Suunto 5 Peak In-Depth Review: Everything you need to know
com and today ive got your full sunto 5 peak in depth, review and user interface tour. Now this video is divided with basically into five simple chunks. The very first bit is whats new on the cento 5, followed by what the core features are on the tsum to 5, followed them by how it differs from the tsum to 9 and the sumto7 from there ill go into the pros and cons like the core Things that ive really loved and the core things that ive really hated about using this watch over the last month and then finally, from there ill go into a bit of a user interface. Tour. To show you how the watch works. Hands on its honestly as simple as that, oh and this video is definitely not sponsored in any way shape or form. Im gon na tell you the good, the bad and the ugly about using this watch. As i said over the past month or so now. First, up on the newness uh, the most obvious thing is its slimmer, a lot slimmer. If you look at the old suunto, 5 youll notice that you know from like a technical standpoint, the actual case itself isnt that much different its only about a millimeter and a half thinner. However, the biggest difference is the band on the old cento. 5 was non bendable. This part up here is just a big chunk. There almost twice the thickness of the actual unit itself versus this.
Here it uses 22 millimeter a standard issue watch band, so you can swap it out for whatever you want. So that is the second change: the fact that theres now 22 millimeter bands that are removable versus the giant like bulky bands of the past. The next bit is theyve changed the gps in it uh and so thats, a relatively minor thing, but it went ahead and actually also allowed them to get much longer battery life with the new tour mode that gets up to 100 hours of gps battery life. The general gps stats, though, are 20 hours in the base mode 40 hours in kind of a mediocre mode and then 100 hours in a reduced, recording mode. Keeping in mind that 100 hour mode, though, is reducing the dps track points quite considerably, so youre not getting the same level of accuracy in that, as you would in the 20 hour mode and finally, the last new feature is theyve added new wireless firmware updates. This was added to the cento 9 peak last summer and now its here on the sunto 5p. In fact, in general, there isnt actually a ton new in the centrify peak, except for the external hardware design and the new gps chip set inside instead. Most of the features have already been introduced to the cento 5 over the past nine months or so since last summer, and that includes a bunch of the nine peak features that were added to this as well.
So if i look at some of those that includes like the android pre defined replies, it includes music control. It includes snap to route, which is the ability to load a route into the watch and then have the unit use that for the gps track, as well as also how it determines your pace and distance. So thats ideal in the case of, for example, a city based marathon, where you know youre going to run that exact course and you wanted to go and snap to that course. From a pacing and distance standpoint, plus theres, some additional suntoe apps ive added over the last nine or so months now, one final note is that it does use the same old school clip on charger as the past. So this just clips on like that uh as simple as that so uh, you know i dont mind this charger its fine, but i do also like the newer sunton9 peak magnetic charger that just always goes the right spot uh this one. You can sometimes clip at the wrong spot and you dont realize thats not quite perfectly aligned, but its not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. Okay and a quick note, if youre finding this video interesting useful, consider watching that like button bottom there right now, it really does help with the video and the channel quite a bit okay. So just stepping back for a second! In briefly talking about some of the watch – basics in case youre new to the sort of the tsunto lineup uh, this is a full multi sport watch would mean that you can do you know swimming and biking and running, but multisport means that you can do all Those things together as one particular activity, so you can go out and do a triathlon if you want to uh.
This is priced at 299 euros or 329 us dollars which is sort of like in the mid tier budget level for gps watches. It also has an optical heart rate sensor on the back that you see right there. This goes ahead and measures your heart rate during workouts, as well as 24×7. During the rest of the day, it doesnt update, quite as frequently as most other companies do. This is a fairly old sensor in it, but as youll see in the accuracy section just a moment, thats not too big a deal. It generally does a pretty decent job. Next, it does support bluetooth, smart pairing, which ill show you in just a moment. So you can go ahead and pair up a bluetooth, smart power, meter, bluetooth, smart cadence sensor or even a bluetooth, smart heart, race trap in the event that you dont, like the accuracy that youre getting out of the optical heart rate sensor. That is certainly an option. It also has automated suggested workouts uh, so it looks at your current workouts and it gives you a suggested workout for that particular day: uh, not every single day, but sort of a given schedule, a training plan that they have for you and that training plan will Change based on your volume, so if you do more volume, more workouts, harder, workouts itll give you more volume to do and inversely. If you do less itll try to get back on the bandwagon and again to go ahead and start working out.
