The first Suunto Ambit started out as a watch geared primarily towards mountaineers and ultra trail runners. The arrival of the Ambit2 meant adding more sports options and opening up the range of potential customers to those practicing other sports, including triathlon. The Ambit3 continues on the same path, adding smart watch functions thanks to its new Bluetooth connectivity (to the detriment of ANT+), synchronization via mobile phone, recording of keystrokes in underwater activities and, recently, the creation of advanced training.
On this occasion I must thank Suunto Spain for providing the watch for the analysis, once the test is completed, I'll send it back to youI always like to clarify this, so that you know that the tests that I carry out are totally independent and that I don't receive anything in exchange for a favourable opinion from the manufacturers. And in the same way, no manufacturer has ever pressured me about what is written in any of my tests. What you read is what I think, and I like to be totally transparent about that.
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Suunto Ambit3 Sport Draw
Do you want to get a Suunto Ambit3 Sport like the one in this test? Well, Suunto is raffling one among the readers of the Ambit Multisport chain, where luckily for you, this page was selected to participate. Entering the draw is very easy, just post a comment at the end of this article indicating what you like best about the Ambit3 and this website, and your comment will enter the draw. Good luck!
Suunto has already provided the date for the draw. On June 30th we will know who the winner is.
There's already a winner! This was the winning comment from the entire Ambit Multisport network
Congratulations! And those of you who haven't been graced, better luck with the next one.
Suunto Ambit3 versions
Given the number of models in the Ambit family, I think it's necessary to clarify this. Sometimes it can be a bit confusing, and maybe you want a colour and it's exclusive to some model. That's how you know for sure.
You can buy Suunto Ambit3 in different models and colors. The range, initially composed of the Peak and Sport, has been completed with the RunThe Peak is the top-of-the-range model, with a barometric altimeter and extended range (and even a version with sapphire glass), designed for longer mountain breaks.
Next we have the Ambit3 Sport (the one that accompanies me for the test), which sees its sale price reduced when the barometer is removed and with a slightly reduced autonomy. As with the Peak, there is also the possibility of buying it with sapphire glass. Apart from a small difference in the quality of the materials (which in both cases is very good), at the software level it is exactly the same, with the same possibilities in terms of navigation (which is the strong point of the Ambit range) and the possibilities of multidisciplinary use: running, cycling, swimming and the multisports modes; for duathlon, triathlon, etc. competitions.
Finally we have the new Ambit3 Run, mainly designed for running and which has eliminated the swimming option and the external sensor support for cycling. You will also not have multisport options even though it retains cycling mode. If you participate in duathlons and you want it to compete, it will not work for you.
As to colours, the family has also recently been extended, with another one for the Ambit3 Sport range. The composition of models and colours is as follows:
Suunto Ambit3 Peak
Available in black and sapphire.
Suunto Ambit3 Sport
Available in sapphire, black, blue, white and coral.
Suunto Ambit3 Run
Available in black, white and lime.
Once you have a clearer idea of Suunto's current product range, let's move on to the Ambit3 Sport.
Suunto Ambit3 Sport comes in a sober black case with a picture of the watch on the front, and in this case it is the blue model.
On the side of the box you have the logo of the brand, and on the back the main features, among which it stands out that it is compatible with Strava (in terms of automatic data synchronization) and that it can reach an autonomy of up to 25 hours
We open the case to reveal the watch. The opening is of the "jeweler" type.
This unit is the HR version and comes with the pulse sensor. If you buy the normal version, you will only receive the rest: the timing and charging cable and a small instruction manual.
The clamp is placed on the side of the watch. It has no quick coupling, so you have to check that it is correctly placed when you put it in place. But once it is in place, the anchorage is firm and you can move the watch, which will not let go of the clamp.
The materials of the watch are really good, and it gives an overall quality appearance, both in the coating of the watch case (rubber touch) and the silicone strap. The screen is large and with good resolution (128×128 pixels).
Please note that this watch is not suitable for all wrists, as it is 50x50mm in size. In addition, the GPS antenna is not located in the area of the screen, but underneath it, so that part of the watch is rigid and feels even bigger. But with a weight of 80g it is not uncomfortable to wear.
At the back you can find the loading pins. Although they are visible, you don't have to worry about them. Of course it is waterproof, up to a depth of 50m.
The pulse sensor is a new addition to the Ambit2 family. The new Suunto Smart Sensor not only changes in connectivity (from ANT+ to Bluetooth), but also in size - it's much smaller - and in performance. What sets this sensor apart from any other in the competition is its ability to record heart rate data and then synchronize it with the watch, so when you synchronize your swimming training sessions, you'll have them with HR data as well.
We've been looking at the clock a lot already. It's time to put it on your wrist and go out for training, to see what the latest from the Finnish house can do.
When running with the Ambit3, you have several possibilities to select sports from Movescount: running, mountain running, athletics, adventure running, treadmill, etc. This will allow you to have several modes of sports enabled, with different data screen configurations in each of them, and different GPS settings. Also, when synchronizing the activity you will see everything separately in Movescount, because it is not the same a trail training as an asphalt one, so being able to separate the activity can be very useful when analyzing the data.
To start the activity, you must press the upper right button, marked "Start/stop". And with the screen showing "Exercise", press the central button, marked "Next".
On the next screen you can navigate between all the sports modes that you have activated in Movescount. You can create a multitude of sports, but only 10 can be displayed on the clock and the others will be deactivated (and each with its particular configuration), in case you want to alternate them later.
The first thing the Suunto Ambit3 will do is search for the heart rate sensor. If you don't have it with you or you haven't attached it properly, it will give you the option to retry or search for it later.
The satellite search will then start, which tells you the status of the search
with a percentage valueAs you will see in the video below, Suunto has changed this percentage to a bar that is filled in as reception improves.
As for the satellite search, if you do it in the same place where you recently finished the last activity, it is a matter of a few seconds. If it is a long time since your last activity, or it is in a different place, then it will take a little more time. But nothing better than checking it yourself on video.
Once you have a satellite signal and have connected the accessories you want to use for this session (pulse sensor, pedometer, and soon power meter), it's time to start running. And from the first stride you'll be able to appreciate one of the main features of Ambit3, which is FusedSpeed. Don't worry if you don't know what it is, I'll explain it to you now.
There have always been two ways of showing you the pace at which you are running. Years ago, you used a footpod placed in your shoe, basically a pedometer. You would set a step measurement and from that you would get your pace and distances covered. But of course, if you changed the length of the step, the figures were not correct (technique exercises, slopes, tiredness, etc).
To alleviate this, the technology gave way to the use of GPS. Now it didn't matter how many steps you took and the length of those steps, because thanks to GPS the only thing the clock needs to know is how far you have traveled in a given time (today 1 second, if that is configured in the clock, in the past in ranges of up to 5 seconds). But GPS is not perfect, since it is not a continuous tracking technology but a positioning one, and it also offers a maximum accuracy of about 3 meters. That's why when we see a rhythm graph, it is showing peaks continuously.
What Suunto does is combine the two, and that's what it calls FusedSpeed. To get a good idea of how it works, you can look at this graph. The dotted yellow line is your actual speed. The thin line that peaks is the raw speed taken from the GPS. The watches must filter out and display the average speed taken for a few seconds, to stabilize the data displayed on screen. That would be the thickest yellow line. Finally, the red line is the speed displayed with the Suunto Ambit3, which is based on GPS data and is corrected for your running cadence, taken from the watch's internal accelerometer.
Running in a straight line at a stable pace you will not appreciate the effect of this option (which can be disabled for the activity from Movescount). But the moment you make changes of pace you will see that the update of the pace is very fast to adapt to your real speed, as you can see in the graph. The filtered GPS speed will decrease little by little, but in the case of Ambit3 you will have the data much earlier. And if you are doing very short series, for example of 200m, it can make a very noticeable difference. But nothing like a video where you can see how, indeed, the variation of the pace is almost instantaneous.
When you finish running and save the activity, the Ambit3 will inform you of the estimated recovery time to get back in full running condition. But keep in mind that this depends entirely on your heart rate, so if you have gone running without the sensor, you will not get that data.
As far as specific training is concerned, Suunto has always been quite behind the competition, until now it was only possible to activate an interval timer, which, when it comes down to it, is practically useless.
Since the launch of the Apps, Suunto had largely neglected these functions, and all interval training was based on "apps" installed on the watch. Fortunately, this has been remedied, and with the 1.5 update it is now possible to create advanced workouts. At the moment it can only be done with the phone app, which is not very convenient, but I'm sure it will end up coming to Movescount.
Creating advanced trainings
With the new update it is finally possible to create advanced trainings in Ambit3, but for the time being these trainings can only be created in the iOS application, while waiting for Suunto
Launch the Android-compatible version Advance with the Beta version of the Android application or allow them to be created directly from Movescount. When you do, the procedure will be the same.
The workouts have been a long time coming but they are quite complete as well as easy to set up (but not to do, good luck with those 3×2000 sets at 3:30). When you go into the app, in the section for your Ambit you have to go into "Workouts".
By default there is a sample workout called "My Workout". To add a new one, just click on Edit and then on the button with the "+" that you can see in this image.
From here you must add steps to your training.
You can add both simple steps (warm up, rest and cool down) and intervals (with a work and recovery part), which can be repeated as many times as you like.
