Wild Gear: Suunto Vertical Watch

When it comes to adventure travel, having the right gear is crucial. The Suunto Vertical Watch is a game-changer for adventurous travellers seeking a reliable and durable timepiece. With its innovative solar charging capabilities and an array of impressive features, this watch is designed to accompany you on your wildest expeditions.

Where Wild Things Roam took the watch out for a test drive to see if it lives up to the hype and we have to say, we liked it. Let’s delve into the specifics and explore why the Suunto Vertical is a must-have for adventure enthusiasts.

Specs and features

An ultimate adventure companion, the Suunto Vertical Watch is a rugged yet stylish watch with superior functionality. Here are what we found to be the standout features and why we liked them.

Solar Charging

The Solar Canyon model boasts an innovative solar charging feature, harnessing the power of the sun to keep the watch running without the need for frequent battery changes. This is a game-changer for adventure travellers who spend extended periods outdoors, ensuring that the watch remains powered up even in remote locations.

Robust Construction

Built to withstand the harshest conditions, the Suunto Vertical Solar Canyon features a durable stainless steel bezel, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass, and a reinforced composite case. It is water-resistant up to 100 meters, making it suitable for a variety of adventurous activities, including hiking, trekking, and water sports.

Altitude and Barometric Pressure

With its altimeter and barometer functions, the Solar Canyon provides real-time data on altitude and barometric pressure changes. This is particularly valuable for mountaineers, hikers, and adventurers exploring high-altitude regions, enabling them to track elevation gains, monitor weather changes, and make informed decisions during their expeditions.

GPS and Navigation

The watch is equipped with GPS technology, allowing adventurers to navigate accurately and track their routes in real-time. The breadcrumb trail feature ensures you can retrace your steps, making it ideal for off-the-beaten-path explorations and backcountry adventures where traditional maps may be insufficient.

Outdoor-specific Functions

The Suunto Vertical offers a range of outdoor-specific features. It includes a compass for precise navigation, a weather trend indicator to keep an eye on changing weather patterns, and sunrise/sunset times to plan activities accordingly. Additionally, it provides information on step count, calories burned, and sleep tracking, helping adventurers maintain their health and fitness goals even while on the go.

Why we loved it

More than just an smartphone watch or fitbit type watch with fitness capabilities, this watch goes above and beyond. The long-lasting power with its solar charging capabilities means you never have to worry about running out of battery during your adventures and no pesky charging on extended trips or spending days away from power outlets. It is rock solid when it comes to durability and reliability: Built to withstand rugged environments, the watch’s robust construction ensures it can endure the toughest conditions and activities.

Best of all is the comprehensive outdoor features. From altimeter and barometer functions to GPS navigation and outdoor-specific data, the Suunto Vertical offers a range of features tailored to adventure travel. These tools provide valuable information, enhancing safety, decision-making, and overall enjoyment of outdoor pursuits.

Finally, it just looks good too. The Suunto Vertical’s sleek and modern design makes it suitable for both outdoor excursions and everyday wear. Its versatility allows adventure travellers to transition seamlessly from rugged landscapes to urban settings, without compromising on style or functionality.

Oh and did we mention that we love Suunto’s environmental responsibility? Suunto has been a trusted companion in the outdoors since 1936, making long-lasting and repairable products to minimize waste and environmental impact. They use 100% renewable energy at their factory and HQ in Finland, which enabled zero emissions in their own operations in 2021. To understand the climate impact of their products, Suunto has started calculating the lifetime carbon footprint of new watches through life cycle assessments, also compensating for these emissions identified. They work towards minimizing the impact through better materials in products and packaging, efficient production processes and encourage the Suunto community to contribute through more sustainable everyday choices.

The verdict

Whether you’re scaling mountain peaks, exploring remote wilderness, or simply embracing the spirit of adventure, the Suunto Vertical Watch ensures you stay on track, powered up, and ready for every extraordinary moment.

Where to buy

You can purchase the Suunto Vertical Watch by visiting the website suunto.com/en-au/Products/sports-watches/suunto-vertical/suunto-vertical-titanium-solar-canyon/. RRP is AU$1,299.00.

Ingo Jahn is an explorer at heart and can be found roaming wild in the most extreme wilderness. A highlight of Ingo's adventures was embarking on a three-week, four-man unsupported, unguided traverse of the north Patagonian ice cap, part sponsored by Australian Geographic Society.