The Suunto X10 impresses reviewers with a comprehensive list of features and reliable performance. It's not easy on the wallet, but if price is no object, experts say the Suunto X10 is a top-notch adventure watch. It boasts an altimeter, barometer, chronograph (for lap timing), compass and GPS navigation, and it can record up to 500 waypoints and 50 routes. Reviewers say it has a reliable satellite connection, easy-to-use interface and long battery life. Most experts seem to be captivated by the Suunto X10, finding few faults for this adventure watch. Still, most reviewers do acknowledge that you'll have to spend some serious time with the 95-page user manual to get the sport watch up and running, because the setup process can be somewhat complicated. The buttons are also small, and some reviewers say that they can be difficult to push, especially with large fingers. If spending more than $500 on a watch isn't in your budget, take a look at the Tech4O Traileader Jet (*Est. $160). It doesn't offer GPS functionality, but it includes an altimeter, barometer and more features.
The best reviews of the Suunto X10 come from Men's Journal, National Geographic Adventure and Snowshoe magazines. Men's Journal, in particular, tests and rates each watch it reviews, making it a good source for comparative, albeit brief, reviews of adventure watches. Online gear and gadget sites, like Navigadget.com and CNET, also offer useful reviews. The Suunto X10 does not attract many owner-written reviews.
1. Men's Journal
Men's Journal tests six adventure watches, giving its highest rating to the Suunto X10. The watch performs admirably in tests, and Men's Journal praises the reliable satellite reception and easy-to-use interface.
Review: Wristwear for Explorers, Dan A. Nelson, April 22, 2009
2. National Geographic Adventure
The Suunto X10 wins a Best of Adventure gear award from National Geographic Adventure for 2009. National Geographic Adventure evaluates hundreds of outdoor products throughout the year, and only a few products score this award.
Review: Best of Adventure: Must-Have Gear Photo Gallery, Steve Casimiro, Dec. 2008
Navigadget.com provides a lengthy review of the Suunto X10, complete with pictures and a comprehensive list of features. It's clear that Navigadget.com likes the Suunto X10, because it finds that this adventure watch has few drawbacks.
Review: Suunto X10 Review, Editors of Navigadget.com, Sept. 16, 2008
4. Snowshoe Magazine
Derrick Spafford says the Suunto X10 has "tons of bells and whistles," and he thinks it's a great watch for snowshoe running. He also says that even though this watch is large, it is surprisingly comfortable.
Review: Gear Review: Suunto X10, Derrick Spafford, Jan. 3, 2009