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Making more of every aspect of exercise

Suunto is a leading designer and manufacturer of sports instruments for diving, training, mountaineering, hiking, skiing, sailing, and golf. Valued for their intuitive design, accuracy, and dependability, Suunto units combine the aesthetics and functionality of a watch with a sports-specific computer to help athletes at all levels analyse and improve their performance.

Suunto’s wristop computers provide three types of accurate and easy-to-understand information: in real time for use during exercise activities, for post-performance analysis, and for comparing performance and experience online.

The more relevant and precise performance information people can be provided with, the easier it is for them to work on improving their skills. Going the extra mile in training to lose a second in competition could mean the difference between success and failure for a professional athlete or a competitive amateur.

Suunto introduced the Suunto t6 heart rate monitor in 2004, to enable competitive amateurs and professional athletes maximise the training effect of their workouts by recording a set of key body performance parameters as they exercise. Seven different parameters are monitored and can be analysed subsequently on a PC. The Suunto t6 was the first heart rate monitor to measure these parameters outside a sports laboratory.

The new Suunto t6c offers users more information and the ability to customise their display and choose which data is most appropriate for their current training programme.

More information for better results

Suunto will introduce a more advanced version – the new Suunto t6c – in spring 2008, capable of displaying many measurement results directly on the wrist display. Training Effect, or the aerobic benefit of a workout or training session, is an even more accurate and comprehensive measurement of exertion than heart rate. A person’s EPOC (Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption) and calories burned can also now be displayed directly.

Suunto’s wireless sports network adds a new dimension to its heart rate monitors, as it allows users to reconfigure their units as their needs evolve. Data transfer between a wristop unit, a heart rate belt, Suunto PODs (Peripheral Observation Devices), and PC software is managed via state-of-the-art ANT radio technology. Suunto’s digital 2.4 GHz radio link, with 65,000 unique ID codes, guarantees interference-free transmission and zero problems with other heart rate monitors.

The Suunto GPS POD, Suunto Bike PODs, and the Suunto Foot POD track speed and distance via all ANT-enabled Suunto heart rate monitors.

The Suunto Cadence POD provides information on pedalling speed, while the Suunto PC POD and Team Pod receive heart rate data wirelessly from a Suunto heart rate belt. The Suunto memory belt collects heart rate data without a wrist unit; and up to 24 hours of beat-to-beat heart rate information can be recorded on its integrated memory chip for later download and analysis.

> Eero Punkka
(Published in HighTech Finland 2008)