Suunto altitude watches have long been a fixture on the wrists of mountaineers and adventurers the world over, but their latest model takes a leap forward with the introduction of GPS for the first time.
Aimed at trailrunners, back country skiers, mountaineers and hikers alike, the Ambit combines a GPS navigation system, altimeter and 3D compass with advanced heart rate monitoring, which means it will make an excellent tool for training too. Jonathan Wyatt, six-time world mountain running champion and Suunto endorsee is particularly excited by the new model: ”As a trail runner and mountain athlete, what I need in a watch is a heart rate monitor, speed & distance, and altimeter. The AMBIT has all these features in one unit which is really exciting. One of the main problems for endurance athletes is battery life of conventional GPS sports watches so the promise of 50hrs is a big step forward. And being able to personalise the displays of the watch, download updates and analyse the data on Movecount.com all help to make the AMBIT an awesome product for mountain athletes.”
So what of the Ambit’s outdoor-specific features then? Well the GPS allows the user to choose waypoints to navigate with and see their location in multiple coordinate systems, while other features include temperature, track logging, unique 3D Compass and barometric sensor. For the serious mountain athlete, FusedSpeed heart rate monitoring with Peak Training Effect will keep you within your optimum training zone and Recovery Time will tell you when you’re fully recovered for your next adventure. It’s tough too – the Ambit is housed in a robust BuiltToLast casing and has an enhanced battery lifetime of 15h in full exercise mode. True to Suunto’s heritage in dive instruments, it is water resistant to 100m.
So you want one then? Us too! The Ambit comes in black and silver and is available anytime now at a cost of £400 with a heart rate belt and £350 without.