I have now been training for a little more than a week with a new partner: The Suunto Ambit 2 GPS
What a step forward compared to my previous experience with two Garmin watches (Forerunner 110 and 405CX). Every day since I received it I have done running, kayaking, cycling and weight training (indoors) with Suunto Ambit 2 on left arm and Garmin watch on my right arm to compare performance.
After four days the battery on the Suunto was on 68% while the Garmin had to be recharged, I could probably have gone on for another 4 or 5 days before recharging the Suunto.
The Suunto watch locks in on the GPS signal in 1 to 5 seconds every time while both the Garmin watches typically use 10 to 30 seconds but sometimes even needs 2-3 minutes to attain a signal. After training when I load the data into my training system (TrailRunner) the Garmin trail often is away from the tracks I have actually run while the Suunto is spot on. Fabulous !!!
The fabulous Suunto Ambit 2 GPS training device
I have tested the concept of sports modes to some degree but I’m seeing forward to testing the mountaineering and trekking modes in Ladakh in a few days during one of my training climbs. When I choose running it automatically turns on the GPS and tracks every second, the same happens for cycling, while indoor training doesn’t turn on the GPS. Therefore it saves a lot of battery. When the trek in Ladakh starts and I set it to the trekking mode, it locks in on GPS but only logs position once every 60 seconds. Going at a speed of probably around 2-4 km/hour depending on the terrain that is plenty enough positions to make a smooth path on the map. And the battery will be able to last during 50 hours of trekking.
The mode you choose also determine what is displayed on the screen. And if you are not satisfied with the default you can change that from the Suunto website and download our own setup to the watch. I love that concept. By the way you don’t have only one screen. You have up to 4 screens you can switch between during your exercise.
To sum it all up, I will probably get into even better shape before going on my challenging climbs and during the climbs I will be much more aware of my performance and whether I’m on track to reach my goal.
So happy that Suunto would sponsor my attempt to climb the fourteen 8000 meter peaks 🙂