So now, if we compare the main core differences between something like this and the central 9 series about handy dandy, notes right, there number one is less battery life, so obviously its a smaller watch, its going to have less battery life in it number two is theres. No very much like altimeter in it now i actually have not found that to be a huge deal. If i look at the gps based altimeter that it does have in it im getting pretty solid data, really solid data that compares very, very well uh with other units that do have altimeters in it. Next. This has a slightly smaller screen than the tsumta9 peak at 1.1: inches versus 1.2 inches. You probably wont notice that, but you will notice the fact that theres no touch screen on this versus a synthetic peak im, not really a touchscreen person, though so honestly thats, not a huge deal to me. I find like for sport usage these buttons here, three on this side and two on this side. Uh work quite well for getting around those buttons that lead to the next item, which is the fact that they are uh plastic, as opposed to the metal buttons that you see on the tsuna, 9p and youll see other kind of material and case differences on the Tsunami peak that you wouldnt see on this cheaper watch again. This watch is roughly like a little more than half the price of that watch, so that makes sense to have material differences there.
Meanwhile, if you compare it to something like the suunto 7 series, thats a totally different beast thats, a wear os based watch so its going to have a really beautiful display and have all the apps and ecosystem of the wear os platform. So you can download music on it. You can download maps on it. The maps uh that sunto has there have heat maps in it like all this cool stuff, but all that is at the expense of battery life. So this has really good battery life. As i mentioned, you know, 20 to 100 hours of gps time. This windows 7, like in a default config, is gon na, get like four to six hours and a good stretch, and you can, you can stretch out a bit more if you turn off a bunch of features but thats realistically, what youre, talking about in, like day To day usage youre talking there, you know a day a day and a half at best on that watch, just in smart watch mode versus this here, youre talking like upwards of a couple weeks to smart watch mode. So those are core differences, really different watches for different audiences. But if youre not going to use it for more than four to six hours and you dont mind charging every single day like an apple watch or samsung watch or something like that. Then, in that case, that may be something to consider, especially because these days, the price points are pretty similar between this and the tsumto 7 on sale, most of the time, okay.
So with the basics, out of the way lets talk about what worked well for me and then what didnt work so well for me and then from there well dive into the user interface bits. So the first thing that worked well is the gps. I had generally pretty good luck with gps on this this, despite the fact that this is not the most advanced gps chipset, but i put it up against things like the brand new garmin fenix 7, the coros vertex 2, the new epics, and in all these cases It generally held its own. Yes, there were certain scenarios where i was next to cliffs and things like that, where it wasnt quite as perfect line as those fancy new dual frequency, multi band, gps chipsets. But those watches cost like three times as much of a thousand plus dollars, and this generally held its own for the most part, the other area they struggled a little bit with, though, was bridges and underpasses and tunnels things like that coming in and out of those It tended to wobble a little more than id expect from really any gps device in this territory, so thats, something maybe they can improve down the road. Next routing and navigation was also pretty good. I mostly loaded routes in kamut which automatically synced to the shinto app. I just checked the little box in the tsunto app and then it pushes it to the watch and then once out and about it, gives me my turn by turn.
Navigation now, keep in mind. Theres no maps on this. So youre not going to see like the train around you youre just going to see a typical breadcrumb trail, but that worked largely just fine for me and you can also see the elevation profile as well on the route as youre going along. So again, all that worked out well for me, and that tends to be one of suntos strong, suits next workout heart rate accuracy was also pretty good for the most part, uh not perfect, but it generally was very very close. I saw some little bobbles, where, like it would be, plus or minus three to maybe seven beats per minute. Uh, just randomly for a few seconds, then go snap back to the track again: uh thats, something that i wouldnt expect to see for most watches, but it wasnt like vastly off so i didnt see like major errors, but i also saw these little blips that you Can see right there, where youre like yeah, that that should be better locked on, especially on some of these indoor workouts, but overall id say it was relatively good across a wide variety of workouts indoors outdoors cycling, running hiking, all that kind of stuff. Similarly, the battery life was also very good for me, as i mentioned earlier, on, uh on, you know, long rides, like seven hour, rides and long hikes. You know five six hour hikes no issues with battery life and using it day after day, without even charging at all.
Okay. So while the battery life was good, lets talk about what was not so good. In this case, the display the display on the sunto5 peak is not good at all, and you can see its very very dim even in like these studio lights, theres literally lights everywhere around me – and this display looks dark here and i promise you. It looks even more dark when its on your wrist and off angle, especially if its dim in the room or anything like that, its just not strong at all. It does work well in bright conditions so outside in the sun. No problems at all, but this is without doubt industry trailing display, especially if you dont have good eyesight youre, probably going to want to skip this one. Okay, the next area to talk about is sensor pairing. This is something mostly for cyclists and triathletes, but the esunto series watches all of them in fact, only allow you to pair one type of one sensor, so you can only pair, for example, one power meter, but you cant pair two different bikes worth of power meters Or a trainer in there things like that. So, yes, you can pair a heart rate, strap and you can pair a power meter concurrently, but only one of those types and again for like hikers. This will make no sense and probably not be, that big of a deal or not a deal at all, but for triathletes.
