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Nov

14

2013

Tested: Suunto Ambit2 Watch

Suunto Ambit2Everything but fashionable.

The Claim: Suunto says, “The Ambit2 changes everything. It’s the first GPS watch to combine cutting-edge outdoor and training features,” making a bold attempt to appease both adventure athletes and triathletes alike.

The Trial: Over the last two months I’ve worn the Ambit2 trail running in the Indian Peaks Wilderness and interval training on the rocky trails of Texas, two days of mountain biking in Moab, and an early season day at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area.

The Verdict: All the claims are true. My major complaints with previous watches have been addressed. The Ambit2 gets around the accuracy issues endemic with GPS watches by adding an accelerometer, and an altimeter. Resulting GPS tracks are always spot-on with my actual route, and the real-time pacing barely lags. The only strike against this watch—it’s simply too big to wear to a dinner party. $550 with heart rate monitor; $500 without; suunto.com —Matt Hart

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