Suunto Ambit3 Software Update 2.0

IMG_3426This is a good move forwards for Suunto. Now we are talking.

Recovery status – great.

Quick recovery test – why not?

Sleep recovery test – Brilliant. This now leads over Garmin and Polar

Recovery time – super useful if correct

Running Performance Index – Up there with Polar and ahead of Garmin

Voice guidance – OK we’ll skip by that one 🙂 But many will find it super useful.

This all begs the question: “What next in the Ambit4??” (other than optical HR). Where can the differentiator be? The above improvements are mostly catch-ups

Press release from Suunto follows verbatim


Offered by the SW update 2.0, sleep recovery and quick recovery tests with new running performance functionality and new languages bring Ambit3 Peak, Ambit3 Sport and Ambit3 Run to a new level.

Software updates enhance the functionality of the Ambit3 GPS watches through new features and improvements. If updates are available, you are notified through Moveslink on your computer. We encourage you to install updates as soon as they are available.

Recovery status
Recovery status indicates the amount of stress on your autonomic nervous system. The less stress you have, the more recovered you are. Knowing your state of recovery helps you optimize your training and avoid overtraining or injury. You can check your recovery status with the quick recovery or sleep recovery tests that are based on heart rate variability, powered by Firstbeat.

Quick recovery test
The quick recovery test, powered by Firstbeat, measures your recovery status in a few minutes. As a result you get your current recovery status given as a percentage.

The quick recovery test should be performed in the morning after waking up still lying down. The test requires you to wear a Bluetooth Smart compatible heart rate sensor that measures heart rate variability, such as Suunto Smart Sensor. Recovery status can also be measured using the sleep recovery test.

Sleep recovery test
The sleep recovery test, powered by Firstbeat, provides a reliable indicator of your recovery status after a night’s sleep. The test requires you to wear a Bluetooth Smart compatible heart rate sensor that measures heart rate variability, such as Suunto Smart Sensor. As a result you get your current recovery status given as a percentage. Recovery status can also be measured using the quick recovery test.

Recovery time
Recovery time is an estimate in hours of how long your body needs to recuperate after training. The time is based on the duration and intensity of the training session, as well as your overall fatigue.

Recovery time accumulates from any exercise where heart rate is recorded. It also accumulates from running, swimming and cycling exercises without measuring heart rate. The time is cumulative across training sessions.

Running performance level
Running performance level is a combined measurement of your physical fitness and your running efficiency, powered by Firstbeat. It uses an estimation of your VO2max, a global standard for aerobic fitness and endurance performance, and takes into account running efficiency, a measurement of your running technique.

More languages
Ambit3 watches and the Suunto Movescount App support the same languages as Movescount. The full language set includes: EN, CS, DA, DE, ES, FI, FR, IT, JA, KO, NL, NO, PL, PT, RU, SV, and ZH.

Voice guidance during workout*
With the Suunto Movescount App running and Bluetooth activated, you can get a range of voice guidance (at first in English only). The guidance includes notifications when you exceed segment limits, reminders of segment targets, segment summaries, and more.

*coming later this year

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4 thoughts on “Suunto Ambit3 Software Update 2.0

  1. Suunto are going the right way, do you know if the app has the same limitation of alerting you to leaving your desired hr zone two minutes after the fact? It’s the only reason I’ve never purchased one of their devices. I love my M400 but do have a licensed copy of Firstbeat athlete from my garmin days gathering fragmentation on my hard drive.

    1. it only has audible alerts as you know. From memory I don’t think it works how you want, actually I’ve never heard f that functionlaity in any watch. Maybe I’m not quite understanding properly??

      Yes Suunto are going in the right direction AND with products that tend to work as they should.

      1. In the advanced workouts of both GC and PF you can set specified heartrate zones for a predetermined amount of time. If you deviate the garmin and polar’s vibrate and or beep instantly. So i can either ease off or push on depending on whether it’s a high low alert. Suunto on the watch incorporate a two minute delay. I could well be on the way to a large oxygen debt by then too early in the run. What i wanted to know is dose the app alert you any quicker while wearing headphones?

      2. hi
        still nto quite sure I understand. yes I appreciate that there are hi/low zones possible based on hr and yes I appreciate the instant bleep. i’m not sure about this 2 minute delay thing; if it’s at the LOW alert end then it would make sense. At the high end it makes little sense as a feature imo. the headphone will make little or no difference I would have thought

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