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Suunto Ambit3 Vertical Watch

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Know your route.

Sleep deprivation, altitude, and exhaustion can mess with your mental bearings and leave you wondering exactly where the hell you are, but Suunto's Ambit3 Vertical Watch will help you pin down your location, your destination, and the path between the two. Featuring GPS navigation, FusedAlti altitude profiles, and visual route tracking, the Ambit3 will take the guess work out of your next vertical endeavor and leave you confident in your pace, route, and progress.

Suunto gave the Ambit3 virtually every feature you could want or need whether you're ultra running, trekking, cycling, or competing in a triathlon. The watch has an impressive 15-hour battery life with five-second GPS accuracy updates, but can be dialed back to one minute accuracy readings to extend the battery life up to 100 hours. To keep you oriented, the Ambit3 comes with an integrated compass, GPS navigation, and an altimeter. It's also compatible with Apple and Android smartphones, and it's functionality can be expanded with Suunto's Movescount app and other Suunto fitness/tracking apps, so you can plan routes with a topographic map, see your altitude profile, and share your adventure with the Movescount app.

  • 100-hour maximum battery life
  • Speed, pace, distance tracking
  • FusedAlti altitude tracking
  • Route navigation
  • Compass
  • Heart rate while swimming (requires heart rate monitor)
  • Interval workout planner
  • Movescount training programs on watch
  • Additional features available through Suunto apps
  • Item #SUN001N

Tech Specs

Housing Material
[case] polyamide, [bezel] steel
Strap Material
Face Material
mineral crystal
Technical Features
GPS tracking & navigation, speed, pace, distance, FusedAlti altitude, vertical speed, and total ascent, compass, heart rate (strap sold separetely), Movescount training programs, bike power support
Dual Times
Date Indicator
Weekday Indicator
vibration alerts, 1 daily alarm
yes, LED
yes, 100m
USB cable
Face Size
50 mm
Claimed Weight
2.61 oz
Recommended Use
trail running, cycling, hiking
Manufacturer Warranty
2 years

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Love it!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been using this watch since June. I live in Utah and frequently use this for hiking, trail runs and running around parks, etc. I was kind of worried buying this because there were a lot of mixed reviews, but I haven't had any trouble with this watch.

I took this up Rainier from the Paradise trailhead to Camp Muir. The elevation it recorded was very close to what is listed on the trail specs. It took us about 6 hours, battery was close to being drained, but I didn't pause the watch during stopping times. My husband wore his garmin during the hike and our watches reported the same distance covered when we compared on the trail and elevation the watches were recording was pretty close as well.

The factory setting for the watch face is a little hard to read because it's set to dark background with light letters/numbers , but it was very easy to swap it over to the light background with dark letters which is much easier for me to read.

The only time I've noticed a move being recorded wildly inaccurately was on a run where I kept starting and stopping the watch. So now I just leave it running if I stop.

Currently sitting on my couch at home in Salt Lake City and elevation is coming in at 4396, average elevation here is 4327. Overall, really enjoy this watch. Only complaint is that the watch face is giant and takes up a lot of wrist real estate.

Love it!

Cheap product pretending to be high end

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

My husband and I have two of these watches, one in blue and one in black that we got in February of 2018. They worked great for the first couple of months but then things started going downhill.

First we noticed the altimeters were waaaaay off sync from each other. If they were just a couple hundred feet off then I wouldn't think too much of it, but it was by thousands of feet. Once my watch said I was at 25,000ft! We'd have to manually enter the correct altitude and it would be ok for a while then it would be off again.

My watch went through a real crazy ordeal when I was hiking the Colorado Trail this summer. I had decided to buy an ultralight solar panel just because I wanted to use this watch. But after a week on the trail my watch started going crazy. It would think I was moving when I was actually sitting still, or say I was moving at 10 mph. After hiking maybe three miles, it said I had gone 18. And my altitude was all wrong. I couldn't reset it and ended up calling customer service when I finished the trail. I did not appreciate the dead weight. They had me do a factory reset which fixed the problem for a little while, but it happened again. I started thinking mine was defective until the same thing started happening with my husbands watch!

