30 Nov, 2012

A Watch for Ambitious Athletes

A Watch for Ambitious Athletes

The Ambit offers a full suite of running tools, including GPS, sports computer, three-dimensional compass, barometric altimeter, plus optional heart rate belt, and data can be uploaded to, Suunto’s online training community and support base, for analysis, discussion and planning. Ambit owners can also upgrade their watches with downloadable software updates and new features through the site, and still better, you are able to personalise the displays of your watch.



The Ambit uses an integrated accelerometer along with the GPS to track your performance in terms of speed and distance – the accelerometer helps to improve accuracy – and you can programme in waypoints for navigation as well as check your location. Thanks to the barometric altimeter, the watch provides data on your altitude and climbing speed, and the barometer can even give you insight into changing weather conditions.


When using the (optional extra) heart rate belt, Suunto's Peak Training Effect programmable heart rate-based training tool helps to keep you within your optimal training rates, while the Recovery Time function tells you when you've fully recovered and are ready for your next interval.



Like most GPS watches with built in antennae, the Ambit is a fairly big unit, but it is one of the more attractive offerings on the market, thanks to its round face and dress watch-like appearance. It is remarkably lightweight in spite of its size. Great news is that it offers 50 hours of battery life in full GPS mode, which makes it a pleasure to work with – even though it is easy to charge with a USB cable plugged into your PC, it is great that you only have to do so now and again! The watch is also built robustly, with water resistance up to 100m, so it can really be put it through its outdoor paces.


Recommended Retail Price: R5 299 without heart rate belt; R5 799 with heart rate belt.

Available: In black and silver, at selected outdoor and sporting retailers, including Cape Union Mart, Sportsmans Warehouse, Due South and various independents.

More info: Tel 011 796 8960,,