CARLSBAD, CA—August 8, 2005—Two of the most trusted names in backcountry navigation—Suunto and National Geographic Maps—are coming together at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market ’05 with the industry unveiling of the Suunto X9i GPS Wristop Computer. No bigger than a silver dollar, the wrist-worn Suunto X9i is smaller, lighter and more convenient to carry and use than conventional GPS devices. Seamlessly compatible with National Geographic TOPO! software, the Suunto X9i plugs into home PCs, allowing backcountry enthusiasts to plan, download and analyze trips. The Suunto X9i will be available for industry preview August 11-14 at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, booth 1927.
“The Suunto X9i creates a new category of GPS units for on-the-go explorers,” says Lauren Zimmerman, Trade Marketing Manager for Suunto North America. “It combines the world’s smallest GPS wristop computer with the industry’s leading topographic software, and it thoroughly delivers on Suunto and National Geographic’s reputation for accuracy and dependability.”
Available in black or tan, the Suunto X9i includes an altimeter, barometer, 3D compass, chronograph and comprehensive GPS unit accurate to three feet. After downloading waypoints and routes from TOPO! software, the Suunto X9i displays direction and remaining distance to waypoints, current speed, distance traveled and estimated time of arrival. The Suunto X9i also records waypoints and routes for uploading to TOPO! software, allowing users to log and analyze completed trips as well as store and organize an unlimited number of waypoints. Keeping hassle to a minimum, a USB cable serves double-duty as both data link and battery charger. The Suunto X9i retails for $499 and will be available fall 2005 at authorized Suunto dealers nationwide. The TOPO! State Series retails for $99.95 and is available by state. Current TOPO! users will be able to download updates to provide compatibility with the Suunto X9i.
Founded in 1936 with the world’s first liquid-filled compass, Suunto designs and manufactures precision sports instruments for mountaineers, hikers, skiers, divers, sailors, endurance athletes and golfers. Flagship products for 2005 include the Suunto t6 (cardiovascular endurance trainer) and Suunto X9i (the world’s smallest and lightest full-featured GPS wristop computer). The units combine the housing and functionality of watches with sport-specific computers that help athletes systematically analyze and improve performance. Headquartered in Vantaa, Finland, Suunto is a wholly owned subsidiary of Helsinki-based Amer Sports Corporation. More information about Suunto and its products is available online at www.suunto.com.
National Geographic Maps employs 60 full-time cartographers who produce four map supplements and about 100 page maps a year for National Geographic magazine, the official journal of the Society. National Geographic Maps also produces maps for the Society’s other magazines, National Geographic Books (including the Society’s signature “Atlas of the World”), National Geographic Television & Film, Nationalgeographic.com (both the Web site www.nationalgeographic.com and CD-ROM products) and the Society’s educational products. In addition, National Geographic Maps produces Trails Illustrated maps, TOPO! digital maps, globes, wall maps, reference maps, state maps, city and recreational destination maps, and atlases. Maps are available to National Geographic members and the public. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com/maps.