There are different ways to complete each phase of training to move on to the next, for example the first warm-up. These are as follows:
- Lap, by pressing the clock button
- Reaching a certain heart rate
- Going below a certain heart rate
And just as you have a multitude of goals for each part of the training, there are also different objectives for each phase
- No objective, e.g. just jogging
- Speed in km/h (or m/h)
- Power (for the moment only for cycling, until the arrival of Stryd)
- Heart rate
You can combine the goals with the objectives as you wish, and you can also name each phase, because the clock will indicate it on screen as a reminder of what you have to do next.
Once you have configured the training, it's time to synchronize it with the watch, and then the most complicated part: to perform that masochistic training you have prepared. The first thing you will do is start the activity for which you have prepared the training. In this case it's running, but you can do it in another sport. Press and hold the "Next" button to access the sport mode options, and here 1TP10You will find the workouts.
You will see the workouts you have created and synchronized. Select the one you want and press "Next" to start.
From here, the Ambit3 will guide you through each of the steps and, if you have put a text to each of them, it will show you what phase it is before you start it.
On the next screen you are warned that you are in part 1 of 6 of your workout.
Strangely, the bar appears to fill up by itself, but it doesn't correlate with this part of the training I'm doing, since in this case the warm-up is one kilometer long, without any kind of goal or time. I have the impression that this is a failure that Suunto will have to solve sooner rather than later.
You've warmed up. What's next? Suffering.
The next screen will give you a summary of what's coming to you. Part two of the total 6, distance of 1 kilometer and your suffering pace (well, I've been kind to myself and set a target pace of 4:30. Suffering I'll leave for another day without a camera).
Again we have a graph, this time representing our rhythm. The objective is to draw it inside the box. If the graph goes up you are going too fast. If it goes down you are going too slow. But there is no visual or sound warning. At the top you have your current rhythm (because that is the objective, if it were another one the data would change) and below it the remaining distance of interval (again, because that is what has been marked. If it were time, the distance would not appear).
After suffering, it automatically goes to the next phase, which I have marked as a one-minute recovery. Here, the time bar will appear, which this time is the right one.
And so you will continue for your training, until you finish it and the cooling down phase arrives.
These are the screens that appear by default in the first place. But if you miss your configured screens do not worry, by pressing the "Next" button 1TP10You can access them. The ones we have been seeing are screens that are added to the sport mode to guide you in your training.
When recording the data for later synchronization with Movescount, it also fails in that it does not mark the laps automatically. That is, although the laps appear on the screen, if you do not press the "lap" button, it will not separate the parts of the exercise. This is a major flaw, because when analyzing the data, if you have not remembered to mark each part of the workout manually, you will have all the phases mixed up. The ideal would be that at each change of the training phase the watch would automatically mark a lap and that this would be reflected in the file. This is how it appears right now, activating the manually marked laps, the pauses we have made (with the button) and the autolaps. Quite chaotic.
It is noticeable that the workouts are still a bit "green". Details such as the initial bar that has nothing to do with the objective of the warm-up or that sometimes the "Next" button to change screen does not respond, prove it. As well as having to mark the laps manually. But it's a huge step the Finns have taken to finally bring the Ambit3 in line with the rest of the competition. The workouts are there, they just need to be polished.
With the Ambit3 you can also run on a treadmill and have the clock provide you with rhythm and distance data. This is done, just like with FusedSpeed, thanks to the internal accelerometer. But if the rhythm is impeccable outdoors, when it comes to running on the treadmill I can't say the same.
The test was very simple. I started from a standing position and increased my pace slightly until I reached, according to the treadmill, a pace of 5:00 min/km. You know that treadmills don't stand out because of their exact calibration, but in this case I had a Garmin Fenix 3 on my other wrist to compare data. The workout I wanted to do that day was 6 km at a sustained pace of 5:00. This is what Suunto Ambit3 recorded.
According to the clock, instead of 6, I've run 5.16 kilometers, and at an average rate of 6:00 min/km. Looking at the graph, at no time was it close to the real rate, but it remained stable throughout the test (the cut is due to the fact that I stopped for a minute, not a clock failure). These are the laps marked automatically.
But since there was a "witness" to certify the data, it allows me to verify three things:
- The Life Fitness treadmill I use measures perfectly
- The Fenix 3 measures indoor travel perfectly
- The Suunto Ambit3 is not very accurate in its estimation.
The Fenix 3 has nailed the distance indicated by the tape, and the stable rhythm has also brought it to perfection, as evidenced by the automatically marked laps, with very little variation in the actual rhythm.
Something that Suunto has to improve.
Everything we've covered on the Ambit3 for running will be the same when you ride a bike. The main difference is that instead of showing pace (in minutes per kilometer) it will show you speed (in km/h or m/h). If you have a handlebar mount, podhen place the watch there and use it as a kilometer counter. Unfortunately for triathletes, the Ambit3 Sport does not have a quick release kit, so the procedure for T1 and T2 is a bit longer if you want to put the watch on the handlebars.
An important aspect when using Suunto as a mileage counter is how fast the displayed speed is updated, as there is no data from the clock accelerometer and therefore FusedSpeed here, so I leave you with a video where you can check it out for yourself.
What differentiates the cycling mode from the running mode? External sensor support. The problem if you are coming from an Ambit2 is that your accessories will have ANT+ connectivity, but in the Ambit3 Suunto has switched to using Bluetooth Smart connectivity, so if those sensors don't have dual connectivity you will have to put them in a case, or change watch brands. The sensors supported are speed and/or cadence (there are speed-only, cadence-only sensors, but most common these days are speed and cadence) and power meters. All this you will do from the "Attach" menu, where podhen do the accessory search.
Another highlight of the Ambit3 Sport is when swimming, as it allows you to obtain heart rate data. Watches with a digital connection to their sensors (ANT+ and Bluetooth) do not receive the pulse information, as this type of signal is not able to penetrate the water beyond 5cm. Polar has managed to solve this problem in the V800 by adding connection via the 5kHz band (analog), in addition to Bluetooth connectivity.
But how did Suunto do this for Ambit3, if it only has a Bluetooth connection? Well, it's done with a twist, thanks to the new pulse sensor. The Suunto Smart Sensor records the frequency data while you're swimming, and when you bring the watch close to the sensor or out of the water, it will synchronize it. You can do this synchronization when you finish swimming or while you're taking a break, as it's done in a few seconds.
Therefore, if you are interested in having heart rate data for your swimming training, it is important that you buy the watch together with the Suunto pulse sensor. It has a limitation, which is that you will not have live heart rate information, by transmitting the data to the watch in delayed mode. Although if you have a Mio LinkIf you are a member of the team, you will have constant, real-time pulses as you can wear it next to your watch, close enough so that it never loses signal.
However, when you finish the activity, you must remember to synchronize the clock with the pulse sensor before finishing the activity if you want to have access to the information in Movescount. Instead of reaching the end of the street (or the shore if you are swimming in open water) and finishing the activity, pause it and bring the clock closer to the sensor or exit the pool to synchronize. Once you have done this, you can stop the activity and synchronizing the clock will give you the exercise data along with the heart rate. At this distance, as you can see, it is enough for the Ambit3 to receive the signal from the sensor.
When you train in a pool, you can set the length of the pool. In this mode, instead of relying on GPS data (especially if it's an indoor pool...), all measurements will be made through the clock's internal accelerometer. The data offered is somewhat limited: length, strokes, and number of laps. But thanks to Suunto Apps, we can always add an application (which I'll talk about later) that shows you, for example, SWOLF values.
The watch detects, through the movement, when you have reached the end of the street and you make the turn to continue swimming. At that moment it will count one turn, and it will have been counting the strokes that you have needed to cover it. You know, these measurements depend on the accelerometer, so if in the middle of a turn you stop to scratch because your foot itches, I guarantee that the measurement will not be correct.
All of this will then be synchronized with Movescount, where you will have access to the activity details or "Move", as Suunto calls it.
You will have charts of the activity to check your progress as you go through your training.
And just like when you run, you'll also have data for every length marked automatically.
All this is if you are swimming in a pool where you can specify the length of each length, if you are in the wave pool of the aquapark I would recommend the open water mode. When you swim in something other than a pool with a specific measurement, and as long as it is in the open air, then you will use the outdoor swimming mode. This time yes, with the GPS activated. But you will also use the accelerometer as it will continue to count the strokes. The distance will be taken from the satellite data, and not from the accelerometer, as you will not make any lap (no, you cannot make it count how many times you have crossed the strait).
But if when you are running, the GPS operation is constant, you should know that when you are swimming it is not. But not because of a failure in the Ambit3, but for the same reason as with the heart rate sensor, and that is that the digital signals do not penetrate the water. In each stroke, the watch will have satellite information when your arm is out of the water, and will lose the signal again when you return underwater. So the watch is losing and recovering signal continuously, which causes the accuracy of location is not very accurate and the distances are not as accurate as when you are running. But that's how the technology works, and at the moment there is little solution on the market for consumer GPS (actually, the military neither).
And let me remind you that, just like when you swim in a pool, you can use the Suunto pulse sensor, and once you've finished your workout, you can synchronize the data from the sensor to your watch and have your complete workout with your heart rate data.
