Page Type Gear Review
Object Title X6
Manufacturer Suunto
Page By Alan Ellis
Page Type Feb 17, 2003 / Dec 17, 2007
Object ID 669
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Welcome in the next generation of Suunto Watches. Packed with all of the great features and quality you've come to expect from Suunto, the new 6 series is updated with improved functionality, accuracy, and new features. The Suunto X6 is specifically designed for Cross Sport applications and features an Altimeter, Barometer, Thermometer, Compass, Watch and PC Downloading (via serial port only currently, and no support for Macintosh). Once your data is downloaded, you can review it with the included software, and upload it to SuuntoSports.com, where you can interact with fellow enthusiasts and organize / participate in virtual competitions (in other words: it took me 6 days to climb Everest, how long did it take you?). You can thereby compare your altitude and other results with other users. Although the body is plastic, the face has been upgraded to mineral glass, and the interface has been completely rewritten and operates similar to a cell phone with graphical displays and a menu systems. Download instruction manual in Adobe PDF.


1 m / 3ft resolution

-500m to 9000m / -1600ft to 29500ft

Current altitude

Vertical speed

Cumulative ascent if using logbook

Difference in altitude and time from a marked point

Altimeter / Chronometer mode

Barometer / Temperature

Temperature: 1 degree temp. resolution

Temp range: -5 to 140 F / -20 to 60 C

Barometer: 0.05 inHg / 1 mbar resolution

Barometer: 300 to 1100 hPA / 8.90 to 32.40 inHg

Pressure trend for the last six hours is graphically illustrated

Absolute barometric pressure at the current location

Barometric pressure at sea level


Bearing display in degrees

Compass rose display

Simultaneous bearing tracking, altitude or time display with bearing / compass rose

Resolution of 1 degree


12/24 hour clock


3 daily alarms

Dual time display

Reminder / Countdown timer

Chronograph (altimeter / chronometer mode)

PC Adapter / Software / SuuntoSports.com

Adapter: Serial port to Suunto wristtop connection, automatic detection of connection, wristtop automatically enters transfer mode. (Currently: no USB available, Got a Mac - Read our Mac Post)

Software: view and analyze logs, keep a training diary, control all settings and memory, view graphics and statistics, create hike reports.

SuuntoSports.com: upload logs, link logs with places they were recorded, compare results, share experiences, organize virtual competitions.

Other Features

100m/330 ft water resistant

User replaceable battery

5 buttons

Size: 1.34 x 1.34 x .5 in. / 44x 44x 13 mm

Mineral crystal glass

Weight: 1.9 oz

2 Year limited factory warranty - see instruction booklet

Buttons lock



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Haliku - Jan 12, 2005 3:04 pm - Voted 5/5

Untitled Review
This 'watch' was a great addition to my mountian of gear. I use it anywhere from training hikes to multi day mountain trips. The learning curve is worst if you forget the manual but most functions are pretty easy to hack out.

I wish I would of bought the heart rate version to help with training but the deal I got on this a few years ago made it worth skipping the HR feature.

The altitude function works best with regular calibration at known points. That said there are many times I forget to calibrate it and find its still on target from the previous outing.

Livelife4Summits - Nov 6, 2005 7:38 pm - Voted 2/5

Untitled Review
This watch has the similar drawbacks as the entire line of Suunto products. It has improved on the quality of manufacturing and the watch is not susceptible to damage. The altimeter is more accurate and I found it to be off by a mere 250 feet on average at various intervals during my ascents. With constant calibration this watch will be a great addition for anyone. Its temperature reading still reflects on the skin temperature of the wearer and thus has to be taken off for an accurate measure.

The ability to sync data with the PC is a great addition for training and keeping a log, but itself is not worth the extra money.

cushman - Dec 7, 2007 3:00 pm - Voted 4/5

Simple Altimeter Watch
Needs to be calibrated often, but tracks pretty well over a short trip. I like it because it fits better than a lot of the other altimeter watches on my wrist, and I wear it most of the time outside of hiking because of the large display - very easy on the eyes.

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