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Suunto’s New Smartwatch Is Affordable, Looks Great And Travels Well

Suunto’s New Smartwatch Is Affordable, Looks Great And Travels Well

 

 

The white and gold Suunto 3 Fitness color combination.

 

Starting last week, Suunto, the company best known for making incredibly accurate off-the-grid GPS, sport and dive watches, announced that their newest active watch – the Suunto 3 Fitness – is now officially available for presale. And although the actual watch won’t be available and shipped until April 25th, I managed to get my hands on one for a few days. So, here’s the lowdown on the 3 Fitness, the watch that also happens to be Suunto’s most affordable watch out on the market right now with a price tag of $199.

The 3 Fitness doesn’t have GPS tracking, it’s not touch screen, it doesn’t measure barometric altitude, or utilize a GLONASS satellite positioning system (all things that the $549 Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro watch does). Basically it doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles that extreme adventurers might look for – this isn’t that type of watch.

So, what exactly does it do?

Well, it tracks your steps. It measures your heart rate. It displays your text messages. It tells you when you’re stressed (which isn’t a great reminder in the moment, but is useful nonetheless). It has a pretty great exercise mode, which even comes with a training component that adapts to you. And my personal favorite – it tracks your sleep. (Which is usually the single most thing I stress about keeping regulated while on the road, jumping across time zones. And speaking of time zones, don’t worry, updating the watch to match you new time zone is a 30 second process.)

While the watch is being promoted to people who live an active lifestyle, I like this as the must-have spring accessory for travelers with an active lifestyle. Travelers who don’t sit still well. Travelers who constantly have to be getting into something. Basically, soft adventure travelers like me. Whether that means getting up for an early morning hike, sneaking out of the city for an afternoon kayak, or a low-key evening yoga session, you’re basically always moving. And there’s a mode in the smartwatch to track all of those things – hiking, mountaineering, trekking, mountain biking, climbing, trail running, windsurfing, standup paddle boarding, kitesurfing – and more.

But what else might appeal to travelers about this smartwatch? Well, at $199 ($229 for the white and gold as well as the all black colorways) it’s affordable enough for travelers to buy and not feel too guilty about losing or breaking, should that happen. With a large round face and nice quality band, it looks good enough to wear with a suit or a dress, but also dresses down just as well. And the battery lasts long enough that you don’t need to worry about it during a short trip. However, if you’re traveling for a longer period of time, you’ll have to remember to pack the special charging cord – which does add one more cord to stress over not forgetting at home. One of the downfalls of adding another accessory to your travel arsenal.

 

The all black Suunto 3 Fitness.

Starting last week, Suunto, the company best known for making incredibly accurate off-the-grid GPS, sport and dive watches, announced that their newest active watch – the Suunto 3 Fitness – is now officially available for presale. And although the actual watch won’t be available and shipped until April 25th, I managed to get my hands on one for a few days. So, here’s the lowdown on the 3 Fitness, the watch that also happens to be Suunto’s most affordable watch out on the market right now with a price tag of $199.

The 3 Fitness doesn’t have GPS tracking, it’s not touch screen, it doesn’t measure barometric altitude, or utilize a GLONASS satellite positioning system (all things that the $549 Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro watch does). Basically it doesn’t have all of the bells and whistles that extreme adventurers might look for – this isn’t that type of watch.

So, what exactly does it do?

Well, it tracks your steps. It measures your heart rate. It displays your text messages. It tells you when you’re stressed (which isn’t a great reminder in the moment, but is useful nonetheless). It has a pretty great exercise mode, which even comes with a training component that adapts to you. And my personal favorite – it tracks your sleep. (Which is usually the single most thing I stress about keeping regulated while on the road, jumping across time zones. And speaking of time zones, don’t worry, updating the watch to match you new time zone is a 30 second process.)

While the watch is being promoted to people who live an active lifestyle, I like this as the must-have spring accessory for travelers with an active lifestyle. Travelers who don’t sit still well. Travelers who constantly have to be getting into something. Basically, soft adventure travelers like me. Whether that means getting up for an early morning hike, sneaking out of the city for an afternoon kayak, or a low-key evening yoga session, you’re basically always moving. And there’s a mode in the smartwatch to track all of those things – hiking, mountaineering, trekking, mountain biking, climbing, trail running, windsurfing, standup paddle boarding, kitesurfing – and more.

But what else might appeal to travelers about this smartwatch? Well, at $199 ($229 for the white and gold as well as the all black colorways) it’s affordable enough for travelers to buy and not feel too guilty about losing or breaking, should that happen. With a large round face and nice quality band, it looks good enough to wear with a suit or a dress, but also dresses down just as well. And the battery lasts long enough that you don’t need to worry about it during a short trip. However, if you’re traveling for a longer period of time, you’ll have to remember to pack the special charging cord – which does add one more cord to stress over not forgetting at home. One of the downfalls of adding another accessory to your travel arsenal.

Published at Tue, 10 Apr 2018 11:15:57 +0000 from Google News

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