Suunto Ambit3 Peak Review – Is It Worth The Price?

suunto ambit 3 peak review

AT A GLANCE: QUICK RATINGS

Heart Rate Functions

95%

Fitness / Sport Features

90%

Ease of Use

90%

Battery Life

99%

Where To Get It

A Deep Dive Into The Suunto Ambit3 Peak

Update > In October 2016 Suunto released their new Suunto Spartan Ultra GPS multisport / outdoor adventure watch. If you want the latest and greatest offering from Suunto, then please check the review of this Spartan Ultra here.

Please note. I still hold this Ambit3 Peak in very high esteem and would recommend it to anyone looking for a competent GPS sports adventure watch with Bluetooth connection to iOs & Android smartphones.

However, there are loads of new features like improved rest and recovery analysis, recovery time view on watch post training, 80 plus pre-installed sports modes and personal bests ….

The Suunto Ambit3 Peak is a highly competent GPS sports watch for multisport endurance athletes and adventure racers. Available in Black and Sapphire the Suunto Ambit 3 Peak has been reviewed by Tristan Haskins aka CardioCritic

  • Key Features

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OUTDOOR AND MULTISPORT

  • 30h battery with 5 sec-GPS accuracy (1 min-accuracy: 200h)
  • Route navigation and track back
  • Compass
  • Altitude (FusedAltiTM)
  • Weather information
  • Heart rate in swimming**
  • Activity based recovery time
  • Speed, pace and distance
  • Bike power support (Bluetooth Smart)
  • Multiple sports in one log
  • Movescount training programs on the watch
  • Extended feature set through Suunto Apps
  • Languages: EN, CS, DA, DE, ES, FI, FR, IT, JA, KO, NL, NO, PL, PT, RU, SV, ZH

For availability information, check www.suunto.com/software-updates

CONNECTIVITY

  • Upload and share your moves instantly*
  • Customize your watch on the go*
  • Time and GPS satellite data up to date on the go*
  • Use your phone as second watch display* (Add an extended battery pack for your smartphone to support even longer adventures.)
  • See calls, messages and push notifications on the watch*

ENRICH, RELIVE AND SHARE

  • Take photos during your Move showing your current speed, distance, and more*
  • Create a Suunto Movie of your Move with 3D map, key metrics and images*
  • Share your experience instantly to your social media networks*

*with the Suunto Movescount App
**with Suunto Smart Sensor

Note! The Ambit3 watches are Bluetooth Smart compatible, not compatible with ANT+™ (e.g. Suunto ANT PODs, Suunto Dual or Suunto ANT belt)

suunto ambit 3 peak review

Full Technical Specification

GENERAL

Water resistance100 m (according to ISO 6425)
Battery life in time mode30 days
Battery typerechargeable lithium-ion
Firmware upgradableYes
Time, dateYes
Alarm clock1 daily alarm
Dual timeYes
GPS timekeepingYes
Countdown timerYes
Stopwatch timerYes
UI languagesEN, CS, DA, DE, ES, FI, FR, IT, JA, KO, NL, NO, PL, PT, RU, SV, ZH

For availability information check www.suunto.com/software-updates

BacklightLED
Configurable backlightbrightness / mode
Button lockcustomizable
Invert displayYes
Display typematrix
Display resolution128 x 128
Battery indicatorpercentage / icon
Metric and imperial unitsYes

SUUNTO APPS

Compatible with Suunto AppsYes
Max. nr. of apps per sport mode5
Logging of app specific metricsYes
Most recommended apps by activityYes
Create own metrics with advanced formulasYes
Chrono, GPS, HR, weather and altitude dataYes
Running, cycling, swimming dataYes
Rich math functions, if/then-logic, sound, backlight, etc.Yes

COMPASS

Digital compass Yes
Tilt compensationfull
Direction scaledegrees / mils
Needlenorth indicator
Bearing lock with orienting indicatorYes
Compass accuracy
Compass resolution

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Operating temperature-20° C to +60° C / -5° F to +140° F
Storage temperature-30° C to +60° C / -22° F to +140° F

CONNECTIVITY

Watch customizationWireless / USB cable
Compatible with Suunto Movescount AppYes
Photos with watch data overlayswith Suunto Movescount App

For availability information check www.suunto.com/software-updates

Data transferWireless / USB cable
Connectivity (between devices)Bluetooth Smart
Compatible with MovescountYes
Smartphone compatibilityiPhone, Android

For compatibility information check www.suunto.com/software-updates

Phone notifications on the watchwith Suunto Movescount App

For availability information check www.suunto.com/software-updates

Phone as secondary display of watchwith Suunto Movescount App

For availability information check www.suunto.com/software-updates

Suunto Movieswith Suunto Movescount App

For availability information check www.suunto.com/software-updates

OUTDOOR FUNCTIONS

GPS TRACKING & NAVIGATION

Satellite systemsGPS
GPS recording rate1, 5, 60 s
Battery life (GPS active)20, 30, 200 h

For more information www.suunto.com/software-updates

Coordinate systemsWGS84 Hd.d°
WGS84 Hd°m’ s.s”
WGS84 Hd°m.m
UTM
MGRS
British (BNG)
Finnish (ETRS-TM35FIN)
Finnish (KKJ)
Irish (IG)
Swedish (RT90)
Swiss (CH1903)
UTM NAD27 – Alaska
UTM NAD27 – Conus
UTM NAD83
New Zealand (NZTM2000)
Waypoint and visual route navigationYes
Max. nr. of Points of Interest (POIs)250
Find backYes
Track backYes
Track logging, viewing and sharing *

