Suunto Launches a New Compact Dive Computer


Suunto introduces the new colorful Suunto EON Core, a compact dive computer with a large color display, designed to serve beginner and active as well as advanced recreational divers. With modern features like mobile connectivity, wireless tank pressure transmission with Suunto Tank POD, updatable software and a re-chargeable battery, this dive computer is a loyal diving partner that grows with you.

"The premise of designing the Suunto EON Core was to answer divers’ needs for a lightweight and compact color screen dive computer without compromising the features and technology Suunto is known for.” Comments Juha Suoniemi, Dive Business Unit Director of Suunto.

Outstanding readability in all conditions

The Suunto EON Core’s wide, clear color screen provides all the important key dive details in bright, high contrast colors. The new prominent display option shows the important dive info with large, legible numbers that are easy to read and understand at a glance.

The always-on LED backlight ensures that you can see the vitally important data even when exploring wrecks in murky waters or diving at night.

If you are a beginner diver, you can choose the clear ready-to-use default screens for your dive. For more advanced divers, Suunto CustomDisplay™ enables modifying the features up to five different displays to meet your personal diving preferences. 

Light-weight and re-chargeable with easy-to-use menus

The re-enforced composite case is light-weight and comfortable on any size of wrist with an elastomer strap or bungee (sold separately). The battery is re-chargeable and can be easily charged through USB, so you don’t have to worry about changing batteries. You can dive 10-20 hours with a one charge, depending on your settings.

The intuitive 3-button menu logic, known from Suunto’s EON Steel, makes using the Suunto EON Core effortless underwater, even with thick gloves. The Suunto EON Core supports 17 languages.

Wireless transfer of dive logs and updatable software

After the dive you can transfer you dives to Suunto Movescount App over a wireless Bluetooth connection with a mobile device. You can also change your settings, keep a diving diary and share your underwater adventures and pictures on Suunto Movescount.

The Suunto EON Core is also compatible with the Suunto Tank POD. You can connect wirelessly with up to 10 Suunto Tank PODs to display tank and gas information during the dive.

Thanks to its updatable software, Suunto EON Core is a long-last dive companion for years to come.

The Suunto EON Core is available in fall 2017, at the recommended price of €699.
The Suunto Tank POD is available at €299.

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Point6 Merino Wool Socks

Point6 merino wool founders Peter and Patty Duke know wool is nature's miracle fiber. They believe that life's boundaryless adventures start one step at a time, and those steps are made more enjoyable wrapped in the comfort and performance of merino wool socks. Point6 goes to great lengths to use the highest content of the perfect micron thickness of merino wool in all its hiking socks, running socks, cycling socks and everyday awesome socks, and here's why:


1. Merino wool is naturally temperature regulating.

Merino wool maintains the air's temperature in your foot's microclimate (the space between your foot and sock), thus keeping your ideal core body temperature more stable no matter the conditions outside (keeping your body cooler in warm climates and warmer in cold climates). Maintaining ideal core body temperature allows athletes to perform longer with less lactic acid build up in their muscles to slow them down.



2. Merino wool is naturally breathable.

As your body gets warmer, the wool fiber absorbs moisture and releases it to the drier environment outside the fabric. This releases heat and keeps you dry and comfortable throughout your adventure or day in the office. Dry feet are happy (and less stinky) feet!


3. Merino wool is naturally moisture wicking.

The water repelling exterior and water holding interior of merino wool move sweat and moisture away from the skin and release it as vapor better than synthetics and much better than cotton. This active moisture management lowers the humidity in the microclimate. This keeps you comfortable longer and eliminates or reduces bacteria growth that can occur if your feet stay too moist.

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Suunto Spartan Tutorial

Want to see that beautiful vista again or be sure you can get back to your car? Save it as a Point of interest (POI) to find it easier. With your Suunto Spartan you can navigate to any POI that is in your watch POI list. You can either create POIs in Suunto Movescount and sync them to your watch, or save locations as POIs on your watch as you go. 

Salomon: 2018 Gear Test Preview

By: The Editors

As Backcountry Magazine’s 2018 Gear Test draws closer, we’re looking ahead to the latest in skis, boots and bindings that will be showing up at Powder Mountain next week. Each year, to make sure we’re testing the most contemporary gear, we operate under a simple rule: Only first- and second-year skis, boots and bindings, or older models with construction updates, are eligible for review. Luckily for us, companies exceed this standard each year, leaving us with new technology, construction and shapes to look forward to.

Here’s the some of the newest innovations in boots: from brand-spankin’-new models to redesigned AT favorites.

Salomon’s Lateral-Flexing S-Lab

Salomon jumped on the lightweight AT-boot bandwagon with the Salomon S-Lab X/Alp, the sister boot to last year’s Arc’teryx Procline, which the companies developed in tandem. The similarities between the Procline and the S-Lab are limited to the lean lock system that allows for side-to-side ankle flexion on the ascent. Compared to the climber-focused Procline, Salomon’s offering caters to the uphill traveler who needs to rely on a sturdy boot for challenging ski-mountaineering descents, and the two-buckle design is reinforced with a booster strap, carbon cuff and lower-shell mold to increase stiffness. Gone are the Procline’s rubber toe and oversized gaiter, too.

