When the Suunto 9 Peak GPS multi-sport watch releases this month, it will do so 37% thinner and 36% lighter than the previous version. The new Garmin Descent Mk2S has also completely slimmed down an outward appearance. But casings and overall size are the only things shrinking in the world of GPS watches, as overall sales continue to grow and companies such as Suunto, Polar and Garmin debut new looks packed with increased features. 

All across the outdoor industry, trail and outdoor usage and equipment sales have surged during the pandemic. The GPS watch, often a multi-sport watch built with smartwatch capability, has given watch makers a massive bump in both potential customers and sales numbers. To both diversify offerings to reach this larger audience…

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