Multisport or triathlon motorcycle
Suunto Ambit3, in all its versions (including Ambit3 Run), are not single-sport watches. They all offer a variety of sport mode settings. But what differentiates Ambit3 Peak and Ambit3 Sport from Ambit3 Run is the ability to have a multi-sport mode, which obviously includes triathlon.
Many of you always ask yourselves the same question: What does multisport mode do for me? Well, if you are mainly a runner and you practice other sports as a complement to your training, but you don't compete in them together, not much. But for many of you who practice triathlon, duathlon, aquathlon or any other competition ending in "ón" where there are two or more sports involved, it is something of utmost importance.
This mode will allow you to have a single file with the information of the competition and, above all, to move from one sport to another quickly, without having to stop an activity and start the new one. For example, in the most typical triathlon, when starting the sport mode the first sport that will appear will be open water swimming.
Once you are at the starting line, simply press the "Start" button to begin the activity and jump into the water. The screens you have selected for that sport will appear.
When you have finished swimming, to change sport, simply press and hold the "Back lap" button to switch modes.
With regard to Ambit2, the transition time between each sport has been added, so that you can effectively count the time from when you get out of the water to when you are on the bike and start pedalling.
When you finish the transition, you repeat the hold down process and start the cycling part again.
And, as you can see, now what will be shown on screen is the data you have selected for cycling.
The process continues in the same way until the competition is over. You will go to a new transition, and by pressing the button again, the race will start. And when you have finished running, instead of pressing the pause button as you usually do, you must repeat the process of pressing the same button to finish and save the activity.
All multisport activities would be treated in the same way, and you would simply have to set them up through Movescount. It doesn't have to be a competition, it can be that you do combined running and swimming training and want to have it in the same activity, instead of two separate ones. Simply set up that multisport mode and you can select it in Ambit3.
The procedure would be the same as in triathlon. You start the activity and to change from one activity to another, you will leave the "Back lap" button pressed.
Navigation and compass
The Suunto Ambit3 has a magnetic compass. Unlike the digital compass found in other watches, you don't need to be moving to get your current direction and north. Simply rotate it around yourself and it will update on the screen. You can also create an address of interest. To do this, within the compass screen you can press the "lap" button while pointing the red pointer to your final destination.
This can be quite useful. Imagine that you are at the top of a hill and your final destination is a village, but when you come down you go into a dense forest or a very dense fog. By marking your final destination in advance you will know the direction you should follow at all times.
If there is something we can always highlight about Suunto Ambit is precisely its adventurous side, and as such its possibilities of navigation, positioning and creation of POIs (Points of Interest).
Navigation can be started at any time from the watch menu, or from an activity. To do this from the menu, simply select the "Navigation" option.
If you are in an activity (e.g. running) and you reach a point where you want to start navigation, you can enter the sport mode options by pressing and holding the "Next" button.
You can also activate the compass, if you just want to guide yourself.
From here your navigation will start, but since you have not created a route, it will be a straight line navigation, bird style. So if you find a gully during your navigation, you have two options: cross it or go around it. I leave the choice to you.
The first thing you should have done is, of course, to have previously created that point. We have three options, create the point of the current location to come back later; or enter the coordinates manually, to start a journey looking for that point. Finally, you can also create a POI through Movescount.
Once you have created your POI and want to navigate to it, just select it from the menu. In this case it is easy, because there is only one. But you just have to find it and select it with "Next".
It presents you with three options: view the data of the point, delete it or the one we are interested in: navigate.
At this point we start to navigate and the Ambit3 tells you, just like the compass, the direction you must follow to reach your destination. But now you can, with the distance remaining to the target point.
Please note that this is not a route, so if there are obstacles in the way that you need to overcome, that will be at your own expense. The remaining distance is in a straight line, so if you have to travel 4 kilometres to overcome a wall, it will not appear in the distance calculation, of course.
Movescount offers you several options for uploading routes to your Ambit3. First, the easiest way is to search for a route that someone has previously created. To do this, in Movescount you will need to go to the "Routes" option in "Plan and create", and go to an area of the map to see all the routes that other users have created. In this case, I am looking for routes to ride in Marbella.
By hovering the mouse over each icon you will have distance information of the route along with the name given to it by its creator. Once you have found a route that interests you, you can click on it to access all the details. And simply checking the box "Use this route in my Suunto Ambit3 Sport" (Suunto, how about a full translation?) will sync it to your watch the next time you connect it.
The second option to load a route is to import it. Therefore, you can create the route in another tool, download it from Wikiloc, have a friend pass it to you, etc. To load it into the watch the procedure is very similar, but this time you must click on the "Import route" button and select the file. You will simply have to enter the details and check the same box as before.
Finally, Movescount also gives you the possibility to create your own route, through the "Route planner". Again, the first task will be to enter all the details.
The way to do this is to put POIs on the map, and the application will link these points. As far as possible, the most convenient way is to activate the option to follow roads, because with two POIs you can cover a great distance. If part of the route passes through an area that is not considered a road, then you will have to increase the number of points.
And once you have completed the route, you can click on the "Close" button to join the last point with the start by the shortest path, and with the "Simplify" option you will eliminate the intermediate points not needed that will help to reduce the file size. Very important step, as the Ambit3 memory supports up to 250 points. Once this is done, save and synchronize to the watch.
When you already have the route synchronized in your Ambit3, you simply enter the navigation option, just as you do for POI navigation. But this time, you will enter routes instead of POIs.
And here you select the route you have synchronized.
In the next screen, Ambit3 shows you a list of points within the route. If you have not named them, they are represented by letters, although you could specify which point is each one to know better where you are going. For example, exit, crossing, lake, river, etc. The advantage is that you do not have to start the route from the beginning, you can do it from an intermediate point.
Select point A and press the "Next" key to display a map of your route. By default, it is displayed on a 500m scale map. Your position is represented by the arrow, which in this view rotates with respect to the map.
The zoom options are not very extensive. By pressing the "View" button you switch to the 200m scale view, where this time it is your position that remains fixed and the map is what rotates when you do it. This will help you to orient yourself and to choose the path to follow.
The navigation is very similar to what you have seen from POI, as it tells you the distance and direction to your next point.
It is a fairly simple navigation and does not provide many possibilities or a highly detailed plan. It is still a "breadcrumb" navigation, a succession of POIs that are represented on a map. But it is more than enough, and not by adding more options you will have a better navigation system. On the contrary, too many zoom options, maps, etc. can be confusing and make you spend 5 minutes trying to figure out which way to go.
As a good navigation watch we also have a return to start function. Once you are hopelessly lost and have been looking for 30 minutes to get back, you can ask the Ambit3 to show you the way. Once you are in the activity, you must press the "Next" button to enter the advanced options menu. Then, under Navigation, activate the option return to start. From this point on, the navigation screen will appear with two points: point A, which is the point from which you started the activity, and point B, which is where you "asked for help". The connection between both points will be along the path you have followed (so if you have turned around to find yourself previously, they will also appear).
GPS satellite reception
This is the first thing you should know: GPS's are wrong, they measure wrong and they don't always trace the route where they should. Sorry to be so blunt, but it's the truth. Many of you depend on the use of the GPS clock almost as a precision measuring instrument, and nothing is further from the truth.
For starters, GPS comes by Global Possitioning System. I mean, global positioning system. And if you look, at no point do I talk about tracking, just PositioningThe clock will trace your route from the points it has marked, usually every second (if that is how you have set it). The route (and pace) is calculated because you are now at X coordinate, one second later at Y and another second later at Z, and so on. Depending on the distance travelled between each point, that will be your pace.
Well, once you've got this clear, there's the most important thing to know. How accurate is a GPS? Well, as far as technology goes. civil Today, with good satellite reception, we are talking about 3 meters, in optimal conditions. And from here, it is the software of each manufacturer that determines by a series of patterns what your route has been. The clock filters the raw data to provide the final information, both at the level of rates and speeds (as in the so of FusedSpeed seen before) as the traces on the maps.
If the accuracy with good signal reception is 3 meters... what happens when the accuracy goes down through buildings, trees or simply turns in our trajectory? Well, that point can have a perfect accuracy of 20 meters around. So when you see maps that have no logic, rhythms that suffer sudden jumps or distances that differ from the official running distance, you know what it is due to. And having better reception than other competitors is not just a matter of using one chip or another (whether it is Mediatek, Sirf, U-blox or whatever), but a combination of factors. Software, antenna design, processor speed, etc.
Once you know how the GPS works, I have to tell you that in all the time I have been testing the Ambit3 Sport I have found that it behaves on a par with other devices I have been using simultaneously. The distances measured have been in similar figures between both devices, always less than 1% difference. But thanks to FusedSpeed the rhythms shown have always been the most stable, especially in turns or more complicated areas for GPS coverage.
The lines marked, especially in a straight line, have always been quite correct.
This is not to say that there have not been times when I have failed to represent the data on the map.
But as I say, there is no such thing as a perfect GPS and it is common to see this type of error caused either by a lack of signal or by the bouncing of the same on buildings. What we have to value here is that the clock does not lose the signal, and in the case of the Ambit3 I have never lost it.