And just recently I was biking when my watch literally fell off my wrist. I didn't fall on it or anything and the little latch just broke. I'm not sure it's worth fixing, it's such a piece of junk.

We had been so excited about these watches but it hasn't even been a year and neither of our watches are anywhere near reliable. I would expect much more from such a high priced product. This feels like a junk watch from Walmart or something. We are both very into outdoor sports and seeing some of the watches our friends have, I have to say there are better ones out there. I do not recommend this product.

This is normal with barometric altitude sensors. You need to calibrate to a known reference altitude immediately before an activity when you need to use it. The barometric pressure changes day to day with weather as well as seasons so you need to calibrate it frequently. If you refer to the manual you received with the watch it specifically mentions this as well as the calibration steps.

Great for Mountain Adventurers

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Ive had this watch for the past year and have absolutely loved it. I use it for my trail running training every day as well as my ultra marathon races. Its also really awesome for tracking my backcountry ski tours. Battery life is really awesome. The best quality GPS tracking will last me around 7 hours, with it increasing in length if you adjust the tracking quality.
Syncing to the app can take a couple min, so I will start the sync to my phone as Im driving home from my activity. This will give it enough time to sync so its ready by the time you get home. You can also sync the Suunto app with Strava and it will transfer it straight to Strava after it syncs with the Suunto app.

Skip it

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Extremely difficult to see this very dim face. Very poorly placed buttons, constantly engaging them without intent. Prior models, like so many things these days, are superior.

Sweet watch....when it works

    I have used this watch quite a bit since I got it last October. When functioning at its full potential it is awesome! However, that is few and far between. Nearly every time I use it for its gps tracking it loses connection, is completely inaccurate or the battery dies well within its expected charge. Pretty disappointing thus far. I am curious how it compares to other watches in the same category. That being said, the VERY few times it was working properly, it gave a dead accurate gps and provided a video of the trip. However, it’s a bummer that it isn’t like that all the time. I know other people who have this watch and totally love it. It’s possible I received a defective watch.

    Perfect for Long Outings

    • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    I gave this to my fiancé for Christmas so she'd stop stealing mine for her trail runs. The main feature she needed was a long battery life - she wore a previous version of this watch for 95 miles of trail before the battery died. This watch allows for 100 hours of tracking if you select the lowest accuracy setting, but you can opt for better accuracy with a shorter battery life as well. Nice to have options for different types of training/adventures. This watch looks bulky, but she actually hasn't had any complaints or discomfort with that even given her small wrists. Total win!

    Perfect for all of your outdoor sports

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This watch came highly recommended from the local ultramarathon runners here locally in the Wasatch. So far I am impressed with how accurate the tracking is when I take it out on a run or backcountry ski tour. Each activity is adjustable so you can display everything you want and nothing that you don’t. The battery life is one of the main reasons I went with the Ambit 3. I don’t have to worry about charging this watch all the time like I have had to with previous watches.

    Almost unusable due to watch synch issue

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    Watch seems fine... but synching to phone and PC started as unreliable and now, after a few weeks, phone cannot ever sync to the watch while watch settings can't be synched from the PC. No response from Suunto so far.

    Teton Climb with my Suunto Ambit

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

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    I'm debating between the Suunto Ambit 3 Peak and Amit 3 Vertical. I like the Vertical because it has a thinner profile and I have a smaller wrist. I have read on the Suunto website review section that the GPS tracker may not be very accurate. Is this true? How does the GPS compare with the Ambit 3 Peak?


    Best Ambit Yet

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 145lbs

    I am a long time Suunto user. I have had several models over the years from the Core, the T6, a first generation Ambit and most recently the Ambit3 Peak. I am very familiar with the Suunto operations and won't go into that much here. I have now been using the Ambit3 Vertical everyday for about 2 months. I run ultra marathons and train 15-25 hours a week. I use the watch to log every training session. This includes running, skiing, skimo, biking, swimming and strength training. I often train with the heart rate monitor. I am blown away with the improvements in this watch over the previous Ambit's I have had.

    Design: The biggest update is the removal of the gps antenna