The product launch held at California Pizza Kitchen in Rockwell, Makati City was attended by some of the Country's top Triathletes such as Coaches Andy Leuterio, Miguel Lopez, Carlos De Guzman (SBR.ph), Keshia Fule; the Philippine Skyrunners Rashel Peña and Carlo Diño; and as well as our well-known Athletes, Runners and bloggers-alike in the field of Multisports, Road, Trail, and Ultrarunning such as the couple Jinoe and Que Gavan (Takbo.ph), Jeff Lo (Pinoy Fitness), Franc Ramon (FrancRamon.com), Rene Villarta (JazzRunner), Vima Mendoza (KulitRunner), Blas (TitaniumRunner), and Boy Ramos (RunningHost).
Coaches Andy Leuterio and Miguel Lopez both shared their insights, experience, and review of the great features of the watch and how it performed during their trainings. What impressed me with their testimony is the battery life which according to them lasts really long (I forgot the actual time that they mentioned, but it's more than 12-hrs as compared to my first GPS sports watch which can only last up to 8-hrs).
Not just about battery, the Ambit 2 and 2S can also be used for Mountaineering, high-altitude running (such as Skyrunning) Swimming (indoor and outdoor), Cycling, as well as other indoor sports if you want to measure your heart-rate or to just time your workouts. The watch even have its own "Triathlon" sports category that you can choose for your training or for an actual race.
|The Media Launch attendees|
Suunto also have its own online sports community where Ambit users can download or upload their workout data to and from their smartphones, err.. Ambit watch -- the movescount.com. Movescount.com hosts thousands of Suunto's advanced apps where Ambit users can share or load these apps from the App Zone (yeah, like a smartphone). In addition, if you're geek enough to create your own application or tool for the Ambit watch, or if you just want to control the human race through your Ambit watch, you can do so for free via the App Zone (hhmmnn... sounds cool)!
Hearing those features of this GPS sports watch unveiled to us during the media launch, I was impressed at what it can do and what it can offer. "Basically", this is not just a basic GPS watch, it is loaded with features geared not just for the simple runners but most specially to the serious explorers and endurance athletes.
But don't let those features intimidate you as the simplicity of its interface will make the manual unusable for anyone who are not afraid to press the six (6) buttons of the Ambit watch. I was actually able to somehow familiarize the interface in just a few minutes of fiddling through those buttons while in the jeepney from Rockwell halfway going to Guadalupe, EDSA.
|(L-R): Coach Andy Leuterio, Mascy Pineda (Time Depot Brand Manager),|
Brand Ambassadors Keshia Fule and Ige Lopez
Ambit 2S Functions/Specifications:
- GPS using the SiRFstarIV technology
- Altimeter for GPS-based altitude graph
- 3D Compass with declination adjustment
- Multisport support for easy swapping of sports on-the-go
- Swimming logs distance, duration, pace, stroke count, rate, efficiency, and swimming style
- Biking Power measures efficiency while biking and save energy during long distances
- Movescount and Suunto Apps
- Time, date, alarm, dual time, button lock
- Multilanguage user interface (EN, DE, ES, FI, FR, IT, NL, PT, SV)
- User adjustable backlight
- Weight: 72g (silver), 89g (black), 92g (sapphire)
- Glassfiber materials with reinforced polyamide case, aluminum bezel, elastomer strap
- 50-m / 164-ft / 5-bar water resistance
- Rechargeable 240 mAh Li-ion battery (25-hrs with 60-sec GPS interval; 8-hrs for 1-sec GPS interval; 15-days with AC functions)
Keep posted for my actual gear review of the Ambit 2S watch, which was generously provided to me by Ms. Mascy Pineda of Time Depot Philippines. For the product Press Release, please refer to Aktibo Ka Ba.
|Ambit 2S collections in Lime, Red, and Graphite bezel colors|
|Ambit 2 collections in Silver, Sapphire, and Black bezel colors|
|The unboxed Suunto Ambit 2S includes heart-rate belt, ANT+ heart-rate monitor,|
quick guide manuals, GPS watch and USB charger/data cable
|Closer look (actual product doesn't have the RunningAtom logo *wink*)|
|Back plate of the watch|
With Suunto, conquer new territory from the highest mountains to the deepest oceans.
Special thanks to Franc Ramon and Ms. Mascy Pineda