Suunto Ambit2 HR Sapphire


Suunto Ambit2 HR Sapphire
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Suunto Ambit2 HR Sapphire
Manufacturer Suunto
Page By Wasatch Summits
Page Type Nov 18, 2013 / Nov 18, 2013
Object ID 8533
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Product Description.

This is a do it all watch for multiple sports and activities.



Glass-fiber-reinforced composite casing with a sapphire glass lens stands up to tough use
Lithium-Ion battery powers the watch for up to 50 hours and can be recharged via USB
Full GPS functionality displays current location, logs routes, and allows for route planning and elevation graphing
Barometer works with the GPS to pinpoint elevation and reduce battery usage
Altimeter tracks and graphs total ascent and descent, vertical speed, GPS altitude, and barometric altitude
Weather features include barometric pressure, temperature, storm alarm, and tide information
3D compass allows you to navigate remote wilderness and whiteout conditions
Heart rate monitor with included chest strap graphs heart rate in real time, targets heart rate zones, and sets heart rate limits
Multisport functionality allows you to set the watch to training, running, cycling, or swimming modes
Training functions include GPS-based speed, pace, and distance; calories; countdown timer; and EPOC and VO2 max values
Running functions include lap comparisons and running cadence when combined with a foot POD (sold separately)
Cycling functions include average and maximum bike power and graph power distribution
Swimming functions track pace, distance, stroke rate, and time
General watch functions include time, date, alarm, and low-battery alert
Adjustable backlight allows you to read the watch after the sun sets
Water resistant to 100 meters
Watch can be further customized with over 1000 free Suunto Applications

Technical Specs.

Housing Material: glass-fiber reinforced composite, bezel stainless steel
Calorie Counter: yes
Target Heart Rate Zone: yes
Chronograph: yes
Altimeter: yes
Route Elevation Profile: yes
Barometer: yes
Thermometer: yes
Digital Compass: yes
Computer Compatible: yes
Backlight: yes
Water-Resistant: yes, 100m
Date Indicator: yes
Weekday Indicator: yes
Alarms: time
Battery Type: rechargeable Li-ion battery (480mAh)
Battery Life: (with 60 second GPS tracking interval) 50 hour, (with 1 second GPS tracking interval) 15 hour, (with ABC functionality) 30 day
Low Battery Indicator: yes
Dimensions: 50 x 17.5 mm
Face Size: 50 mm
Weight: 3.24 oz
Recommended Use: climbing, hiking, running, cycling, swimming
Manufacturer Warranty: 2 Years

Link to in depth detailed review:

Suunto Ambit 2 Sapphire in depth review here.



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Wasatch Summits - Nov 18, 2013 9:42 pm - Voted 4/5

Pretty good watch...
I bought this to replace my first gen Ambit. The Fused-Alti feature and more memory and battery life are what made that decision. The Fused-Alti feature incorporates both barometric and gps data to give a more precise altitude reference, though I've found that measurements can vary a bit depending on the terrain you are on. For example, on a small summit pinnacle like Lone Peak here in UT, which has a 10X10 summit area surrounded by cliffs, the altitude reference is off by a couple hundred feet if the gps fix in the watch wanders off at all. However on a broad, rounded peak, the altitude is usually within 10 feet of accurate. Pretty cool feature really, and I've found that I get the best results if I fire up the fused-alti about 20 minutes before getting to the trail head.

Another feature that is pretty cool on the watch is the auto-pause feature, which a lot of the Garmins have. I've found it works well for faster moving activities like biking and running, though while scrambling slowly up some exposed ridge it can be a nuisance.

The heart rate strap that comes with this... sucks. I found that communication between the strap and the watch would continuously loose sync. I ended up purchasing the Garmin ANT+ strap sold here on Backcountry which fixed that problem. I suggest getting the $600.00 version of this watch and then getting a different strap altogether.

Overall the build quality of this watch is pretty damn tough. That stainless bezel and the mineral lens haven't shown any signs of wear at all over the past couple months I've had it. The casing is the fiber-resin, which looks to be the same housing material of the original Ambit. Overall the watch is pretty decent, sans the issue with the heartrate strap provided by Suunto. This watch is tough enough to take a good beating out doors, but classy enough to be worn formally as well.

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