GEAR OF THE DAY: Suunto Ambit2 Multisport Watch

If you like performance watches as much as we do, then you’re in for a real treat this year. Following up the success of its Ambit watch, Suunto has released an upgraded of the do-it-all watch, the Ambit2.

Featuring updates like a redesigned strap and a sleeker face, the Ambit2 integrates its outdoor capabilities with sport-inspired functions to produce one of the hottest performance watches available today. The GPS-enabled watch calculates speed, pace, distance, as well as heart rate (with HR option) and calories—all in real time to help athletes get instant access to their training results. Designed for multisport use, the Ambit2 caters to a variety of athletes, including (but not limited to by any means) runners, cyclists, and swimmers.

In the pool, the Ambit2 keeps tabs on swimming pace and distance, stroke rate, and lap count. On land, the watch features lap comparisons by mile, as well as running cadence with Foot POD.

The Ambit2 can be linked up to 1000+ free Sunnto Apps for training and adventure. The watch is available in a variety of options (including the Ambit2 S model seen above), ranging in price from $400-$650. Check out the collection at Suunto.

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  • Rob Zenker

    One VERY BIG THING that needs pointing out is that one can ONLY upload to Movescount and can’t use the data collected with any other software!!!!!!! This is after a long conversation with Suunto support. Even though there are lots of improvements on the way at Movescount, it won’t include comprehensive export formats – the existing ones are useless – as I was told “nothing will be as good as Movescount”. That means, particularly if you are a cyclist, and want to use power to manage your training, you are effectively unable to use TrainingPeaks, WKO+, Golden Cheetah and many other really good bits of software. So, marvellous watch though the Ambit2 is, it will be my last Suunto purchase unless they allow one’s own data to be used with other software. They don’t mention that it is not compatible with other software – all products from competing manufacturers such as Garmin, Polar etc. allow exports to various programmes – and it is something most people would expect.

    • Ludwig

      I agree 100% – that is the main reason l decided for the Garmin Fenix, in any other respect I would have chosen the Suunto. It’s not only the lack of support for other software, more than that it’s the restriction to Movescount, which makes the watch useless for me and many other Linux users (or other people who don’t want the cloud to be involved)…