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Suunto launches new multi-sport watch with elevation tracking and cycling features

Published January 7, 2016

OGDEN, Utah (BRAIN) — Suunto has unveiled a new member of its Ambit3 Connected family of multi-sport watches, the Suunto Ambit3 Vertical. The new model has several features related to tracking elevation for training and competing in activities including running, cycling and skiing.

For cyclists, the watch will connect to Bluetooth 4.0 sensors including bike power and cadence devices, and will show power, cadence, lap, power distribution, peak power curve/output, normalized power, aerodynamic drag in real-time and speed and average speed in real-time. It also has features tailored for runners, skiers, swimmers and triathletes.

The Ambit3 Vertical has a new, sleek design with built-in barometer for accurate elevation measurements, route altitude profile, vibration alerts, and up to 100 hours of battery life. Like all Ambit3 GPS watches, the Ambit3 Vertical tracks speed and distance, in addition to effort and recovery when used together with the Suunto Smart Sensor heartrate belt.

Enhanced mapping features include topographic maps and altitude information. Altitude profile of specific routes can be seen directly from the watch with real-time ascent gain and remaining ascent throughout the workout. A summary of ascents provides daily totals over seven days, 30 days and a full year, as well as an all-time total which can be tracked and displayed.

Measuring power in running is now possible with an optional Stryd Running Powermeter.

The composite case is lightweight, while the stainless steel bezel helps protect the watch glass and is water resistant up to 100m (300 feet). The Suunto Ambit3 Vertical is designed, tested and built in Finland. Available in four color options: blue, lime, white and black with a MSRP of $469 ($519 with Suunto Smart Sensor) and is available in the US and Canada starting Jan. 14.

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