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Garmin Fenix 5X Plus vs Polar Vantage V vs Suunto 9 Baro

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Today, we’re comparing some of the very best multisport GPS smartwatches currently on the market. And that includes; the Garmin Fenix 5X Plus – a premium multisport GPS smartwatch, joined by the Polar Vantage V – Another premium GPS smartwatch, and the Suunto 9 Baro – An outstanding multisport GPS smartwatch with impressively long battery life.

These three, undoubtedly are the best choices for triathlon athletes and Pros alike, and the very best choices for outdoor activity tracking. Head-to-head, we compare their specs and features, so you know the differences, and which is the ideal choice for you.

Garmin Fenix 5X Plus vs Polar Vantage V vs Suunto 9 Baro Specifications Compared

Garmin Fenix 5X PlusPolar Vantage VSuunto 9 Baro
garmin 5x plus specspolar vantage v specssuunto 9 baro


4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
3.2 out of 5 stars (3.2 / 5)
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
3.3 out of 5 stars (3.3 / 5)
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
3.6 out of 5 stars (3.6 / 5)
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)


Device nameGarmin Fenix 5X PlusPolar Vantage VSuunto 9 Baro
Device typeFitness/GPS/Classic smartwatchFitness/Sport SmartwatchFitness/GPS smartwatch
PredessesorGarmin Fenix 5X__Suunto 9
SuccessorGarmin Fenix 6X Pro__N
Released dateJune, 2018September, 2018July, 2018
Ideal forMenMenMen


Display typeTransflective memory-in-display (MIP)MIP Transflective LCDActive Matrix LCD
Display size1.2 inch1.2 inch1.4 inch
Display resolution240 x 240 pixels240 x 240 pixels320 x 300 pixels
Pixel density282.8 PPI__Unknown
Input type5 buttons (Not touchscreen)Touchscreen
5 physical buttons
3 buttons
Customizable watch faceYesYesYes


Dimension51 x 51 x 17.5 mm46 x 46 x 13 mm50 x 50 x 16.8 mm
Weight96 g
Titanium: 87 g
66 grams
(including straps)
81 grams
Casing materialFiber-reinforced polymer with polymer rear coverStainless steel/
Glass fiber reinforced polymer back
Glass fibre reinforced polyamide
Strap/band materialSilicone
Nylon/TPETextile material
Bezel MaterialStainless steel
or Titanium
Stainless steelTitanium grade 5
Strap size26mm22mm24 mm
130-230 mm (Lenght)
Interchangeable band Yes, 26mmYes, 22mmYes, 24mm
Screen protectionDomed sapphire crystalCorning Gorilla Glass 3Sapphire crystal glass
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, 10ATMYes, 5ATM (MIL-STD-810G)Yes, 10ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommendedYes, recommended


Internal storage16GB__Nil
Memory card slotNoNoNo


BluetoothYes, and ANT+Bluetooth v4.2 LEBluetooth v4.2 LE
Bluetooth callingNoNoNo
Payment systemNoNoneNone




Email alertYesYesYes
SMS alertYesYesYes
Calls alertYesYesYes
Event reminderYesYesYes
Third-party appsYesYesYes
Text responseYesNoNo


Sleep apneaNoNoNo
Sleep trackingYesYesYes
Floors climbedYesYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYesYes
VO2 Max.YesYesYes
Blood oxygenYesNoNo
Blood pressureNoNoNo
Menstrual cycle trackingYesNoNo
Swim trackingYesYesYes
Under-water heart rate trackingNoYesYes, with Suunto smart sensor
Preloaded mapsYes_Yes
On-screen workout modesNoNoNo
Triathlon modeYesYesYes
ECG TrackingNoNoNo
Preloaded sport modesYesYesYes
Safety trackingYesNoNo


Music streamingYesNoNo
Bluetooth musicYesNoNo



Operating system (OS)Proprietary OS_Unknown


Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity --320mAhUnknown
Battery lifeSmartwatch: Up to 20 days
GPS: Up to 32 hours
GPS and Music: Up to 13 hours
UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 70 hours
GPS and wrist-based heart rate: 40 hrs
Watch mode with heart rate: Up to 7 days
Smartwatch mode: Up to 14 days
Mixed usage: Up to 7 days
GPS Active: 25/50/120 hours
Charging typeUSB charging cableUSB cradleUSB cradle
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours
Battery saver modeYesYesYes
Solar powerNoNoNo
Rapid chargingNoNo_




Control cameraYesNoNo
Music controlYesNoNo
Find phoneYesYesNo


Compatibility Android and iOS
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Android and iOSAndroid and iOS.
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Companion appGarmin connect IQPolar Flow appSuunto App
Voice commandNoNoNo


Garmin Fenix 5X PlusPolar Vantage VSuunto 9
USB charging cableUSB cradleUSB cradle
Quick start guideQuick start guideQuick start guide
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Garmin Fenix 5X Plus vs Polar Vantage V vs Suunto 9 Baro Features Compared

What’s the Difference?

