403 responses

  1. Rodrigo
    June 2, 2014

    Hello
    I’m having a problem with AMBIT2 with the GSC-10 GARMIN sensor.
    The AMBIT2 shows only speed informed by the GSC-10 speed sensor. I can not get to appear on the screen the speed using the GPS.
    Do you know if is possible to show the speed by GPS? Or do I have to remove the GSC-10 for GPS speed?
    thank you

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  2. Damien
    June 10, 2014

    Hey, Rainmaker – one of the most thoughtful and thorough product reviews I’ve read – superb! So, a question – you mention that the main reason you would buy this over others is navigation. I like the idea of it, though reality is most of the time I know where I’m running (mix of road, grass, trail) – I would like bluetooth / smartphone upload, water resist at least 20m, HRM option (though to be honest I don’t use it much on my well-worn Garmin 405cx) – What’s the pick of the products on the market in your view?

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    • morey000
      June 10, 2014

      Damien,
      Yeah- the killer difference in running watches that the Suunto Ambit2R offers is Nav. The other nice thing about the Ambit is that it’s really stable, and very flexible (i.e. apps!)

      If Nav isn’t important then the Garmin’s (220/620) are nicely packaged and fully featured. The killer feature that I like with the Garmin’s is how easy it is to develop complex custom workouts and how well the watch takes you through those. -which, your 405cx will do as well (the new garmin running watches will NOT). Oh, and your 405cx will also do basic nav… sort of. If vibration alert is important to you, you may want to look in this direction as well.

      for cheap- the TomTom Runner (bluetooth comm to phone, waterproof) is a nice, thin, basic running watch… and Ray noted it was on sale this week using his Clever Training discount for $134. wow!

      The coolest new running watch product just may be the new tomtom Cardio- with built-in HR (the monitor is right in the watch, you don’t need a chest strap!).

      there is no ‘best’ option. It’s really about what features are important to you.

      Oh- almost forgot the newly announced Garmin FR15. that may be just what you want- a basic running watch, HR capable, bluetooth, waterproof and it also doubles as a daily activity monitor. $169

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    • Damien
      June 11, 2014

      hey, thanks so much for taking to time to reply – really appreciate your insights; your website is my go-to for gear review!

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  3. Martin
    June 12, 2014

    Hey,
    I wonder if you can tell me … my Ambit 2 R when in Navigation mode doesn’t show two arrows (go left or right)
    Instead I have to vertical line on the top (where 12 is) and small triangle moving 360 around. How can I get two arrows ?
    Thanks a lot
    Martin

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  4. Dara
    June 14, 2014

    Can anyone comment on how this watch does in high humidity, hot conditions? I run in central Georgia. I had one of the original Garmin’s, loving called the brick, which worked great for me. Unfortunately, Garmin products have not worked well for me recently so I want to try another brand. I plan to train for another marathon and need the motivation of a watch to track distant. The navigation feature seems like an added bonus for motivation. I also need something reliable. Would love anyone’s thoughts on reliability in hot, humid, high sweat conditions. Thanks!

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    • Morey000
      June 14, 2014

      it will be fine in hot/humid conditions

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  5. Semi Ennafaa
    June 15, 2014

    Hello,

    I would like to ask if you have any idea if Suunto will release Ambit 3 this year?

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    • Morey000
      June 15, 2014

      According to this press release: link to press-service.info
      there may be an announcement at the Outdoor in Friedrichshafen, July 10-13th.

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  6. martin
    June 18, 2014

    Hi, great reviews on the Suunto watches, thanks. Im hoping to do my first full IM later this year, and I see the battery life on the Ambit2 S is 8/12/25hrs, depending on GPS activity (1,5,60 sec updates). . . Which would mean Im on a 5 sec update at best. .

    What is the data like on a 5 sec update, particularly the run – Id imagine you’d loose quite a bit for your average pace / speed etc ?

    £90 between the Ambit 2 Sapphire, Ambit2 Silver & A2 S. . . tough call.

    Cheers
    M

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    • Rainmaker
      June 18, 2014

      For the run on an Ironman, 5s is probably sufficient unless you’re a pro (in which case things won’t really matter). I say that because if you’re like me, you’ll be moving a bit slower, thus 5s vs 1s isn’t really too big a deal.

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    • martin
      June 18, 2014

      thanks for the quick reply. good points about the run pace and id prob be doing more ½ IM’s than full ones, so 8 hours is ample on a higher update. . .

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  7. Seth
    June 20, 2014

    Ray,
    Any word if Suunto will ever get on board with the Bluetooth ability in the near future? Trying to decide between the FR220 and the Ambit2 R. If it’s coming I’ll wait it out…

    Thanks
    Seth

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    • Rainmaker
      June 20, 2014

      Suunto hasn’t made any announcements there. However, they are very aware of the demand for Bluetooth in future devices.

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    • Seth
      June 20, 2014

      Thanks I’ll keep watching then…

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  8. martin
    June 20, 2014

    1 more question on the ambit, is there a function to record transition times, or does it go straight from swim – bike – run ?

    Thanks

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  9. Ganesh
    June 22, 2014

    Is its battery life also good? With all the features and functions the armbit has, I wonder how long the batt lasts when you’re using it like every day.

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  10. Sander
    June 24, 2014

    Ray,

    I was wondering if or ever the ambit 2R will be able to read the running dynamics from say a wahoo tickr run. it would make a killer addition to the 2R if it could and it would be an instant buy for me.

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    • Rainmaker
      June 24, 2014

      No, pretty unlikely. For two reasons – one is that the Running Dynamics isn’t transmitted over ANT+, but only over Bluetooth Smart (which the Ambit2R lacks), and then second is that Suunto would have to update their unit to read that data from the Wahoo strap (even if Wahoo did start sending it over ANT+). Which, would be unlikely since Suunto would want you to buy their accessories instead.

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  11. Yaniv
    June 28, 2014

    Hi,
    I’ve just get a brand new Ambit 2 r, use to have ambit 1.
    I can not find how to use the compass, need to get to “Activate” but i do not have it.
    My “next” button is empty.
    Any help?

    Yaniv

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  12. Klaus N
    June 28, 2014

    Thank you very much for great reviews. Does the Ambit 2 R has any advantages over the 2S? The price is now the same here in Scandinavia. Should I head for 2S then or do I miss functionality or is eveything updated in the 2S? Thank you very much.