Suunto announces an autonomy for the Ambit3 Sport of up to 100 hours with GPS activated. But of course, this has a "trick", because it is with data recording every 60 seconds. This can be useful for mountain activities that do not have a fast development, such as climbing. But as you can choose the recording frequency, there is no problem. The advertised autonomy will therefore depend on what GPS accuracy we have in each of the sports, which 1TP10 will be 1s, 5s or 60s (this is different from the recording interval of 1s and 10s). And the battery life announced will be 10h, 15h and 100h respectively. With this autonomy there is enough battery to finish almost any competition, except ultra mountain races or an ironman.
The advantage of Suunto's sports mode programming is that for example, for an Ironman you could select the recording frequency for swimming every 5 seconds, thus saving battery power.
As you usually have the selected recording frequency in one second, I will perform the test. Battery charged to 100%, I will start an activity and leave it until the battery runs out. This is the extract from the Move
It is also remarkable how the GPS works, because the usual thing I do in these tests is that the location is not always accurate and is not always the same. travel several kilometers As a note of caution, this test was performed before receiving the 1.5 update, which Suunto recommends will improve battery performance.
What happened after the update?
One more hour of battery life. Of course, we must also take into account that the conditions were better (sunny day) but it is a quite important improvement. The autonomy has increased in one hour with a simple software update.
Suunto launched the ability to install applications on its watches in November 2012. It has been quite some time since then and the system has reached maturity. In fact, the problem right now is the collapse of applications, as there are many that serve the same purpose and navigating through all this sea of "apps" can be a bit complicated. To give you an idea, at the moment podemos find in the App Zone more than 6,800 applications, of which the vast majority are worthless.
To explain it quickly, what these apps allow you to do is to take raw data and through different formulas obtain functions that the watch does not originally support. For example and just so you understand, Suunto does not have a "Virtual Partner" that you can set a target pace against which you can run. But there are the apps, you would just have to access Movescount and look for the application you are looking for. Or if you like to dabble in programming, you can create it yourself with the help of the development manual.
Accessing the app section is very simple. Enter Movescount and put the cursor on "Plan and create", to select "App zone". You will arrive at the main page where you can use the search engine to find the app you are looking for. You have many parameters to narrow your search, both by category and activity.
These are all the categories for which you can find an application.
You have already found something that is of interest to you, for example this app that calculates the estimated marathon finish time in real time. If you would like to use it, just click on "Save App" to import it to your library.
Here you can also test how it will be displayed on screen and indicate which formula is used to perform the calculation.
The complexity of these applications is very variable, from simple ones, like this end time estimator, to a pyramid for interval training where the code, as you can see, is much more complex.
Once you have the application in your library, you must add it as a screen data of the sport mode you choose, which in this case will be running.
And after synchronizing the clock, when you go to run you'll find your application as just another data field. You can move between the different fields you've selected until you reach the one for the particular application.
If you are into programming, you can create your own applications. development manual that Suunto facilitates, so that you know which "code chopping" language you need to use for the watch. Here you have two options, create an application from scratch.
Or select any application you have in your library and create a copy of it.
And then, by perfecting the algorithm to your liking.
In the Ambit3 we can find a kind of activity monitor, but it is very simple and quite far from what other brands offer in this section. The watch will record your daily activity through the internal accelerometer and will show you in a graph, indicating what the intensity of your day has been, it has no indication of calculation of distances, steps or hours of activity; but at least it gives an estimate of calories. It will not synchronize this data to Movescount or be used for other advanced information, and it does not have sleep analysis either.
The daily activity is represented by a graph, which will go up if you move, and will remain fixed if you practice the noble art of "sofasing".
This refers to all the activity you do, both training and resting, so if you do a workout it will also be reflected, as well as if you take a one-hour walk that you do not classify as training. You can see how any workout has an immediate impact on this graph.
Not only will you see the activity during the current day, you also have another screen where you can see the weekly activity, and below that an average of the calories consumed daily. This last data is good if you are on a diet, as it helps you calculate what your average daily intake should be.
And like other manufacturers, it also tracks the estimated time to recover from previous physical activity. Personally, this is what I find most useful of all the information regarding daily activity, since the graph will go up with our exercise (depending on the intensity) and will go down as time goes by. It also indicates the recovery time as well.
Use as a watch
Suunto has always thought that your training watch should not only be that, but also your watch for daily use. And as such, it gives the Ambit3 Sport a quality finish and an aesthetic that, although sporty, can be perfectly compatible with everyday life. And not only because of the shape itself, but also because of the wide variety of colors available. In addition, as I will detail in the connections section, it also allows you to receive notifications from your mobile phone and display them on the screen (currently compatible with iOS, in Android in the coming weeks).
But it is not a watch for everyone, mainly because of its size. And I am not only talking about diameter, which with 50mm is clearly not a watch for all wrists, but also thickness: 15.5mm.
What can happen is that you may constantly trip if you wear a shirt with the button on the sleeve.
Among the different options that the clock has, the first one is the alarm, which is simple, meaning that it does not allow to set repetitions or to sound only on weekdays.
You can set both the time and the date manually, but there is also a function to synchronize the time automatically with every satellite connection you make, which you can turn on or off. This is very nice, because I know many people who beyond keeping the time, like to keep THEIR time which does not necessarily have to be the same as the satellite time. You know, there are people who like to keep the clock forward.
Suunto also thinks about the most travelers and allows to display "dual time". That is, two different times. The main one, which is usually your time zone, and the secondary one, which is displayed in a smaller size on the main screen. I have Hong Kong time there, so I know when I am not going to get an answer to an email.
When displaying information on the main screen, the date and time are fixed data. But if you press the "View" button 1TP10Back toggle the information in the lower field, where 1TP10Back see the day of the week, the second hand, dual time, battery remaining and pending notifications to read.
And if you don't like having the screen so dark, you can choose to invert it: white background with black text. You can configure it from the menu, or simply by pressing the "View" button and it will change quickly.
But there's one thing you should keep in mind: When you use the lighting, pressing the button to illuminate the screen will reverse it. Don't worry if you haven't understood what you just read, because we're going to see it now.
In Suunto Ambit3, you can set the lighting independently for when you are active or when you use only the clock mode, and in the first case, you can set it from Movescount.
And to set the lighting for day-to-day use, from the clock menu, where you can also vary the intensity (brightness).
There are different configuration modes, which I detail below
- Normal: The light will turn on for a few seconds when the "Light/lock" button is pressed and when the alarm sounds.
- Off: Even pressing the light button will not turn on the screen.
- Night: The light will be on for a few seconds when any button is pressed and when the alarm sounds.
- Switch: When you press the "Light/lock" button, the light will turn on and stay on until you press it again.
As you have seen before, when you make use of the lighting, the screen is inverted. That is, if you have the screen in normal mode (white background, black text), when you press the "light" button, in addition to illuminating the screen, the background will become black and the text white.
And the opposite effect will occur if you have the screen inverted (black background, white text). When you use the illumination, the background will change to white and the text to black.
Remember the trick of holding down the "View" button if you want to change the screen behavior quickly.
The most common way to synchronize the clock will be through the USB cable. To do this you will need to download the application MoveslinkIt's very simple and will serve as a bridge between your watch and Movescount and to update the satellite cache.
After the synchronization is complete, the whole process is over. As you can see in the image, the following processes will be performed:
- Downloading Clock Data
- Synchronization of Movescount settings
- Synchronization of Activities or Moves
- Satellite cache update
But with the Ambit3 and thanks to its Bluetooth connectivity, it will also be possible to synchronize through the mobile phone, avoiding having to use the cable and the computer. Much more comfortable! This functionality is already present in both iOS and Android.
The phone application will not only help you synchronize your Moves, you can also set up sports modes and check your activities.
The information presented is somewhat more limited than in the case of the Movescount website, but sufficient to be the screen of a mobile phone. It will serve you for consultation, not for analysis.
But the best thing about the application is that it allows you to change the screen settings for a particular sport.
And you can also change the generic settings of the clock.
These sport change possibilities are very practical. It can happen that you leave home and halfway through you remember that you forgot to add some data screen that you want to use in the race that day. Since the clock does not allow you to make any direct changes, having the possibility to do it from the phone will be very helpful.
Another possibility offered by Bluetooth connectivity is to display the phone's notifications on the clock's screen. Note, however, that only the notification can be displayed, but unlike other more advanced smartwatches (Android Wear or Apple Watch) it does not allow you to interact with it. You will not be able to delete the notification or mail, nor of course answer the messages.
We can configure its operation, so if you are interested in having your phone synchronized with the clock to use Movescount from your mobile, but you do not want to receive the messages on the screen, you can disable it without any problem.
The notification will appear on the screen and, if you have the tones activated, it will emit a small beep to warn you. I remind you that the Ambit3 has no vibration, so you only have visual and audible notifications.
You don't have to configure anything on your phone, as the system feeds directly from the notifications it displays on the lock screen. Remember that you can set certain applications not to display notifications, in case you have something that might be compromised in certain work environments and you don't want anyone to see it. The advantage of this feature is that not only the last notification will be displayed, you can also access all the ones you haven't deleted from your phone.
Like the Movescount app, this functionality is currently only for iOS, but Suunto has also promised to incorporate it into Android phones throughout April.
Update 5 May
Suunto has already released the Movescount app for Android. It is currently in beta mode and does not support the same features as its iOS counterpart. The basic Moves sync and check functionality is now available, but you will still have to wait for the same options as in iOS: synchronizing phone notifications with Ambit3, creating training plans, or support for the Suunto Smart Sensor.
