Suunto 5 GPS sports watch review

The latest smartwatches are giving the traditional cycle computers a real run for their money. The Suunto 5 can do everything the best bike-specific head units can, plus a lot more that they can’t

Suunto 5 GPS sports watch
(Image credit: Suunto)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Suunto 5 is absolutely rammed with intelligent features – though not all of them useful for dedicated cyclists – and makes a great training companion. We found the heart rate monitor to be temperamental but it may work better with thicker wrists.

Reasons to buy
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    High level of functionality and loads of sports features

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    Very accurate GPS

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    Reliable syncing

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    Suunto app is excellent

Reasons to avoid
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    Small screen for the size of the watch

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    Unreliable optical heart rate monitor

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    Moulded strap not ideal for smaller wrists

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Wearables, and that includes GPS watches like the Suunto 5, are becoming increasingly sophisticated, offering a whole raft of additional performance metrics using heart rate variability, sleep, stress and other data to track your condition – things that a computer, bolted to your bars rather than busily gathering data 24/7 via your wrist – is powerless to do.

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