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A Deep Dive Into The Suunto M5
Suunto M5 Fitness monitor reviewed and tested by Tristan Haskins. An attractive, well made HRM for those looking for 3 x HR zone training with a comfortable chest strap HR transmitter.
The Suunto M5 can be paired with optional GPS pod for speed and distance when biking or running.
NOTE > heart rate monitors have really moved on since 2012 with regard to lithium ion batteries, Bluetooth connected smartphone apps, wrist based heart rate and built-in GPS etc.
If you want a self contained heart rate monitor watch that does NOT connect to your smartphone and runs on a regular CR2032 coin-cell battery … the Suunto M5 is still a competent sports focused heart rate monitor, however, how long it will be supported I do not know …. (comment Jan 2017)
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Who Is It For?
The Suunto M5 is a highly recommended heart rate monitor for people who train hard and will benefit from knowing the training load of each session and the time expected before recovery.
Even the most dedicated fitness enthusiast can benefit from a smart partner. Providing versatile guidance with optional speed and distance information for a wide range of sports. Set your goals and it provides an ideal daily workout schedule to help you achieve them – including telling you when it’s time to rest.
The Suunto M5 heart rate monitor comes with the Dual chest transmitter so the analogue transmission is compatible with most gym equipment and the digital transmission eliminates any interference. It provides guidance every step of your journey towards better fitness.
The Suunto M5 heart rate monitor is optimised for any aerobic activity. The optional Suunto Foot POD and Suunto Bike POD / Road Bike POD will send real-time data to your heart rate monitor on your wrist. So when you go jogging or cycling, you will see your speed and distance covered. The Suunto PODs are easy to use – just attach them to your running shoe or bike.
For data download the M5 comes with the Suunto Movestick to wirelessly transfer your training data to Movescount.com
*Please note that Suunto M5 heart rate monitor is not compatible with Suunto Cadence POD.
Should you buy one now?
No … sorry Suunto, but I would have to recommend something like the Polar M200 or Garmin Forerunner 35 for runners looking for built-in GPS plus convenient wrist based heart rate.
For more serious exercisers / runners I’d recommend the Garmin Forerunner 230 or Polar M400 with chest strap HRM and built-in GPS. All of these watches are supported by brilliant smartphone apps and websites.
Garmin Forerunner 35 user friendly, competent GPS running watch with wrist based HR
Polar M200 a more basic GPS running watch with wrist based HR & activity tracker
Polar M400 a more technical GPS running watch with chest strap HR, activity tracker & 5 x HR zones
Garmin Forerunner 230 another technical GPS running watch (VO2 etc) with chest strap HR
What’s In The Suunto M5 Heart Rate Monitor Box?
Next Model UP
Even though the Suunto M5 heart rate monitor is the top of the range, you may wish to look at the Suunto Quest heart rate monitor, where you can do laps/splits/intervals, have % of max HR, have the Recovery feature and also a more detailed PC download.
Next Model DOWN
This would be the Suunto M2. It does NOT feature training load indication nor can you download training programs from the Suunto Movescount web site back to the watch. Neither does it have the ability for speed & distance measurements.