watch only using laptop?

    How does this watch charge? How long does it take to fully charge?

    There is USB charging cable included that attaches to the watch and can charge from any standard USB charger (I use my iPhone charging cube). I usually just plug it in at night when the battery is low, but next time I will keep an eye on it to see how long it takes (I would guess around 3 hours).

    I've scoured the internet, as i know this watch is new and there isn't much information. I'm just trying to find out the width of the band, so I can find a replacement band ASAP. From experience Suunto bands don't last very long.

    *Side note: I've searched the Suunto website, its not listed there. I've searched forums and no one has an answer yet. I do have the watch in my hand and it looks like a 24 or 25mm watch. I'm hoping its a 24mm so I can use a MilTaT band.

    I'm also asking my question here, because backcountry has the best response time with the most accurate answer. AMAZING SERVICE.

    Best Answer


    I know that both the Suunto Core and Elementum watches have a 24mm lug width, and I just came across a forum post on Watchuseek stating that Suunto has confirmed that the Traverse is also 24mm.


    I know this just became available...does anyone have any experience with this watch?
    How does it pair with an I-Phone or compare to other Sunnto watches?

    Garrett wish I could own them all but, I cannot. Ill at least toss in my opinion here and leave it open for someone who has actually used the new Traverse to provide theirs as well.

    So the connectivity between watch and phone will be the same as the other Suunto watches that have that capability, no changes there.

    The Traverse's main benefit I see over the other options like the Ambit is the ability to access the GLONASS Russian satellite system that Garmin has had. Means that the satellites will acquire faster and be more accurate.

    Going to hit up our guy at Suunto and see what he has to say as hes actually used the entire Suunto Line.

    Best Answer

    Garrett, I spoke with Suunto and they said the Traverse is geared towards more of the every day man/woman. Where the Ambit 3 is more for a hardcore athlete. So its not better or worse, its different and has some features that the Ambit 3 Peak does not.

    Traverse has a real time bread crumb trail which is only more powerful with the GLONASS.

    Step Counter

    The Ambit 3 Peak is geared towards that high end athlete that needs all the training functionality which the Traverse does not have.

    Let me know if you have anymore questions.