Excerpt: Great sports watch. As with all heart rate monitors, keeping contract with real time heart rate measurements gets a little tricky after 45+ minutes of exercise (i.e. sweat), but the display is great, and easy to use. The exercise summary could be better by allowing you to see a daily total though - exercise more than once in a day and you can only review the last event.
Summary: The Suunto M5 is amazingly simple. Just like it says on the front of the box, It's "Easy to Use". I have used many heart rate monitors in the past and Suunto is my favorite brand. I decided to buy the M5 model after I had used the M2 for about a year. I bought it because it is by far the best looking heart rate monitor(IMO)and it has a decent price tag. I was a little worried about not being able to see the display based on other reviews, but it's not a problem at all.
Summary: I bought this watch on the suunto website based on the high reviews here at amazon. When I received the watch in the mail about 6 months ago it worked perfectly without a hitch. Then about a month ago the readings starting acting up. It said my hr was 120 at rest when it really should've been something like 50 or 60 bpm. I thought it was a fluke. Then I got the dreaded no hr or -- symbol on my watch. Sometimes it would show my hr and sometimes it would not.
Summary: I wanted to like this watch much more than I do. I love the watch part of it - the exercise suggestion, look, etc. but I cannot get a consistent heart rate reading while I am working out. The last workout I attempted I lost the heart rate 25 times in a 40 minute work out. I am so frustrated with it. It is definitely not worth the money. If I have a monitor that only works half the time, I'd rather have one that costs half as much.
Summary: This is the second M5 that I have owned. The first one was perfect; it never lost it's signal, always kept a consistent reading, basically it functioned the way it was supposed to. Then after a year of perfect use, it died. I sent it into Suunto, they sent a replacement, with excellent customer service. However, the replacement, will just not hold a signal. I constantly lose the HR during a workout, or run.
Summary: The reason I bought the womens m5 is because everything I read said the men's was to dark to read in low light. Well upon receivIng it the watch it only had one link left on it for the wrist and the chest monitor was way to small for the average male. So I returned it (with no problems) & got the male m5 and I could not be happier. The m5 is a little pricey but I believe it is well worth it & the male m5 is not that bad to read.
It is good for what it claims (Review is for the silver/white face, woman wrist band)
12 October 2011
Summary: This is my first HRM, finally bought after researched for a few months and asked many opinion leaders. I bought this along with a Sigma PC9 for my mom who doesn't need a coded transmitter. I have used this for 6 weeks now, with 3-5 uses a week. I initially wanted to get M2 because of the beautiful look, but as it doesn't support foot pod, I had settled for this one. I bought the M5 running pack that comes with the foot pod and the Movestick.
Summary: This is the second M5 we've bought and have been very pleased with it's performance. This one was a replacement for the one with the black background which was difficult to read even under the best indoor conditions. Pluses include training modes, suggested workout intensity and duration, good HR tracking, and percent complete on current workout. The only drawback of this watch is it is geared for primarily cardio-based workouts, i.e., running, biking, swimming, etc.
The foot pod cannot be calibrated with the Suunto M5
Monica Rivera "Monica R", amazon.com
11 May 2011
Summary: After a long research (and some hit and misses) I decided on the Suunto M5. Apart from functionality, my primary concern when I got it was size. I have a tiny wrist and all other brands that I tried were too big for me. The M5 fits well and although it still looks somewhat big on my wrist, it works for me. I'm a runner so I bought the Foot Pod too and I am very happy with the purchase. The synchronization with the Pod and the chest piece is quick and doesn't drop.