* available In Movescount.com

Yes
Route planning *

* available In Movescount.com

Yes
Route points per route / POIs in watch1000 / 100

ALTIMETER

Barometric altitudeYes
GPS altitudeYes
Combined GPS and barometric altitude (FusedAlti™)Yes
Altitude graphYes
Total ascent/descentair pressure based
Vertical speedair pressure based
Altitude differenceyes**

** available as Suunto Apps

Log recording rate1, 10 s
Resolution1 m
Range-500 – 9999 m

WEATHER

Sea level pressureYes
Seal level pressure graphYes
Weather trend indicatorYes
TemperatureYes
Temperature display range-20° C to +60° C / -4° F to +140° F
Sunriset/sunset timesYes
Automatic alti/baro profileYes
Storm alarmYes
Tide informationyes**
Pressure resolution1 hPa / 0.03 inHg
Temperature resolution
Max weather recording lengthpast 26 hours

TRAINING/SPORTS FUNCTIONS

SPEED AND DISTANCE

Distance based autolapsYes
Log recording rate1, 10 s
GPS Speed and distanceIntegrated
Foot POD supportBluetooth Smart
Bike POD supportBluetooth Smart

HEART RATE

RR intervalYes
Heart rate in beats per minuteYes
Heart rate in % of max hrYes
Real-time average and max heart rateYes
Heart rate limitsYes
Heart rate zones *

* available In Movescount.com

Yes
EPOC & V02 max values *

* available In Movescount.com

Yes
Heart rate graph in real timeYes
CaloriesYes
Peak Training EffectYes
Recovery timeYes
Real time EPOCyes**

** available as Suunto Apps

Log recording rate1, 10 s
Records heart rate in swimmingyes, with Suunto Smart Sensor

TRAINING, PLANNING & ANALYSIS

ChronoYes
Laps> 1000
AutopauseYes
Autoscrolling of exercise displaysYes
Memory left indicatorYes
Speed and heart rate-based guidance during exerciseYes
Interval timersYes
Fitness testyes**

** available as Suunto Apps

Training plans downloadable from MovescountYes
Log summary on the watch with lap detailsYes
Customizeable sport modes and displays10 modes / 8 displays per mode
Training analysis*

* available In Movescount.com

Yes
Training logbook with story and image support *

* available In Movescount.com

Yes
GPS track analysis*

* available In Movescount.com

Yes
Activity based recovery timeYes
Sleep recovery test (Firstbeat™)

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Yes
Quick recovery test (Firstbeat™)

For availability information www.suunto.com/software-updates

Yes
Workout Planner

For availability information check www.suunto.com/software-updates

with Suunto Movescount App

For compatibility information check www.suunto.com/software-updatesn

Interval workout voice guidance

For availability information check www.suunto.com/software-updates

with Suunto Movescount App

For compatibility information www.suunto.com/software-updates

Activity monitoringYes
Compatible with online sports communities

*Available in Movescount.com

Strava, TrainingPeaks, MapMyFtiness and others

For availability information www.suunto.com/software-updates

MULTISPORTS

Change sport mode during exerciseYes
Preconfigured multisport modesYes
Multisport exercise summaryYes
Post-analysis of multisport exercise by sport *

* available In Movescount.com

Yes

RUNNING

Running paceYes
Suunto FusedSpeed™Yes
Average pace in real timeYes
Running cadenceYes
Average stride lengthyes**

** available as Suunto Apps

Ghost RunnerYes
Marathon End-time Estimatoryes**

** available as Suunto Apps

Lap comparisons by kilometer/mile *

* available In Movescount.com

Yes
Running Performance (Firstbeat™)

For availability information check www.suunto.com/software-updates

Yes

CYCLING

Cycling speedYes
Average speed in real timeYes
Multiple Bike POD supportYes
Hill incline in real timeyes**

** available as Suunto Apps

Bike Power (W), average and maximum (with power sensor)Bluetooth Smart
Bike Power 3s, 10s, 30s (with power sensor)Yes
Bike Lap and Lap Maximum Power (with power sensor)Yes
Power distribution & graphs * (with power sensor)

* available In Movescount.com

Yes
Peak Power Curve for peak power outputs * (with power sensor)

* available In Movescount.com

Yes
Normalized Power (Suunto Apps / TM by Training Peaks)yes**

** available as Suunto Apps

Aerodynamic drag in real time (with power sensor)yes**

** available as Suunto Apps

Cadence POD SupportBluetooth Smart

SWIMMING

Pool swim pace and distanceYes
Openwater swim pace and distanceYes
Swimming time by pool length, lap, totalYes
Swimming stroke rate, count and typeYes
Swim styles detection with personal style teachingYes
Stroke efficiency (SWOLF)Yes
Automatic intervalsYes
Dynamic lap table with stroke, pace and duration *

* available In Movescount.com

Yes
Records heart rate in swimmingyes, with Suunto Smart Sensor

REVIEW SUMMARY

If you are confused by which Suunto Ambit is for you then, if budget’s not an issue, the answer to your question is this one. The Peak is very similar to the Ambit3 Sport with the addition of a barometric pressure sensor to give both altitude, air pressure and weather warnings. Available in ALL BLACK or CLASSY SAPPHIRE

The Ambit3 Peak has the same single log for multisport sessions, i.e. Swim, Bike and Run data all in ONE FILE. This really is about as good as it gets. Access to thousands of APPS from the Movescount.com website. Sport displays configurable via Smartphone connection. And best of all … a 30 hour GPS battery life !

The journey to your summit is what it’s all about – whether it’s a mountain or a personal best. The Suunto Ambit3 Peak is your ultimate GPS watch for sports and adventure. It guides you every step of the way, providing all you need to progress and stay safe on your quest. Connect your watch wirelessly to your smartphone and use the free Suunto Movescount App to adjust the watch on the go and visually enrich, relive and share your adventure. There is no better companion out there to make every move count.

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