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Suunto’s new fitness watch offers guided training and sleep quality insights

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Suunto has joined in the fun at CES 2018 with its new fitness watch. Aptly named Suunto Fitness 3, this is both a personal training companion for active people and elegant timepiece for everyday use.

“With Suunto 3 Fitness we wanted to create an affordable watch that is not only an activity tracker but a solid training companion and source of inspiration for its user,” says Sami Arhomaa, Suunto Head of Portfolio.

“It has always been Suunto’s principle to design watches that are a joy to wear all day, and Suunto 3 Fitness is no exception. It serves as a beautifully designed timepiece from gym to the office.”

The Finnish company already has a rich portfolio of sports-watches. The main novelty of Suunto Fitness 3 is that its making more of physiological analytics from Firstbeast. The two companies have a working relationship going back over a decade.

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Suunto 3 Fitness comes with a Valencell’s optical heart rate monitor which is typically seen as very reliable when it comes to quality of readings. It is this data that Firstbeat’s analytics engine taps into to provide personalized information and guidance.

The most novel feature is a 7-day training plan that is automatically created by the watch based on a user’s fitness level and overall exercise history. Miss a few sessions or push a bit too hard? No worries, the timepiece will adjust your training plan accordingly.

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You’ll also get real-time guidance with heart rate zones during a workout, and a VO2max score. The latter is a heart rate-based fitness indicator that determines your current fitness level. While useful, it is by no means groundbreaking as many sports watches and even some fitness trackers offer this.

In addition to the fairly standard 24/7 activity tracking data, there is another unique feature. In the morning, Suunto 3 Fitness provides you with a Sleep Quality Assessment. This is a single metric, ranging from 0 to 100, that tells you how well sleep has supported the replenishment of body resources. The algorithms work this out by analyzing your heart rate variability overnight.

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The watch is water resistant down to 30 meters, and has sports modes for running, swimming, cycling and gym training. No built-in GPS, though.

There are five colors to choose from including: Gold, All Black, Ocean, Sakura and Black. They range in price from €199 to €229. Suunto has not specified a release date yet, but we’ll update this article when we hear more.

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