Suunto Ambit3 Run Review – The Sports Watch With Smart Sensor Technology

Suunto Ambit3 Run Review


Heart Rate Functions


Fitness / Sport Features


Ease of Use


Battery Life


Where To Get It

A Deep Dive Into The Suunto Ambit3 Run

Suunto Ambit3 Run is a high specification GPS performance watch dedicated to the needs of competitive runners. Reviewed by Tristan Haskins

Update > In October 2016 Suunto released their new Suunto Spartan Sport GPS multisport watch. If you want the latest and greatest offering from Suunto, then please check the review of the Spartan Sport here.

Please note. I still hold this Ambit3 Run in very high esteem and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good GPS runners watch with Bluetooth connection to iOs & Android smartphone. 

Apart from the full colour touchscreen of the Spartan Sport there are several features that this Ambit 3 Run has that appear to be missing from the Spartan eg. no Suunto APPS support, running cadence and track back … however, there are loads of new features like improved rest and recovery analysis, recovery time view on watch post training, 80 plus pre-installed sports modes and personal bests ….

Key Features


  • 15h battery with 5 sec-GPS accuracy (1 min-accuracy: 100h)
  • Speed, pace, distance and GPS altitude
  • Route navigation and track back
  • Running cadence from the wrist
  • Running performance indication (Firstbeat)**
  • Interval workout planner*
  • Interval workouts with voice guidance*
  • Movescount training programs on the watch
  • Activity based recovery time
  • Quick recovery and sleep quality tests (Firstbeat)**
  • Extended feature set through Suunto Apps
  • Languages: EN, CS, DA, DE, ES, FI, FR, IT, JA, KO, NL, NO, PL, PT, RU, SV, ZH


  • Upload and share your moves instantly*
  • Customize your watch on the go*
  • Time and GPS satellite data up to date on the go*
  • See calls, messages and push notifications on the watch*
  • Integration with Strava and TrainingPeaks


    • Take photos during your Move showing your current speed, distance, and more*
    • Create a Suunto Movie of your Move with 3D map, key metrics and images*
    • Share your experience instantly to your social media networks*

    *with the Suunto Movescount App
    **with Suunto Smart Sensor

    Wearable Tech Running Fans

    If you’re in to wearable technology then Android users may want to consider the Polar M600, powered by Android Wear or for users of iPhone the Apple Watch 2 Nike+. Both these watches feature built-in GPS, are swim proof, have wrist based heart rate and can store music on their internal memory for playback via Bluetooth headphones.

    Polar M600 Android Wear connected smartwatch, supports Strava application

    Apple Watch Nike+ iPhone connected smartwatch comes with Nike+ Run Club pre-installed

    Top Alternatives

    Next Model UP

    The model up from this one is the Suunto Ambit3 Peak or the newer Suunto Spartan Sport or Spartan Ultra.

    The Ambit 3 Peak adds navigation support, weather alerts and barometric pressure sensor for more accurate altitude feedback.

    The Spartan range replaced the Ambit 3 range in October 2016 and is improving all the time with frequent firmware updates


    Available in Lime, White or Black. The Suunto Ambit3 Run has the perfect feature set for RUNNERS. From a high sensitivity GPS sensor giving accurate pace, speed and distance to a built in accelerometer giving access to your leg cadence (strides per minute). All the new Ambit3’s can connect to compatible smartphone giving access to incoming call alert, message alerts and more.

    For the technically minded runner, as well as leg cadence support, there is heart rate monitoring from the optional HRM belt, intervals, quick recovery and sleep tests (with HR sensor), recovery timer and running performance indicator (letting you know if/when you speed versus effort efficiency is improving as you get fitter/stronger).

    Note, we have ticked YES for this watch with regard to Virtual Partner. Although not included in the STANDARD features the user has the ability to install the relevant APP in to the Ambit3. For Virtual Partner download the Ghost Runner APP. It’s not exactly the same but it basically allows you to run a predetermined distance in a target time.

    Andrew Wyatt

    Andrew Wyatt

    Andrew Wyatt from Texas has been the best-selling author in 2014. He was the most appreciated writer in 2015. Different organizations have honored him with different awards and memberships as well. He is a tech shop owner and completed graduation in Electrical Engineering.

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