This is a real problem. If you have multiple devices, it also doesnt tell you what those devices are. So i have no idea whether or not i paired my power meter or paired my trainer, or i paired my wife spike. I just have no idea whatsoever until you like start testing things, its just really cumbersome and its, like. You know, half a decade behind. Similarly, on the sporting front, uh theres no structured workout. So while there are these like workouts in the fitness thing, that tells you to go hard or things like that, every single day, theyre, not structured, it just simply says, go hard for this whole workout or go easy for this workout. But you cant download a structural workout from training peaks or any other platform to it again. This is stuff thats been in other competitors for a decade plus like its time for sunto. As the you know, an endurance sports focused company to have endurance, sports, focused, structured workouts or any structure workouts that are downloadable from platforms like training peaks, todays plan, et cetera, thats, just thats like table stakes for 2022, and it should be there okay, so that lets You do a quick user interface tour of the watch just setting it right here. So this is the watch face. You can customize this. You can also change whats shown on the bottom right there. So you can go ahead. You can say your steps. For example, your percentage of battery theres the time and the date up top if i go – and i can scroll up right here – this is the exercise menu but well go to the very, very top.
First and well do settings and you go into the settings menu here and change. Just a couple things like alarms, connectivity is for pairing sensors. You can pair sensors, you can see a list of paired devices, but again it doesnt actually show you what those devices are. It just shows you that you do have one paired somewhere, but you cant see it. You can just go ahead and remove it at that point to forget it and thats it so its kind of a bit of a bummer there, and if you go back here into the options. Another thing of note is on sleep tracking, its not on by default, which is kind of silly to me honestly, like just turn this on by default. So do remember to turn that on if youre getting the watch – and you go on back here – media controls – this is for controlling music on your phone, so you can go ahead and press start and stop and skip and control the volume theres. No music storage on this watch itself. You can control notifications there and you can change from a couple different watch faces. So there are a handful in here. This is an area as well id love to see sunto kind of up their game and allow you to customize watch faces, like other companies do uh and maybe have some more options here. These largely havent changed much. They added two last year to the sanjo 5 series uh, but i think you know at this point in time having like put your own picture there and stuff like that, would be pretty handy so scrolling back up here, uh well go ahead and well cancel out This area and start going down through there is a basic timer for a stopwatch mode, so you can go ahead and you can set the timer right there if you want to or just do a normal stopwatch.
If we scroll on back here well, go down again. This is a log book, so i can look at my given activities. So go down. Theres a see, cycling from last week, 17. theres one right here its longer. When i can find there, we go seven hours, 117 kilometers, youll notice. The user interface will be pretty slow at times, so you know loading that up its still, not loaded. Yet you saw the delete option and now its loading up the different data pages going into it and its been quite a while. So you can see my heart rate and stuff like that and, as you see in the display, its just really dim – and this is not just the camera – this is exactly kind of what it looks like right now – uh, probably even more dim in real life, but Still theres my descent and stuff like that uh a sent to my you know, elevation graph for that particular ride, and so on, uh well scroll on back here out of the log book, you can see all of your activities within the logbook scrolling on down. We have navigation. This is where you can load up routes and pois that youve pushed from the watch, so ive got some routes loaded in here that ive used ive lasted a while. Let me find my lava route right there. So in this case, i can navigate this route. I can see a very quick breadcrumb trail style of that, the distance, the ascent, the descent, the highest point, the lowest point uh the date that was pushed over to the watch and then well go on back here.
Back again, i can look at my current location as well as tweak some of my navigation settings, so change the theme from dark uh to light. If i wanted to that does brighten up the display a fair bit, and so that makes a little bit easier to see there, but then you notice it bezels way more, obviously, because its just you know white and then gigantic black around it. I can also change the gps systems there, so this is some of the new things. One of the new things in the essentia five peak is ability to change this to all these different constellations uh with that new gps chipset. So going on back here again. Well, go all the way back into the ability to set a workout, so go up one. There we go exercise and then i have my workout profiles. So this is a data field or data page collection that i set. So i created a running workout and i set some data fields within that or i can also choose default ones there and then from there you can customize what particular data fields you put on a given uh workout profile so ill. Choose that one for right now, because i went ahead and added some stuff to that and youll see at the top its going to show me up there how many hours are left in battery. I dont have a ton of battery left in this particular watch.