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  13. Tim
    June 30, 2014

    Ray, I always enjoy your thorough reviews. Heck if your athletic how could you not enjoy? I’ve sold my Garmin 620 which worked great. But after reading the Fenix2 reports I wanted to give it a try. Man there is a LOT to try and it seems to work well. However, with Garmin switching from GarminConnect their new online site has problems. So, I gave the Ambit2S a shot. I like the weight and the overall watch. BIG issue is the on screen print size. Example; If your running you heart rate can be shown in large print. Unlike the 620 where you can easily see heart rate, distance, and, average lap time you must keep switching the screen. Have you noticed this in your research. Both the 610, 620, and, mostly the Fenix2 are much to read the screen when exercising. Can the Ambit2S be adjusted to a similar size such as the 620 (letters, numbers)? I’ve gone through the manual and I just could not find anything to address this. Thank You

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    • Rainmaker
      June 30, 2014

      No method to change screen text size display (other than reducing data fields), though with the Ambit you can invert the screen (black/white). Most folks find the Ambit easier to read than the Fenix2 however.

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  14. paola
    July 3, 2014

    Ray,
    last week end I run on the Dolomites the Cortina Trail, a 50km, on the Lavaredo Ultra Trail paths. my suunto didn’t do too well, the battery last 7 hrs. I mean, only 7 hrs. it was fully recharged, and to be on the safe side of the house, I set the GPS to last at least 12 hrs. Yes, I was pretty disappointed. sent a note to Suunto customer service with the run, so they can analyze it and their answer was fully recharg the battery and try again. very disappointed now.

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    • Semi Ennafaa
      July 3, 2014

      What was your GPS recording rate ?

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  15. paola
    July 3, 2014

    I knew the run could have last more than 8 hrs, so I set the GPS accuracy to good, 12 hrs battery life.

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    • Adam
      July 3, 2014

      there is one more possibility here.
      If You have already connected the watch via usb to Your PC, and then changed settings for Your activity to “GOOD” GPS accuracy, then they are NOT synced to the watch. This is because settings sync is done at connecting of the watch (just after downloading moves from device).
      You would have to disconnect / connect watch again to apply these new settings on the watch. Do You remember exactly the order of Your actions?

      Adam

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  16. John
    July 3, 2014

    Does anyone have trouble with the Movescount website? I’m running the latest Chrome, and it continually either reverts back to the homepage or asks me to log in again (once I’ve already logged in), meaning that I can’t always access what I need to. I *tried* to put in a support request, but in both Chrome and Firefox, the site never gave me confirmation that my message was sent, so Suunto will either have zero or about fifteen support requests from me. I am less than impressed with this website!

    Also, is there a way to rearrange the order of your Exercises, either through the watch or the website?

    Thanks

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  17. paola
    July 3, 2014

    thanks Adam for the smart remark, at least I would have expected the Suunto customer service asking that too. anyway, I am pretty positive that after changing the GPS accuracy and uploading the track (I used run a route) I unplugged the Ambit and plug it back to let it receive the updates. 2 months ago I bought 2 suunto R and the guy who has the other one run the race with me. well, his Ambit died 20 minutes after mine.so both were very disappointed.

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    • Adam
      July 3, 2014

      sure thing you have full right to be disappointed! Knowing my temper I might have end up throwning the watch from the hill that it died on 😛
      battery life is in general tricky thing and when I read manual/vendors info like “x hrs depending on conditions” I tend to subtrack at least 20% (in Your case is close to half so it would help anyway!!). This was main issue I decided to go for Ambit2, as with GOOD accuracy and stated 24hrs I am pretty sure that whatever happens, I will get 15hrs for sure.
      In general I dont like the trend in new devices where battery life is not being improved at all! I mean FR305 from 2006 had battery life of 10hrs! I know it’s bulky, but it was 8y ago! And during these 8y they should have come up with some improvements. Moreover the number of people running ultras has risen 10x in last 5y, so there is market for long lasting units.

      Anyway, no turning back time. Sorry for Your experience. I hope You had fantastic race otherwise…
      I checked results. Were You the “8hrs Paola” or “9hrs Paola”?

      cheers, Adam

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    • JBT
      July 3, 2014

      Paola, had the same experience – I bought the watch for a 10 hr mountain hike and it lasted about the 7 hours too. Tested it afterwards by leaving it on my windowsill and got the same deal more or less. I had definitely synced the settings repeatedly for Good (12 hours). Long story short: it was sent back to Suunto by Wiggle the retailer under warranty. A month or so later Wiggle kindly sent me a new watch from their stock (complete with HR monitor this time for free) as Sunnto take ages getting back on warranties. Nicely played Wiggle. Not so nice Suunto. I still like the watch though…

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  18. Csaba
    July 4, 2014

    Hello guys,

    I’ve bought the Ambit 2R mainly based on this review. The selling points for me were the apps, the auto-pause and ascent / descent data as I do a lot of hiking. Unfortunately I seem to have issues with all of those… I’ve sent the following questions to Suunto support, but their answer was next to useless [I’ve added further clarifications in the brackets]. Any help would be appreciated.

    1. The Ascent data seems to be way off sometimes. How can it be +252m for this move: link to movescount.com when the difference between the lowest and highest point is almost +800m? I’ve let the device find GPS signal for almost 30 minutes before starting the hike and there was a clear sky with no clouds or fog for most of the time. [interval is set to 1s]

    2. Are there plans to include the option to auto-correct altitude data for moves, based on known altitude for GPS coordinates (feature similar to those that Garmin Connect or Runtastic has)?

    3. Is there a way to fine-tune the speed threshold for auto-pause? The watch likes to keep auto-pausing then auto-unpausing on steep ascents when continually moving (happened even when trail-running actually).

    4. Why is the Ascent (SUUNTO_ASCENT) variable in the App Designer unavailable for Ambit 2R, when the watch can display this data? Is there a different variable name or workaround that should be used to gather this data when designing an app? [I can use successfully the Current Incline App, which uses a non-documented LAP_INCLINE variable, but this variable cannot be added to new apps]

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  19. René
    July 11, 2014

    Hi there

    First, thanks to DC for this great site, I really love the reviews :-)

    Second, do any of you fine folks know if there are any ways of importing an activity from my ambit 2 into garmin connect?

    My problem is that i started with a Garmin 610 for running, then got a 810 for biking. Then i decided to train for an ironman and found out that i needed a watch for swimming and tri workouts. I got tiered of waiting for a new version of the 910 and decided to buy a ambit 2.

    Now I’m a bit stuck as i can’t figure out how to import my move scout activities to garmin connect. I have tried strava, but that do not go well with swimming :-(

    How do you guys collect all your data?

    Best regards
    René

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    • Rainmaker
      July 11, 2014

      You can export the .FIT file from Movescount and then manually upload it to Garmin Connect.

