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When you head to the mountains, arm yourself with information.

Whether it's a week-long bike tour in the Pyrenees, a backcountry ski tour in the Wasatch, or a summer of training for a marathon, let the Suunto Ambit2 GPS Watch supply you with every bit of information you need. Full GPS functionality pinpoints your location and elevation, and it keeps you on course while the barometer graphs changes in pressure and alerts you to impending storms. You can also quickly switch between running, cycling, training, and swimming modes for instant access to pertinent information like lap times, calories, and total distance. Plus, the watch battery can be recharged via USB, and over 1000 free applications are available from Suunto for even greater customization.

  • Glass-fiber-reinforced composite casing with an aluminum (silver color) or stainless steel (black color) bezel provides mountain-worthy durability
  • 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 capability (chest strap sold separately) will graph 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, distance; calories; countdown timer; and EPOC and VO2 max values
  • Running functions include lap comparisons and running cadence when combined with a foot POD (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 indicator
  • 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

Tech Specs

Housing Material:
glass-fiber reinforced composite, [silver color bezel] aluminum, [black color bezel] stainless steel
Route Elevation Profile:
Digital Compass:
Date Indicator:
Weekday Indicator:
Battery Type:
rechargeable Li-ion battery (480mAh)
Battery Life:
(with 60 second GPS intervals) 50 hour, (with 1 second GPS intervals) 15 hour, (with ABC functions) 30 days
Low Battery Indicator:
yes, 100m
50 x 18 mm
Face Size:
50 mm
Claimed Weight:
2.8 oz
Recommended Use:
hiking, alpinism, ski touring, running, cycling, swimming
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years

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2 5

Great until problems appear...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been a great Sunnto fun for years. I was allways impressed with their quality and have not saved money on their products. Compasses, the Core, than Ambit 2 came.

I was happy until my watch has recorded the track of an outing with some peaks in places, I have never visited. The effect was that my friend's Ambit (correctly) recorded twice less distance than mine. I contacted Suunto and their only answers were that I should have the save interval set to 1 second, not 10. But I want 10 and there is no reason to have it set in a differet way. I contacted Suunto support several times regarding the problem since than. They stopped answering my emails or it takes a week to get an answer bypassing the problem. I have even contacted their headquarters in Finland by phone, it's pointless either.

Bottomline. If you like spending 500$ and beeing Suunto's cash cow, go for Ambit. I am very disapointed with their support and service.
BTW, the battery life after a year seems not to be a advantage either.

Great until problems appear...

I see there is an Ambit 2 HR and an Ambit...

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I see there is an Ambit 2 HR and an Ambit 2. Are they the same watch minus a heart strap, or is the Ambit 2 incapable of supporting a heart rate monitor strap/belt? I am curious if I go with the cheaper option, the Ambit 2, if later I can buy a HR monitor for that model.

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The watch is the same for each. The Ambit 2 HR just comes with a heart rate strap in a package. This watch is compatible with all ANT+ accessories, you just have to pair them to the device.

5 5

Best on the market!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I am not sure what I can say that will add to the reviews below (especially the stellar review and side by side comparison from outdoorgearlab.com), but this watch really is worth every penny. The aesthetics of the watch are great, and it actually is very comfortable to wear after the first couple of days, even if you have smaller wrists.

The watch itself is great with tons of features and apps. You get the added benefit of Suunto's Movescount program, which allows you to track the progress of your training and events down to the last detail.

I suppose the biggest hesitation I (and I am sure many others) had in buying this particular watch over say a Suunto Core, is the relatively small battery life. However, my experience leads me to believe that Suunto is being very conservative with their estimates. If you leave the GPS running constantly it will probably run down in 2-4 days. But when I use this watch with maybe 6-7 runs suing GPS a week and some other GPS use activities. I get more like 7-10 days out of the battery, which is far more than the product description says it will get. Also the GPS shuts down whenever you aren't using it so you don't accidentally drain battery life.

And the charging process is so easy. By the time the battery is at 20% I am dying to plug into my computer to look at my training stats on Movescount anyway. The watch charges very fast and you don't have to replace batteries.

Outdoor Gear Lab Editors' Choice

Outdoor Gear Lab Editors' Choice

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Outdoor Gear Lab tested five of the best altimeter watches on the market in side-by-side tests over a year. These watches feature the key functions that hikers, backpackers, and climbers use the most: altimeter, barometer, digital compass, and standard time-keeping features.

Strava Compatible

Strava Compatible

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Strava, a sports community for athletes all over the world, lets you experience social fitness - connecting and competing with others via mobile and online apps. Strava provides motivation and camaraderie, and helps us prove that we’re out there doing what we love to do.