Movescount is the Suunto website where you will synchronize your training and competition data or, as Suunto calls it, your "Moves". In addition, you will also configure the different sport modes to synchronize later to the watch. This way of configuration is much faster and intuitive, but it is only possible to do it from the computer (or from the phone) and not from the watch.
This is the screen that you will find when you go to configure Ambit3. These are the modes that you have activated at that moment in the clock. You can have 10 individual sport modes, and 2 multisport modes. To each sport you can assign the name that you want to identify it easily, as well as assign what type of activity it is, both to set the icon and to classify your Move correctly when you perform the synchronization.
When you create a sport mode, or edit an existing one, you will have access to all the configuration data for it.
In each sport mode podrás have up to 8 different data screens, and in each screen you can have between one and three simultaneous data, giving the bottom row the option to select up to 5 different items that podrás will display automatically (by activating automatic scrolling) or through the "View" button. The smaller the number of data, the larger it will be displayed on the screen. And you can add not only predefined data, but also "apps" that will give you some other information, such as a ghost runner at a certain pace.
Additionally we can also add some graphics for heart rate, altitude or any app you want to add.
These are all the data you can select on your screens, to which you must add the different options offered through apps.
|Average speed||Return distance||Average heart rate||Promotion|
|Rhythm||Peak Training Effect||Descent|
|Average pace||Calories||Vertical speed|
|Rhythm of return|
|Stopwatch||Power||Cadence||Current activity distance|
|Time of day||Average power||Current activity duration|
|Dual time||Maximum power||Average speed of current activity|
|Return number||Power 3s||Average rate of current activity|
|Return time||Power 10s|
|Battery charging||Power 30s|
|Empty||Power per turn|
|Maximum power per turn|
And for both indoor and outdoor swimming, these are the different options
|Swimming pool / outdoor|
|Distance||Swimming pace||Average swimming pace||Total strokes|
|Stroke frequency||Rest time||Average stroke frequency||Previous pool length style|
|Interval distance||Interval duration||Interval rhythm||Total number of stroke intervals|
|Interval stroke frequency||Return distance||Rhythm of return||Total strokes back|
|Return stroke frequency|
As you can see, you have many options that you can configure and leave each sport mode adjusted to your liking.
Viewing your Moves
Moves are what Suunto calls your activities, whether they are running, swimming pool or any other sport. In Movescount you will have access to all the Moves you have done (and synchronized), and that you can find when you access the web. When you want to enter an activity, you simply have to click on the Move that you are looking for and that you can find by the date.
You will then enter the details of the activity, and at the top you will have the complete summary of the training you have done.
Under the general summary, you have the map of the route you have followed. You will see that it has a color representation, which will help you visualize the areas where you have gone faster. In this case, the beginning of the route changes from green to yellow and then orange, as I warm up and increase speed.
Shift for the graphs. You can click on each of the options below the graph to activate or deactivate each of the variables to see them represented in the graphs. In addition, the bar and curve graphs will give you the representation of the time spent in each zone for the last variable selected in the graph (in this case, it is the altitude that is shown).
Underneath, the laps marked automatically by the autolap or that you have created manually through the button, with information about rhythms, cadence or ascent and descent.
As you can see, there is a lot of data to compare and analyze. And if you take it seriously, it will allow you to see patterns that you can correct to be faster.
In Suunto Ambit3 Sport I find things that I like very much, things that I can overlook and things that I don't understand that are not found in a watch of this range.
As a watch for practicing any kind of sport it is a fantastic option. The perceived quality in terms of materials is high, and despite not being a watch with steel or aluminum it does not give the impression of being cheap (as can happen, for example, with a Garmin 920xtThe screen is easy to read, allows many configurations and the configuration of being able to keep two data fields as the main one and the lower one being able to rotate it is really useful.
With respect to Suunto Ambit2 it has added more things, the most important being the ability to have keystroke data for swimming activities, but also Bluetooth connectivity, for better and for worse. Now the Ambit allows you to receive notifications from your phone (and soon will be compatible with Android as well) on your watch screen, and it doesn't drain your battery at all. We can also do synchronizations without the need to connect to your computer, which is very important when setting up any activity mode. The downside of changing connectivity is that if you are an Ambit2 user and have accessories that have ANT+, especially for cycling, you won't be able to use them with your new watch. In this case Suunto would practically force you to switch to another manufacturer that maintains this type of connectivity.
The Ambit3 also has an activity monitor, but it is quite limited, and Suunto has not indicated that they are going to make any improvements in this area. We can forgive him for this, since what you buy is a training watch and the activity monitor is secondary. The information it provides is quite scarce, but I don't think anyone will reject the purchase of the watch for this reason.
Something that Suunto had pending for quite some time is to match the training plan settings that we can find in other brands' clocks. Fortunately this is solved with the last update a few days ago, as it could not continue to depend on apps loaded into the clock by third party developers. It was a patch, but it could not be a solution. And now the Finns have already solved it, although I hope that the programming will not remain only in the mobile application, and will be brought to the website as well.
What I do not understand is that the Ambit3 does not have vibration alerts, especially because the sound alerts are not easy to hear, and if you are in noisy environments directly you do not even hear them. And the lack of vibration is a feature that weighs it down a lot, especially now that advanced training has arrived. It's something that all the competition has, but the Suunto does not. They have tried to solve it by adding the possibility that the mobile application will "sing" you the steps of each workout, but it forces you to go out to train with your phone, and it is something that not everyone likes. Let's hope that in the Ambit4 they decide to implement vibration.
All in all, the Ambit3 Sport is a great watch and if you don't mind the vibrating warnings, it's a very good choice to buy. Yes, you won't find the display of functions that can be found on a Fenix 3, but in its essential functions and in what you will use day to day, it is a watch that works very Good. Autonomy, rhythms, navigation, configuration... everything it does, it does well, and it doesn't get lost in functions that have little to do with what it is designed to do: practice sport.
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Buy Suunto Ambit3
You can buy the Suunto Ambit3 in several variants (Peak, Sport and Run) and colors. Below are links to some very good offers. You can buy the Suunto Ambit3 in several variants (Peak, Sport and Run) and colors. Below are links to some very good offers. The truth is that with these offers, the basic Run model is not worth the Sport at the moment.
If you are interested in the top of the range (Peak) with barometric altimeter and longer battery life, there are also fantastic prices.
What I like most about the Ambit 3, is the navigation possibilities it offers for trail running and the speed with which it picks up gps, in addition to the Movescount page that I see it more complete than the Garmin.
This site offers good detailed analysis of the various models of gps and its functionality, which is good to decide for one or another model, or be aware of what is cooking in the gps watches.
I really like its 'multi-functionality' as well as its design.
I like the possibility of using the watch for any sport, and the page, apart from being very interesting, is written by a local. Ole those Andalusians!
I am between this and the Polar M400, which would encourage me to take the Ambit 3 (since the possibility of following a route is a great advantage) would be the possibility of updating it to solve its main lack which is the daily activity monitor, which for me is decisive.
I like the option of scheduling workouts...
It seems to be fast and efficient with instantaneous speed by Fusespeed, for me very important , in series , changes of pace, etc.. I really like the design.
I like the theme of the change of pace.
The page is great for proofs. Fundamental for deciding what to buy.
I like its performance quality, it's all perfect. A friend of mine has the Peak and we've been messing around with it, and it's a wonder. 100% quality in every way.
I really like Correrunamaraton because I identify with it: close comments and analysis, with a deep but clear data analysis. Congratulations! you already have me as a regular reader 😉.
The truth is, the watch looks great. It won't do as much as some, but it's very reliable.
And thanks for this website, a lot of info in Spanish, that was needed.
The watch looks great, I love the "adventurer" mode and the use of the magnetic compass.
As for the page, a 10 from me for their great reviews of each product, which makes you remove your doubts about each of them and give you all possible information about them.
Let's see if I can get my hands on this big clock.
I love the design of this watch; I find the battery charging clip and the pulse sensor design very comfortable.
I congratulate this website for all the information it transmits to us, always from a popular runner's perspective, with clarity and objectivity.
I like the idea of being able to make routes and the autonomy that it has and what to get to last, a good clock the truth
The page of Running a marathon is simply a wonder is not the first time I visit to see several analysis of the products, not left any detail unanalyzed, I had doubt about the functions that could exercise in swimming but after this more than clarified let me, and that is a great advantage when comparing and deciding what watch to buy, the truth is that this point looks very good to see if my next ultra I have in my hands. Congratulations great page I will follow recommended
I really like the design, the features and the quality.
The connection to the mobile I think it gives many points and training planning even more. It is among my favorites.
Running a marathon, I love the way I explain and analyze the products and of the few I follow without a doubt.
Good analysis! For me it is one of the best options on the market. Good design, quality and it does what it promises. Also, the last update has made it win a lot of whole. However, Suunto should consider putting vibrator to the next generation of ambits because the opposite can end up taking its toll...
From the web I like the attitude: serious for what is serious, clear for what has to be and fun for everything else.
From Suunto... that would force me to train more (if only to try the maps, swimming, cycling...)
I like how complete the watch is, for a mountain use
As in other previous tests, excellent evaluation work that helps a lot to decide on the watch that best suits my training goals.
The subject is clearly fantastic, stable and with multiple options. Strong candidate for me.
Thank you for your work.
