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by Warren the Mountain ManfromGreat to keep track of my outdoor activities.I have had this watch for a few months now, and it has done everything that I bought it for. I have used it for walking with the family, running, trekking, and mountaineering.
The watch is pretty accurate in measuring my distance and altitude. I have noticed that it can be off a little on the altitude, but so is my regular GPS. I have been able to summit a mountain, and then I used the backtrack feature on the return trip to see how that worked. It kept me right on track.
The compass can be a little difficult to use. It bounces around a bit when trying to find an exact bearing. It will point me in the general direction, but when I need to get a very specific bearing I have to use an actual magnetic needle compass.
At first the watch was a little confusing to navigate through on the screens, but after using it for a day or two I got used to it. The software updates have helped a lot.
I like the ability to keep track of my workouts and outdoor adventures. Yes, I did have to create an account on Movescount.com, but it is free. I can keep track of my progress and make changes I need to my workouts. I can also download user created workouts and apps for the watch, which has been handy when I have found something created by another user that suits my needs just fine.
I did have a problem with one of the screws in the watch band falling out. I contacted Suunto and within a week I received new screws, a tube of LocTite, and a screwdriver to put the screws in since they have a special screw head. The repair kit did not cost anything.
I did not purchase the heart rate belt when I bought the watch, so I cannot talk about that part. I just wish I would have, now that I have used the watch for a while. Lesson learned.
Yes, there are still a few features I would like to see or have a few things changed, but those are personal preferences and I have learned to deal with it.
If you are looking for a great sports watch to monitor your work outs and outdoor activities, then I would recommend looking at getting the Suunto Ambit2.
Date published: 2014-06-23
Rated 5out of5
by Pcwood2fromAMBIT 2I use the watch for everyday and walking/running. It has been a great addition to my workout.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 1out of5
by Michael StricklandfromPoor battery life and life...in generalI used it pretty actively for about a week after I received it for my birthday, and without warning the screen completely quit. First of all, the software package is buggy and not really user friendly. Second of all, after the screen quit (backlight worked, but would not display any information), there was no hard reset built into the watch and it would no longer connect to the computer via the cable provided. I contaced Suunto and in order to get it fixed, I would have to send it overseas (my expense) and they would repair it (their expense) but they could not guarantee a complete fix.
Date published: 2014-01-02
Rated 1out of5
by SardudefromDisappointedI bought this watch to replace my Garmin 305. My old Garmin battery only lasted 10 hours and would die halfway through my 100 milers. After reading the reviews and listening to the REI staff, I decided to give the Suunto Ambit2 a try. Sadly it did not take long to discover that this watch was not the solution I was looking for. I have many complaints regarding this product but I will focus on the biggest ones here and try to be brief.
1. This product requires a Suunto web account and software to access the watches advanced features. The software is buggy and if you are behind any type of enterprise firewall, forget it. Really frustrating!
2. You can use UTM's for mapping but I could never tell which datum it was using. WGS84? NAD27?
3. I gave up trying to use the trackback feature. I do IT for a living and could never figure it out.
4. You need to manually enter your local magnetic declination in order to get an accurate compass bearing. Garmin does this automatically. I would NEVER take this watch on a cross county trip or off trail!
5. Temperature feature is totally bogus. You must remove the watch from your wrist to get an accurate reading. Worthless.
6. It measured my last 100 mile race as 89 miles.
This is overall a very unintuitive product and is difficult to use. For the money, I would look elsewhere.
Date published: 2013-11-14
Rated 2out of5
by FatBrentfromCool features, poor accuracy and qualityI bought this watch about a year ago. I've used it extensively for daily workouts and the occasional weekend hike or climb. The features are easy enough to use and even though the watch is bulky, I actually find it quite comfortable on my wrist. It's lighter than it looks and the band is well-formed to an average size male wrist.
My problem with the watch is the quality and accuracy. The GPS signal takes forever to locate and the tracking function can be off by a half mile or so over a 4 mile run. The pacing function is also hit and miss, but can be off by as much as 30 seconds/mile over longer runs (for me, a longer run is anything over 8 miles).
Quality is also an issue. After a year, the heart rate monitor quit working (not the battery) and 3 months before it quit altogether, it only worked sporadically. The buttons also stick frequently, causing it to jump through functions. When it gets really cold, like on the top of a mountain, the functionality is very slow.
Altitude is not accurate unless you manually reset it at the correct base level before every climb (i.e. it won't automatically adjust).
I also have the Suunto Core and the pins in the band have broken twice doing routine things (like taking in groceries). Suunto customer service took 4-5 weeks to send new pins.
All in all, its a cool watch that has some useful features but I wish Suunto would improve the quality control, accuracy and customer service, especially for the price.
Date published: 2014-01-02
Rated 5out of5
by Steve999fromFantastic watchI'm reviewing this to address some of the comments made by Sardude. My personal opinion is that those comments are somewhat unfair.
1. Registering for a Sunnto account (Movescount) takes less than a minute and is a great way of personalizing the watch. Movescount has an emulator that allows you to configure your watch screens and simulate exactly what features are where. It's really intuitive and a great feature. Furthermore, registering allows you to then view all your activities from any device.
2. How often are you changing datums? Set the datum you want in Movescount, synch. Done.
3. Trackback.. Do you have firmware update 1.5.14? It's very easy and there are a few Youtube videos out there showing it in use.
4. You state that you would never take this watch on a cross-county (do you mean country?) or off-trail because you have to manually set the magnetic declination. This is the most ridiculous statement ever. Seriously? You do realize that you have to accommodate this with a manual compass. Most maps include the declination information so you can adjust on the fly if you haven't set the watch up.
5. Temperature sensor is affected by body heat. You can either knock 10 degrees off and have an educated guess or you can accept that unless you have an external probe it'll not be very accurate. This is something I've never really worried about.
6. Were you 11 miles from the finish line? :) (I'm kidding, can't comment on your accuracy but I've always found it to be very accurate.)
Whether a product is intuitive or not, easy to use or not, can be a function of design, the user, or combination of both. Personally, I think the watch is very intuitive, very easy to use, and is a great product.
I'm a watch guy and this has taken the place of my Rolex and Panerai as my daily wearer.
Date published: 2013-11-18
Rated 4out of5
by Cyrus BfromSo far so goodThe Suunto Ambit2 HR is possibly one of the best watches to own if you are active. I used to use my phone for keeping track of everything, as well as other online resources, however, this watch does it all. I use it everytime I go running, and with all of its features, it's a handy tool to help understand your performance.
Now some quick information:
Movescount is very handy. I highly reccomend it.
This is best for the everyday athlete, but a little expensive if you rarely use it.
The Alimeter and Barometer need a little more work in order to give more accurate readings and not trip up with changing weather conditions, but I guess that'll come with time (It's still a WHOLE lot better than the Garmin Fenix).
The GPS is GREAT.
The watch is simple to use.
It is very customizable.
You can download apps to use with the watch <- super useful
Overall, great watch with the recent updates. It has jsut a few downsides, but they are overshadowed by it's accomplishments.
Date published: 2013-12-04
Rated 5out of5
by thomasfromGreat watchPerfect to replace multiple watches for bike, run, hike. Very accurate altimeter, very easy to use software. Huge potential of personalization. Nice high definition display
Date published: 2013-08-07
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