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It's been a long time since last time I wrote about my new toys, I think it's time.
On August, I started running twice a week during the lunch break with a collegue. After hearing that my brother had improved a lot his cycling performance with a pulsometer, I decided that I "needed" one too. When I was looking for a pulsometer I thought: "what if I buy one with GPS to avoid carrying the phone to track the workout?", and with that idea in mind I looked at the Garmin Forerunner family. Although that would have been enough, I thought: "why should I buy a running watch if there are devices out there that are capable of tracking multiple sports such as swimming or cycling?" (to be honest, I didn't need it, but that's me buying gadgets). With that new idea in mind, I looked at the Garmin Forerunner 910XT. When I was almost sure that that watch was what I needed, I thought: "if I'm buying a watch, would be better to buy one that I can use on a daily basis", and I reach to the Suunto Ambit 2. Reading reviews about the Ambit 2 and being about to buy it, I realized that in less than a month the new Ambit 3 would be available, which is basically the same one but with bluetooth to synch with mobile phones. This time I was totally sure, I registered in Suunto's web page and less than a month after that I received an email notifying that the Ambit 3 was already available for purchasing. Four days later I had it at home. Just in case you want to know, between the Ambit 3 Sport and the Ambit 3 Peak, I chose the Peak edition, because it comes with altimeter and barometer and, who knows, I could need it someday.
I've been using it for running, swimming, trekking and paddle boarding. I have to say that it works really nice (I love it!). GPS reception is awesome and it is very easy to use during the workouts (also as a daily watch). What has amazed me the most is how great it works during indoor swimming, it's capable of detecting properly the swimming style, the distance (based on the pool size and the accelerometers) and the rests. I also love the way it tracks the daily activity and provides live information about the recovery time suggested before exercising again.
If I had to rate it, I would give it 9 out of 10. The only caveat I've seen so far, is the lack of an Android application (at least until next year). Taking into account that nowadays there are more Android devices than IOS', who did have the "great" idea of releasing the watch before releasing the Android app? (most of the settings are done in the web application, therefore having a mobile app it's really nice to avoid plugging the watch to the computer every now and then).
Regarding the web application to track the workouts (moves), I think it's simply great. It's intuitive and it provides a lot of details. So far my profile is public, so you can take a look at my moves for the sake curiosity.
By the way, given that the watch was designed to do triathlon, I'm determied to train and participate in one next year, I have tought about the olímpic format. Who knows, I might be able to achive it.