Suunto M5

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Suunto M5 Review Facts

A fitness watch with exercise guidance has arrived. The Suunto M5  is a watch made for multi-sport exercise. Along with heart rate monitoring functions for fitness lovers, this watch offers tips on how to get balanced exercises and flexible training programs that stem from your own personal data. The M5 measures a lot more than heart rate, it gives in-depth feedback on how you are training and how you can improve upon your workouts. You can also count the calories that you consume as well as monitor the intensity of your workout to ensure that you are performing at your best every time you exercise. This watch is also compatible with other Suunto products, which include the Suunto PODS. This compatibility can provide measurements for how fast your run, and for how far.  Despite its release date, the watch still has some features that rival some seen on our Best GPS watches for runner’s 2017 guide.

Pros
  • Simple interface that anyone can use
  • Watch provides clear goals and accurate results.
  • A sophisticated yet simple fitness computer
  • Can be worn anywhere, doesn’t need to be solely for working out.
  • Affordable price for the number of features provided.
  • Great training programs included
Cons
  • The lighting display is difficult to read while indoors.
  • The quick start feature may be confusing.
  • Cannot see time/pace/heart rate measurements at the same time
GPS

GPS

GPS Track POD can be used as GPS for the M5 watch. The Track POD is used to store and track speed, distance, and GPS altitude data while you exercise. Exploring new territories with the POD can be saved through the GPS provided for the Suunto M5. Another cool feature provided through GPS is that you can connect it with Suunto heart rate monitors to track your distance in real time, as well as getting speed-readings while you are working out.
Signal Strength

Signal Strength

The signal strength is great but has known to be problematic in heavily wooded or "tree-dense" areas. If you cannot find a signal you can try checking if you are wearing the HR belt correctly and you can also check if the electro areas of the HR belt are moist enough. If the problem is still present you can replace the battery of the HR belt or the device you are using.
Battery Life

Battery Life

The battery life in time mode consists of 12 months for regular and normal use. It includes a battery indicator to show when it is low. A battery kit for the Suunto M5 includes a CR2032 and a battery cover that can fit all the different Suunto M5 models.
Size / Weight

Size / Weight

The weight of the M5 is 40 grams or 1.41 ounces. The measurements are as follows: 43.6 x 43.6 x 13 mm or 1.72 x 1.72 x 0.51 inches. 
Heart Rate Monitoring

Heart Rate Monitoring

The main feature of this watch is its heart rate monitoring. The heart rate monitoring feature requires an HR belt or HR wrist monitor. The monitor is recorded through beats per minute and can also calculate how many calories you burn during a workout. Recovery time for the heart rate monitor of the M5 can be obtained through post-training and the log recording rate can be calculated at 10 seconds. This heart rate monitor is used best during times of exercise while your heart is working at high speeds. Through the personal setting, you can adjust your heart rate from the device accordingly. The watch also switches between 3 different heart rate zones to help you reach personal goals.
Personalization

Personalization

The Suunto M5 is all about personalization. You have the ability to use your personal fitness data through your training programs. There is also a personal exercise program that can be downloaded for the M5 through Movescout.com, which is optional through the Suunto Movestick. Personalizing your watch to help your fitness goals for accurate guidance can be done through personal settings. Your own physical traits and activity can help to guide your own personal fitness journey. Some of these personalizations include the year of birth, sex, weight, height, BMI and the level of fitness you have.
Metrics & Analytics

Metrics & Analytics

You can track your personal data by automatically adapting a training program for a week. You can transfer your data by plugging in you Suunto Movestick to your computer via USB. Your training services are directly recorded through direct use of the M5. Real time tracking of your fitness training is done before, during and after your training. There are also training programs that are available for download straight through your watch.
Real Time Data Tracking

Real Time Data Tracking

The Suunto M5 has a lot of features that record real-time improvements. The heart rate monitor and Real-time intensity guidance during workouts are the key features that make the watch great and can be tracked on the spot. This data tracking can help you reach your goals faster and more efficiently when you know exactly what you’re doing and why. The real-time data tracking will also tell you when your body is too tired to continue working out. This will also keep your intensity levels high while working out in order to provide not only real-time data but real-time results as well.
Water Resistant

Water Resistant

According to the IOS 6425 the Suunto M5 is water resistance for up to 30 meters. The IOS 6425 is a water resistant mark that is stamped on the back of watches to indicate that it is indeed water resistant. The M5 suggests that you check the battery to make sure that it is placed securely and directly in place to ensure that water does not enter the device. This test doesn’t mean that the device can withstand severe water pressures or long-term water usage. 30 meters means that the M5 cannot withstand long periods of time in pools or underwater that exceed 30.
Key Features

Key Features

Heart rate and calories burned are monitoredn
• Fitness tests availablen
• Intensity guidance provided in real timen
• Suunto PODS optional for speed and distance trackingn
• Time, date and alarm featuresn
• Has the capability to download training programs and upload exercise datan
• Exercise programs are adaptive to users
• Motivational message sent for workout feedbackn
• 9 languages available for use
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Suunto M5 is for anyone who loves fitness and monitoring your health and fitness. This multisport watch is notably best for keeping your own fitness journey on track and helping your track your weight loss and monitoring your heart rate. The adaptive training programs and exercise data based on your personal information keeps the watch personal to you are your own workouts. nnThe key feature doesn’t stop at a heart rate monitor incorporated through the M5; it also is used for calorie count, which can be a great feature for weight loss. The M5 is a great buy for a watch that is versatile and can help someone on a journey through a fitness lifestyle. The Suunto M5 is compatible with other Suunto products and the features in advanced heart rate functions and adaptive training plans makes this the perfect buy for health enthusiasts.