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    • René
      July 11, 2014

      Hi DC

      Thanks for your quick reply, it is much appreciated :-)

      I just gave it a go, but sadly no luck..
      Exportet a pool swim fit file, and tried to upload it manual to garmin connect. But every time I get an error saying that an error occurred please try again :-(

      Can anyone confirm that they have done an import this way?

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  20. Mike
    July 16, 2014

    Hi – I’ve just bought the Ambit and uploaded my first run. I cannot see how I can give my run a name (as you can in Garmin Connect or Strava). Do you know if this is possible? Many thanks….. Mike.

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  21. Andrew
    July 18, 2014

    Hi Ray

    I have a quick question about the difference between the 2s and the 2r. I was sold on the 2r but then I read something you said about the 2r having cut down navigation features compared to the 2s. I don’t need multi sport, I like the black of the 2r compared to the 2s but I am a bit worried that I’d be missing something useful from the 2s navigation if I went for the 2r. Can you enlighten me a bit more about the navigation differences or tell me where I can find out about the exact differences, after taking into account the firmware upgrades.

    Thanks in advance

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    • Rainmaker
      July 19, 2014

      The majority of the changes has to do with the baromtric altimeter. Additionally, you have less flexibility into when you can navigate, in terms of whether you’ve started an activity or not. But ultimately, you can get to the same place with either watch.

      From a navigation features, they have a little comparison chart on their site – which shows all the differences and you’ll see that core-feature wise it’s all there: link to suunto.com – It’s just a case of how you access those functions.

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    • Andrew
      July 20, 2014

      Thanks for the reply Ray. As a result of continually coming back to the comparison tables on here I noticed how cheap the ambit 2 is at CT and am going to order that (hurrah for having relatives in Washington who are visiting next month – forgot about that when looking for the Scosche hrm at CT). I’ve decided that the better battery life on the 2 is actually well worth the premium as I’m always getting lost when I decide to explore while running or cross country skiing. Thanks again, Andrew

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    • Rainmaker
      July 20, 2014

      Nice, enjoy! And thanks for the support via Clever!

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    • Andrew
      July 21, 2014

      Ha, one more question ! More of an after thought on my part, but does the ambit 2 have everything that the 2r has now the firmware has been updated ? I mean like the running functions, cadence from the watch etc?

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    • Rainmaker
      July 21, 2014

      Yup, everything.

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  22. cj
    July 20, 2014

    Ray

    Does the Suunto Movestick Mini stick work with the Ambit series – in this particular case – the Ambit2 R?

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    • Rainmaker
      July 21, 2014

      No, it doesn’t work with any of the Ambit series unfortunately.

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  23. Michal Lapsansky
    July 21, 2014

    Hallo, I want to ask about Openwater Swimming, have you tried them as they work? thank you

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    • Rainmaker
      July 21, 2014

      On your head in your swimcap yes, but not on your wrist – the GPS will be all over the place.

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  24. James Thompson
    July 23, 2014

    Thanks for your review of the Ambit 2R. I have an old Garmin 405 and am considering the 220 or the Ambit 2R. What I like about the 405 (and assume is part of the 220) is the ability to mix up my workouts with running and walking intervals. For instance I might create a workout at Garmin Connect where I run for a while and then walk for a while and repeat this for about three or four interval using different time and distance metrics for each. I would then download this “workout” to the watch and go run/walk. Dose the Ambit 2R have this capability? Thanks in advance for your response.

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    • Rainmaker
      July 23, 2014

      No, it lacks the flexibility of the Garmin Connect workout creator. It’s probably the singlest biggest gap between the Suunto lineup and the Garmin lineup.

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  25. Helge
    July 25, 2014

    Thank you very much for that review. It helped me make my decision for the Ambit2 R Black (HR).

    Currently its available very cheap (190€) from outnorth.com (with 10 % voucher for the newsletter registration)

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  26. Jarmo
    August 1, 2014

    I am currently considering between FR220 and Ambit 2R. In this review you said about the Movescount that

    “You can add the altimeter (elevation) field onto any data page on any profile you want. You can also show total ascent and total descent as well as vertical speed.”

    How is Garmin Connect using the altimeter data in reports? The FR220 does store the GPS altimeter data from the practice session, doesn’t it?

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    • Rainmaker
      August 1, 2014

      The FR220 stores the elevation info (from GPS), which then is overriden on Garmin Connect with radar imaged elevation data.

      That all said, in the most recent firmware update – Garmin added the elevation data field to the FR220. So they’re kinda equal in that respect now.

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    • Jarmo
      August 4, 2014

      I realized later of what you said about GC overwriting the elevation data. Is the the norm both in Movescount and GC? My watch is so old (Suunto t3 w/ GPS Pod)so I haven’t got a chance to try this.
      This really matters here in Finland where the GPS elevation data is not very reliable. The map data is usually better, especially if using local map services.

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    • Rainmaker
      August 4, 2014

      Yes, pretty much the norm for most sites these days.

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  27. Jarmo
    August 1, 2014

    Thanks for the info. It’s quite close call for me between these two then. I suppose both have a good hardware and not much bugs.

    The vibration alarm may turn the FR220 to be the winner. The Suunto apps sound great but I really cannot find much use for them for now. Maybe later.

    The Movescount is a good service (I have an old Suunto T3 now), but Garmin Connect looks about as good for a training logbook use.

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  28. Alan16
    August 2, 2014

    I’d just like to thank you Ray for the brilliant reviews of the Forerunner 220 and the Ambit2 R – very detailled and a lot of work has gone into them. It was a hard choice and I finally decided on the Suunto (had it for a week now). I like the ability to customise my own “sport” modes – I have an “Indoor Rowing” that I use for heart rate and cadence on the ergo and it works great. I also like the apps, including Ghost Runner that is a good virtual partner. So far, Movescount seems to be amazing – I got the hang of it really fast. I cannot believe how fast the satellite aquisition is on the Suunto. Mine gets satellite lock within 2 seconds, even indoors! Unfortunately I could just not get past the cheap “childs toy watch” look of the FR220, and the plastic face (vs mineral crystal on the Suunto) was a big decider. Why would Garmin use an easily scratched or broken plastic face on a watch like this?? However, I think for most runners who own an iPhone, the FR220 is certainly the better choice and more advanced watch. For me though, the Ambit2 R looks to be built much better and more robust and has better customisation options, including the ability to load routes and apps. So far I am pleased with it. Well done Ray and thank you for the fantastic reviews.

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  29. Luis
    August 4, 2014

    Just ordered on Ambit2 R after reading your review. Thank you. Great combination of running and mountain functionalities in my opinion.

