It took some of us a while to get onto the Suunto band wagon. Some of us loved these Suunto watches and Suunto compasses, seeking out trails just for an excuse to turn on the blingy GPS watch. And yet a few of us wondered what all the hype was about. Surely our $20 market bizarre bargain is enough?
But as the trend began and more and more trail runners started to log their GPS routes on our favourite trails, we started to feel left out. Suunto was rocking and we wanted to be a part of it!
Now we all have a Suunto running watch
Ok, here we admit that most of us actually have more than one Suunto watch. For example, Hanny has the White Suunto Ambit3 Sport and the Green Suunto Ambit3 Vertical watches... because the colour green doesn't go with everything and we always feel our confidence swell when we know how high we climbed this morning. A new Suunto Spartan Ultra Limited Edition Copper Multisport HR Watch was added to the collection in November 2016 and is fast becoming a favourite. Read a review of why below!
Graham loves his Suunto Ambit3 Peak watch. When he acquired his Suunto Ambit3 Peak he was looking for a watch that would outlast the duration of his longest missions on the trails.
The new Suunto Spartan watches are really sleek and streamlined. The GPS unit is now built into the watch rather than on the strap, an especially big perk for us girls with smaller wrists.
What I also loved about the new Suunto Spartan Watches is that you can adjust the face. Need a second hand? No problem. Prefer a digital display? Too easy!
The watch has a touchscreen and responds to sweaty or damp fingers very easily.
When it comes to accuracy, I know that the Suunto Spartan GPS watches have copped some criticism. But, to be honest, I have not had any issues.
I love that if you ensure your personal data is accurate, the watch can determine how much recovery you require from a session.
The other thing I am loving about my Spartan Ultra GPS watch is the battery life. The Spartan Ultra watches have up to 20hrs battery life on the most accurate 1 sec GPS recorder.
"In summary, this is my ideal watch. It can meet my most technical needs out on the trails but then I can live in it, sleep in it and feel proud of it on my wrist. The new updates by the Suunto developers appear to have mended any of the earlier teething issues and so I am confident to honestly say, ‘Suunto, you have really nailed it!’"
Elite Ultra Distance Runner, Australian Suunto ambassador and friend of Find Your Feet, Majell Backhausen, recently put the Suunto Ambit3 Vertical GPS watch to the test on Tasmania's Frenchmans Cap. Here is what he had to say:
"The newly released Suunto Ambit 3 Verticalpassed my acceptance test of having a practical application in everyday life (24hr wear ability) and no surprise, it also surpassed the everyday training needs of a mad keen runner. I said this watch looked deceiving, and that is because it looks stylish and comes without the traditional Ambit GPS antenna attached to the watch housing. But it also looks like it can still be used on serious missions.
Remaining pre-mapped route ascent and descent tally
Improved GPS capabilities with GLONASS and added barometric altimeter"
Majell summarised his Suunto Ambit3 Vertical experience by stating:
"The Suunto Ambit 3 Vertical is going to be loved by more than just mountain runners because it also looks like a James Bond 007 watch and it now fits a ladies wrist too. It’s Time to Play in the Mountains."
Athletes who enjoy a wide range of sports up to 10hrs in intensity and who want a smart lifestyle watch too
Touch screen technology with all the functionality that you require for a range of sports. Some of the colour ways are very feminine and you do not feel like you are wearing a sports watch. Very comfortable for living in 24/7. Battery life: 10-100hrs
Athletes who enjoy a wide range of sports up to 20hrs in duration and who want a smart lifestyle watch too
Compass & barometric altitude recorder with all the functions for a wide range of sports. Amazingly light on the wrist and you can customise the face of the watch to not look like a sports watch. We also love the touch screen technology. Battery life: 20-200hrs
Men & women who enjoy a wide range of sports up to 20hrs in duration and who want a super good looking lifestyle watch too.
Compass & barometric altitude recorder with all the functions for a wide range of sports. Amazingly light on the wrist and doesn’t look like a sports watch - beautiful sleek design & colouring. We also love the touch screen technology. Battery life: 20-200hrs
This watch has the altimeter, GPS tracking and is a great watch for navigating and recording your routes. Battery life: 10-100hrs.
Suunto Movescount makes us feel like a pro. Suunto Movescount is the online software that, amongst other things, allows you to download and monitor your training data. At Find Your Feet we always have our Suunto Movescount dashboard open in the background. There is also a Suunto Movescount App for your smart phone which sinks via bluetooth to most Suunto Watches. What we love about Suunto Movescount is the detail:
Create your training plans
Review your training
Keep a training diary
Be stoked with how much vertical climbing you have achieved
Log your best races or training endeavours
Customise your Suunto Watch features
Share your trail running moves (sessions)
Find new trail running routes
Join the growing community of trail runners and athletes from other sports
Suunto Movescount really is the bling of trail running GPS watch bling. We promise you that you will get addicted!
STRYD is the new all new power meter for runners. Cyclists have been measuring the effectiveness of their training and performance for years with power measurements. But until recently, the technology has eluded us. Not any longer!
STRYD allows a running to measure their power output during any given run. It is understood that power measurements in running can help a runner to track their running progress alongside heart rate measurements. The technology behind STRYD is a heart rate monitor strap worn like any other heart rate chest strap. However, through this strap runs a highly technical algorithm that allow the STRYD chest strap to determine your power output. This data then sinks to your Suunto GPS Watch. Cool huh!?
While not a Suunto product, Suunto is working very closely with STRYD to ensure that all of their watches are compatible with power meters in all relevant sport modes and that includes running. Find Your Feet is excited to be one of the first distributers in Australia of Stryd power running meters.