Suunto Ambit2 HR (2013)

When you want a watch to do everything – absolutely everything – then Suunto is probably your best bet. The Ambit2 HR is one of the new generation of satnav watches loaded up with technology, and it features a staggering array of features, which – for this second-generation Ambit – can now be personalised by uploading sports ‘apps’ to the watch for your particular specialism. This is just as well, as what’s crammed into this wrist-top giant is utterly bewildering, and learning each function and how to work it is one for the seriously dedicated detail aficionado. It’s a hell of a package, though: it plugs into your computer for power and downloading using a nifty ‘snakebite’ charger, and has an optional heart rate monitor, plus a raft of features for tracking your time, speed, ascent and distance in a variety of scenarios (running, walking, outdoor swimming, indoor swimming, mountaineering, cycling, and more). It also features a fully functional basic GPS that tracks your progress and is capable of giving your accurate altitude and location to eight grid figures at the push of button. The Suunto Ambit2 HR is a big watch, but isn’t heavy and is quite comfortable, with rounded edges and neat profile.

Price £410 (includes heart rate monitor)
Type digital, rechargeable
Weight 89g
Water resistance 100m

Review by Simon Ingram
First published in Trail magazine October 2013