Suunto Core All Black Outdoor Watch Review

Basic Description
All black ABC watch

Technical specifications

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Weight 64 g
Operating temperature -20°C – +60°C /-5°F – +140°F
User replaceable straps

Water resistance 30 m/100 ft with underwater buttons
Storage temperature -30°C – +60°C /-22°F – +140°F
Selectable metric/imperial units

Mineral crystal glass

Menu-based user interface

Dot-matrix display

Backlight type Electro-luminescent Display
Backlight option for night use

Real-time vertical cumulative value

Temperature compensation

Total Ascent Descent

User-removable logbook files

Automatic Alti/Baro switch

Automatic 7 day Alti-Baro memory

Resolution 1 m
Recording intervals 1s, 5s, 30s, 60s
Altimeter/barometer lock

Altitude range -500m – 9000m/-1600ft – 29500ft

Difference measurement

Log graph

Logbook function

Lockable logs

Countdown timer


North-South indicator North indicator
Guided calibration

Heading in degrees

Declination setting

Cardinal directions

Bearing tracking

Low battery warning

User replaceable battery

Languages 4 language menu (DE,EN,ES,FR)
Depth meter

Button lock

Rotating bezel


Sunrise sunset times

Calendar clock

Dual time

Daily alarms 1
Alarm Snooze

Temperature resolution 1°C / 1°F
Weather memory 7 days
Trend indicator

Trend graph

Temperature range -20°C – +60°C /-5°F – +140°F
Altimeter/barometer lock


Sea level pressure

Difference measurement

Barometer resolution 0,05 inHg/1 mbar

Barometer range 8,9 -32,4 inHg/300-1100 mbar

Weather alarm

Storm alarm

I am a total tech geek. I love gadgets and multifunctional gizmos. So, when I started looking for a watch. I was blown away at all the options out there. After talking with an assortment of outdoor nuts. I begun looking into Suunto for it’s reputation.
After pouring over and comparing all different models. I ordered up the Core. I wanted a light and sleek watch with most of the bells and whistles. The face is customizable with different data fields depending on your current mission. It has a solid alarm that was able to wake me up on some very early and cold mornings. It has Altitude, Barometer, Compass, Temp, Weather warnings, timers, sun up/sun down times for your location, date, back light, and much more.
So, for the last year. I have put this watch through hell. It’s been in structure fires, soaked in blood, frozen, and submerged in lakes, rivers, and ocean. So far, it has preformed flawlessly. The only thing I have had to do so far was change the battery, but even that can be done in the field with a quarter and common CR2032 battery.
If you’re on the market for a awesome watch that can handle just about everything this is it. It’s loaded with tons of data that can help you on the next hunt or adventure. The Core by Suunto is a must have on all my outings.

What could they do better

It’s rather expensive at $299.

Suunto Core All Black Outdoor Watch Review
  • Functionality
  • Value
  • Ergonomics
  • Durability