Right now, so ive got three hours of gps battery in this mode, which is the best uh gps tracking mode. I can tap this upper right hand button, though, to go ahead and change to a lesser mode. That gets me four hours which isnt that much normally this would get me 40 hours and then, but if i go in the least accurate mode, then i get 30 hours and that would get up to 100 hours. If i had been fully charged watch. So those churn down things turn off stuff to go ahead and save battery life. I can go down, though, and i can turn on some of these things myself if i wanted to so this is the pseudo plus that i talked about earlier. These are the different data pages i can add, so i can say hey i want to add in lets. Just choose the sprint running pace. I can choose intensity zones to display whether heart rate zones or pace zones going on down further. I can set a target if i want to, i can choose a route to load, i can say hey for this particular route: im going to load that lava field, one that i have right. There no problem – and i can say i want to navigate that yep and thatll load it into the list there. So youll see its loaded as a route. I can turn the backlight on a different way right now, its just set for normal.
I can turn on or off gps. I can turn on or off the wrist heart rate. I can turn on what sensors are paired and then again theres that battery mode that i mentioned at the very top, as well as the theme and then auto lap and auto pause and then at the end, itll tell you and ask you what your feeling was Of that workout so kind of a perceived effort, sort of thing post workout. So if i go all the way back up to the top right here and then go in this well start that to work out, uh start that workout there we go again. Some of that lagginess thats still thinking you heard the chirp start, the workout there we go and thats fine gps, isnt signal isnt found here so thats. Fine, well just dismiss that for now and ill show you, the data fields, youre going to see that lag just throughout the system, its just kind of really slow. Sometimes, in this case, i have the eight different data fields that are on this one thats, showing you all the options and its all just except for the timer right now is kind of a quick test, one to be able to show you eight different data fields. Uh and then i can see here my lapdata page and then ive got my zone intensity data page im not outside, and the heart rate sensor isnt on, so you cant see whats on, but its theres on the back right there um, the camera is.
The frequency is just right, so it actually is showing green and yellow but uh. The flashing is the exact same uh. You know frames per second. Does the camera, so you dont see that, but you would normally see my heart rate right there and theres navigation page. That you would see the actual navigation routing itself and you can see im off right, obviously, because it doesnt know where i am and then here we have the media controls for controlling your music and theres no music playing right now on my watch so thats a Simple overview of the sport profiles, let me go back out of here and ill cancel this out. So back on the watch face were gon na go down this time. Uh, you can see right here. This is my heart rate, so i can put my finger under that sensor here in just a second. I probably should find my heart rate. I can also tap to go to the right look at my heart rate over the last 12 hours, or so you can see its gone up and last a little bit. You know about a couple hours ago when i woke up uh, but otherwise its sleep here. Its down lower and again trying this just enough, so you can actually see the display there and havent quite found my heart rate, yet, which is fine its normally on your wrist, of course. Well go down again, so beyond heart rate, uh theres stress there.
I dont think im stressed, but it does which is fine and then theres resources which is kind of like body battery uh. These will decrease over time. This seems a bit low today. To be honest, a lot of times i do see it seems a bit low, but thats an option there thats all by first beat both of those metrics are driven by first beat, so the exact same that youd see on garmin just branded differently. So, in the case there are steps that i can look at. I can look at my steps over time. I can look at the calories from that uh fairly basic, fairly straightforward stuff. Well, go back here. Well, go down again. I can see the training this week. Uh so ive been kind of a quiet week actually, as ive been trying to get through all these reviews cranked out last week it was 19 hours. So i think i have a picture of that last week, showing that uh, so quite a bit different. I think, on my sleep tracking, that you can see right there, so this is a last nights sleep and then i can go dig into that. Heres my sleep over the last few days. Uh and then you can look at your average heart rate during sleep and you can look at the exact stats for every single one of these nights to sleep. If you want to as well going down, ive got my fitness level, which is your vo2 max, so it considers that 48 for my vo2 max, which seems abnormally low.
Normally, things put me like 57 5859 over 60, sometimes so. Its kind of a bit odd fitness age is estimation of your age based on your fitness level, so in this case its 20 im ‘, but thats. Okay. That means that im theoretically more fit than the average ‘ year old im, not sure if im really 20 but im not going to complain about this particular assumption right there and i believe it says last page yep and thats it. So that is simply the user interface in a nutshell, fairly basic, fairly straightforward, but theres. Obviously a lot of features behind it once you start using it things like navigation routing snap to route. Those are all things that you can dive into. Okay. So there you go a look at the new cinto 5 peak, as i mentioned earlier. I think this is a good option in that multi sport kind of budget gps realm, but it really does depend on what you want to use it for, especially if youre looking for hiking or navigation, if youre not looking at hiking and navigation, i probably would go With a different watch that has a better display on it, because there are lots of options in this price point from many many different companies that have you know better displays and more features. But if you do want that navigation side of things, that breadcrumb trail and also all the heat map stuff and all the navigation features behind the scenes that cinto has then in that case, this watch may make more sense at that particular price point anyways there you Go a complete look at the sunto 5.
Also dont forget my full in depth. Written review link down below there somewhere. That has way more detail in depth, especially like the accuracy areas and some of the nuances of training load, and things like that.