The Suunto Ambit heart rate monitor is probably the Cadillac among the heart rate monitors available today, and both the features and the price show how much it is geared towards performance and professional athletes. With a price tag of $500 you really want to be sure that you need and will use all the features that this device packs.
But even at that price, you will not be disappointed by the possibilities that this HRM will deliver. For a serious athlete and outdoor enthusiast this is a lot more than just a heart rate monitor. It will give you an amazing amount of information about your training session and the route you traveled on, which will allow you to plan and execute training regimes much more efficiently.
One of the big features of the Suunto Ambit is its GPS functionality. This allows you to track your distance traveled, exact location and also allows you to store information about points of interest. This means that it can be used for both navigation and to simply track your route and distance of exercise. It will very accurately calculate speed and distance through the built in accelerometer and GPS chip, so you always know how far you have travelled and at what speed, to allow you to gradually increase and monitor you performance over time.
Heart rate is displayed in a graph over time so you can see directly on the watch how your training session has progressed and where your peak performance was. In addition to this the watch will calculate your optimum recovery time before your next training session to make sure that you are well rested and your body is fully recuperated.
Your purchase of a Suunto Ambit comes with a free account with Movescount.com , which allows you to upload your training data and track and plan your workout sessions. This is a fantastic feature for any serious athlete as it allows you plan and review your training in a much more efficient way. Imagine you decide that today you want to go for a 45 minute medium intensity run at a specific average heart rate. You can easily look at your previous runs and find a route you did in 45 minutes at the rate you want to aim for. The more data you collect the better your ability to plan becomes.
Available in black and silver, this is an incredibly cool looking and well designed watch, that would suit both men and women. You should bear in mind though that it is quite a large watch, but in order to pack all those features it needs to be. It could be taken straight out of James Bond movie and you’d almost expect to be able to control satellites and missiles.
Very accurate GPS reception
Very customizable interface
It is very large
Doesn’t sync with a pedometer for indoor running
Also take a look at this very handy comparison table that we have put together in order to make it easier to see the differences between all the different HRMs.