Last week Suunto slightly renewed its most basic model, the Suunto 3 Fitness.
New features of the "new" Suunto 3
The changes are very, very small, almost imperceptible. For starters, the name is different. The watch loses the name "Fitness" that accompanied him until now and happens to equate its name with the rest of the range that, now if (and after the official presentation of the Suunto 7), we can say that it is composed of 3, 5, 7 and 9.
This is the Suunto 3 Fitness that was available until now.
It also changes the place of manufacture. The existing model was manufactured in China, while the new Suunto 3 will be manufactured in Finland. There is some slight change in the casing as to the material it is made of, it is still plastic but now it is a polyamide which in theory should offer more of a quality feel. The bezel is still steel and the lens is plastic (not mineral glass).
There are new colors and the design of the strap changes, and it is now perforated with a more sporty look than the one used by 3 Fitness.
And... that's it. It's still a clock that monitors activity and depends on your phone for GPS data (GPS function on). It used to be adaptive training that set it apart from the competition, but now Polar offers something similar on the Ignite so it's lost that exclusivity (and the Ignite does have GPS).
In short, a renewal of colors and a shorter name for a watch that did not stand out excessively in the past, and that will surely continue to go unnoticed, especially because of what Suunto asks for this model (229 euros and available from January 31st), there are better options. For example the Suunto 3 Fitness for 125...
And with that... thanks for reading!
First of all, thank you very much for your analysis! I am writing because I am interested in buying a watch for the sports activity I do (mainly functional training and classes at the gym). I am hesitating to buy suunto 3 or polar ignite.
I think the Polar is quite a superior watch in every way. You can see the full test here: https://www.correrunamaraton.com/polar-ignite-review/
The other possible option would be the Garmin Vivoactive 4