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  30. Matthew
    August 9, 2014

    hi,
    is there any way to restore the ambit 2r to factory defaults?

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    • morey000
      August 9, 2014

      Hold down the Back/Lap and Start/Stop buttons simultaneously for 11sec

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  31. Art
    August 11, 2014

    Now that the 2S is on sale and thus considerably less expensive than the 2R, is their any reason why a runner would still buy the 2R?

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    • Rainmaker
      August 11, 2014

      No reason, go with the 2S.

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    • Stefano
      August 19, 2014

      Hi, so is there any functionality that is available only for the 2r but not for the 2s?
      Something that has not been backported yet?

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    • Ray Maker
      August 19, 2014

      No, everything is in the 2S that’s in the 2R.

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    • Stefano
      August 19, 2014

      Thanks Ray,
      I found the 4s for 230€ and the 4r for 206€… I think I’ll go for the 4s then, just in case I decide to get back into cycling someday.
      It also looks better than the 4r.

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    • Ray Maker
      August 19, 2014

      Yeah, with the 2S prices these days, the Ambit2 R makes little sense.

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  32. Art
    August 11, 2014

    Will do. Thanks.
    With the FR210, I found instantaneous pace worthless. I was told that Garmin is working on a smoothing algorithm. In your experience, does Suunto do a better job?
    Also, where I often run, has a 300 foot long tunnel at the end of mile 3 (of 5) Will the 2S,revert at that point to Foot pod data for the whole run?

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    • morey000
      August 11, 2014

      Instantaneous pace is pretty stable on the Suunto- as it fuses data from its internal accelerometer with gps data. That said- it’s a bit slow to respond. It might be 10+ seconds after i pick up the pace, that the watch is fully showing me how fast I’m running. I guess that’s to be expected tho’. Seems pretty accurate and stable when I’m doing a track workout, where I can really judge a steady pace vs time.

      I once ran with two garmin 405’s on the same wrist… each showing instantaneous pace. i was amazed at how different they were. each +/- a minute or more per mile.

      Given that the internal accelerometer of the Ambit2 already gives you cadence, there’s minimal reason to use a footpod. Ok- treadmill perhaps…. or if you run through 300ft tunnels. :) It’s seamless when running under bridges and small tunnels. Not sure exactly how it would do in a 300footer. That would be an interesting test.

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  33. Art
    August 11, 2014

    Thanks Morey. You find the internal accelerometer accurate?

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    • morey000
      August 11, 2014

      The capturing of cadence by the internal accelerometer is outstanding. It even works when you are wiping the sweat from your brow, or looking at your watch. Must have a very good algorithm, as it’s not just measuring arm swing.

      as for how accurate it is at measuring pace- I have no idea; but I think the idea there is to use the accelerometer to supplement GPS data. There’s only so accurate a wrist mounted accel can be. right?

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  34. Seth
    August 12, 2014

    Ray did the 2S ever back port the ability to eliminate the need for foot pod use during indoor running?

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    • Rainmaker
      August 12, 2014

      Yup, they did back this spring.

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  35. emac
    August 12, 2014

    So there is no reason now to have a footpod with the 2S?

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  36. Art
    August 12, 2014

    On Amazon, a few customers said that when you use the foot pod, the Ambit 2S ignores GPS Data totally and provides inaccurate pace data. Has anyone found this to be the case?

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    • Rainmaker
      August 12, 2014

      All Suunto Ambit units when used with a footpod will override the GPS data. If said footpod isn’t correctly calibrated, it would indeed be out of whack. Unfortunately there isn’t a method to change the speed source.

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    • Stefano
      August 18, 2014

      Hi Ray and thanks for the great job you’re doing.
      Just a clarification about the foot pod / gps thing.
      Can I use the foot pod to track speed and distance and still gather GPS data?
      I’m asking since someone said (in another web) that using a foot pod the GPS turns off.

      Thanks

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    • Ray Maker
      August 19, 2014

      Yup, it’ll still show the GPS track with a footpod.

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  37. Art
    August 12, 2014

    Thanks for the clarification, Ray. So I second emacs question: do you need a foot pod with the Ambit?

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    • Rainmaker
      August 12, 2014

      No, you don’t. By default the Ambit2/2S/2R/3 will gather cadence from the internal accelerometer and said cadence seems quite good to me.

      For pace on a treadmill, I’d give the rating about a B+ or so (see the section within this review on that). It’s not perfect, but it’s not bad either.

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  38. Keith
    August 15, 2014

    Hi, quick question…how to do I set an audible distance alert for running/cycling/swimming? Say I want a beep at every 1km? Do I need a 3rd party app?

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    • Ray Maker
      August 15, 2014

      Yup, that’s called ‘Auto Lap’, which is built in: link to dcrainmaker.com (see a bit into that section about auto lap).

      If you don’t want laps but just want beeps you’d need an app for that (Alerts), but I’m sure there are many that cover that since it’s pretty basic.

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  39. Frank B.
    August 19, 2014

    A few questions about the compass. I’ve also asked this at the Suunto site but got no responses in a month.

    1. Is there a way to use the magnetic compass without the GPS on? On multi-day hikes where the battery is an issue, I would like conserve the battery while still using the compass.

    2. Is there an alternative compass display besides digital? The constantly flickering numbers are annoying – I would rather see an arrow as with the Fenix (or a traditional compass).

    Thanks.

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  40. Michelle H
    August 22, 2014

    Thanks for this incredibly thorough review. I’m looking into buying a Sunnto for an upcoming backpacking trip in Yosemite AND future triathlon training. I’ve been going back and forth about which AMBIT to purchase, reading tons of reviews, and checking out the watches in-person… but I was still confused. Your review helped me decide exactly what I want… (AMBIT2 S – you’re right about the great deals to be had!!) I’m ordering today and I’m SO excited.

    Thanks for your help!

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  41. andy
    August 31, 2014

    Bought the Ambit2 in mid-May and was pleased with its functions, particularly that it is well suited not only to running and cycling but also to mountaineering (well, as long as you don’t plan to measure throughout the trip, unless of course you’re Ueli Steck). Movescount was a little awkward at first but OK, though I don’t try to take full advantage of its potential functions, in which case it may well fall short of Garmin’s and others as others have complained.

    Two quality problems have emerged, one small, the other big. First, the case and glass aren’t terribly robust–a small brush with a rock (as happens in the mountains) leaves a pretty nice scratch. Probably best to keep it inside the pack. Not sure if the sapphire version would fare better.

