Suunto Ambit3 Peak

The Suunto Ambit3 Peak is a GPS watch made for those looking for adventure or involved in a variety of sports. The watch offers barometric pressure and altitude readings, in addition to the GPS. With multisport functionality, features are specific to each activity, whether it’s running, biking, or swimming. The swimming functionality can be used both in a pool and in the open water up to 100 meters, offering greater capacity than a lot of other similar models. While still tracking the typical distance, speed and duration, the watch goes a step further by allowing the user to plan routes, monitor heart rate and calculate an appropriate recovery time. The watch also gives those who like to be in the outdoors some extra help by providing storm alerts when the weather is changing, daylight hours so they don’t get stuck in the dark and the FindBack features that navigate the wearer back to where they started so they don’t get lost. The comfortable, sleek watch is both durable and highly accurate, allowing users to feel secure wearing this high-quality watch. With a higher price tag, this watch is for those who are serious about fitness and outdoor adventures.

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Pros & Cons
  • Comfortable
  • Easy-to-use
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Measures altitude, barometric pressure, and elevation
  • Can be used in water up to 100 meters
  • Multisport functionality
  • Cons
    • Short battery time
    • Storm alerts often don’t work
    • Smart notification connectivity is spotty
    • Key Features
      The Suunto Ambit3 Peak is set up to monitor many sports, including running, biking and swimming. Each activity has a customized set of items that are monitored, as well as multisports during the same activity log. For example, athletes training for a triathlon would be able to jump from the swim right into the cycling part of a workout without having to log two separate workouts. The swimming can even be done in open water or a pool, which is a unique feature as some watches are not able to monitor progress in the open water. One reviewer noted how much he enjoyed the ability to participate in all types of activities, including running, hiking and playing badminton. The watch managed to capture all sorts of related data for each activity.
      Basic Features
      The Suunto Ambit3 Peak is set up to capture specific data for the different sports that the watch supports. Some of the general items that the watch monitors are distance, pace, duration and heart rate. Each sport within the watch has different metrics associated with the activity. For example, swimming will capture data related to the number of laps, time per lap, distance covered, and more. Running will have monitor pace, cadence, time per mile, distance and more. It also monitors different activities done throughout the day so that all activity is captured, as well as calories burned.
      Advanced Features
      The Suunto Ambit3 Peak is packed with advanced features that make this a high-quality watch. Some of the advanced features built into the watch are a GPS, compass, altimeter and barometer. The watch is also water resistant up to 100 meters, making it an exceptional open water swimming watch. It also monitors the weather and provides storm alerts, which is a great feature for those out on the trails or on adventures. The watch also monitors times for sunrises and sunsets, so wearers can stay up to date for hours of daylight. The Suunto Ambit3 Peak also monitors heart rate, recovery time and keeps weekly logs of activities. A handy feature for those who may be discovering new places is the FindBack feature that helps navigate the user back to where they started. Most reviewers appreciated the accuracy of all these features. The only two items that some had issues with were the storm alert that often was delayed or didn’t work, and the recovery tracker that didn’t work as expected.
      Suunto Ambit3 Peak is built to provide high-quality accuracy in all aspects of the features. It is said to have great GPS accuracy that is typically activated within 5 seconds. It also precisely measures altitude, elevation, and barometric pressure. The same can be said for the distances and speeds that are monitored. Reviewers were pleased with the accuracy on the Suunto Ambit3 Peak, in particular with the GPS, which can be lacking on some other models.
      The Suunto Ambit3 Peak is able to wirelessly connect to smartphones. Activities are able to sync while on the move. The watch is also able to receive smart notifications, texts and calls. The watch also connects to the Suunto app, Movescount. The app pulls data from the watch wirelessly so users have additional access to their activity data. While connectivity with the app seems to work well, reviewers were not impressed with the connectivity with the smartphone push notifications. Reviewers felt that this feature rarely worked and when it did, it was often delayed. However, there does not seem to be any issues with the connectivity as related to the data the watch would sync with the app.
      The Suunto Ambit3 Peak works with the Suunto App, MovesCount. The app is designed to sync with the watch to get data related to activities, calories, history, and so much more. This app is created to be a way for users to share their adventures and successes with others, as they are able to take photos during the activity that get added. Create movies and maps, and then share all these moments on social media with friends. There are also some additional apps that work well with the watch. They are Strava and Suunto’s App Zones.
      The Suunto Ambit3 Peak is a comfortable watch that users enjoy wearing while adventuring or just on a normal day. The watch measures in at 1.97 x 1.97 x .71 inches and weights 3.14 ounces. Reviewers felt that watch fit well, however some had an issue with the thick profile on the watch. Most felt that the wrist strap was breathable and the design was ergonomic.
