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Suunto Ambit3 Vertical Watch with Heart Rate Monitor

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    5 Reviews


    Flatlanders need not apply.

    Destined for grueling trail runs up thousands of vertical feet, mountain bike rides across formidable terrain, and swift pushes to the summit, the Suunto Ambit3 Vertical Watch with Heart Rate Monitor is designed for monitoring elevation changes in the mountains. As its name implies, the Ambit3 Vertical Watch features a built-in barometer that tracks atmospheric pressure, in turn providing accurate read-outs of total ascent and descent, as well as vertical speed. For greater accuracy of its elevation tracking, Suunto's proprietary FusedAlti uses GPS calibration to fine-tune the watch's altitude readings, ensuring you're armed with the most accurate elevation read-out.

    Customizable sport modes allow you to customize the watch display to the activity at hand, giving you useful modules for a multitude of alpine activities and high-intensity sports, such as running, cycling, and swimming. This particular version of the Ambit3 Vertical comes with a Suunto Smart Sensor Module and Belt (size medium), which is a Bluetooth Smart heart rate monitor that wirelessly feeds your heart rate data to the Ambit3 Vertical. This chest-based monitor gives you accurate heart rate data for tracking high-intensity workouts in the mountains, also working in a pool or open water environments while you're swimming.

    The GPS receiver quickly locks onto satellites, providing the ability to track log and points of interest along your alpine route and mitigate mistakes in the alpine with in-depth route planning, plus an attitudinal profile in real-time. The watch's trackback function gets you back to the trailhead without worrying about missing a turn or getting lost in the dark. And not only does the build-in GPS receiver work for navigational purposes, but it's used to monitor your current speed and overall distance for higher accuracy. Seeing many users demand a compass and thermometer, the watch monitors the current temperature and your direction for staying on track.

    • Tracks elevation changes during alpine activities
    • Includes Suunto Smart Sensor for heart rate monitoring
    • Shows vertical gain totals per day, week, month, and year
    • Barometric altimeter, compass, and thermometer sensors
    • FusedAlti calibrates barometric altimeter with GPS receiver
    • Built-in GPS for navigation, speed, and distance
    • Bluetooth Smart for wireless syncing with mobile devices
    • Syncs with Suunto MovesCount app for mobile and desktop
    • Item #SUN001M

    Tech Specs

    Housing Material
    [bezel] steel, [case] polyamide
    Strap Material
    Face Material
    mineral crystal
    yes, daily step count
    yes, GPS-based distance and speed
    yes, barometric altitude
    yes, built-in barometer
    Heart Rate Monitor
    yes, Suunto Smart Sensor w/chest strap (size medium)
    Technical Features
    Altitude (FusedAlti), Speed/pace/distance, GPS-based route navigation, ABC functions, Bike Power Support (with additional power sensor)
    yes, Bluetooth Smart with smartphones and sensors
    Operating System
    MovesCount app (iOS, Android, Apple, PC)
    yes, 1 daily alarm
    yes, LED backlight
    yes, 100 meter water-resistance
    Battery Type
    rechargeable lithium-ion
    Battery Life
    [time only] 14 days, [GPS tracking, 5-second accuracy] 15 hours
    Suunto Smart Sensor Module and Belt (size medium), USB cable
    Face Size
    Claimed Weight
    [watch only] 2.6oz
    Recommended Use
    backcountry skiing, cross-country, mountaineering, road running, ski mountaineering, trail running
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

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    Great Watch, Poor Support

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The ambit is an awesome watch with great functionality, but as others have mentioned, using the watch to interface with your phone/computer is a pain and often doesn't work at all. If you are looking to track your training on a daily AND long-term basis, the ongoing struggle to upload workouts to a larger repository (as you'd do with your Strava account) is a major issue. The watch itself has been bombproof, having traveled all over the globe across a variety of seasons without any issues. After some serious wear and tear, the battery isn't what it used to be, but this is to be expected with any battery powered system. If Suunto improved their software systems, this would be a 5-star setup.

    There's a reason it's always on sale

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I really wanted to like this watch but there are two major drawbacks.

    1. The software sucks. Syncing is a shot in the dark. This is well reported on internet forums and Suunto doesn't seem to care. Your activities can basically be lost in the ether. They show up on the watch... but won't sync to the app. Sometimes they end up showing up hours later. Sometimes they are gone for good. Suunto's customer support doesn't seem concerned with fixing this issue. To me this a major flaw, the whole point of recording an activity is to analyze it later... right?

    Battery life: Great at first, not any more. I used to basically charge this once a week, with multiple activities in between. Now I am charging it nightly. Today it barely made it through a 6 hour activity (starting at almost 100%). If I am not recording the battery lasts for around 18 hours. I was very good about letting the battery die or almost die before before charging it.

    There is a reason Garmin's are rarely on sale. They work. I went with the Suunto because it was 30% off, that should have been a sign right there. Save your self the headache and spend a little more on a Garmin.

    nice features + good battery life

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    this watch has many contrasting reviews out there on the internet. my experience with it so far has been good. battery life has been solid, tracking my trail runs has been accurate and I like the overall size and comfort. the interface is simple, but it does take a lot of clicks to get into certain functions. I haven't had any issues with the GPS syncing, even when I'm pretty far off the grid.

    Great Functionality!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    My Suunto Vertical 3 has been a great addition to my outdoor trips. After a year of use I've taken it backpacking, running and to the gym. It's easy to connect the heart rate monitor, the bluetooth notifications work well (plus it's easy to switch off) and the options to look at the trip/work through movescount! The only thing is GPS connections can be finicky (you have to be outside for it to work.)