Suunto 3 Fitness first look review : Smart training watch works on your VO2 Max

CES 2018: But the lack of GPS is seriously problematic

Serious sport types will know about Suunto, and the company’s GPS sports watches have long been faithful companions of hikers, fell runners and explorers. But until recently its line-up of watches have been a little too hardcore, complex and costly to turn the heads of casual athletes away from Garmin.

The Suunto 3 Fitness changes that. It’s small, lightweight and wallet-friendly, but it’s also no slouch. The focus is on training – adaptive training at that, using VO2 Max scores to plan fitness sessions, and focus runners and cyclists into goal-orientated training.

Sounds great? Well, there’s a catch: there’s no GPS, instead opting on accelerometer-based tracking to record speed, distance and pace. There is instead a greater emphasis on heart rate training.

It’s an interesting proposition, and we got some insights at CES 2018 to see how it stacks up to the competition.

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