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Suunto Ambit Review

   

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Overall avg rating 5.0 of 5 based on 3 reviews. Most recent review: August 2, 2013
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Pros:  GPS, crazy amount of features and options, nice display options.
Cons:  Low battery life, expensive, a little overwelming at first as a result of so many features.
Best Uses:  Mountaineering, backpacking, trekking, ski touring, running, training.
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Recommendations:  100% of reviewers (2/2) recommend this product
Manufacturer:   Suunto
Review by: Ian Nicholson ⋅ Review Editor, OutdoorGearLab ⋅ March 22, 2013  
Overview
The Ambit has been replaced by the Suunto Ambit2.


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Most recent review: August 2, 2013
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   Aug 2, 2013 - 05:00am
wappa · Runner
I love my Suunto Ambit!
First of all i wanted an alti-compass watch for my military uses and for personnal hiking. I was looking for a watch with a real military compass which means mils and not degrees for more precision. Suunto ambit was there. But when i tried this watch with gps i was just fallen in love with it.
The gps is really fast and accurate. You can record your exercice and look on your computer all the results and compare with your friends on the web with movescount community suunto site. One of the most important feature for me is the possibility to draw your route on the computer and get it in the ambit. You can be anywhere on earth you can draw you track and never get lost!! Wonderful for me, i love trail running and i like to run everywhere.

A big feature is to configure your exercices' screen. For exemple I have Trail, Running, Trekking, Crosscountry Skiing, and for each activity i configure the screens (up to 6 different screens). For one Instant Speed, Altitude, Distance; the second : time, heartrate, chrono; etc.

The possibility have no limits with the applications you can download or create for your different screens/exercices.

Now in my military compagny we are already 3 with this watch.. when my wingmates saw it they have just fallen in love and bought it 2 days later.

+Pro : Fast GPS, map your track, big screen, compass in mils, configure your screens

-Cons : Expensive, battery, no possibility to record an exercice and using at the same time compass (it's a problem when you are hiking)

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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   Apr 20, 2013 - 10:44am
sfotex · Climber · Sandy, UT
I love my Ambit. For activities like trail running, backcountry skiing, skimo racing, mountain bilking, etc. - pretty much any on dirt/snow cardio activity. I have a nice GPS unit, but it's always in the car, in the pack, etc. Strava is nice too, but then you drain your phone battery so its worthless if there's an emergency. The Ambit is on your wrist and ready to go. I also like the ability to program the watch on the computer, so you can set up the display, etc. just the way you want it. For example, for trail running I have one screen that has my hear rate, elapsed time, and total vertical gain, everything I want to see in one glance.

Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this product to a friend.
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