Suunto Wing bone-conduction headphones review: keep the music running for longer

Suunto take a leap from GPS watches into audio tech with these Suunto Wing bone-conduction headphones, boasting LED side lights and motion-control

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(Image: © Claire Maxted)

Advnture Verdict

Fully waterproof, open-ear headphones with great features, including a power bank, LED safety side-lights, very good music quality and motion-control capabilities.


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    Completely waterproof

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    Easy to pair with phone

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    Healthier for ear than in-ear buds

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    Can hear external sounds

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    Power bank included for 20 hours more charge

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    Quick charge: 10 minutes for 3 hours playback

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    Normal or Outdoor (louder) EQ in app

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    Motion controls (on/off in app)

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    Battery levels visible in app

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    Dual device connection


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    Slightly larger band so earpieces not as snug, so sound can be quieter for smaller-headed people

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    Music quality very good but not as good as the best bone conduction headphones

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    Volume buttons flush so harder to find while running, especially with gloves on

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    Flashing LED setting needs to be faster to be safer

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    Strong wind affects speaking on calls (though this tends to be the case on all bonephones)

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    Motion control in general isn’t great for outdoor sports

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Meet the tester

Claire Maxted
Claire Maxted

Claire is one of our leading trail running experts. The co-founder and former editor of Trail Running magazine now runs her own YouTube channel and loves nothing more than hitting the trails. She’s tested countless trail running shoes in her time and knows a good pair when she sees one.

Suunto Wing headphones: first impressions

The Suunto Wing is the first pair of bone-conduction headphones (bonephones) from a brand better known for smart watches, and they’ve made a strong debut into their new market.


• List price: $199 (US) / £169 (UK)
• Weight (+ with power bank): 33g / 1.2oz (40g / 1.4oz)
• Colors: Black / Lava Red
• Water protection: IP67 – dustproof, sweat and waterproof (power bank IP55 – dust and water resistant)
• Battery life: 10 hours music only (+20hrs with power bank, 8 hours with motion control activated, 4 hours with lights activated)
• Quick charge time: 10 minutes for 3 hours
• Full charge time: 1 hour (power bank 1.5 hour)
• Charger type: USB-C cable and power bank
• Dual device connection: Yes
• Compatibility: Gym, commutes, chores, walking and running outdoors

Firstly, the Wing is fully waterproof and dustproof (IP67), an excellent feature that puts them above industry leaders the $180 / £160 Shokz OpenRun Pro for outdoor use. Playback time at 10 hours (at 60% volume and without extras like motion control and LED lights) and quick-charge time is the same, but for only $19 / £9 more you also get a power bank giving you 20 hours of further playback time – thank you, Suunto! 

And there’s more for your money – you also get red LED lights on each side with a choice of off, on, flashing and SOS modes for higher visibility on night runs.

Downsides? The band is ever so slightly bigger, so people with smaller heads may find the earpieces aren’t as snug and therefore not always loud enough – press them to your head and you feel like you’re being deafened, so the problem’s not a lack of volume, just fit. The music quality is very good but not as good as on Shokz’ top model, and the volume and On/Off buttons are flush, making them harder to locate – especially with gloves on.

I'm still not sure motion control is useful when doing outdoor sports, as turning your head to cross a road, talk to a friend or look at a view can play havoc with playback. We can see how it might be useful when holding weights in the gym though, and it can be toggled on or off.

Suunto Wing headphones: on the trails

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The LED lights are on for night running (Image credit: Claire Maxted)

Oh Suunto, you have raised the bar! We’ve been trotting round our usual trails and road runs wearing these, plus doing household chores (podcasts get us through the washing up) and we are really impressed. For outdoor use, fully waterproof is perfect, so we fully salute that IP67 rating and wish our Shokz Openrun Pros were the same (although they haven’t faltered yet after a year of all-season use and frequent post-run showers). 

The power bank included with the headphones makes them excellent value for money if you don’t already own a portable charger. While not entirely necessary if you’re wearing other high viz items, the LED side-lights are a nice safety touch for night runs, especially as listening on-the-go can distract you, even with open-ear headphones. The flash setting should be faster, though, as the current slow flash leaves you with too much time unprotected by light. 

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Open-ear technology allows you to listen to music and at the same time still hear your surroundings (Image credit: Claire Maxted)

We keep trying, but we still can’t get the hang of motion control on any bonephones while out running; simply turning our head to cross the road sent our podcast off the rails. It’s so much easier just to press the buttons, or it would be if they weren’t flush to the housing – raise them a bit, please, Suunto so we can feel them mid-run and with gloves on.

The music sound quality is very good, but still nothing surpasses the OpenRun Pros we’re afraid. We’re pretty sure this is a fit issue rather than a loudness issue, but the Wings are quieter all round – for music, podcasts and calls – because they aren’t as snug a fit on our smallish head. If you press them against your head they’re plenty loud enough. This may be a non-issue for many runners, but it’s worth bearing in mind and trying a few pairs for size.

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Where are the buttons? We like easy-to-feel buttons you can find easily when you’re running and wearing gloves, but the ones on the Suunto Wing are flush to the casing (Image credit: Claire Maxted)
Claire Maxted

The co-founder and former editor of Trail Running magazine, Claire now runs the YouTube channel Wild Ginger Running, creating films about trail- and ultra-running advice, inspiration, races and gear reviews. An award-winning journalist, writing for outdoor and adventure sports magazines and websites, Claire's first book, The Ultimate Trail Running Handbook (5k to 50k), is out now. Her second, The Ultimate Ultra Running Handbook (50k to 100 miles), is out Autumn 2024. Claire also speaks and presents at events and races.