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Great tool for outdoor enthusiast
on February 20, 2014
This is my third SUUNTO watch with a heart rate monitor. I use it while working out at the gym, for hiking, biking, and alpine skiing. Before i bought it, I checked out several different brands, but none seemed to offer all the functionality in one package of the AMBIT2. Among the SUUNTO watches I have owned, this is by a wide margin the most capable and flexible. The functions of the watch, and the associated displays can be programmed through the online SUUNTO website that also tracks your activities. This particular model has a GPS feature that gives speed and distance for any outdoor activities. Both the GPS and the heart rate monitor have functioned flawlessly. Unlike my earlier SUUNTO models, this one is recharged through the USB port on the computer while you are downloading activities or uploading various updates and configuration changes. This means you don't have to open the back of the watch and risk degrading the water-tightness integrity. The rechargeable battery lasts long enough (depending on usage) for most activities, and displays how much battery life is remaining. I have not personally tested the battery life to verify the manufacturer claims, but, so far, have observed nothing in my usage that would cast doubt on their claims.
For skiing one of the pleasant surprises I found was that the watch also recorded and reported my speed down the slope. When skiing with friends and family, this is something EVERYONE wants to know: How fast were we going?
Some reviews I read complained about the complicated menu structure. I suppose this is a valid criticism, but the flexibility and the ability to program various displays and features simplify access to those you commonly use. I wouldn't let that dissuade you from buying this fitness tool--a few days of usage and you will figure out how to easily access the features you want most often. The watch itself is not small--not as huge as the first generation SUUNTO's, but the GPS feature adds a bit of bulk to the watch. I suggest finding one and trying it on to make sure it is not objectionable for you. This may make this watch less suitable for an every day wear-it-to-work watch, especially if you have a slender wrist.
Bottom line: Superb fitness and training tool, especially if you are into data, monitoring improvement, and advanced consumer technology.