SU­UNTO Tra­verse Am­ber

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - Gear -

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:

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