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Today, Suunto made 2.0 version of the Ambit software available to users. After connecting Ambit to our MacBook Pro we got an error message saying "you need to update Moveslink before Suunto Ambit software update". Automatic Moveslink update, however, failed repeatedly. Luckily, a manual download of Moveslink from Suunto's website worked just fine. Reconnecting Ambit thereafter started the Ambit software update without problems. The issue in automatic update of the Moveslink seems to be documented by many fellow Ambit users. Obviously somebody at Suunto failed to make sure that the automatic Moveslink update works.
Today's Ambit 2.0 software update from SuuntoNovember 29, 2012 | Accessories
As a side note, we have been now using Ambit for less than a month, going running with it for some 15 times. Today, the unit suddenly lost the GPS signal and didn't manage to recover it. FAQ on Suunto's website advises to reset the GPS with a few presses of buttons to regain the GPS functionality. The reset seems to have fixed the problem with the GPS signal. We will get the final confirmation tomorrow.
We went running with Gore Bike Wear Turtleneck winter base layer for the very first time tonight. Our initial impressions are extremely positive. It is very light with great quality feel. While it sits tight, it still feels very comfortable and cozy. Gore Bike Wear Turtleneck is a good example of a purpose-build piece of clothing that can make training in a chilly and dark Scandinavian winter a slightly more comfortable experience.
The first run: Gore Bike Wear Turtleneck base layerNovember 18, 2012 | Clothing
New Review on Troy Lee Designs D3 helmet now available.
We have been using Polar heart rate monitors for the past 7 years or so, most recently RS800CX with add-on GPS, and speed and stride sensors. Honestly, while RX800CX looks good on paper, we have never been too impressed with its sub-par build quality, unresponsive user interface and dated software. With our RS800CX having ceased to function a few weeks ago and now on a way to repair, we started to explore other alternatives. On back of recent positive comments from our fellow riders, we decided to have a closer look at Suunto Ambit - a heart rate monitor with a build-in GPS. After some further research, we decided to give it go and picked up our unit last Friday from Helsinki Airport. Over the past few days, we have gone running twice with Ambit and started to play with is software. Our initial impressions are extremely favourable. Ambit appears to shine in many areas where Polar disappointed us: Great build quality, nice design, intuitive and fast user interface and easy to use, beautiful and versatile software. While we are certainly looking forward to much more testing before a final verdict, Ambit may well have potential to send our RS800CX to an early retirement.