    Second, the alligator-clamp style charging/USB connection has always been a bit finicky, and today, after it failed to synch (happens often), the watch just went completely blank, as though the battery had somehow been completely drained (it was at 85% charge before I plugged it into the computer). No (reasonable) amount of fiddling or waiting has restored it. Now an expensive doorstop, it’s going back to Return Every Item tomorrow.

    Only problem is what to get to replace it.

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  42. Thomas J
    September 2, 2014

    Hi rainmaker
    I thinking of buying the Suunto Ambit2 Sapphire HR.
    I have a Concept2 D, PM4 indoor rowing.
    Does anyone know if suunto Ambit2 works with the concept2?

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    • Ray Maker
      September 3, 2014

      I’m pretty sure the Concept2 uses the Fitness Equipment profile, which Suunto doesn’t support in any of their units.

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  43. emac
    September 3, 2014

    The Suunto does display heart rate on a Concept2 — but only if the C2 has a PM4 display on it…

    link to concept2.com

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    • Ray Maker
      September 3, 2014

      Yeah, but in that case it’s actually not talking to the Suunto watch. It’s simply displaying data from the HR strap like any other unit connecting to it.

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  44. Frans
    September 3, 2014

    Can you compare the suunto Ambit 2R with the Gamin Forerunner 220.
    In Holland there the same in price.
    I think, based upon your review that the Suunto is a better device.
    What is you opinion??

    Thx Frans

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    • Ray Maker
      September 4, 2014

      It depends on what you’re doing. In short, if you’re a normal non-trail-running runner, the FR220 is probably a better product in most cases. If however, you do a lot of trail running or hiking and want navigation, then the 2R is a better product.

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  45. Thomas Eklund
    September 5, 2014

    Any rumors on a new firmware on Suunto 2 now when Suunto 3 has arrived?

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  46. Khadija
    September 6, 2014

    I’m very unhappy with Suunto customer service. My ambit 2r hr does not work and it’s brand new out of the box. The distance doesn’t display. Customer service has been useless. In so upset. I should have gone with a garmin.

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  47. oscar
    September 11, 2014

    Hi Ray, I have been reading your reviews for a few days. I’m getting back into running and cycling after abandoned for the last two years. I am using for tracking my sessions and Ipod with nikeplus that I have since few years ago, but I want to go for a next step since now I have time to train again.

    I came to your website finding information about the 620 first, and the 220 and tomtom cardio multisport later, because i thought the extra price of the 620 didn’t bring anything to me. When i was trying to decide between the Tomtom and the 220, I came along with the Suunto 2R, and i thought that this was perfect for me. It is within my price range and with waypoint direction. It is not as good for just running as the 220, but I could use it with my mountain bike on routes.

    My problem now is the Suunto 2R or the Fenix1. I found a website were you still can buy the Fenix 1 and is 50€ cheaper than the Suunto. I like the looks of Suunto more and I don’t like that Fenix1 is a 2012 product, but it is a top of the range. Which one do you think is better?

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  48. oscar
    September 14, 2014

    Hi, I found your update about the price of the Suunto Ambit2 S and i think there is not discussion, is better than the fenix1 for that price.

    About something else, I was trying to find reviews on running websites. I didn’t find anything in your website, but, for what I read on your reviews, I see that you use Strava, TrainingPeaks and MyFitnessPal. I would like to know if you got any premium subscription of any of them, or which one is the main website you use for tracking your activities

    Thanks

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  49. Jonas Follesø
    September 16, 2014

    Check out link to ambitintervals.com – a site/app I’ve created to design structured workouts & interval sets for Suunto Ambit watches.

    The site generates two Ambit Apps – one to track your duration for each workout step (time, distance, bpm, kcal), and one to track your target (pace, speed, watt, bpm, cadence). The apps are meant to be used together, configured on the same screen.

    Still not as easy/good as workouts on Garmin watches – but a better option than having to hand-code each interval session as a custom app.

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  50. seabronco
    September 21, 2014

    I am trying to decide between the Ambit 2S and the FR220. BTW, the price of the 2S w/HRM ($239) is about $60 cheaper than both the 2R and FR220 ($299) now. I have just gotten focused on fitness over the last 3 months or so and I still do the majority of my training on the treadmill though I want to get out and do more outdoor running as I get more fit. I also do weight training.

    At any rate, for me in my current situation the most important factor is the accuracy of the internal accelerometer for pace/distance while on a treadmill. So my main question is which watch, the 2S or the FR220 has the more accurate accelerometer for pace/distance on a treadmill. I saw earlier that you said none of the watches were very good in this area but then you said you’d give the 2S a B+ in this area. In the FR220 review you indicated the pace/distance for treadmill was very inaccurate. So that would seem to indicate the Ambit 2S is more accurate. Would you agree or did I misread something? Note that my pace right now is very slow so I don’t know if that is a factor or not in how accurate the watch is.

    Other factors for me are as follows: I like the idea of customizing my screens like the Ambit does and don’t mind doing that on the PC and uploading to the watch. I can already envision setting up an activity for weight training. On the other hand the Bluetooth connectivity, live tracking and the custom workout capability of the FR220 are also very attractive. What’s your recommendation based on all of the above.

    Edit:
    One thing I left out. While the GPS functionality is important to me, the reason I started looking at watches to begin with was to monitor my heart rate to ensure it doesn’t exceed my recommended Max HR and also to optimize my training to HR Zones. I was initially looking at Polar watches that seem to specialize in this but read many negative reviews about their web site and also the basic quality and reliability of their watches. So probably the second most important feature for me is how much heart rate analysis capability exists both in the watch and the web site.

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  51. Marcus
    September 22, 2014

    Hi –
    Does anyone know if there is a way to load a gpx file onto the watch as a route instead of having to manually click through the waypoints on movescount? I’m doing an 80k self-navigated race in a couple weeks and was hoping the Ambit2 R could help me in this regard.

    thanks!

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  52. umberto
    September 29, 2014

    Hello,
    thank For Your reports.
    I have a Suunto Ambit 2r. Exporting route in xlsx I can see something strange on recorded date.
    I set repcording 1sec. And gps accuracy at max (8 hours autonomy).
    So in the file there is a row For each Second but in column ‘distance’ i can see Values up only every 3/4 rows.
    I have some older runs where distance up every Second For the first time and then after 20/30min start with gps distance every 2 sec, then 3sec , 4.
    It is normal? GPS accuracy it is really 1sec?

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    • rickNP
      June 9, 2015

      I don’t know if you ever got an answer, Umberto, but I too, see this. I set everything to 1 sec and “Best” within MovesCount, but when I import my track into mygpsfiles it tells me I only have 616 track points in a 45 minute run. I wonder if maybe I need to reboot or something. I’ll keep testing.

