COROS VERTIX ICEBREAKER VS SUUNTO 9 PEAK: COROS AND SUUNTO GPS TOP RANGE WATCHES, FACE TO FACE.
COROS VERTIX ICEBREAKER VS SUUNTO 9 PEAK: COROS AND SUUNTO GPS TOP RANGE WATCHES, FACE TO FACE. Our GPS WATCH section brings us today the comparison of the two top-of-the-range watches from COROS and SUUNTO. The COROS Vertix Icebreaker and the SUUNTO 9 Peak. Our partner Abel de Frutos has run for a week with both of them and goes on to explain the differences and similarities of both.
Possibly, and together with the GARMIN Fenix 6, the most attractive trailrunning GPS watches on the market. We leave you a comparison of both and we hope, it will help you decide, in case, you are looking for a GPS watch. Comparison by our #patroncarrerasdemontana Abel de Frutos.
COROS VERTIX ICEBREAKER VS SUUNTO 9 PEAK
Just a few days ago we echoed the launch of the new SUUNTO 9 Peak, the latest launch of the Finnish house. This Peak comes to replace (or complement) the Suunto 9 Baro Titanium, which with some limitation in the hardware does not have all the characteristics of the new Peak (wireless upgrade, blood oxygen measurement, etc). An update with a totally different design will seek to gain a foothold among the highest-end GPS watches.
For its part COROS launched the Vertix a few years ago and, in the last year, the Icebreaker model was launched somewhat more expensive than its brothers. A model by and for thetrailrunners. Our colleague Abel de Frutos has been able to test this model, and with a use of more than 1000kms.
After a few weeks also testing the Suunto 9 Peak, we leave you the sensations we have had with both. Two watches with very similar functionalities and features, but with also outstanding differences. Which one do you stay with? Difficult choice, we hope this article will help you in the choice if you are looking for a new GPS watch. We did not forget the Garmin Fenix 6, but we did not include it in the comparison, because we did not have the opportunity to try it and it did not seem fair to make the comparison with the Fenix 5.
COROS VS SUUNTO: DATA SHEET FACE TO FACE
Let’s look first at the data sheet of both watches. To facilitate the comparison, we leave you a table comparing the feautres that we think most important, from there, we leave it to you to decide which of the two best fits your wrist.
COROS VS SUUNTO: COROS VERTIX ICEBREAKER
We have several versions of the VERTIX In our case we have been able to test the COROS VERTIX IceBreaker, which offers us sapphire crystal and fiber bezel. Even though it looks heavy to the naked eye it has only 60 grams of weight according to our scale, strap included! A sporty GPS, intended for adventure, mountain and of no to the ultra trail that is where we have been able to get the most out of it.
A watch that has 3 buttons on the dial, one at the top for light, in the center the so-called Knob button that will allow us to navigate quickly and fluidly through all the functionals of the watch, and a last button at the bottom to go back in the menus and press the LAP option during our exercise. It also has a touch screen so that we can navigate the exercise with both the Digital Knob and your finger.
COROS VS SUUNTO: SUUNTO 9 PEAK
In addition to the price and solidity of the titanium employed, undoubtedly the key commercial hook is that the Suunto 9 Peak has up to 170 hours of GPS recording capacity in Tour mode. It also provides functions that reduce existing disadvantage with its rivals. Now we have blood oxygen measurement, for example. It also promises a full recharge of the battery in one hour.
The Suunto 9 Peak comes with all the industry-leading features the Suunto 9 family is known for, including more than 80 sport modes such as running, walking, mountain biking, skiing or swimming; customizable displays to display the most relevant training data, an intelligent battery management system, accurate heart rate monitoring, detailed weather information and extensive navigation capabilities.
COROS VS SUUNTO: CONCLUSIONS
As you will have been able to see if you have come this far, there are not many differences in the technical specifications of both GPS watches. To highlight the size and weight, smaller and lighter the SUUNTO 9 Peak, but that at the moment of truth some will like more or less. In my case for example, I like the big watches with a good dial, so I miss that some of the new features of the Peak could be had in the SUUNTO 9 Baro Titanium for example.
On the other hand, another fundamental difference would be the battery. Although the Peak offers us a powerful battery, to this day I think the battery of the Vertix in race and in daily use remains unbeatable. Over three weeks I have been without charging the watch, with smart warnings activated and training 4-5 days a week. The truth is that the battery is a pass.
As for the workouts and functionalities of each watch, it is worth highlighting the new features of Suunto Plus, such as the newcomer Ghost Runner, Climb, etc. While on the other hand the Vertix offers us the possibility of creating complex training, functionality that in my case gives me a lot, also highlight the new EvoLab functionality of COROS.
As for the APP, both applications have a fairly fluid appearance, it is easy to find what you are looking for and both give the necessary data, however, I think both are far from their biggest competitor “Garmin Connect”. Ahhh, and Suunto allows us to review the trainings on the web.
COROS VS SUUNTO: GPS TRACK
Finally, on June 17 we did a long training of about 33 kms approximately, in the mountain area close to Madrid, from Las Dehesas (Cercedilla) to Palazuelos de Eresma. In that training we took the opportunity to wear the two watches, the Vertix on the left wrist and the Peak on the right wrist.
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