Suunto Ambit3 Vertical Review
Review on Suunto Ambit3 Vertical
Suunto – a renowned gadget maker has just upped the ante for its already successful fitness watch lineup the Ambit 3 with the Ambit 3 Vertical variant. Available in four color options – lime, blue, white and black, the Ambit 3 Vertical is designed to do much more than just track your steps, but goes a few miles further by tracking your “vertical” or elevation in both training and racing.
This latest addition to the Ambit 3 range also gets a somewhat major facelift and this time around is much more smaller and sleeker thanks to an all new GPS antenna configuration. The all new bezel design now embeds the antenna, and although it might the Ambit 3 Vertical seem like a cheaper, low end model, that’s hardly the case. The lack of the antenna results in a much more streamlined unit and an aesthetically pleasing watch that fits comfortably on both smaller and larger wrists.
This watch truly is the jack of all trades and offers multi-sport functions for running, cycling and swimming, vibration alerts, route altitude profile, and a barometer for elevation measurements. One of the noteworthy features of the Ambit 3 Vertical – that Altitude Profile, which displays current climb and decent in real time. In addition to this, this feature also gives you an accurate reading of the climbs and descents that lie ahead on the route, which in itself is a crucial feature for those doing big mountain climbs or races.
Highlights of the Ambit 3 Vertical
- Tracks elevation gain
- Superb battery life
- Share your experiences
- Advanced training and recovery functions
- Also tracks speed, pace and distance
- Integrated Movescount training feature
- Bike power support via Bluetooth Smart
What’s in the Box?
- Suunto Ambit 3 Vertical device
- Charging cable
- User Guides
Version with HR (Heart Rate) belt also available
Ambit 3 Vertical Design
The Ambit 3 Vertical slots in nicely between the Ambit 3 Peak and the Sport, but offers less battery life than the two owing to its new set of elevation tracking features. Battery life is still astounding at 100 hours on a single charge when used in its lowest fixed rate GPS setting so you can track your GPS all day without having to worry about charging the battery.
Water resistant up to 100 meters (300 feet), the Suunto Ambit 3 Vertical brings in vibration alerts and GPS GLONASS capabilities combined with onsite barometer altimeter to seal the deal, making it one of the best GPS enabled fitness watches in its segment. The Ambit 3 Vertical has also received some improvements in terms of software such as ability to display dashboard ascent details/graphs and 3D distance. Features that are present on other Ambit 3 models, but aren’t on the Ambit 3 Vertical are sea level pressure, weather trends and storm warning.
Key Features of the Ambit 3 Vertical
Recovery Time and Status
Definitely useful features, the Ambit 3 Vertical features two recovery indicators namely Recovery Status and Recovery Time. The former is displays the time it takes for your body to recuperate after training, which is calculated based on the intensity of the training session along with the overall fatigue. Take note that recovery time is based on the activities you perform while wearing the Ambit 3 Vertical but not about aspects of life such as if you slept enough or had a nutritious meal.
Recovery Status displays the level of stress on your autonomic nervous system so basically the less stress you have, the more recovered you are. The results of this test are displayed with a 0-100 percent results scale, and in order for the Ambit 3 Vertical to render accurate results, it needs to be calibrated appropriately. There are three calibration tests to perform in all, which must be done at least 12 hours apart from each other, and ideally when you have no accumulated recovery time.
Power Meter Compatibility
The Suunto Ambit 3 Vertical is also compatible with the Stryd power meter and with a latest firmware update, you no longer have to connect the power portion separately, it does this automatically when paired with an HR strap. Once paired successfully, you will be able to see power data during your run and afterwards on the Suunto Movescount app.
Great App Experience
The Movescount app combined with the web displays data beautifully and all workouts and experiences dubbed Moves can be easily shared with several platforms such as Strava, Facebook, Blogger, Twitter and WordPress among others. Adding to this, the Movescount app even allows you to create a YouTube movie from your moves, which is again can be shared easily with the push of a button.
The Movescount App’s advanced planning features allow you to pre-plan routes and workouts or even set them up on the go. Furthermore, it delivers push notifications of calls and texts straight to the watch. Some of the enhanced mapping features of the Movescount app include altitude and topographic information, where the information of the latter profile can be viewed directly on the Ambit 3 Vertical with real time ascent gain. The summary of ascents allows you to see daily totals over seven days, 30 days and a full year as well as well as an all time total.
Pros of the Ambit 3 Vertical
- Vibration alerts
- Customizable settings
- Multiple bike POD support (Bluetooth Smart) – cadence, peak power, power distribution and aerodynamic drag in real time
- Multiple sports in one log
- Compatible with Stryd
- Interval workout planner
- Onboard Movescount training programs
- 15h battery with 5 sec-GPS accuracy and 100 hours with 1 min accuracy
- Quick recovery and sleep recovery tests powered by Firstbeat
- Paired smartphone can be used as secondary display for the watch
- Onsite barometric pressure tracks accent
- Summary of vertical gain can be viewed by day, week or year
Cons of the Ambit 3 Vertical
- Few new features to make the switch if you already own an Ambit 3 device
All in all, the Ambit 3 Vertical has similar features to other device in the Ambit 3 range, but is a great choice for those who’d like to track their ascents. Apart from tracking ascents, it also tracks speed, pace and distance so if you do not already have a fitness watch, the Ambit 3 Vertical is an excellent choice.
It is water resistant and all data can viewed beautifully on the Suunto Movescount app. Additionally, it does offers superior battery life of up to 100 hours, push notifications of incoming text messages and call and even vibration alerts, definitely making it an all rounder in its class.
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