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  53. Zed
    October 9, 2014

    Hi Ray, great review (as always I would say). As I am in the market right now to upgrade from my Suunto M5 to most likely Ambit 2 R, I was wondering if I’m good to go with my current heart rate strap of M5 (Suunto dual), as you are mentioning above heart rate straps ANT or ANT + ?

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    • DC Rainmaker
      October 9, 2014

      Yes, Suunto ANT is fine with the 2R.

      That said, just a word to the wise – the 2R is actually more expensive than the 2S right now (which is $219US). And, the 2S has everything the 2R does, and a crapton more. 😉

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  54. Cormac
    October 14, 2014

    Thanks for the great review Ray.
    Have my 2R since last Friday from my local store. Love it so far, the ability to configure multiple sports such as circuits, cycling, various running types (road, track, trail, indoor) is great.
    I’m not a triathlete so don’t need a multisport device, though it is useful to have the flexibility of other sports if doing some cross training.
    One quick question – I noticed when charging it for the first time that the watch enters a power save mode after 10 minutes static, which obviously is the case when charging at a desk from a power socket. This interrupted the charging so I had to keep moving it to stop it going to sleep.
    It didn’t seem to be the case when plugged in later to the laptop at home.
    This could have been fixed in a firmware release but I haven’t seen any mention of it here or elsewhere.
    I’m only just under 50% so won’t get to test it out again for a few days.

    Saying that, the battery % display on the normal watch screen is a great idea. It gives a good indication of how much power you have left & you get to know roughly how much power you need for a given activity.
    Build quality seems really sturdy compared to other watches I’ve seen and handled and it doesn’t look out of place in the office like a lot of others would.

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  55. Tyler
    November 12, 2014

    Thanks for the review! I decided to buy the Ambit2 R and I was hoping you could answer a few questions I have. I have always run with a Garmin and like the audible alert feature when you hit each mile. Can this watch do that?
    Also, does autolap need to be selected to get data for each mile (if it is set to a mile)? I would like to run a race and be able to go online and see my data for each mile. When I selected autolap it seemed to start the time and everything all over again during the run. I don’t want it to do that.
    Finally, when I retrieve the run data on Moveslink it still has it in Km even though I set it to imperial. On the “moves” screen it tells me my total distance in km. How can I change that?

    Thanks!

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    • DC Rainmaker
      November 13, 2014

      1) Yes, it has auto lap functionality. Yes, you’ll need to enable it ahead of time, or, just manually press the lap button each mile.

      2) On Movescount, you’ll want to also change your display settings to imperial as well.

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  56. Thang
    December 5, 2014

    I own an unknown cheap Schwinn gps watch ( probably a rebadge or soleus because I can use the same software) and it take quite a long time to get the signal. So I jumped on the Ambit2 R with a special deal and I am very impressed with the build quality, the flexibility of configuring the screen and the ability to lock gps signal within a few seconds. Today, I ran 4 miles with both watches and I think the Schwinn does better job than the Ambit2 R. First, the Armbit2 R reported 0.05 mile shorter (4.05miles vs 4.10 miles). Strava shows the same distance from both watches: 4.10miles. I ran on the same narrow path/trail on the way back and the plotted lines are much more closer with data from the Schwinn watch than the ones from the Suunto. I wouldn’t care and wouldn’t know how bad is the Armbit2R. I am casual runner who just run to stay fit so it doesn’t matter much but knowing my old cheap GPS watch outperforms my newer one really ruins my excitement.

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    • Thang
      December 5, 2014

      After going back and forth between the two data, I would say the Armbit2 R did not record good data during the first 4 minutes where there are many tall trees and building. I will run on open trail and compare again them again.
      Any suggestion?

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    • DC Rainmaker
      December 5, 2014

      Honestly, a difference of only .05mi on 4.05 miles is roughly 1%, which is within range of GPS units that typically get within 2%.

      Given it’s only one run, I’d look to do additional runs. Do ensure you have good satellite coverage before starting. I’ll often wait another 10-15 seconds after it finds coverage just to get a nice solid lock.

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  57. Grey Darrah
    December 7, 2014

    I’m having the hardest time trying to create a custom cycling mode. I guess the screens have changed on Movescount from the ones you show here. All I’m wanting is a watch screen that displays current speed, distance and average speed. MPH would be preferred, but I think you can only use KPH. It seems like that would be an app that someone has already created, but I can’t seem to find it or figure out how to create it. Any help you might offer would be appreciated.

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    • DC Rainmaker
      December 7, 2014

      No need for an app, you can do that via the standard display customization using the Movescount site. Just add a new data page and then click left/right to three rows. Then for each row choose one of the three data fields you noted above.

      Enjoy.

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    • Grey Darrah
      December 8, 2014

      Thanks so much for the reply, and I’m sorry for being such an idiot, but I cannot figure out how to add a new data page on the movescount site. Is there any way you could you tell me more specifically where I create this? I’m a “Garmin guy” and I’m trying to set this up for my wife…we’re new to Suunto.

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    • Jaimy
      December 16, 2014

      It should be rather easy like Ray described but let me be a bit more specific
      (you can always check any of the Suunto videos (YouTube channel) or Suunto Ambit2 R manual if Ray’s review or my description do not seem to work for you).
      This is generally how you create your own dataset on a display:
      On the movescount website go to: Gear -> Suunto Ambit2 R
      Under the Customization tab you should see a number of pre set sport modes.
      Select your sport mode (in your case you probably have a Cycling mode) and click on the red Edit button. You should be able to see different kinds of (pre set) displays.
      You have a maximum of 8 displays per sportmode to configure.
      Just select an empty watch (with no data shown) and click on ”add display”.
      From there on you can use the black right/left arrows to switch display types and
      use the blue arrows to choose what to show in this row.
      In your case:
      current speed = Speed -> Speed
      distance = Distance/GPS -> Distance
      average speed = Speed -> Average speed

      You can clear other displays by clicking the red closing button/x.

      My pace shows min/km and my speed shows km/h. I’m not sure if this is customizable through any of the settings.

      Good luck

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    • Grey Darrah
      December 27, 2014

      Thanks a million! That was so easy (I love step by step instructions) and worked perfectly.

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  58. Peter
    December 24, 2014

    Great. Movescount website has been down since at least December 21st. Did a run on the 22nd: unable to sync. Promised it would be up 24th (today). So did a run today, website still down, unable to sync. Now they are promising it will be up by the 26th. I think this is unacceptable, especially given the facts that most settings on the watch need to be changed from the website and not on the watch.

