While running in your town or city is always a satisfying experience, sometimes this routine can get a little stale. So breaking out to the country to run the trails and take in the great outdoors is a great way to push your running abilities to the max. But when out on the trail and in nature, it’s easy to get lost, especially after a few miles away off the beaten path. However, Suunto’s Ambit3 Run is an activity tracker that seems optimized for trail running. Although a dynamic multi-sports watch in its own right, trail runners in particular will appreciate its solid GPS and the ability to use the recorded data to backtrack during a run.
Besides its great feature as an off-road running watch, the Ambit3 Run is a minimalist tracker, preferring comfort and straightforward use over the “bells and whistles” of many other wearables on the market. However, this stripped-down approach and its minimalistic monochrome interface shouldn’t suggest that it’s limited in any capacity: recording a run, the Ambit3 Run records pace, distance, ascent and descent distance, estimated cadence, altitude, time of day, and even heart rate (if used with its heart rate strap). Besides this, apps downloaded through Movescount can be used in conjunction with the Ambit3 Run, along with pairing via Bluetooth to both Android and iPhones. While the readout on the Ambit3 is simple in itself, when your stats and metrics are paired with any number of apps, a wide range of options, visualizations, and stats become available.
Runners are also able to download running routes from the Movescount app, which both city and (especially) country runners will appreciate, and the Ambit3 will also notify you if you are off-route. Solidly designed, waterproof, and easy to configure, the Suunto Ambit3 Run is a serious running watch for serious runners.
Minimalist, straightforward design that’s easy-to-use
Highly accurate measurements of activities
Excellent GPS with useful backtracking function for trail runners
Works with powerful Movescount app
Separate heart monitor strap records heart rate accurately
- Excellent GPS that’s accurate within .01 mile every 5 miles
- Simple, easy-to-use menu with a large monochrome display
- Incredibly durable, waterproof, and with heavy-duty construction
- Movescount app opens up multiple functionalities
Minimalist in both its design and usability, the Ambit3 Run is a serious running watch that’s comparable to Garmin and Polar models. While it has a monochrome display, this shouldn’t undercut its power as an activity tracker. Although a somewhat pricey activity tracker, its accuracy and easy-to-use nature makes it a worthwhile investment for serious runners. When synced with the Movescount app, its capabilities are truly revealed, as this opens up multiple options as the stats being recorded by the Ambit3 Run are translated across a variety of programs.
While chunky and heavier than a lot of activity trackers, it’s waterproof, durable, and performs like few other activity trackers can. Although it’s a large sports watch that doesn’t have the most subtle design, its performance far outweighs its lack of fashionability. It’s a no-nonsense running watch, and that’s something the serious runner will appreciate more than anything. For a top-notch, easy-to-use wearable that provides highly accurate measurements, the Suunto Ambit3 Run is out to beat the competition--and on many counts succeeds.