Connect your Movescount profile to your Strava account to transfer Moves to Strava. Any Move with GPS data can be transferred automatically, or you can choose to transfer Moves individually.

- Join ongoing run and ride challenges to help you reach new goals and get ready for race day.
- Run or ride a segment (specific section of road or trail) and compare your effort against past efforts, as well as other athletes who’ve run or ridden the same segment. See where you rank and start moving up the leader boards.
- Track all your runs, rides and cross-training


In Movescount settings [http://www.movescount.com/settings#socialmedia] click “Connect with Strava” and log into Strava. If you do not have a Strava account, register first.
You can select to sync all of your Moves with GPS track, only rides or only runs with Strava. You also have an option to turn syncing off.

NOTE: Strava will accept only Moves with GPS track, so no indoor training there.
Now you are connected! After the next Movescount sync, your new Moves will be automatically transferred to Strava. To change your Strava connection settings, go to Movescount settings[http://www.movescount.com/settings#socialmedia].

What is the difference between the ambit...

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What is the difference between the ambit 2 and the ambit 2 s?

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The best way to think of it is that the Ambit 2S is the bare-bones training version of the Ambit 2. The biggest difference between the two is the fact that the 2S DOES NOT have a barometric altimeter and instead uses GPS data to get a rough estimate for elevation. Also, the Ambit 2 uses barometric pressure and temperature to get a good read on the weather.

In addition, the Ambit 2 has about twice the battery life than the 2S.

Skiing Sliver Couloir w SUUNTO Ambit2

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Grand Teton National Park w SUUNTO Ambit2 on March 14, 2014

5 5

This is The Watch!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I used it for running, bushwalking and took it to Nepal. Looks heavy but it is not. The GPS tracking is amazing, very useful when getting lost(need to save your routes in the watch). The battery was very accurate, just died after 50 hrs hiking. One thing you need to be aware that if the battery died, the settings will be lost and you need to manual setup the time/date if you don't have a PC to sync. Don't forget to recharge. Sunnto's Movement website is not amazing. When sharing on Facebook.... I tried once and deleted it. At the end, it is a great watch for out door sports!

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New software update locks the watch when battery is 3%. You can't use any nativation or tracking but the watch is kept alive, showing time, date.

5 5

Sunnto Love

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am so pleased with this watch! I love the look and the functionality. There are no big issue. This is not the sapphire so the screen can scratch. Mine scratched after one time rock climbing with it but it is not too bad and doesn't distract anything. The battery life is kinda short if you are using GPS but if you have any sort of outdoor solar panels to charge it it is fancy dandy :) I am super pleased and will buy again if I have to.

4 5

Cool watch - very techy

Good looking watch with an incredibly amount of features. I bought it for my husband, who wanted an altimeter watch, and he did not like it because it was too complicated to use. He wanted something simpler. He is not tech-oriented, so someone more techy would probably really like it.

5 5

Space worthy

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The suunto ambit2 is now my favorite training tool. It helps me tag my outdoor workouts and looks good while doing it. The computer integration to log it all is pretty seamless and lets my lady know that I haven't been slacking. AND it has some pretty high tech looks too.

What are the key differences between the...

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What are the key differences between the Ambit and the Ambit2?

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The main difference on the face of it is that it is a bit thinner and under the hood has a more powerful CPU, GPS, and a bit more memory.

Functionally the 2 can be used with a cycling power meter, for swimming in the pool, which also gives you triathlon functionality, auto start/stop, it used FusedAlti to get Altitude information by combing GPS and Barometric pressure for more accuracy.

None of that is on the Ambit but some of it may show up on there via firmware updates but it is not likely as there is simply not enough CPU or memory on the Ambit to accommodate those features.

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the differences between ambit and ambit2: @ $100 more expensive for ambit2 and 1/2 ounce heavier, but you get fusedalti (which is a combination barometric & gps on altitude readings - more accurate) and you get multi-sport (which allows to have custom screen set-ups, on the fly activity switch (bike to run, etc) and most importantly you get "for now" firmware/product release updates, there's been flap of original Amibt owners being abandoned in the firmware w/ no new major updates. i think the better thing for you to consider is Ambit2 or Ambit2 "S" if you are considering Ambits. the quick decision maker on that - if you need GPS for > 8 continuous hours, go Ambit2 (it has 16 hour) and/or you have more reliance weather/barometric/storm features go with Ambit2. if not, Go with Ambit2S - less money, weight (3/4 oz.), smaller, lighter. good luck! in my opinion, can't go wrong with either.

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