[Photo] Courtesy of Salomon

[Photo] Courtesy of Salomon

First Look: Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR

Review: Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR

A unique feature is the svelte heart-rate sensor. Instead of a chest strap, Suunto works with biometric-sensor brand Valencell to add LEDs that measure blood flow in your wrist.

I have long found chest-strap heart monitors annoying. Watches like this Suunto give convenience for anyone hoping to monitor their heart rate without a strap.

In my review, the sensor worked but had issues. For one, to get a readout you need to move the watch up further than it’s normally placed on your wrist then buckle it tight.

Fortunately, Suunto uses a soft silicone strap, and the material, even when tight, does not chafe.

Accuracy was close to that of my chest strap monitor, but not dead on. I also found the watch took a while — sometimes even up to a few minutes into a run — to register a heart rate.

And the company concedes that optical heart-rate sensors are not as accurate as straps. “Currently, the best optical wrist measurements stay 90-percent of the time within 5-percent of the chest-measured heart rate,” Suunto notes.


Spartan Sport Wrist Heart Rate GPS Watch

Suunto, a long time GPS player with a focus on mountain activities and scuba, launches its first wrist heart rate multi-sport and triathlon focused watch. Featuring the well-regarded Valencell heart rate monitoring technology, the Spartan Sport is light and comfortable on the wrist despite its thickness and weight (74g). Handmade in Finland with a full steel bezel unlike lighter competitors, it has a playful yet sophisticated look and interface. The Spartan has a very strong 100-meter depth water pressure rating and phone notifications, but no music control.


t leaves out the more accurate barometric altimeter of the Spartan Ultra but does include GPS based altitude stats. Suunto likes to provide lots of on-the-run data per customizable screen, 4 to 5 data fields. To make all that data readable the Spartan Sport has a 320 by 320 display resolution topping the new Garmin Fenix 5X’s 240 by 240. We found all that data very sharp and readable in bright sunlight, even with sunglasses on by tilting the wrist to catch the sun or by changing the display theme to a white background. In our initial testing distance, average and lap pace calculations, and heart rate were consistent and generally matched others in its class.


Salomon Featured in Gear Junkie

Part of Salomon’s new adventure touring line, the X Alp boot is a ski mountaineering boot that doesn’t look like your typical skimo hoof. It will remind you of the Arc’teryx Procline boot, as both Atomic and Salomon are under the Amer Sports umbrella.

But the Procline was more of a mountaineering boot that could ski, whereas the X Alp is a randonee-focused ski boot. The 3D rotating cuff is most notable for the uphiller. The ankle has a frictionless 23 degrees of external and 12 degrees of internal range of motion.

That means it moves cleanly fore and aft as well as side-to-side, which will make the climb super comfortable and your après ski dance moves extra boogielicious. It also weighs in at an absurdly light 2.62 pounds. Tether it to a rock so it doesn’t float away.


Salomon Introduces Tech Binding

Despite bringing items to market such as monocoque and spaceframe and Teneighty and, of course, the classic Equipe rear-entry boots, Salomon’s DNA is first and foremost bindings. Attaching boot to ski is how the French company established itself in the middle of the last century, eventually developing the industry’s first self-release heel-piece in 1966. For modern alpine skiers, the STH has been a favorite for at least the last two generations.

In 2017-18, the French company enters the U.S. tech binding market for the first time with the MTN tech. Weighing just 780 grams per pair, the MTN is incredibly lightweight, rivaling that of the Dynafit Speed Turn. (By comparison, the Marker Kingpin weighs 1,460 grams/pair while the Dynafit Radical FT 2.0 comes in at 1,260 grams/pair, though both of these bindings should be considered a different category than the MTN as they have more components to achieve certified releasability).


Suunto Ambit3 Vertical Review

There was a time when nearly all serious skiers, hikers, mountain guides, and climbers wore the same watch, a big chunk of digital technology called the Suunto Vector. They wore it because in 1998 the Vector was the only digital watch that featured what is now standard in adventure watches: an altimeter, a barometer, a compass (ABC), and a thermometer.

What the backcountry crowd appreciated most of all, however, was the Vector’s altimeter. With elevation tracking, the watch could record the vertical feet they’d climbed or descended. And for those into mountain sports vertical feet has always been the true measure of a trip.

Now, 18 years later, the same company has that same group of athletes and adventurers in its sights with its newest GPS-ABC watch, the Suunto Ambit3 Vertical. But in 2016, active people expect more from their watches — and the Vertical delivers. In addition to its ABC functionality the Vertical also logs daily activity levels, heart rate (when paired with a compatible strap), cycling power (with an additional power meter) and even dabbles in smart notifications (when paired to a smartphone over Bluetooth). Should it climb to the top of your shortlist?

Features and design

The Ambit3 Vertical is a large, sporty watch that screams adventure. The face features a 198 × 198 monochrome LCD under a mineral crystal lens that’s protected by a dark steel bezel. The watch, which weighs 2.61 ounces, is water resistant to 100 meters and features an adjustable, comfortable silicone band. The included Bluetooth heart rate strap is water resistant to 30 meters and works in the water. The Ambit3 Vertical comes in three loud colors (white, blue, and lime) and a more subdued all black version.


