Fitness watches are all the rage! From Fitbits to Garmin to Apple Watches, there are so many out there. In the last 5 years I have had 3 Fitbits, 1 Garmin, and 2 Suuntos. Hands-down both Suuntos have been my absolute favorites! Stay tuned and find out why.
First, a little background:
Suunto began in 1936 in Finland when Tuomas Vohlonen invented a way to mass produce liquid-filled compasses. This new way of making a compass made for better readings and more accuracy. By 1953, Suunto is exporting their compasses to over 50 different countries. In 1965 Suunto creates the first diving compass and by 1987 they release their first dive computer and in 1997 they release the first watch-sized dive computer that also functions as a watch.
In 1998 the Suunto Vector is released and, according to Suunto, is so popular among mountaineers that is has “probably seen more of the Himalayas than any other watch.” The 2000’s saw the birth of training watches with altimeter, barometer, and a compass.
In 2010, Suunto goes live with Movescount.com. This allows owners of Suunto watches to upload, rate, track, and share their activities as well as search activity routes and follow other members.
In 2014, the world’s smallest Bluetooth Smart compatible heart rate sensor is released in the Suunto Ambit3. It even records heartrate while swimming! 2016 saw the introduction of the Suunto Spartan series which sports a durable and bright touch screen and is supplemented by Movescount services.