The Suunto Ambit 3 range is Suunto’s latest sports watch family, designed to take advantage of technology now available in modern smart phones and tablets. The range breaks down into 3 distinct categories – Peak, Sport and Run, which all use Bluetooth to sync wirelessly with your phone or tablet via Suunto’s Movescount app.
The Movescount app is used as the main user interface for the Ambit 3 range. You can use it to change the info displayed on your watch. See the heart rate, speed, distance and GPS data that your watch is recording on the larger screen that your phone provides, although this is all still displayed on the watch. One other handy feature of connecting your watch and phone is that caller and text info is displayed on the watch. If you receive a call mid work out you can quickly see if it is worth stopping for.
Currently the Movescount app is only available for iPhone – the Android release is due in April 2015.
Bluetooth has replaced Suunto’s old ANT+ transmission system in the Ambit 2 which means that the Ambit 3 is not compatible with Suunto’s old HR belts and pods. The old HR belt has been replaced by the Smart Sensor which is smaller and lighter.
The Ambit 3 Peak is aimed at those who require advanced outdoor functions. GPS, Altimeter, Barometer, Compass combined with the ability to track performance and plan routes make this a great watch for anyone getting out into the mountains. The feature that sets the Peak out from the rest of the Ambit 3 range is the air pressure sensor. This gives altitude readings based on air pressure and GPS data and barometric weather information. The storm alarm and weather trend indicator are real life savers for those on fast and light trips into the mountains.
The Ambit 3 Sport is a dedicated training watch for those who do not require the Altimeter, Barometer features of the Peak. Multi sport functions are retained in the Sport, it is compatible with 3rd party Bluetooth enabled cadence sensors and bike pods as well as the smart sensor like the rest of the range. Anyone training for and competing in Triathlons or just training in multiple sports, this is the watch for you.
The Ambit 3 Run is the latest model, released March this year. Like the Sport it does not have Altimeter, Barometer features. As a purely running watch it does not have the multi sport software of the Ambit 3 Sport. Removing these features has meant a saving in weight (at 72g it is the lightest of the Ambit 3s) and price. The Ambit 3 Run starts at £199.99. The Run makes an ideal introduction for those who are new to the world of training watches or dedicated runners looking to get the most from their training.
Lastly and most importantly, is the Ambit 3 range compatible with Strava? Yes, the Movescount app can by synced with Strava and a range of other 3rd party training apps. Once they are connected your latest epic rides will automatically be transferred from Movescount to Strava for bragging rights!
Key features comparison
I have broken down the key features of the Ambit range into a comparison chart which should make comparing the models easy. Hopefully this will help you decide which features are most important for you and choose your watch based on that.
|Ambit 3 Peak||Ambit 3 Sport||Ambit 3 Run|
|Battery life with GPS active at 5s intervals||30 hours||15 hours||15 hours|
|Altimeter and Barometer functions||Yes. GPS and Air pressure||No Barometric info. Altitude data is GPS only||No Barometric info. Altitude data is GPS only|
|Running, Cycling and Swimming data||Yes||Yes||Running only|
|Heart rate and recovery data||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|3rd party Cycle pod support||Yes with Bluetooth smart||Yes with Bluetooth smart||No|
|Swimming Stroke rate and Efficiency data||Yes||Yes||No|
|Training & Workout planningand analysis||Yes, with Movescount app||Yes, with Movescount app||Yes, with Movescount app|
If you need any more information please do not hesitate to call us on 01943 870550 and we will be happy to talk you through the range.