Nothing that warrants a full post at the moment, although I do have a few in the works coming soon.
The recent Polar firmware seems to be an improvement. The intervals function is weird to use but I guess that’s just an interface decision I don’t agree with. Others may like setting up their intervals while the clock is running. This morning on my run the Vantage took well over a minute to get satellite lock. Not sure what happened there but maybe travel confused it. It was a little interesting to be reminded of the old days though where we always used to stand around getting cold before a run. This wasn’t even that long ago, how times change! The GPS track on the Vantage (right wrist) was poor, the Fenix 5+ was also poor (right hand) and the Suunto 9 pretty much nailed it. I’m not going to blame any of them though, this was just one run and none of the tracks was really terrible just a few (30-40) yards off the path at times.
Yesterday I added a Suunto 9 to the stable. First impressions are…it’s identical to the (WAY cheaper) Suunto Spartan Trainer. This is a good thing. I really respect Suunto for not copying Garmin and differentiating on features. Just like with a laptop you now get what you pay for in terms of hardware but the OS is the same. The Spartan Trainer is slower, that’s for sure. The 9 is extremely responsive. Obviously barometer features are missing and the battery life isn’t even comparable. GPS works differently and the older Spartan seems better in this regard right now. The large screen is beautiful on the 9, although the Trainer does well with what it has and is more comfortable to wear. Again though, huge kudos to Suunto for not artificially restricting features. People don’t like that.