What I like most about the marathon is how complete the analysis is. What I like most about the Ambit3 is the PPP's and that the training configuration has been improved!
What I like the most about this watch is its design, apart from its functionality. From the web correrunamaraton.com what I like the most are the tests that are done to the different sport watches.
Excellent valuation work that helps a lot
Fantastic, stable, multiple choice suunto
Thanks for the Analysis. It's a great thing about being able to program your own applications.
I like the design and the guarantee of Suunto. I like the simplicity of your website. Thank you!
I like the versions of the suunto, the options, the web... Just one device pass. One salute.
Thank you very much for the very complete and detailed analysis. It is appreciated to compare with the other options available in the market.
What I like most about this watch is the possibility of creating your own applications, as this opens up a wide range of possibilities to exploit it to the full.
What I like most about this website is the clock analysis, as it contains many details and its corresponding sections, which makes it easier to follow. Congratulations and keep it up.
Excellent analysis. The clock looks like a real gem!
Great test, with a lot of information for those who are looking for an opinion to decide in this complex market. The web, usual for me and advice for all those who ask me for an opinion. I want the scope of the draw for me!
Magnificent, a very complete analysis, what I like most about the watch is its versatility and above all something very striking about the apps, which offer many options.
The best of the web the analysis of the evidence and the possibility of exchanging information with the comments.
I love the reviews you do and I like everything about ambit3!
The analysis was very good, I found it looking for a solution for a problem I had with the record of the last training, so I'll ask you a question if you can help me:
The question: Today I have been running and after following all the steps correctly, I have not recorded the activity. I was watching it on the watch once it was recorded, but now it is not showing up in "Diary" nor is it downloading to Movescount. I guess it is because the watch memory is full. The question is: How can I delete the "Diary", once the movies have been downloaded, so that I don't lose any more workouts?
This problem seems to be more due to a specific failure in the recording of the file than to a memory problem.
You do not need to delete anything from the previous activities. If at any time you have a memory problem, Ambit3 will start to overwrite the oldest activities.
What I like most about running a marathon is all the product tests because of their extensive explanation. What I like most about the Suunto Ambit3 watch is the functionality and the applications.
What I like best about ambit3 is the ease with which the whole ecosystem is managed, whether through the Movescount app or the Movescount.com website.
From correrunamaraton.com I get the meticulousness, precision and depth with which gadget tests are analyzed. He's a pro!
What I like about Ambit3 is the FusedSpeed feature.
As for the website of correrunamaraton.com, the watch tests are fantastic. Despite not being in search of a watch right now, I read them all out of simple curiosity with all the models on the market.
The fact that you can measure your heartbeat while you swim is priceless!
That's what I love about this watch.
Nothing is missing in this test, it explains in a clear and simple way all the functions of the watch... and as usual in suunto you can see that it is very complete and of great quality
Congratulations on the site, which is of great quality.
Very well explained the functions of the clock, I love the page because you learn a lot if you are not 100% to the latest technology.
And as for the device in question, I'm left with the reliability of Suunto and its versatility at the level of combining it with mountain sports, the medium in which I move, in addition to being able to combine it with other urban sports.
Thank you and best regards 🙂 😉 😉
What advantages does bluetooth offer over ANT+ for heart rate monitors? In the review of the M400 I also wore bluetooth.
From Ambit3 I'm very interested in FusedSpeed, I didn't know it and I'm interested in this. The future of GPS for racers is going that way because it's something that both old and new models that are coming out have the same problem. Let's see how it goes.
If there's one thing that stands out about this website, it's the comprehensive analysis it does. No.
I've seen more extensive analysis testing gadgets all over the net. And that's
to admire. 😉
The two technologies are very similar, and manufacturers choose one or the other based on manufacturing costs or benefits rather than use, as there are chips with dual Bluetooth/ANT+ connection.
Today ANT+ still offers some benefits compared to Bluetooth, but it is supported by many more devices.
Primarily, ANT+ allows more interconnectivity than Bluetooth, so one sensor will be able to work with several devices (which is not possible with Bluetooth). But at a basic user level, there is hardly any difference.
A great device... Very complete, and I like so much the long runs, the truth is that I like the autonomy and accuracy. The weakness of the indoor measurements does not worry me, I do not like to lock myself to do sport 😉.
As for what I like about the website .... I think words are superfluous... With such an incredible level of detail, both in the reviews and in the training as in the races, it helps to know perfectly the material before buying it, and also, if you still have any questions, in a few minutes you have the efficient response of Eduardo... A 10 for the ambit3 sport and a 15 for the web (I hope they do not get upset suunto... Hahaha).
By the way, this time it's my turn, I see it... I want it... Hahaha
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Congratulations for the article, maximum detail. First class gps watch. For me to be able to record routes and train just for them, without fear of losing you is the best.
wonderful technology for all kinds of activities... it would be a pleasure to have you touch me and wear it on my wrist and evaluate my training at all times... thank you very much for the complete analysis and for the possibility of the draw... thank you and if I am lucky I will tell you how it goes for me... hahaha
Excellent analysis. Very complete. Congratulations. I'm looking to buy one. I had bought the Fénix 2 but I returned it after two days because I couldn't see the screen properly and because I saw that the 3 was coming out. From Suunto I have the mosquito, a diving computer. I've had it with me for about 10 years and there it is. Very reliable and made of very good materials. Let's see when you do the analysis of the Fénix 3, which I decide to do. Cheers,
As always a wonderful analysis. Now it's time to save up and decide whether a suunto or a Garmin.
Very good review. I'm sure the ambit4 (coming out in the fall) won't be much better. Since one doesn't imagine what more improvements it can bring. Still, I'm still hesitating between ambit and Fenix 🙁.
Great complement for the sport and a great analysis with always in this web. I like the 2
What I like most about this website is that it is in Spanish.
And from Suunto which is a reliable brand.
Another one over here waiting for the phenix 3 analysis to decide.
What I found most striking about Suunto Ambit3 Sport is its FusedSpeed feature, which makes it very easy to lose the GPS signal when trail riding on certain stretches, and thus greatly improves accuracy. The triathlon mode is another feature that is extremely impressive, making it a completely 'off-road' watch.
As for the website, the best thing is undoubtedly the neatness and love that Eduardo puts into each analysis, you can see the great work behind each one.
Greetings and good luck to all!
Suunto is synonymous with quality, excellent review. Thank you very much
As always an excellent review Eduardo, my congratulations.
What I like best about Suunto Ambit3 Sport is its autonomy, something to keep in mind.
I like everything about the website, especially the extensive and detailed reviews, which are a great help when deciding.
The most complete review of Suunto Ambit3!
The best thing about Suunto is its versatility, as it allows you to practice both Trail and Triathlon, with a battery that can do everything.
From the website I like the inclusion of photos and videos to all the reviews as they allow you to get familiar with the watch and see how it works.
The truth is that it's a great piece of work, I'll take its versatility, the ability to create several profiles for each type of exercise we want to do, the ability to include the exercises and the rhythm graph during the series trainings.
What can I say about your website... you are a crack, the reviews are very complete, with videos, photos and a great job. I also like to see your workouts, from which I get some ideas from time to time 😀.
Thank you. I hope you'll take the good ideas and leave the fizzy experiments aside... 😉 .
I love the watch. It's a real eye-opener. The day it vibrates, it's unbeatable.
I would love to have this watch for my trail running, mountain and quality interval training. Very nice looking.
Very good analysis and very complete clock (I especially liked the cadence, heater)
What I like most about Ambit3 is the possibility they have recently added to create custom workouts! And on the other hand what I love about the web is these extensive and good analyses, it gives you to spend an afternoon reading them and soaking up information.
What I like about Ambit3 is the FusedSpeed feature.
The analysis of the Suunto Ambit3 is incredible, it doesn't lack any detail. Congratulations for the web. And of course, the "little thing" is also incredible. Without a doubt, it is the dream of any sportsman. What I like the most is the option of being able to follow routes/tracks, even if it is very simple.
Congratulations for the most complete review I have seen. The one pass watch coming from a basic polar this would be the ideal complement to be able to control the workouts.
The analysis was very complete, I didn't know this kind of 'watches' so complete. The truth is that I have noticed that it can be used for running, cycling or swimming, as well as the sensors that can be connected (speed and cadence). Apart from the compass issue I liked when I go hiking.
For me, who is used to using a pulse meter and a mobile phone for my sessions, this watch covers all my needs and expectations.
Pretty cool watch, actually.
Impressive revision, and the watch looks great, no doubt. Quite complete.
The truth is that the lime color of the Run model is beautiful.
The quality of suunto is more than proven
Very complete analysis and all very well explained. The watch is awesome. To highlight, the FusedSpeed function.
As always, not the complete analysis, what I really liked was the issue of being able to hook it to the bike and use it as such, as a negative aspect the connectivity and the price.
I like the clarity of this Suunto, with all the necessary information at hand.
What an analysis... Very complete. I really like the blog for its extensive analysis and the good design of the website.
That's quite an analysis you've made!
I like the watch because it allows you to choose a multitude of sports.
Amazing analysis! I'm thinking of buying one, but I'll wait to see if I get one. I love that it has built-in GPS!
Very good analysis, and very good watch. I hope I get it!
The best thing about the Ambit3 is that it can be used for quite a few sports. Even swimming.