    It is about time Suunto gave us the same as Tomtom: ability to upload directly to Strava, Endomondo and the lot (there is Strava connectivity, but you are required to upload to Movescount first after which it will sync to Strava, so that is not working now either)

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  59. Tobias
    December 26, 2014

    Hi, great review!
    what do you think is best, polar m400 or ambit2 R, from a runner perspective?

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    • Ray Maker
      December 26, 2014

      Polar M400.

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    • Tobias
      December 26, 2014

      Thanks:-)

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  60. Thang
    December 31, 2014

    Well, my Suunto ambit2R failed after 10 runs. The watch stopped recording in the middle of the run and now I could not sync with the computer. I went to the exercise menu and it seems like the memory was corrupted. I tried to update the firmware to refresh the watch and now it is bricked. :(. I will go back to my old watch then. Hopefully Suunto will fix it.
    Thang.

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  61. Dave Kirkpatrick
    January 1, 2015

    Hi Ray,
    Do you know if there are any issues with the Wahoo Tickr Run pairing with an Ambit2 R? I spent about 35 minutes the other day trying to get the two together, but to no avail. The Ambit will pair with the HR strap it came with, but not with either the Wahoo or an older (much older) Timex HR strap. Thanks for providing such a comprehensive review site.

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    • Daniel
      January 23, 2015

      Hi Thang,
      Did you manage to pair the tickr?
      Does the recovery time , epoc and so on work fine with the tickr?
      Thanks

      Reply

  62. Fred
    January 11, 2015

    Hi,

    I am a beginner runner. I do mostly trail running and some hiking. So far, I have been using Runkeeper on my phone to track my runs. Here in Canada at the moment, I can have the Suunto Ambit2 R with the HR strap for 224.99 and Garmin Forerunner 910xt without the HR strap for 249.99. I am torn between the two. Since I mostly run in the mountains, I want a reliable altimeter. The 910xt as a real altimeter and the A2 R uses the GPS. I would prefer the A2 R since the 910xt is so old, but the 910xt for 249.99 is so cheap…

    Any thoughts ?

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  63. Omar Umanzor
    January 31, 2015

    Hi, this is quite honestly the best review for the Suunto Ambit 2R in the WWW.
    I purchased mine in December after taking up running more seriously.

    Every running book says you have to cross train. It’s pretty much forced upon. Just recently I joined a gym and started doing laps in their pool. Can I use my Ambit 2R just to keep track of lap and times while swimming indoors? As of now I just look at my watch and keep track of the seconds after every lap. I just want an option that can do this automatically and save the data.

    Thank you

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    • DC Rainmaker
      February 1, 2015

      Unfortunately not – only the 2S or 2 (full edition), or the Ambit 3 non-R variants.

      That said, you can certainly hit the lap button to just keep track of time – but it won’t give distance/etc…

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  64. James
    February 4, 2015

    Hello Ray,
    This is an amazing website, especially for a new runner like me who has no idea how to compare sports watches, so thank you! I am a male who has particularly small wrists; they’re only 1cm bigger than your wife’s, so your pictures of the watches on her wrists and comments about how bulky they feel are very useful for me. Seeing that the white version of the 2R has a smaller strap, I’m more drawn to it than the black one. However, on Suunto’s website, it describes the white 2R as being designed especially for women. Similarly, Garmin categorise their FR10/15 watches as being either for men and women. I was wondering if there is anything other than the styling that makes a watch gender specific?
    Best wishes,
    James

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  65. emac
    February 4, 2015

    No, there is nothing gender specific about the Ambit 2R. I am a woman; I have had one for 19 months now, I love it.

    In the personal info where it figures out your metabolism, though, even on this one it asks you to say male or female. It uses the same displays and has the same software as the other ones. The white strap IS smaller; the white strap is also softer and way more comfortable than the others. But it does not say “for women” anywhere o the watch and that strap is the only difference…

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    • James
      February 4, 2015

      Thanks very much for the info, emac, that really helps!

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  66. Lanz
    February 10, 2015

    Hi Ray,
    I read from the other forum the ambit’s silicone strap/band tend to broke less in a year even in normal use, is this true??
    Appreciate your kind of feedback as im looking for this kind of watch…
    Thanks in advance…

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    • DC Rainmaker
      February 10, 2015

      I haven’t heard of other complaints of that. It may be a handful of people, but nothing that I’ve seen folks complain about here.

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    • Lanz
      February 10, 2015

      Thanks for your fdback ray
      Fyi i’m from malaysia & i got this -ve fdback regardg ambit silicone strap from suunto official website (review/fdback) & from their sales/marketing team too, i wonder why…hmmmm
      Btw thanks again ray, really appreciated your view…

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    • Sqf1
      February 27, 2015

      I’ve had the Ambit since new. I’ve replaced the band every year because it breaks every winter. I tried both versions with similar results. I’ve paid more for straps $70 each than I did for the watch. I love the watch other than that.

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    • Sqf1
      February 27, 2015

      I’ve had the Ambit since new. I’ve replaced the band every year because it breaks every winter. I tried both versions with similar results. I’ve paid more for straps than I did for the watch. I love the watch other than that.

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    • Sqf1
      February 27, 2015

      I’ve had the Ambit since new. I’ve replaced the band every year because it breaks every winter. I tried both versions with similar results.

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    • Thang Tra
      April 22, 2016

      How do you take off the watch? Don’t pull and bend the straps. Just push the bucket as you want to tighten the straps and turn your arm so that the tongue just drops out.

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  67. Peter Hart
    February 24, 2015

    Was going to post this on Ambit 1 but it seems to have fallen into disuse and I guess there is the same issue with Ambit2 and 3 etc.
    Had the Ambit for a couple of years and really like and use it all the time. Lately the watch started to fail to hold charge eg dropped about 50% in 12 hours just in timekeeping mode, looks like it needs a replacement battry for which there is a replacement kit ( a normal CR 2032 battery). But the watch has to be returned to a service depot for the replacement and as there are none in Australia, the watch has to go to Hong Kong!! Just to replace a common battery. Apart from the time factor, I wonder how much this is going to cost me? Surely it cannot be that difficult to disassemble the watch to put in a new battery but have searched everywhere on line without success.

