We are delighted to announce today that the sports watch we have always wanted has finally been developed. Our friends at Suunto have spent the last few years perfecting the technology to bring out a new GPS enabled watch that appears to do it all in one stunningly beautiful package. We were given an exclusive sneek peak at this yesterday of what you can expect when it hits the stores in March and read on to order yours today.
Introducing the NEW Suunto AMBIT
But that is not all – for those lucky Ultra168 readers, if you order one of these MUST have watches though our athlete sponsors Footpoint, you get to go into the draw to win your very own pair of Salomon Sense – the shoe made famous by all conquering ultra runner Kilian Jornet.
So while you come to terms with the prospect of wearing the must have watch for 2012 and lacing up the must have shoe of 2012 let me take you through some of the key features to look out for in this sleek little number.
- Rapid response built in Waypoint GPS using SiRFstarIV chip
- Built in FUSED Accelerometer linked to the GPS
- 50 Hr Battery life with 60 second interval GPS use
- 3D Compass
- Accurate Barometric Altitude
- Real time Heart Rate Graph
- Temperature Measurement
- Highly responsive Speed and Pace training function using FusedSpeed integrated GPS Accelerometer
- Advanced Heart Rate Monitoring with built in PeakTraining Effect and Recovery Time function
- Water resistant to 100 meters
- Available in Black and Silver
- Built to Last Technology and sleek design
So what is this new FusedSpeed function ? Basically it combines an accelerometer and the GPS to give a much quicker response and more accurate real time speed and pace reading for those runners who like to get very detailed analysis of their changes in pace without the erratic readings sometimes seen on existing competing GPS sports watches.
What is going to grab everyones attention is the ability for the watch to go for 30 days on a single charge during non GPS use and 50 hours with 60 second GPS capture and 15 hours for continuous GPS use. This will put it firmly in the realm for the 100 miler and beyond ultra runner.
And according to the pre release information the watch will be upgradable with new features on-line through Movescount in the near future to further enhance and improve its features including battery life, with continuous GPS recording being able to sustain 20++ hours.
As always the build quality of the new Suunto AMBIT is like all Suunto’s and that is bombproof. From what I have been told in comparative tests alongside the most recently launched leading GPS competitor that the AMBIT outlast all other watches for durability and high impact damage with ease. Something that is going to be very attractive for such an important investment.
And the final word always goes to our fashion barometer Andrew Vize who says he will definitely wear this to work as well with it’s simple watch features such as time, date, alarm and dual time zones.
We are online throughout the day to answer all you questions and follow the debate and comments on our FaceBook page to keep up to date.
We have it on good authority that we will be getting our hands on this watch next week to give it a thorough testing at our Victorian Alps training camp.