The best thing about the web is that its tests are very complete and are indexed. That index at the beginning of the test so you can go to the section that interests you most is a great idea.
The best thing about the Ambit3 is how versatile it is in addition to the variety of models it has.
The best thing about the web is how complete and thorough its analysis is.
Wow, request for analysis, very complete, does not leave anything in the inkwell, I would like to win the draw, let's see if there is luck, you see a complete website, good luck to all!
What a review... my sincere congratulations
I like your versatility and the excellent tests you perform.
I'm very interested in its functions for tracing bike routes, and aesthetically it's very cool.
Very good review! Congratulations!
My God, this is a good test.
Very good review. No doubt one of the options to consider, although I'm hesitating between the V800 polar, the Garmin XT920 and this one.
I think I'll end up going for the Suunto
Great analysis! He's one of my candidates, I really like the amount of applications that can be installed on him
Very good analysis as we are used to. Personally what I like most about the watch apart from its multifunctionality is that it is very good for trail and road, very few are at its height and I think it is a great competitor of the Fenix 3 and the V800.
As for the website, I think it has an excellent design and exceptional content for both new runners and for some more advanced ones. It is very complete and simple, with everything very handy to be able to navigate it easily. My congratulations! Let's hope we have a long time running a marathon.com with a lot of analysis. Greetings!
This is an analysis and the rest is nonsense. A very complete article, is within my possible new purchases.
You comment on this: "What sets this sensor apart from any other competitive sensor is its
ability to record heart rate data and synchronize it
then with the clock. That way, when you synchronize your
swim training, you'll have them with HR data as well."
But the V800 does that too, doesn't it?
Very good review. Could you compare it in detail with the V800?
Yes, the V800 also has a heart rate for swimming, but the operation is somewhat different.
In the case of Suunto, the sensor has a memory that stores the data it will send to the clock as soon as it recovers the connection. It may happen that you forget to do this, stop the activity while you are still in the pool, and lose that synchronization window.
The Polar V800, when swimming, makes use of the 5KHz analog band, so it always stays connected to the pulse sensor. We don't have to make any configuration, it just works.
The V800 has vibration and a higher resolution and contrast display, but Suunto offers more advanced navigation (in the V800 there are still several steps to be taken), better training configuration, applications...
Also cadence from the accelerometer on the wrist, open water swimming profile and phone notifications on the clock display, but this will eventually reach the V800 via update.
Today, with the exception of the vibrating alerts, Suunto offers more functionality.
By the way, Eduardo, when is the draw? ʕ-ﻌ-ʔ
That's up to Suunto, I don't know exactly what the schedule is. They have to finish all the tests on the network first. I guess in a month and a half or two we'll have a winner
A piece of analysis, Suunto I knew as measuring devices for work, they were good, reliable and robust, the watches are clearly following that line, above superconfigurable. good device.
Mother of God, you've done a great job, Eduadro!!!!!!!!!
By the way I participate in #FC draw.
I've read a lot of analyses and they're great, congratulations!
I leave my participation for the draw!
I love this page because of the exhaustive analysis it makes, and that a watch like this, besides being so complete comes in so many colors for women to choose is a wonder
I like both its design, colors, etc. as well as the many functions it has. A great watch that reflects the quality of comments and tests made by the site correrunamaraton.com
I agree with the previous comment.
What versatility! I mean, the relay.
And the website, very complete. The best thing about the photos
Great device, and great Web.
Web. In-depth analysis and very good images.
Suunto-ambit 3 , Magnificent autonomy and precision. Beautiful watch for daily use
Great analysis as always!!! you have us badly accustomed ... what I like most about this clock is the software that comes behind to customize things in the clock and the page naturally what I like most is that the one that makes you the analysis of a product that you want is that it makes you an equal.
Complete analysis for a very complete clock. I'm sure some of you start running to have an excuse to buy it.
A web of 10...
The best review on the net as always... The best website I have found on pulsmeter reviews!
The clock, a brown beast! Colours, size and precision
This website is a great help for technology and jogging fans
What I like most about the watch is its design and its autonomy. . . (25h!!!)
You've been a great help. Thank you very much.
Thank you for reading me Gonzalo
Frankly, I have not seen better analysis of this Suunto, in any other website, congratulations for the immense work done.
Hello, I am looking at several options of GPS heart rate monitor and I have doubts because I would like to see the fields well. I think the numbers are somewhat small if you show 3 rows of data (top and bottom, as I always see the middle of the same size in the photos I find on the websites). You say that with two fields the numbers are larger, is this so or was it a mistake? Greetings and congratulations on the web.
You're absolutely right, I looked at it right now and the optical effect totally fooled me.
In fact, the size of the data is the same, but as the screen has no more information, it gives the sensation of having more prominence.
I will rectify the entry, thank you for warning me of the detail.
Great analysis. It's not the first one I've read and I always go to heaven when I start reading on this page. I trust it won't go down in a long time, because your work is very big and very appreciated by many.
The Ambit3 looks good, both in quality, design and usability. Let's see if we have any luck with the draw.
Greetings from a shurmano!
Thank you for the review, a great help in the face of a possible purchase.
I like everything about the watch and the website, how detailed the tests are
Good analysis and I'm saving it for a possible future purchase. The watch looks very, very good.
Piece of watch and piece of review shur, I keep the design and the precision and versatility that movescount offers.
Without a doubt a high end watch with a very bold design. Leaving aside the hardware, what would stand out about Suunto is the color range. Blue is beautiful! and recently they increased the range with new colors.
Congratulations on the site and the reviews! One question: does Suunto have any kind of "fitness test" like the one used by Polar? And regarding these, are they reliable?
PS: Your reviews helped me to choose the polar m400 that I now wear, but it is "short" for mountain. Let's see if we get lucky!
I'm amazed at the Suunto, and this one in particular is a blast.
Congratulations on the site! I love your reports.
Keep it up!
Piece of equipment and great analysis as always
Thank you so much for the analysis. Great as always.
Piece of watch and piece of analysis. Keep publishing these interesting articles, thank you.
Great analysis, great training partner.
Great analysis, very complete, to take care of for a while.
The watch, I liked it, doesn't need much more.
That's quite a review you've been doing. You've put in long teeth. I've been thinking about changing the Garmin for a Suunto for a while now, and this one is terrific.
Congratulations on the review, which was very detailed!
It seems like a great option to take into account, perhaps a little more limited than the Fenix3, more because of the online platform, than because of the clock itself, although I don't know if they play in the same league...
I have a doubt, you said that Suunto has already implemented interval training without the need for apps with one of their updates, or so I thought I read, but the question is: will they end up automating the laps?
Another question, when sailing, can't you zoom out from 200 meters? Or is it something that has no effect on navigation?
Congratulations again! Piece of analysis!
Yeah, I'm sure they'll keep working on the training.
The maximum zoom is 200m. For most occasions it is enough, but sometimes it would be good to have a little more in more complicated crossings
Great analysis, as you can see when you put effort and love when making the reviews, one of the key points of this page and that distinguishes it from others, I have felt like buying one, I like the navigation function very much, but I think that for the moment I will wait to see if it is my turn.
Congratulations on your dedication, thanks to your reviews it's a little easier to decide what I need
Well, here's my comment.
Hi. You've been delighted with this review and especially with this great ambit 3 issue.
Very complete and useful analysis. I had the opportunity to test the ambit3 a few days and its performance is very good for daily training and participation in all types of endurance tests at all distances.
To put it bluntly, connectivity with Android devices is still absent to this day. The smart fc sensor's elastic band is not of very good quality, with a few hours of use some of the elastic bands that make up the elastic fabric of the strap will break.
Excellent and complete test. In the future, main device to replace my current Garmin.
As the main use would be the bike, I would like to know if you recommend it, also to follow routes, compared to the Polar V800.
I don't know if it is possible to put in cartography or if it is basic.
Yes, you can use it on the bike perfectly. It is a better choice for following routes than the V800, which does not yet support direct navigation.
Mapping is not possible to enter.
Congratulations for the blog, I tell you from my heart, after many years of experience in this world through Bitacoras.com... where by the way this page would be worthy of an award.
Many of your items, complete and judicious, have helped me buy or discard sports gadgets, so THANK YOU.
Regarding the Suunto, what to say? A marvel of a watch that catches my attention especially for the design and quality of materials. If you add to that that it is a reference in the world that goes beyond the asphalt... Let's see if there is luck! 😉
Thank you very much for your comment.
The truth is that I'm registered in Blogs, but I have no idea how the awards work.
You have all the info at http://bitacoras.com/premios/ This is a competition, with more than a decade of history, that recognizes the best blogs in Spanish in different categories. It usually starts every year at the beginning of September and lasts approximately two months.
It consists of two phases: the first is a popular vote in which the public proposes their blogs as candidates, from which three finalists per category are chosen, and in the second phase a renowned jury is responsible for choosing the winners, which are made public in an exciting award ceremony... A short report: http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/camara-abierta-20/camara-abierta-20-smiley-edu-quindos-premios-bitacoras/2881275/
Thank you very much for all the details.
Well, yes, I'll keep that in mind for this year's edition. I'll write it down in my calendar!
Congratulations on your blog Eduardo !!!!! I found it by chance looking for a replacement for my garmin 910xt and I have been fascinated with the reviews of the "gadgets". Here you have a new follower.....
