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Suunto Race User Guide


Suunto Race has a gyro-assisted compass that allows you to orient yourself in relation to magnetic north. The tilt-compensated compass gives you accurate readings even if the compass is not horizontally level.

You can access the compass by swiping up from the watch face or by turning the crown and selecting Compass.

The compass widget includes the following information:

  • Arrow pointing to magnetic north
  • Heading cardinal
  • Heading in degrees
  • Altitude
  • Barometric pressure


To exit the compass widget, press the lower button.

While you are in the compass widget, you can swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open a list of shortcuts. The shortcuts give you quick access to navigation actions such as checking the coordinates of your current location or selecting a route to navigate.

Calibrating compass

If the compass is not calibrated, you are prompted to calibrate the compass when you enter the compass widget.

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The compass calibrates itself when in use, but if the watch been affected by strong magnetic fields or a hard knock the compass might show the wrong direction. Do a new calibration to resolve this issue.

Setting declination

To ensure correct compass readings, set an accurate declination value.

Paper maps point to true north. Compasses, however, point to magnetic north – a region above the Earth where the Earth’s magnetic fields pull. Because magnetic North and true North are not at the same location, you must set the declination on your compass. The angle in between magnetic and true north is your declination.

The declination value appears on most maps. The location of magnetic north changes yearly, so the most accurate and up-to-date declination value can be found from websites such as

Orienteering maps, however, are drawn in relation to magnetic north. If you are using an orienteering map, you need to turn the declination correction off by setting the declination value to 0 degrees.

You can set your declination value from the Settings under Navigation » Declination.

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