New Salomon Boots for 2016-17 Season

With ski resorts pushing back their opening dates, it can seem like the minutes and hours are dragging along and the ski season will never come. But have no fear, the snow will eventually arrive — it always does — and these extra few days of down time present an opportunity to evaluate your gear and see where you might want to make a few upgrades.

We chatted with local ski shops about new ski gear they’ve picked up for the 2016-’17 season, and here are some of their favorite picks.


The specs:

• Weight: 4,286 grams

• Flex index: 110

• Strap: 45-millimeter power

• Last: 100/106

The details: Nothing derails your powder-day buzz like cold feet, but the newest tech from Salomon could help keep you on the slopes longer, even on the most frigid days.

The company has created its X Pro Custom Heat boots with liners that deliver consistent, even heat all the way around the foot, rather than the limited range of after-market heated insoles, said Matt Carroll, general manager and hard goods buyer for Double Diamond ski shop in Lionshead Village.

“It has a little charging mechanism that you plug into the wall and then you plug that into the back of the liner,” he said. “There’s three different heat settings on the boot, so you can pick: If you’re going to ski all day, leave it on setting 1 or 2; if you want a quick blast of heat, turn it up to 3 for a short period of time.”

Carroll saw the all-mountain boot for the first time at last year’s SnowSports Industries America Snow Show and was impressed with the product.

“We sell a ton of after-market heaters,” he said. “If you take the cost of a regular retail boot and add the cost of the heater to it, it’s about the same price, and if it’s already integrated, it makes it that much easier and it’s one less step to deal with.”


Kilian Jornet to Run Everest in Salomon Boots

Next month, one of the planet’s top ultra-runners, renowned for his ability to thrive in high mountains, aims to set a speed record on Everest. We got the exclusive on the unique footwear he will wear to the top.

Kilian Jornet is a top ultra-runner and also no stranger to fast alpine ascents. He toppled speed records on Mont Blanc, the Matterhorn, Denali, and Aconcagua between 2012 and 2015 as part of the Summits Of My Lifeproject.

His sights are now set on Everest, which Jornet will attempt in an extremely rare unfixed style this fall: To avoid bottlenecks and hazards from other (slower) climbers, Jornet will ascend without fixed lines up a less-climbed face of the mountain, likely via the Hornbein or Norton Couloirs.

Kilian Jornet Everest ‘Running Shoes’

Jornet will employ a prototype footwear system from his sponsor Salomonduring the endeavor. It combines a running shoe, bootie, gaiter, and crampons in a three-piece system that nests together like Russian dolls.

At the end of July, Jornet visited Salomonʼs Annecy Design Centre in the French Alps to have his shoes fit for the last time before departing for the Himalayas in the coming days.

The footwear system was developed with his input over nearly three years.

“Itʼs like one shoe for doing everything. You start from the base and you just add layers all the way to the summit,” Jornet said. “Itʼs modular, so you can get from the easy trails to the more technical terrain up high.”

Modular Everest Boot System

The first shoe is a basic layer of insulation with the bottom of Salomonʼs S/Lab Sense shoe. It has an insulated gaiter that will allow him to run at the lower elevations until reaching the snow line. It will be used as the inner boot in the system.

Next comes a mid-layer boot designed with extra insulation to keep his feet warm. Those two pieces together will then be placed inside a large insulated boot with built-in crampons, which Jornet will use to climb at the higher elevations of Everest.


Review: Suunto Spartan Ultra GPS Watch

The Suunto Spartan Ultra has been a while coming – rumoured for a while, then marketed heavily, the Spartan line is now Suunto’s flagship set of products, and encompasses a range of devices from the pocket-friendly Sport models, through to the desirable but pricey Suunto Spartan Ultra Titanium models.

Consigned to history are the old Ambits, and literally last year’s news is the ‘Vertical’ model line, both of which the Spartan replaces. So, what does the Suunto Spartan Ultra deliver? It’s intended to be the multisport tracking watch to rule them all, tracking 80 sports straight out of the box, logging GPS tracks, HR data, ambient conditions (via an inbuilt barometer), and providing GPS guidance and mapping. It’s a big spec list for such a small package!

I’ll get this out of the way early, but saying how successful the Suunto Spartan Ultra is at delivering all this is still hard to say, in spite of a UK launch earlier this year, and a UK onsale date of August 15, 2016. I’ll try and explain below, but I’ll be updating my ongoingSuunto Spartan Ultra review throughout the coming months (altitude testing in the Alps coming next month).

Suunto have moved the goalposts by updating not only their hardware (the new watch), but also their online portal,, their desktop sync software, and their companion app. The Suunto Spartan Ultra even sports a new magnetic charging clip, a step change from the clothes-peg type device that’s powered their devices for some years. The only thing that hasn’t changed is the external HR belt which is still needed to track heartrate, although Suunto have announced they’ll make an optical HR version soon.