As for the Suunto... the truth is that there are many things I like like like direct navigation, the versatility of the movescount and especially the autonomy of it. But I will also tell you that I do not know if the payment of 400 euros in my case coming from the 910xt is worth it for 4 new features, besides not being compatible with Android at the moment.
Having said all this .... if I end up winning the draw I don't care so much about those "little failures".
Congratulations on your blog and you just won a new fan.
I love it when you arrive by chance and you stay as fervent followers... hehehehe
It is already compatible with Android, since yesterday. The beta of the application was released and the basic synchronization features are already present. I have already updated the article to reflect this.
You know where you'll get all the information to find a replacement for your 910xt!
First of all, I would like to say that I really liked the test, there are tests like this one that are missing, and the page, since I didn't know it, I will certainly recommend it. About Suunto, I know it very well, and one thing I liked about this model, is that there is one for every need, focusing on what each discipline needs, since there are currently GPS with functions that you will almost never use and that only serve to complicate the usability. Congratulations.
I could use a goatee. Let's see if I get it!
Very good analysis, I've been following you since the M400, and I'll keep reading. Thanks for the articles.
Good watch, better analysis. DON'T FAIL! 😉
I love technology and I love running. It's the ideal combination. Excellent page and analysis
Great analysis, objective and done by a mortal, not a super-athlete. About Suunto? Simply the perfect watch.
Without a doubt, the best and most complete sports watch, precise, with a great autonomy and with an infinity of utilities.
And what can we say about this website that we don't know, I am faithful to its analysis since I found it by chance looking for info about the M400 and it is obvious that it makes the most detailed and complete sports technology analysis on the net, besides warning us about fantastic discount promotions =P
A VERY thorough test. I'm still hesitating between this and the Fenix 2... see if with any luck I resolve the doubt soon 🙂
That's a good wig. Good article, very complete.
Fantastic analysis of a great sports GPS
What about my home page on sports technology?
Good cucumber this suunto, and now with the integration of movescount with android will multiply the versatility!
I think it's a great watch. The suunto ambit 3 and the website of the best in Spanish on sports gadgets.
When I grow up I want to have one 😉.
let's see if one falls 🙂
A very complete GPS. For my taste it only lacks the vibration warning.
Let's try our luck.
Good analysis! I want one!
Suunto is synonymous with quality... thorough analysis, yes sir!
You have to see this page the content that has and quality, looking at the suunto I really like the training and the series, the moves are very good, I think when I retire my garmin fall a suunto.
This Suunto Ambit sport looks very good but I do not see the prices of the RUN version if it has already been released at a better price than the sport, for those of us who only run it comes very well just adjusting the price.
Juan Luis, tomorrow I will publish the analysis of the Ambit3 Run. And besides the prices, you will have all the details.
Thanks for everything, Eduardo.
I don't really like the design.
Congratulations on your dedication and the pieces of review you do crack.
The Ambit3 looks very good. Very complete and very useful the fusedspeed. I thank you for the product tests, they are very professional and in depth. Keep it up. I hope to meet you in some race.
Okay, David, but when you pass me, say hello!
I don't think I'm ahead of you. I've never been very fast and I enjoy every race much more than I used to. I run without imposing a time and I enjoy the moment.
It may be too much technology to just go for a run, but there is no doubt that it is a great tool for support and sport improvement.
Fantastic analysis. It's a pleasure to follow you.
From Suunto the best ea fusedspeed
From the page is that there's nothing wrong
The best thing about this suunto is the aesthetics, comfort on wrist and possibility to add apps. Thank you Suunto 😉
I had already decided to start saving for the V800, but after reading this review... I loved the FusedSpeed, the different GPS signal ranges to extend the battery, the web-based configuration or the application market.
I got to know your page from the tests of these puppies, the best there is on the net (made for five year olds with a sense of humour) and also in Spanish.
Hello again Eduardo, a small question about the AMBIT3 Sport, have you tried to connect on a smartphone ANDROID? although they say that you can be sure, and specifically the device, with the Iphone from the 4S is proven that if.
Thank you again and a greeting.
Yes, I have connected Ambit3 with Android. The phone must have Bluetooth 4.0 and Android 4.3 or higher.
At the moment, compatibility is somewhat limited, as it only supports synchronization and parameter adjustment. There are no notifications or advanced training configuration yet, but it will come.
Great analysis! Thank you very much!
A great analysis. Thank you very much. You've solved certain doubts I had about how it works.
Could you clarify a doubt... how do you activate the "run" mode to mark lap every km. for example?
This modification is made from Movescount in each sport profile
I like that you get your heart rate while you swim... and more.
Thank you for these articles and thorough analysis. It's cool about FusedSpeed.
Thanks for the analysis, how do you participate in the draw?
You're already participating by writing a commentary.
I love the design and all the functions, it would be great to be a winner in the draw, I would be great to stop running with the mobile on my arm... ;)))
The best thing is to not worry about anything, you put it on and start it, don't doubt that you'll find the GPS, don't doubt that it won't miss the line, you get home and with your mobile you can practice without having to do anything... confidence is called.
What I like the most about Suunto Ambit 3, is all its training possibilities. And the blog to say..., that I love it and keep it that way!
MOTHER MY MOTHER MY, I have never seen such an extensive analysis on a sports article, that I work, I do not miss a single one of your blog entries, to continue this way and hopefully to win this watch peaso.
Well, it's a difficult choice, but I think what I like most is being able to program the training in movescount.
Spectacular analysis, great work, you can see the care and dedication to do something this good. I've always had Garmin and I'm starting to notice Suunto's call since a long time, hehehe.
Very complete article and it has solved some doubts I had.
What I like best about this product is that I can do any kind of exercise and control perfectly and at every moment how my body reacts. It is a top of the range product and I would like to have it.
The watch looks great, and I like everything about it!!!! The site is great
I love the website and the article, if it doesn't touch me I'll buy it for sure and it's partly the fault of this website, hehe
I like it mainly for the autonomy and design, if it's my turn I'll switch to Suunto 😉 of the Web I like the sobriety and the amount of images with which you illustrate the articles, bravo.
I like it for its autonomy and mountain navigation. On the other hand the Triathlon option is also very good
The perfect watch exists, very cool on the outside.
I love the detailed analysis that this Suunto website does, and it's great that Suunto warns you about the changes of pace to make series
What I liked most was the design, it's one of the most beautiful in this range of watches. And the possibility of creating advanced training is great to be able to follow some specific plan for existing runners like me.
The best thing about the page is that someone like me, a popular runner, tells you first-hand about his experience. It's a page that's close to the runners.
I love the variety, the Peak Sapphire model is awesome, plus it has all the functions that are needed in this type of watch, I love that it has an option for swimmers that I am a triathlete!
The best thing about the site is the extensive analysis you do, it's impressive and leaves no room for doubt, the best way to know what to buy is to stop by first!
The best thing about Ambit 3 is that it can be used for everything: running, swimming, cycling... even indoor training or mountaineering. And the best thing about this page is that it is made for non-professionals to see the world of running from a point of view like ours, as a hobby that has us hooked to the core!
Excellent test of the Ambit 3, an exhaustive detail of functionalities. Thanks for sharing it. I like the autonomy of the watch, its adaptability for mountain and its versatility in various sports. A difficult decision between the Ambit 3 and the Fenix 3.
I find it a snag that it doesn't have a vibe for the ads.
What I like most about this clock is the screen display, I find it very useful and intuitive and with several characterization options. The best thing about the web is the analysis, not complete, but SUPER COMPLETE! That's how it feels!
In my opinion, something very remarkable is the beautiful appearance of the watch. Beautiful.
Apart from this, obviously, the construction quality of the brand is very high. The features are really complete. A complete watch luxury!
What I like best about this watch is that it invites you to go out and train as you see it even if you don't feel like it. And once you put it on, the feeling for training improves
More than complete article. My congratulations for all this work. About the clock, I like to add pulses in swimming, now that I am starting in that world, and I could use it there too.
I think that Suunto has done a great job with the Ambit3, apart from the design, I think that the configuration possibilities of the different sports is very good. On the other hand, great product analysis by this web.
The best thing about ambit 3 is the versatility of the site, from uploading the data to a swimming trip through the port of Valencia, and as for the web, what I liked the most is that it does not limit itself to giving information (including the result of the test) but gives a personal opinion, which is sometimes what we value...
I sincerely like the site more every day because of these exhaustive analyses, without a doubt they are very useful when deciding what to buy, although seeing the jewel you have presented it is easy to decide.
A good watch, with good applications, good performance... we're doing great.
Congratulations on the page.
I've been amazed by your analysis, incredible! congratulations for writing and developing this article like no one else! I want to buy it yes or yes ... hehehe... the bad thing is that I can not afford it! But you convinced me! What I like best about the field is its design, functionality, and all the help it offers to complement your training!
Good analysis of a good product, it's almost an Ambit3 manual.
I've only recently got it and I'm delighted.
Congratulations on the article!
From Suunto the design, the multiple functions,... go all
And from the website which is very complete and very infringing
Very comfortable, robust and practical for trail running.
I like the power of the watch to configure it for different sports. From the page its excellent tests.
Quality, configuration, style... A machine to transform you into a machine.
A good machine! One of the best I have seen with a lot of versatility and comfort.