So I finally got to try out the Plan a Route option that Suunto offers for their Ambit3 Sport. Considering I didn’t buy this watch for the navigation function it has turned out to be a massive added bonus.
It certainly cannot replace map reading but it certainly does a good job of trying and it is that good it has potential to make you become a very lazy navigator. That said, it is perfect for trail running when you don’t have time to keep referring back to the map.
I tried it out today on a hike, well actually more of a stroll in the spring sunshine along the ever popular and accessible Great Ridge in the Peak District. It’s a very well known route so a map isn’t needed but it was perfect to try out the Suunto navigation.
After using Plan a Route on Suunto Movescount you can easily add it to your watch when you sync it with your computer. I was a bit dubious about this even working/being able to see your progress screens while using the navigation at the same time.
As it turns out, it was the easiest thing ever.
Then off you go. It picks you up as soon as the GPS sees you’re on the path. The watch indicates as soon as you wander off your planned route, and you CAN switch between the navigation and screens you choose to use while in exercise mode, such as heart rate, distance, speed, etc.
If you get lost using this watch then there is literally no hope for you!