What is Suunto?
Suunto is a leading designer and manufacturer of sports precision watches for diving, training and outdoor activities. Based out of Finland this company has been manufacturing watches since 1936 and now produces a large variety of watches specialized for different activities. From diving, to mountaineering, to training, Suunto has devoted time and energy to creating watches that suit your specific and various needs. Of interest to athletes is the relatively recent Suunto Training Series or T-series offering watches geared towards professional or high performance athletes.
|The award winning Core series, with a unique graphic for this years X-alps event!||The new M-series M4 Suunto T-Series|
As mentioned above, this is the Suunto Training series designed with the athlete in mind. The complete line includes the T6, T4, T3 and T1. Common to these four watches is that they are all heart rate monitors providing an accurate display of your heart rate in beats-per-minute. The T-1 model comes with the basic tools for measuring performance, progressively more tools become available as you move up the line, all the way to the T-6 which has the most advanced monitoring features. For more details about the T-Series or any of the Suunto watches check out their website www.suunto.com
The latest version of the T6 accompanied by the dual-comfort heart rate belt.
The T6 was named the Runner’s World Test Winner in 2008, and is proving to be very popular with XC Ottawa athletes!
So what does it do?
Besides the obvious live monitoring of heart rate, Suunto provides a program to analyse the workout on your computer. The neat thing about Suunto’s analysis program is that it is an online program so information is stored on an online database separate from your computer. The website is an online sports community where users can post their workout and follow the workouts of others. Check it out, www.movescount.com
Here is an example of the program at work, a time trial I did recently with our team.
Heart rate print out for every part of the workout.
Altitude gains and losses throughout the workout.
You can even share your workout with the public, or just to your coach by email. Here's a link to the above workout - http://www.movescount.com/moves/move2214324. You can check out all the features!
Hopefully you can try a Suunto out yourself some time and post a few moves of your own!
Looking for the product? Support local retailers selling Suunto?
Go to Fresh Air Experience, Bushtukah or Mountain Equipment Co-op.