A boating watch should be very water resistant, offering heart rate, real time speed in miles per hour, an altimeter, barometer, compass plus real-time distance and offer navigational capabilities..
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Bozeman, MT (PRWEB) March 28, 2013
The Suunto Ambit has been voted the best canoeing and boating watch for 2013 by the Heart Rate Watch Company.
"It's that time of year again and paddlers of all persuasions, canoe paddlers, kayaks in downriver, flat water and the ocean begin taking to the water", says Rusty Squire, President of the Heart Rate Watch Company. He adds, "I grew up boating in Maine so we felt it was time to look at what makes the best and most versatile boating watch".
A boating watch should be very water resistant, offering heart rate, real time speed in miles per hour, an altimeter, barometer, compass plus real-time distance and offer navigational capabilities with a track back, especially on large bodies of open water according to Squire. "Just those criteria right there alone cut the field down to the Suunto Ambit and the Garmin fenix and the Garmin fenix suffered some early setbacks with water resistance", says Squire.
"While most down river boaters want to know things like distance, pace and heart rate, they aren't really concerned with navigation unless a river has many forks and branches to it with some being shorter than the other", says Squire. He adds, "When boaters get out on open water things like weather, direction and navigation become more important so we wanted a watch that could cover all those bases and found it in the Suunto Ambit".
The Suunto Ambit is durable with a steel body and bezel along with a real glass crystal. "We know it takes a beating because our chief tester crashed running with one in lava fields and fell right on the watch and the crystal had a little scratch when most watches would have been destroyed", says Squire.
Mapping Detail, Spot On Navigation
The Suunto Ambit gives brilliant post-paddle maps of where you went that can be transferred to Google Earth or other mapping software's. "The watch also has a on screen bread crumb trail navigation with arrows to point you along that trail in the event of a track back", says Squire. He adds, "This feature would be most useful in flat water or open water situations, along with the compass".
Other watches given consideration included the Garmin fenix, the Garmin Forerunner 910XT which had all features but the track back and the Garmin Forerunner 310XT.