Suunto's New 'Rugged' Traverse Smartwatch Is Designed For The Outdoors

Suunto has been making navigation products designed for outdoor use since the 1930s, and now its range of "rugged" smartwatches has expanded with the introduction of the Traverse Alpha.

Designed, built and tested in Finlandxpect new high end features specifically developed for outdoor lovers.

Traverse Alpha offers an integrated GPS/GLONASS route navigation with breadcrumb trail, electronic compass with tilt compensation and FusedAlti which helps you stay on track in unknown territory. Battery life of up to 100 hours with GPS makes the Traverse Alpha suitable for multi-day treks.

These features were designed with the fisher and hunter in mind, but that doesn’t mean they're not useful for broader outdoor adventure. The location-based moon phase calendar with moonrise and moonset times helps you determine the best time to put your fishing line in the water, while the barometric pressure graph keeps you up to date on weather changes. Automatic shot detection keeps track of the number and location of shots without distractions.

Use the fishing and hunting specific POI types to mark trails and important locations. Sunrise and sunset alerts help planning your day. If your adventure continues into the night, the customisable red backlight does not interfere night vision.

Tested to the military standard MIL-STD- 819G, Suunto Traverse watches are built for action. Suunto Traverse Alpha takes durability a step further with the addition of a knurled stainless steel bezel, water repellent nylon strap and scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass.

As part of the Suunto Traverse family, the Alpha models come with activity tracking and are compatible with the Suunto Movescount App for Android and iPhone. It comes in two colours — the black "Stealth" and grey-green "Foliage".

The Alpha will be available in Australia for $729 from 29 April.

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