As the entry level watch in the Ambit3 line, the Run is not quite as feature loaded as the Sport or Peak. It does still pack a reasonable amount of function into a relatively small, and decent looking package. With a midrange price and similar connectivity the Run does perform essentially the same job as it’s slightly costlier cousins, only missing a couple of the bells and a whistle or two.
Able to track speed, distance and heart rate this wearable duo, the watch comes with a pairable chest strap monitor, can certainly be an invaluable tool for tracking and planning an effective fitness plan. With access to Suunto’s Movescount training program this function is extended. Allowing for the creation of custom workouts and routes, the app stores enormous amounts of data for after workout evaluation. Also, with continued use of the Smart sensor, it tracks recovery and sleep patterns.
An additional useful feature for planning, and executing a successful run is the available GPS locator. With downloadable, or individually
created routes the function allows you to explore new areas without concern, even issuing a warning alarm should you go off track.
Useful for, obviously, tracking location the watch can also judge altitude changes and has a trackback function, in the unfortunate event that you do get lost. With an additional app the collected data can be shared with friends as displayed on an overlay of the route, a function which several reviewers described as ‘neat’.
Alarm, Countdown and Stopwatch
Of course, the watch also keeps time and has an alarm, countdown and stopwatch timers. A decent rechargeable battery keeps the device going strong, with operation for 14 days in time mode or between 10 and 100 hours with the GPS active, depending on the refresh rate. Pairing with both Android and Iphone it can further act as a notification system for calls and texts.
The primary difference with the other Ambit3 watches is largely left to intended use. With the Peak being a more effective cross sport device, with available swimming and cycling sensors, and a more robust battery for longer excursions. One notable inclusion in the Peak that could have been useful for the other models is the weather function, tracking temperature, pressure and even including a storm alarm.
What Others are Saying
Overall consumer reception is decidedly positive. Most users have found the unit to be effective and valuable. There are, naturally some reviewers either unimpressed or disappointed, though most of these seem to relate to poor support. Impressed with the build quality
and relative ease of use many found it ideal for trail running and marathons.
An effective tool for anyone that likes to stay on top of their fitness regimen, with a reasonable price. There are a very few similar GPS devices with a slightly lower price point, though they lack many of the additional tracking functions. With a large number of more expensive options, and only slightly more capable, the Run is a good compromise of cost, function and reliability.