The idea behind the Suunto Ambit is that it is a watch that has all the functionality of an advanced GPS training watch but at the same time provides the battery life and essential features that mountaineers and explorers have come to rely on.
Suunto Ambit - Black - Available From March
Being able to use the watch for accurate speed and distance tracking in training mode but then being able to switch to mountaineering mode to navigate your way back home with the help of advanced GPS waypoint navigation, barometer, altimeter and compass for up to 50 hours is something that I can see really appealing to those adventure runners, trail runners and mountaineers out there.
Video from the Munich ISPO where the Ambit was first announced last month.
Before I talk about some of the things that excite me about this new watch I jsut want to give a quick run down of some of the Ambit’s features:
Specialised Outdoor Functions:
Advanced Waypoint Navigation
100m Water Resistance
Advanced Training Functions:
Real time heart rate monitoring with Peak Training Effect
A battery life of 15 hours in training mode (one second GPS interval) and 50 hours in outdoor mode (sixty second GPS interval)
Responsive and accurate speed and pace settings using a combination of both the in-built GPS and an inbuilt ‘footpod’ type feature using the new patent pending Suunto FusedSpeedTM technology.
Heart Rate Zones
Movescount.com compatibility (a great social online training portal from Suunto)
Mountain Exploration Features:
Features that excite me!
GPS Interval and battery Life – It is possible to chance the GPS recording interval between one second and sixty seconds in order to extend the battery life. If you want to use the watch for cycling or running then speed and distance are pretty important and so you will want this interval to be at 1 second. Even with the time interval at its minimum Suunto say that it is still possible to use the watch for 15 hours continuously, making this perfect for endurance running, cycling or long distance triathlons.
100m Waterproofing – It is nice to have a GPS watch that is suitable for open water swimming and adventure swimming as well as having all the advanced land based mountaineering features.
Heart Rate Training – The Suunto Peak Training Effect system is a great feature as you can see how intense your training session is and also your recovery time. I have used this feature on the Suunto Quest and really like the way that you can view your Training Effect metrics on the Suunto Movescount online portal
The Suunto Ambit will be available from March 2012 in black or silver for the price of £400 with a heart rate monitor or £350 without.
I have been in contact with the marketing agency that handles Suunto’s UK marketing ever since I reviewed the Suunto Quest last year and they are very kindly going to provide me with a trial unit as soon as possible They report that they should have some units by the end of February so I will aim to get a review out within the first few weeks of March.