By Suunto Athlete, Ashley Arnold
I’m not a multisport athlete. While I love to bike, I use it more as a commute from house to grocery store, pet store, or, sometimes, the trail head. And, when it comes to swimming, well, I really can’t do much in the water. So, when I received the Suunto Ambit2 S at the 2013 Salomon/Suunto Athlete Summit, I wasn’t sure how useful it would be for me as a trail runner.
I’d been used to using the original Ambit, which offers extensive route tracking and mountaineering-specific functions like elevation and barometric readings to name a few. And, the Ambit2 S is designed to seamlessly transition from sport to sport without a hiccup in data reading. Basically, you can go from the pool, to the bike to the pavement (or trail), without an interruption in your workout data.
While insanely cool, I haven’t fully utilized that function, but still, since first putting the computer on my wrist for its inaugural run back in September, I have worn it nearly every time I’ve hit the trail or the pavement. And, on occasion, have clocked my home to shop bike commutes.
Basically, I’ve never felt so close to a watch.
My Ambit2 S has kept me on course during difficult races (or at least has helped me track my total on and off course mileage).
It’s lightweight on my wrist, boasts a customizable screen for easy viewing, has stylish red trim around the face and offers more simplicity for running—I can easily view my mileage, current pace, average pace, time of day and overall run time by only clicking a button a couple of times. … Sometimes you just don’t need as many options during a run or a race.
And, if I ever learn how to swim, well, the option for tracking my body through the pool is there!