Suunto Ambit2 S
Many Sports, One Watch
by JEREMY BERGER

Without getting ahead of ourselves and talking about the singularity -- the theoretical moment when AI surpasses human intelligence -- we are absolutely in a period of man merging with machine. For good or bad (mostly good, we’d say), we’ve come to rely on smart phones to the point that they’re practically appendages. Now, we're starting to see that technology creep into sports. One of many applications of tech is the collection of data, and nowhere are athletes more obsessed with data than in the growing world of triathlon. The Suunto Ambit2 S, released in 2013, is one of a handful of GPS watches (Garmin Forerunner, Polar RCX5, TomTom Multi-Sport) designed specifically for multi-sport athletes, and an excellent one at that.




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Basic data like pace and distance are nothing new to wrist watches, but, coupled with more advanced measurements like heart rate (paired here via ANT+ with a heart rate monitor), power output (paired by the same with a cycling power meter) and stroke count (swimming), they allow the fastidious multi-sport athlete to train in the appropriate zones for better marginal returns on exercise. The Ambit2 S collects this data and more from swimming, biking and running, which can then be uploaded to Suunto’s movescount.com and viewed in various charts and graphs to tack up on the office refrigerator (or to track progress over time). What’s more, in triathlon mode the watch can record multi-sport workouts as one contiguous event. Between this core functionality and additional capabilities for tracking open water swimming and navigation, this is a very cool and very user-friendly watch. 


Just as important as the watch are the consequences of its use. Instead of running at a pace that feels like maximum aerobic output, you’re running for a target heart rate. Instead of cycling at what feels like race pace, you’re cycling at a target wattage. Data over intuition. The rise of the machines...or just a really good time at your next Ironman.


$400, suunto.com



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STATEMENT

Excellence, innovation, craftsmanship, and an unwavering desire to challenge expectations -- these are the constants that have captivated our attention since Gear Patrol's inception in 2007. This year we're proud to announce the next step in our role as a champion of quality in product design and execution: welcome to the GP100. Our inaugural product awards are dedicated to honoring the 100 best consumer products released during the calendar year by companies of all sizes and scope. 


The GP100 is not a ranking or a contest. These selections represent the collective expertise of our entire editorial staff, who have scoured every corner of the vast product universe -- from automotive and electronics, to men's style essentials, home goods, spirits and outdoors -- to find the inspiring and the practical, the ground-breaking and the traditional, the priceless and the accessible. In short: products that define or defy their respective categories to better the life of the modern man.



METHODOLOGY


The GP100 is not a contest influenced by marketers or brands, nor is it a ranking by specifications as determined by uniform tests. Instead, it starts with a comprehensive list of nominees released in the calendar year, researched and compiled by our editorial team of obsessed experts across all of Gear Patrol's major areas of interest including Motoring, Technology, Style, Home, Spirits, Outdoor and Watches. Brands are not part of the selection process. Nominees are then debated in context of the past, present and future of their respective fields. Which selections stand as significant innovations, category busters or faithful monuments to the icons of history? Do they adhere to Gear Patrol's core tenets of excellence, design, utility and the spirit of adventure? Distilled to the following 100 items, the GP100 represents the best products on earth released in 2013 -- easily inspiring consumers and creators alike during their search for guideposts of excellence in a vast world of products.


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Motoring   Watches   Style   Technology   Sports   Outdoors   Home   Spirits

WRITERS


Jeremy Berger

Ben Bowers
Alex Bracetti
Nick Caruso
Ed Estlow
Jon Gaffney
Jonathan Gallegos
K.B. Gould
Bradley Hasemeyer
Jason Heaton
Mike Henson
Amos Kwon
Matt Neundorf
Scott Packard
Austin Parker
Henry Phillips
Peter Saltsman
Chris Wright
Eric Yang


CREDITS

Produced by Ben Bowers, Chris Wright, Eric Yang
Designed by Eric Yang
Edited by Chris Wright
Photography by Henry Phillips, Eric Yang
Special Thanks to Braun, Scroll Kit and Say Media

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