SUUNTO Traverse Amber
Price: £325 What does it do?
Suunto offer a range of ‘sports watches’ but the Traverse and Ambit ranges are the best options for walkers, combining GPS tracking functions with a hard-wearing, weatherproof build. The sturdy Traverse counts steps automatically, and can be set to track a particular activity (like a walk) just like a Garmin or Fitbit. It then syncs with a mobile app called Suunto Movescount, which displays all your activities with comprehensive data breakdown, basic mapping and cool fly-through videos.
Ease of use
The watch itself can be infuriating. The multi-button menu is incredibly hard to get to grips with, the display looks outdated (especially compared to a Fitbit) and it doesn’t store your data in a viewable format except for a simple line map; only the app can present your data intelligibly. The sync is slow, and occasionally fails altogether. BUT it’s far tougher than a Fitbit, tracking is flawlessly accurate, and the app is superb, meaning you really don’t need the watch to do more than it does.
What’s it like to wear?
Among the heavier watches here, but not burdensome; just tough and resilient. The face also becomes a decently bright torch; very handy on camping trips.
INFO: Weight: 72g Battery life: 100 hours unless in constant use Waterproof: Yes
Biometrics: Calories, BMI, heart rate only with extra monitor Smartphone app: Movescount, all platforms Desktop app: Movescount, all platforms Website: www.movescount.com