@Brad_Olwin thanks this is helpful. its a bit hard to find some of the more elevation oriented information on a variety of devices online…not very many of the user guides or forums or reviews really address it specifically enough, though this one is probably by far the best and most thorough place!
The suunto 9 BARO as it is called now seems to be a very good sports watch but it is not perfect. I recently spoke to the guy who wrote this suunto 9 Baro review and he was telling me that he loved it but he is still unconvinced with the apps. He loved the extended battery life and metrics. I am toying between buying this one of a Garmin 6X Pro. Lening more towards the suunto as I have an ambit 3 already and the 9 Baro looks like a solid watch all-round.
@Brad_Olwin the standby time is estimated to 60% or did you measure it? so with all functions on and a little bit of training the battery lasts just 2,5 days per charge 🧐?
Turn off sleep tracking, daily HR (this is the battery eater) and the backlight off and you will get your 8-10 days with around 4-6h performance GPS. Besides the battery meter is not proportional, I mean depending on the % you are seems the discharge is faster and then slows down, this I have seen it in a lot of devices with batteries. I would also wait a few charge-discharge cycles before take any conclusions.
This is true, I had everything on and did a few exercises. The 24/7HR, continuous connection to mobile and sleep tracking take some toll on the battery. Without those or with just mobile connection the watch will go much longer.
The ability to use the preset mode “winter triathlon,” “duathlon” allows the athlete not to think about lost seconds, but to run the race. In the Triathlon mode, a long press is a transit zone (you can see the general time and what is spent in transit), a short press and a change in the sport (you do not need to look for it and choose it, as in the multisport mode). It’s convenient! I had loose snow, a bicycle in my hands, I almost fell switching mode…
after the race it is impossible to evaluate a normal race, yes, I can watch in circles - pulse, etc., but in Movescount you could normally watch the race in sports.
So your garmin overregisters ascent. Take this with a grain of salt but I live in NL. If I apply the same philosophy at some flats I ll be ascenting like 100+ meters that is not realistic. -+1m changes should not be reported as they do not really contribute to any effort the user should take into account for his performance lever nor data wise. That is counting noise basically.
I wrote something similar just days ago 🙂
And yes, my Edge registers hundreds of meters of ascent in Amsterdam, that gladly Runalyze fixes on its own.
It’s not just you. And it hasn’t always been the case at Suunto.
The main Ambit menu is looped and customisable to the extent that you can hide un-wanted functions. Either, both or full customisation would be nice in a more advanced watch. Perhaps just the option to reorder the list.
[Mountain/molehill Mode ON] It’s a long, slow slog from Settings to Environment or annoying to go back in order to go forward. [Mountain/molehill Mode OFF] [… Still a bloody mole problem, tho’.]
@Dimitrios-Kanellopoulos serious? Well in smartphones sometimes you have issues in seeing so is logic what you say, yes.
Yup. I just hate amoleds. Even cannot see my smartphone.
I run with the s7 in Greece with polarized glasses, couldn’t see a thing.
I have the same issue with my smartphone. That’s why the angle of the plane of polarization in LCDs matter. All LCDs should have it at 45° in smartphones and 90° in watch displays. How is it angled in the S7?
@silentvoyager yes i know what you mean. When I first got the watch (ambit3) i took the Garmin (watch i had before) with me for comparison. On good conditions 5sec and Garmin where both spot on. On bad conditions the 1sec made such a great track where the Garmin failed.
I think on 1 sec the gps is on permanently and can filter out ring signals quite well, where on 5 sec it struggles too like any other.
Hi, same problem for me. It happened twice, after a custom activity, with Polar hr belt. Feeling was on and I indicated it. The second time, I wait for 2 or 3 hours but it didn’t help. I had to reboot and loose the activity.
Did it happened to someone with a standard activity ? I can come back to basic activities while waiting for a fix…
Never experienced this issue since march … until today 😞
Custom activity, wrist hr. After an hour, I needed to reboot.
@Cuba1hr@Dimitrios-Kanellopoulos I think Polar simply looks at your heart rate distribution and uses established equations on fat/carbs as primary fuel source based on intensity.
The fun part is: if you rely on default heart rate zones set by Polar or yet another age-based formula, this number is probably off, and by a lot. You need to be below your aerobic threshold to use fat as a primary fuel and in a steady state activity. Go harder than necessary, or in an interval stop-go fashion, and you’ll be relying on alactic or anaerobic pathways.
Check out Uphill Athlete. They have multiple ways to test for aerobic and anaerobic thresholds. Once you have these, set your Suunto 9 heart rate zones based on their recommendation and do long runs or bike sessions (working up to 90-120 minutes a pop, longer sessions being really good at forcing your body to rely on fats and conserve carbs) below your aerobic threshold. That would build up an aerobic base and force all sorts of metabolism enhancing adaptations.
Between consistent exercise and clean, reasonable diet, you’d be in decent shape in no time.