    Has anyone ever tried to do this, or does anyone know if there are any instructions,videos etc

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  68. Hossein Rezaeehagh
    March 7, 2015

    my wife is gonna but a Suunto Ambit 3 sport online
    but she has got some doubt about the size
    isn’t it a little big for a female wrist?
    maybe it’s fine for a male but for a female i think it’s huge like every one will notice in a bad way?
    what do you say?

    thanks

    Hosein

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  69. Lyes
    March 13, 2015

    Hi Ray
    Thank you soo much for this extremely detailed review, I just bought one and I love it :)
    just one thing you may want to add in the elevation / altitude section :
    the watch always records altitude (through GPS), but it only calculates ascent / descent when you use GPS accuracy at BEST (1 s). It does NOT calculate the ascent / descent in the other modes (5s and 60s).
    But still, you can use an app to display this data anyway :)
    So for the hikers and ski-touring guys who don’t use the GPS with the max accuracy (so the battery lasts long enough), be careful :p

    thanks again for you amazing work :)
    Lyes

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  70. Rob
    March 24, 2015

    I am a triathlete and am trying to decide between the Ambit2 and Ambit 2 R….. (I am not interested in stroke counts). For the difference in price is there a recommendation on one over the other? Another other Suunto’s I should consider? (my price point is ~ $300; preferably less)

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    • CMV
      March 24, 2015

      Hi Rob,
      as a triathlete you should be looking at the Ambit 2S, as it includes openwater swimming and a multisport mode.
      If you don’t care about using your training watch as a daily watch, you should also consider the Garmin 910XT… it’s just $250 at Clevertraining right now, and it remains one of the best triathlon watches on the market. And if you don’t care about pool swim metrics, you could even save another 90 bucks and go with the 310XT.

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    • DC Rainmaker
      March 24, 2015

      I’d agree with CMW – I’d go with the 2S over the 2R anyday. And, unless you’re looking to do a ton of hiking in the mountains where precise altitude while hiking is of concern, i’d skip on the Ambit2 (non-S).

      Finally, as CMW noted, through the end of the week there’s also that FR910XT deal, which if you’re paying $30 more for, is probably worth it. (Details here: link to dcrainmaker.com)

      Enjoy!

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  71. Elod
    April 19, 2015

    May I charge this watch (and any other that has a USB charger) with a wall charger? E.g. the one that came with my smartphone.

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    • DC Rainmaker
      April 19, 2015

      Yes, any USB charger is fine.

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  72. Peter Hart
    April 19, 2015

    Can you explain how the compass works. You say it is magnetic and therefore I presume North is Magnetic North rather than True North. How is this accomplished in a digital watch and how does the watch take account of different magnetic variations across the world. I would really like to have this confirmed to use the watch for orienteering etc

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  73. ponost
    April 20, 2015

    I am a relatively new runner (aiming for a full-marathon at year’s end) and have been looking for a watch to wear everyday as well as to help with training. Recently I purchased (without much research) an Ambit2R at a local store on sale for $180, primarily because it has Dual Time, a feature I need for work. Somewhat overwhelmed and still figuring out which of the features will help with training, I came across your impressive article/review. Based on all the info provided, this watch may indeed be more than what I actually need. I am wondering should I keep it or do you or does anyone have a recommendation for another watch in this price range or less (Tom Tom Runner/Cardio, Garmin FR15, PolarM400 etc were mentioned) which has a multi time zone/watch feature? Thank you!

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    • DC Rainmaker
      April 20, 2015

      For a pure runner, I’d definitely look at the M400, but none of the others you mentioned have dual time zones (really only the Garmin Fenix series has it).

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  74. rob
    May 1, 2015

    Hi! Love the site and wished I had read it in more detail prior to making my purchase. I recently bought the Ambit 2R and am considering returning it. Overall, I’m not really impressed with the user features compared to my old Garmin 205.

    Just a quick question and hoping someone can help:

    1. I did my first run the other day and the overall pace differed from what loaded to strava- it varied by 4 seconds. I posted this question on the suunto support board and all I received was that they use different algorithms. So which pace is correct? I did use the manual pause a couple times if that matters. Does Suunto base the overall pace on paused time too? I never had this variance when uploading data from my old Garmin.

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    • rob
      May 1, 2015

      Nevermind this question, I just noticed that there was a variance on the distance that caused the paces to be off.

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  75. Ferenc Zsigri
    June 27, 2015

    Hello,
    I have an ambit2 and created a multisport mode for triathlon. Outdoor swimming/running(depo1)/cycling/running(depo2)/running. It works fine but when I check movescount.com it doesn’t give an option to view the pace, only speed. Have you experienced he same issue? thanks

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  76. Dominick
    August 23, 2015

    Hi,

    I noticed when comparing gps watches that according to the table the Ambit 2R doesn’t have a virtual racing partner, but it actually does; its called Ghost Runner and it’s available as an App. You have to select the pace of the ghost runner and install the ghost runner at a specific pace as a screen to your watch.

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  77. Sergej
    August 28, 2015

    Hi DC,

    could you test please if you Ambit2R working well with Scosche RHTYTHM+.

    Cheers. Sergej

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  78. Matt Brook
    September 3, 2015

    There’s so many comments, so I apologize if this is a duplicate.
    I have the 2R – done deal. But I mountain bike. I’ve already figured out how to add it as an activity, and I’ve added apps that are purposed in MTB-related data tracking (speed, slope, total uphill distance, etc) …. But what’s the best way to utilize the 2R for navigation purposes? Can I record a route by riding it, and then replay it next time, so my GPS takes me on the same route? If so, how would I do that? I feel as though using a map to define the route is good for roads, but not trails which wouldn’t be defined on the map.

    These Ambit reviews are great, by the way. It’s like the owner’s manual I never got!

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  79. Kelsey
    November 19, 2015

    Awesome review! Quick question — I know you commented on the display features. Are you able to display Total Distance, Time, and Mile Pace @ the same time? Trying to decide between this watch and the Garmin Forerunner 610. Thank you!

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  80. mario d
    April 5, 2016

    hi,
    i just got a gpulse heart rate belt hrm-ble-300 and i tried to connect my suunto ambit 2 with it. i didn´t succeed. so is there someone who could help me with my problem?
    mario

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    • morey
      April 5, 2016

      you’ve gotta hold the watch right next to the HR monitor. so that the watch case is actually touching the HR strap. then keep trying. you may have to do it 15 times, but once it’s paired, it will be good.

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    • Ray Maker
      April 5, 2016

      One minor itty-bitty problem:

      You’ve got a Bluetooth Smart strap, which isn’t compatible with the Suunto Ambit 2/2S/2-Anything. The Ambit2 uses ANT+, whereas the Ambit3 uses Bluetooth Smart.

      Sorry!

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  81. Kam
    April 13, 2016

    Is this waterproof? You mentioned putting it in your swim cap. Could it take my heart rate while I’m deep water running?

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    • lyes
      April 13, 2016

      Hi Kam
      yes it is waterproof but it doesn’t take heart rate under water. Only Ambit3 series can do that.

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