From mountaineers to climbers, backpackers, hikers, hunters, fishers and beyond, when it comes to choosing the right outdoor watch, the Suunto Traverse Alpha is as good as it gets.
A knurled stainless steel bezel, premium sapphire crystal glass, and water repellent nylon strap are just the start.
Beyond the ruggedly attractive looks and top notch build quality, this watch gets outrageously impressive the moment you discover all the functionality packed inside of it.
While it might be easier to glance down through the list of quick highlights below, I’d like to tell you a few of my favorite features right off the bat.
With GPS/GLONASS navigation you can set the watch to automatically leave a breadcrumb trail. While recording, the watch will create a path map that can be used to track your way back. Instead of just being able to save these trails, Suunto has offered another feature I’ve found extremely valuable. Along the way, you can set points of interests, with specific options for fishing, hunting, and hiking.
Let’s face it, locating your trail cameras down to the exact tree you put them on, is a dream for virtually any hunter out there.
Of course, that’s just the beginning of an endless list of incredible features. Below, you’ll find an in-depth men’s foliage Suunto Traverse Alpha watch review alongside my experience of owning and using one.
– Made in Finland and tested to military standards (MIL-STD-810G)
– Sunrise-sunset times and alerts
– Distinct Fishing and hunting POI types
– Moon phases and moon rise/set times
– Composite case with stainless steel bezel
– 75 g / 2.65 oz weight
– Sapphire crystal glass dial
– Textile strap available in foliage, black, concrete and woodland.
– Customizable bezel, case, strap, buttons, buckle, and screws.
– Automatic Shot detection
– Red backlight, Night Vision Goggle compatible
– GPS and GLONASS for route and POI navigation
– Real-time breadcrumb view of the recorded track
– Tracking for speed, distance and altitude
– New routes with heatmaps discoverable on Suunto Movescount App
– Plan routes with Suunto Movescount and topographic maps
– Preview routes and altitude profile on the watch
– 100 m/330 ft water resistance
– Altitude (FusedAlti™)
– Weather trend and storm alarm
– Compatible with select heart rate monitors
– Bright white LED backlight while using flashlight mode
– Vibration alarm and vibrating push buttons
– GPS time update
– Daily, weekly, monthly and yearly activity tracking of steps and calories
– Bluetooth pairing for mobile notifications including text message and calls.
– Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery with USB connection.
– 128 x 128 LED Display resolution
– 14-day battery life (time), 10-15-100-hour battery life (training mode GPS)
– Operational in temperatures from -5° F to +140° F.
Mens Foliage Suunto Traverse Alpha Watch Review
Beyond the GPS/GLONASS navigation, the Suunto Traverse Alpha is built for conquering new territory. You’ll find a built-in altimeter, barometer, and compass. Best of all, you can follow weather changes while on the move.
For hunters, sunrise and sunset alerts, a moon phase calendar, and automatic shot detection using a built-in accelerometer make life easy.
For those who love to hike, a dedicated hiking recording mode goes beyond a step counter and includes a readout of things like your hiking speed, current hiking speed, average time per mile, and overall distance covered. While on the move, being able to see all of that data without stopping is something I personally love.
The features above and be adapted beyond hunters and hikers of course, but when it comes to universal features the Suunto Traverse Alpha has it all. Alongside a generously sized time readout, you’ll also find a battery percentage readout, stopwatch, countdown, bright white built-in led flashlight, and so much more.
Even things like a red backlight which can preserve night sight or NVG use can be active with a simple push of a button. You’re just not going to find that level of detail put into other outdoor watches. And speaking of buttons, each is ultra-responsive with a slight vibrational feedback for the perfect enjoyment of use.
In reality, I could spend hours here talking to you about all the features, but instead of going over the quick highlights again, let’s talk durability. In my option, this outdoor men’s watch is built like a tank! It’s made in Finland, tested to military standards, and with a 100m/330ft water resistance getting it wet is the least of your worries. Dunking my hand into an icy cool creek after a hike and not having to worry about my watch is pure bliss.
In terms of battery life and ease of charging, the unique clamp charger is simple to use. While using the GPS functionality non-stop does suck up more battery, you can still get well over a day of use without it being fully drained. For my typically hiking tracking, I’ve been able to use the GPS trail recording on and off for over a week without needing to recharge. Sure, battery life is going to vary by personal usage, but I have to say it’s exceeded my expectations.
Lastly, I want to mention the Suunto Movescout app, its packed full of features including really cool things like planning new routes with heat maps. Of course, while you’re installing the app on your phone, go ahead and turn on the Bluetooth and connect your Suunto Traverse Alpha. When a phone call comes in it will show up on your watch dial, alongside things like text messages. Whenever I’m away from my phone, have left it in another room to charge, or am in the shower, the Suunto Traverse Alpha always keeps me connected.
Overall, this is hands-down my favorite outdoor watch to wear ever! It looks sharp enough to wear on and off the trails, and the functionality is just so useful that I never want to leave the house without it.