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Updated on May 2, 2012
Suunto unveiled its first true GPS watch for explorers. Specifically designed for outdoor functionality, the Ambit made to meet the needs of every extreme hiker, trail blazer or mountain climber. The watch is packed with features, like a a GPS navigation system, altimeter, track logging, barometric sensor and 3D compass equipped with a advanced heart rate monitoring system.
Although it is brimming with premium technologies, the Ambit is very user-friendly. “A lot of the software and technology upgrades are performed through Movescount, which is a Suunto-driven social site that we launched a couple of years ago,” says Sammi Johnson, of Outside Media. “It’s just like your iPhone. You just plug this in to charge it up. You transfer data from the watch to Movescount … and you also get your software upgrades that way. So it’s not like this watch becomes obsolete as technology advances.”
Years of research and development went into creating the ultimate watch for the nature-loving athlete. Those dedicated to their outdoor training will find the GPS function especially helpful. Again, they track their progress through Movescount and program their routes through the embedded Google Maps. In addition, they can plug in trackback points while out on the trail.
Advanced training technologies are packed into the Ambit. The Suunto FusedSpeed functionality provides accurate and responsive speed readings. The Peak Training Effect shows the impact of a training session on the wearer’s maximum aerobic performance. The measurement is relative to the wearer’s current fitness level. The Recovery Time estimates the recuperation period needed after each session.
Beyond durable, its strap is super strong and ergonomically shaped for maximum comfort. In fact, many state that it feels like a regular workout watch when worn. Housed in a robust casing, the watch has an enhanced battery lifetime of up to 50 hours while in GPS mode and 15 hours when in training mode.
Available in black and silver with or without heart rate belt, the Ambit will be released in March 2012.
The only question left unanswered… is your next adventure going to be as ambitious as your watch?