Outdoors

Outdoor gear item of the week for Nov. 7

The Suunto Traverse GPS watch uses integrated GPS technology to offer state-of-the-art tracking for hiking and trekking.
The Suunto Traverse GPS watch uses integrated GPS technology to offer state-of-the-art tracking for hiking and trekking. Courtesy

GPS watch

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.

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.

PRICE: $450.

AVAILABILITY: To purchase or to find a list of retailers, visit suunto.com.

Shelby Sheehan-Bernard, Tribune News Service

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