THE SITUATION: Whether you’re traveling the backcountry or counting steps through the neighborhood, the Suunto Traverse GPS watch has you covered.
AN ANSWER: Using integrated GPS and GLONASS technology, it offers state-of-the-art tracking for hiking and trekking, with a battery that can last up to 100 hours in GPS mode. It also functions as a mobile-device hub and activity monitor: it can integrate with your smartphone to accept calls, texts and mobile alerts, track steps and calories burned, and even a predict weather changes and sunrise/sunset times.
THE DETAILS: The GPS features offer versatile navigation, from tracking stats like speed, distance and altitude to showing a real-time breadcrumb view to your best way back home. It can also integrate with Movescount topographic maps, so you can plan your own hikes or follow someone else’s.
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The Traverse is made from durable materials, including a mineral crystal lens to reduce the likelihood of shattering and a stainless steel bezel for corrosion resistance. It resists water up to 328 feet. The screen is backlit for visibility and includes a flashlight function to help with nighttime visibility. Made in Finland, it is available in black, white, amber and gray.
AVAILABILITY: To purchase or to find a list of retailers, visit suunto.com.
Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, Tribune News Service