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Suunto Vertical Titanium Solar Watch Review

With an almost endless battery life, easy use navigation features, a durable build, heart rate monitoring and more, there's a lot to like about this smartwatch from Suunto

It’s the battery life that I find the most endearing thing about this. It’s phenomenal. If you’re as economical as possible using the watch you can get more than a year’s worth of charge out of it. With all systems go, you get up to 85 hours and, from my experience using it, you’ve got to be pretty heavily engaged with this watch to find yourself draining down the battery at any fast rate. Suunto say it’s way ahead of its competitors here and this does seem true. A few years ago I spent three weeks in the wild on a solo running challenge and I didn’t take a watch as I didn’t want another thing to charge. If this watch was around back then, I would’ve absolutely taken it with me – and it would’ve been such an asset to have. 

Our team using the Suunto Vertical Titanium Solar in the Scottish Highlands. Photos: Dave Macfarlane


Pros: Incredible battery life, great navigational tool
Cons: UI takes a bit of time to get used to, high price


The Suunto Vertical Titanium Solar offers tracking for over 95 different activities ranging from trail running, hiking, cycling and swimming through to things like cross-country skiing, cricket and something called floorball. You can use it to measure all the usual training metrics, assisted by a heart rate monitor, with the Suunto app giving in-depth activity reports to help you track your progress.

As a hiker and trail runner, I’ve really liked using the Suunto’s navigational tools. It offers route following and tracking on detailed maps that demonstrate trails, contour lines and important landmarks. Sadly, it doesn’t have any text labels, so you won’t be able to see the names of things like summits or bodies of water.

Suunto have added dual-frequency GPS/GNSS satellite connectivity to this – something that, I believe, hasn’t been available in any of their previous watches. This gives you extremely accurate positioning, even in high up or particularly remote places, although I have found that getting a location can take a little bit of time, particularly if you’re indoors or in deep woodland.

The Suunto mapping software is free and its tiles, along with any route you want to follow, can all be downloaded for offline use.  It’s worth bearing in mind, however, that any downloads made on the Suunto app need to be done over a wifi connection. 

Other features of this watch that are beneficial to outdoor enthusiasts are the sunrise and sunset times, weather details and storm alerts and the built-in altimeter. 

Watch Construction and User Interface

The watch face is large but overall the Suunto Vertical still has a svelteness to it – it doesn’t feel heavy or bulky. The screen is nice and clear too, even in bright daylight. You can move between screens and make selections using the touch screen or you can stick with the three side buttons. I’ve found myself mainly using the buttons. I’ve not been a dedicated Suunto user but I still found the UI quick to work out and get around. That said, I accidentally set this to Japanese when I first picked it up, so it took a while to figure out how to switch back to English!

In terms of durability, I dropped this onto a hard floor once, to my horror, but I found absolutely no damage to the screen or bezel. After a month of regular use, the screen is immaculate with no scratches or scuffs. That’s not too surprising given the glass is made from sapphire crystal and the bezel a grade 5 titanium. It’s water resistant to 100m, so you’ll need to work hard to do any damage there. 


This is an excellent watch. With its class-leading battery life, ease of use and its super handy settings for outdoor enthusiasts – special nod to its navigation functions – I’d say this is the best GPS watch I’ve tested. As a final point, I think it’s also worth commending Suunto for making this using 100% renewable energy and for offsetting 100% of the carbon emissions created in its production.

Some Other Key Things Answered

Can I use it to control music from Spotify? Yes, but there’s no music storage
Can I use it for payments? No
Are the map downloads free? Yes

Suunto Vertical Titanium Solar

Selected for the Outdoor 100 Winter 23/24
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