If you are looking for a top of the range heart rate monitor, the Suunto Ambit Multifunction Heart Rate Monitor with GPS is probably the one for you. It’s quite a stunner, so read on, and learn what makes this GPS heart rate monitor stand out in a crowd.
Suunto Ambit Multifunction Heart Rate Monitor 1 Minute Review
For those of you who are not to familiar with Suunto, they are a Finnish company, producing high end technologies for those seeking a fairly top end product. The Suunto Ambit Multifunction Heart Rate Monitor is certainly that, and is now the flagship model.
- Built like a tank, but lightweight and well balanced
- Amazing display quality, crisp and sharp
- Press button switch between positive and negative displays
- Adjustable back light, amazingly bright
- Screen saver to preserve battery life
- High quality multi tone alarm
- Customizable for almost any activity via custom movescount software
- USB lithium battery charging
- GPS featuring latest SiRF Star IV technology
- Custom training log profiles
I could go on and on with these, read the full review below for more specifications
- Instruction manual could be better, but all info is available online
- Price is cost prohibitive for some, but it’s a hell of a lot of watch for the money.
I tried to find some more bad points, and even browsed some online reviews. It was hard to find anything negative about the actual watch, it’s functionality, or it;s design and build. There were people who thought it cost too much, but, in reality, they should just look for a cheaper watch. The Suunto Ambit GPS Heart Rate Monitor is not for the cheap end of the market, it’s for people who want the best, the most customizable, the best built, the coolest looking etc etc. You get what you pay for in the most part, and you are paying for quality here.
Read The Full Review Here
Suunto Ambit Multifunction Heart Rate Monitor Full Review
Ok, so this is a little more in depth, and will look at my personal experiences with the Suunto Ambit, and also give a few more specifications etc. I’ll also offer a comparison of another 3 watches in the same vein, so you can get a good look at what is on offer.
I also own a Suunto Core GPS watch, it’s an older version, and I will be posting a review of that in the coming week or so, but having tried the Umbit GPS watch, I have to say that it is world’s apart from the Suunto Core (which is an amazing watch in it’s own right).
The Suunto Ambit Multifunction Heart Rate Monitor watch is an ABC/GPS watch, built specifically for the purposes of training and navigation. It is certainly a lot more advanced in design and technology when I compare it to the Core and other similar watches. the sensors are better, the backlight is better, the GPS seems to update quicker, the button operation is smoother. The watch is bigger, but this is not an issue. It still feels light, and the screen size is perfect.
The strap is comfortable, and is constructed with waffle style cut outs, reducing weight, but more importantly, allowing your arm to breathe. You can also swim in it, and the pattern stops water from collecting behind the strap. I’ve sweated a heap in this watch, but have never come out in any sort of heat or sweat rash.
Display – Out Of This World!!
I have to have a rant on about the display on this Suunto model, it is ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! The look and feeling of quality is very obvious as soon as you get it in your hand, let alone on your wrist. But the display really blows you away. The high density pixel count ensures an amazingly sharp display, with clarity not seen in many (or any?) other watches in this bracket.You almost look as if you are looking at a good quality LED TV or monitor display, it really is that good. I think that, even with all the other quality points, the display on the Suunto Ambit is the highlight, well for me anyway.
A cool feature is the ability to switch between positive and negative mode at the flick of a button, pretty cool. I like the negative display, it is clear and readable, both positive and negative are readable from a fair distance.
There is a built in screensaver with this watch, and this helps a lot with battery life. 30 minutes with no movement and the screen goes into hibernation mode, but the slightest movement has it bursting into life again
Back Light – Bright As You Like
A good back light is an important feature, not being able to read you watch display in low light does put a bit of a damper on things. The Ambit comes with the backlight set at 50%, and this was BRIGHT. When I moved it up to 100% I couldn’t believe just how bright it was., it’d almost double as a flashlight. I can’t imagine that there is another watch on the market with this level of illumination.
Power This Monster
Power to the Suunto Ambit Multifunction Heart Rate Monitor comes via an internal lithium battery, which is rechargeable via a USB source. I usually do this at home, but always make sure I have an in car USB adapter and a solar USB charger to make sure I can charge on the move.The charging point is not a plug in socket, but rather a couple of contacts on the bottom of the watch, a clip attaches the charging lead to these, it’s secure and effective, and a better solution that sockets and plugs in my opinion. Battery life is specified at 30 days when using as a standard ABC watch, this being reduced to a minimum of15 hours when the GPS is functional and in 1 second GPS fix mode. Change this to a 60 second fix, and you extend battery life to 50 hours or so.
The Suunto Ambit GPS watch is water resistant to a depth of 100 meters, I’ve used it down to around 15, and it was fine. No signs of damage at all.
What’s It Like To Use?
Three words……….. I LOVE IT. I guess you probably want a little more than that? I thought so. The ABC functions are excellent, altitude is accurate and changes quickly, and has a 12 hour graph, which is surpassed by the 27 hour barometer graph. The barometer is something I use quite a lot when considering the weather conditions, and what might be coming to bother or surprise me. There is also a tilt-correcting compass, no longer do you need to hold it flat like a traditional compass, another good improvement.
There is also a temperature reading, which they recommend you take with the watch removed from your wrist, for obvious reasons. It’s no drama, and to be honest, temperature has not been that important to me as yet.
The Ambit GPS is sensational, using the latest SiRF Star IV technology. The lock-up times are amazing, I reckon on around 15 seconds or so max when started up, then almost instant after that. You can hold 100 way points in the internal memory. These can be pre-entered via the custom movescount program on your computer, or entered on the fly as you move. I like to use it to mark secret fishing spots and placed or such beauty that I need to visit them again.
Custom training logs allow you to set your Suunto Ambit up for almost any activity, hiking, running, climbing, motocross, whatever you like. There are a stack of options, and for a tech geek like me, this is the icing on the cake.
Check Out This Video Of The movescount Software
|Movescount.com Powered By Suunto|
If there is a takeaway from this review, it is that I believe that this is probably the best GPS watch on the market, and I have tried a few. Garmins, the Suunto Core, and a few others that I have borrowed, and this on is IT. I personally do not think there is a better GPS watch than the Suunto Ambit Multifunction Heart Rate Monitor with built in GPS.
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