      The Suunto Ambit3 Peak does not have a particularly unique or stylish design. While the watch offers a sleek design, style is a place that is lacking, especially for women. Having something that is a bit smaller or some customized options could be helpful in upgrading the design. One reviewer did like the style stating that the watch had a tactical feel and it appealed to him. Overall, the watch could use a little uplift.
      The Suunto Ambit3 Peak is designed to handle adventures and because of that is designed to be durable. The Polyamide face cover offers a strong option that stands up no matter where adventures take users. The band’s elastomer material also holds up well. Reviewers felt that the watch had a strong build with solid durability.
      The Suunto Ambit3 Peak’s face is made of steel and mineral crystal and ultimately protected by a polyamide case. The watch has a 128 x 128 display resolution and an LED backlight. Reviewers felt that the graphs show up clearly on the face. However, reviewers felt that if a crisper or colorful display is something that is important to the user, the Garmin Fenix 5 performed better from that standpoint. The Suunto Ambit3 Peak still offers a high-quality face with small display features that could use tweaking.
      The Suunto Ambit3 Peak has a band that is made of elastomer. It’s a flexible material that offers breathability and comfort. The band is able to accommodate wrist sizes from 13 to 23 cm. Reviewers were pleased with how comfortable the band was, and please that is able to be replaced as well if needed.
      The Suunto Ambit3 Peak comes in one size. The watch is able to accommodate wrist sized between 13 to 23 cm, allowing for the wearer to still move comfortably.
      Ease of Use
      The Suunto Ambit3 Peak is easy to navigate even with all its advanced features. Wearers can easily create and preview routes, including altitude and elevations. Along the way, users can easily see where they are located and what is still remaining on the route. Setting up the watch is also simple, as the menu prompts the wearer to ensure that it is set up accurately. Reviewers felt that the basic features were easy to utilize and set up, however, some felt that the more advanced features, while simple, took some getting used to. Users felt that there were a few other watches that were easier to use and set up, but also some that were harder.
      Power Source
      The Suunto Ambit3 Peak has a rechargeable, lithium-ion battery. The battery life is said to be around 200 hours. Depending on how the watch is being used, however, impacts the battery life. Some reviewers felt that the estimate was right in line with what they have noticed, while others felt that this was over-estimated, as one reviewer had the battery diminish within 22 hours. The GPS function is the feature that will drain the battery the most, so those that use it frequently will see a decreased battery life.
      The Suunto Ambit3 Peak is on the higher end as far as price goes. Since the watch has so many advanced features and is able to work throughout so many different activities, this price is in line with other models on the market. Depending on what features are needed, this may be a little on the high side for those looking for a simpler version.
      The Suunto Ambit3 Peak already offers a lot of potential with the data that is captured within the watch itself, but there are also accessories available to make it an even better offering. Accessories include a heart rate strap, foot pod, power pod and bike pod.
      Key Features
      - Altimeter
      - Barometric pressure readings
      - Storm alerts
      - Smart notifications
      - Open water swimming option
      - Heart rate monitor
      - MovesCount App accessibility
      Bottom Line
      The Suunto Ambit3 Peak is a high-quality watch designed with adventurers in mind. While typical fitness watches have features that monitor fitness-related metrics, the Suunto Ambit3 Peak takes it to the next level, providing elevation, altitude and barometric pressure. The GPS feature is highly accurate, along with the other metrics that are calculated. While the GPS feature can drain the battery a bit, its reliability is just what those who are traveling outdoors will need. The watch is also designed to be both comfortable and durable with a sleek design that uses strong, comfortable materials. With multisport functionality that can be switched during the activity, athletes can feel comfortable knowing that they will get an accurate picture of their results. And protection is built into the watch with storm alerts, daylight hour calculations and the FindBack feature. The Suunto Ambit3 Peak also connects with smartphones to offer smart notifications of texts and incoming phone calls, while syncing with the MovesCount app. With the MovesCount app, the wearer is able to share pictures and videos throughout an activity with friends and on social media. As a watch with so many advanced features, one might think that it would be difficult to use; however, this is not true as the watch is easy to both setup and use. With a battery lie of up to 200 hours, depending on what features are utilized on a regular basis, users can feel comfortable wearing the watch for an extended period of time. Reviewers overall were pleased with the number of features that the watch offers. The only issues seem to be related to delayed storm alerts and the reliability of the smart notifications. Some reviewers also wanted an updated style, especially for women as the watch is not wearable for some occasions. With a price tag of $499, although a little high, purchasers will receive a top of the line product that is comparable to other brands on the market.
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