  • Design

  • Each of these three, has got a distinctive design that describes a true premium smartwatch with each featuring the most durable materials on the market that ensures these three will withstand rigorous conditions associated with outdoor activities, especially for hikers and climbers.

    Although not the most sophisticated design, the Vantage V has the most stylish and outstanding design that defines the attributes of a fitness smartwatch. It has the least weight, the sleekest, and moderately sized too which by no means makes it the most befitting wear for more people, and a more comfortable to wear all day long.

    The sophisticated Fenix 5X Plus has no touchscreen support, unlike the other two that are touchscreen supported, and no doubt makes these two a bit easier to navigate the small interfaces, while the 9 Baro with the widest display allows you to see more at a glance.

  • Fitness Tracking

  • For serious fitness tracking, these three are your best bets. Each is equipped to holistically track your training in the most efficient manner. Equipped with the entire standard sensors to comprehensively track your active life.

    From the basics, each of these can track your steps, calories, distance, complete sleep cycle, continuous heart rate, and pace to the more advanced fitness tracking features such as recovery, training load, and other stress management features that help improve your productivity without breaking down.

    And in addition, the inbuilt GPS support in each of these three supports the multi-satellite system that makes these three the best choices for navigating even the most difficult terrains.

    However, the Fenix 5X plus being the most comprehensive fitness tracker features a pulse OX sensor that monitors your blood oxygen level, helping you see how well your body is utilizing oxygen. This feature comes very handy for climbers as it help you know when it’s no longer safe to continue climbing.

    In addition, the Pulse OX sensor also uses light beams to gauge how well your body utilizes oxygen while you sleep. Thus, allows you to gauge your SpO2 overnight or use it to take a spot measurement anytime you want to check how well your body is absorbing oxygen, while also giving you added insight on your sleep patterns, including your light, deep and REM stages along with your movements throughout the night.

    Another important feature found on Fenix 5X Plus is the ClimbPro that provides real-time information on current and upcoming climbs and allows you to see the climb gradient, distance and elevation gain for each ascent segment as well as a progress marker that shows how much farther you have to go. Such a great deal for climbers.

  • Water Resistance Rating

  • These three are swim-proof, and are great choices for tracking your swims. However, while the 5X Plus and 9 Baro are rated 10ATM, the Vantage V is rated 3ATM/5ATM. As a result, the 5X Plus and 9 Baro are the best for deep water activities and the most suitable choices for divers.

  • Connectivity

  • The Fenix 5x plus is the most equipped, it has more features that are not found on the other two. The 5X Plus has NFC that enables Garmin pay – a contactless payment system that lets make payment on the go with this device. Unlike the 9 Baro and Vantage V that lacks NFC chip.

    In addition, the 5X Plus is more equipped to keep you connected with Wi-Fi onboard, unlike the other two that lack Wi-Fi and only rely on the Bluetooth.

  • Storage

  • The Fenix 5x Plus is fun-filled with the 16GB onboard storage that lets you store over 1000 of your favorite tracks, allowing you to take your music with you – a great way to stay focused and motivated on your goal.
    The 9 baro and Vantage V lacks significant onboard storage.

  • Battery Life
  • These three being fitness smartwatches have a very impressive long battery life that will keep you going for days on a single charge. So, it’s safe to say each of these three is a great choice for tracking extreme workouts.

    However, the 5X Plus takes it a bit further with its very long battery life that will see it last about 2 weeks on smartwatch mode compared to the 9 Baro and Vantage V that got about a week of battery life on smartwatch mode.

    And that makes the Fenix 5X Plus the best choice for tracking long hours of activities. A great choice for hikers.

Which is the Best?

Undoubtedly, these are the most outstanding choices for serious activity tracking. Each of these three has got features that define a comprehensive fitness smartwatch, while having long battery life that lets you go long on a single charge.

However, the Garmin Fenix 5x Plus is the most sophisticated, it has more features that make it a more comprehensive smartwatch and the most comprehensive fitness tracker while having the longest battery life.

Although most expensive, It’s indeed the best choice for fitness tracking. A great deal for pro athletes and fitness enthusiasts alike.

The Vantage V with the most stylish design and a moderate size is a great choice for people with smaller wrists. A great deal for women.

While the Suunto 9 Baro is also a great deal for comprehensive fitness tracking with a very long battery life that lets you go days on a single charge.

Here’s how they stack up;

GARMIN FENIX 5X PLUS The most sophisticated and the most comprehensive fitness tracker with the longest battery life. The best choice for men, and people with bigger wrists.
Suunto 9 BaroAnother outstanding GPS smartwatch, and a comprehensive fitness tracker with a decent long battery life.
POLAR VANTAGE VThe most stylish, and a comprehensive fitness tracker with a long battery life., The best choice for people with smaller wrists and women.

Our Pick

The Garmin Fenix 5X Plus is a sophisticated multisport GPS smartwatch that’s fully equipped to holistically track both indoor and outdoor activities, while having a very remarkable long battery life that lets you go days on a single charge. It’s indeed a fascinating beast, and is our preferred choice.