I don\u2019t fancy myself much of an athlete. \u00a0By the very nature of my job I spend a good chunk of my day sitting. \u00a0Fortunately, the space I\u2019m now in offers standing desks. \u00a0A treadmill desk would be less practical, but more beneficial to my over all health. \u00a0But for now, until I can afford to travel the world, exercise everyday and eat like a God, I\u2019ll have to settle for my regular routine. Speaking of traveling the world, this Garmin D2 pilot watch comes in pretty handy if you\u2019re a pilot. My routine usually involves jogging, lifting weights, biking, and a few days of Kung Fu per week \u2013 you\u2019d know this if you\u2019ve read any of my other reviews related to fitness products. And, if you want more watches to choose from, then read our best running watches list.\n\nUnfortunately, I\u2019m remiss when it comes to keeping track of my exercise. \u00a0Then again, I\u2019m not in it to lose weight. \u00a0It\u2019s clich\u00e9, but it makes me feel good, provides some added confidence, and most importantly gives me some energy I wouldn\u2019t otherwise have.\n\n\n\nNevertheless, it\u2019s an interesting prospect when you do start to track your calories burned, miles completed, and heart rate. \u00a0The added info provides a bit more motivation and could very well be just what I need to push my exercise routine to the next level. For a fitness watch with a 200-hour battery life, then read our Suunto Ambit 3 running watch review.\n\nEnter the Suunto Ambit2 S, the company\u2019s newest GPS fitness watch. \u00a0Launched in tandem was the Ambit2 \u2013 a watch that boasts the same design, GPS tracking and a variety of additional sensors \u2013 the Ambit2s packs in GPS, an accelerometer, altimeter, and ANT+ wireless technology.\n\n\n\nFor those seeking a bit more info about their routines, you can pick up a bike or foot pod for some added cash. \u00a0While they\u2019re not necessary \u2013 the Ambit2 S can perform a number of calculations to tell you speed, distance, location, and more \u2013 they add another layer of info and can supplant the GPS signal when it\u2019s not available (e.g. running on a treadmill or running where GPS is spotty). If you want a great watch for athletes, then check out our Suunto Ambit3 vertical review.\n\nAesthetically the Ambit2 S sports a large face that by most accounts makes it both trendy and, pardon the clich\u00e9, manly. \u00a0 It comes in a variety of finishes. \u00a0Suunto sent me their silver and black model, which I found practical since it blended in or complemented all of my clothing regardless of color.\n\n\n\nControlling the Suunto Ambit2 S comes by way of five buttons \u2013 two on the left and three on the right. \u00a0Each button\u2019s function is relatively straight forward, making the\u00a0Ambit2 S easy to use directly out of the box. \u00a0However, it took me a bit of trial and error to understand a few of the buttons \u201chidden\u201d functionality, which is to say it\u2019s not labeled on the face of the watch.\n\nFor instance, to start a new exercise you simply hit the Start\/Stop button. \u00a0Pretty self evident, right? \u00a0But to exit an exercise you\u2019ll need to hold down the Start\/Stop button (after you pause the timer) where upon the screen will display a short circular countdown that indicates you\u2019ll be leaving the exercise of choice. \u00a0You\u2019ll then need to hit the Next button to return to the main screen, which displays the time, date, battery life, and a few other options depending on what \u201cview\u201d you have it in \u2013 there is a View button that cycles through screen options depending on the mode you\u2019re in.\n\n [box_tip]I highly recommend locking the Suunto Ambit2 S, as it has a tendency to start a timer or turn on the light if a button is knocked while placing it down. \u00a0Ironically the lock button is shared with the Light button, so beware to complete the lock cycle by holding the button.[\/box_tip]\n\nIncluded in the box with the Ambit2 S is a heart rate monitor. \u00a0Like other watches of this ilk, the heart rate strap will send your heartbeat to the Ambit2 S, allowing you to track your BPM and calories burned. \u00a0 When a new exercise is started the watch will look for the monitor \u2013 this takes\u00a0usually\u00a0less than two seconds \u2013 and once connected will keep you abreast of your instant heart rate as well as your peak. \u00a0This data can be viewed in a variety of formats (on a graph) and even be used to tell you your rate of recovery and goals.\n\n\n\nIf an outdoor exercise is activated, the heart rate monitor search screen will be followed by a GPS search screen. \u00a0In my experience the Suunto Ambit2 S is exceptionally quick at locating a GPS signal. \u00a0Sometimes it took less than 10 seconds, provided of course I was standing still. \u00a0If on the move, such as a bicycle, or running, it can than take minutes \u2013 the same can be said if it\u2019s cloudy or there is foliage over head. \u00a0Nevertheless, it\u2019s vastly faster than any of Garmin\u2019s watches that I\u2019ve tested.\n\nBattery for the Ambit 2S is spec\u2019d at 16 hours with GPS turned on. \u00a0Unfortunately, I can\u2019t speak to that, but needless to say, with the GPS activated, battery life is significantly reduced. \u00a0That said, since I exercised about 4 times a week with the GPS enabled, I was able to get about a 1 to 1.5 weeks of total battery life before having to recharge. \u00a0 To do that, Suunto includes a USB cord with a special clip on the end with 4 contact points. \u00a0It\u2019s a bit awkward, but the pay off that it allows the watch to remain waterproof to 330 feet.\n\n[box_tip]Before connecting the Suunto Ambit 2s to your computer, sign up for an account on Suunto\u2019s website.[\/box_tip]\n\nOnce the Ambit 2s is connected to a computer you can download your recorded data and upload it to their Moves Count website. \u00a0There you can view your stats (BPM, distance, pace, speed, etc), plan\/create a training program and interact with their community (you can pull up a map and view other Suunto owner\u2019s stats if they so allow), and download a variety of apps that can be added to \u201csport modes\u201d.\n\n\n\nWhile the Ambit 2s may not be the most\u00a0remarkable\u00a0looking watch, it does boast a large face it that provides an agressive, manly look that is sure to complement any athlete and emphasize their willingness to participate in such extreme activity. \u00a0That isn\u2019t to say it isn\u2019t suited for females, but given the watch\u2019s rather large face, it might prove a bit too over bearing to smaller wrists. \u00a0Nevertheless, it\u2019s not encumbering to the wrist from a weight standpoint and the band didn\u2019t have a tendency to pinch my arm hair, though I don\u2019t have much compared to others.\n\n\n\nCompared to Garmin\u2019s offering, the Suunto, with the exception of being able to locate a GPS signal with exceptional speed, isn\u2019t vastly different. \u00a0Each company has their own flavor of UI, and while both are\u00a0functional\u00a0as well as usable, neither of them have crafted an iOS like level of simplicity and usability that enables any user to just get it. \u00a0That said, battery life for Suunto\u2019s Ambit 2s is exceptional and because of that it slightly edges out the last Garmin I reviewed.\n\nSuunto\u2019s app section is interesting, but I found installing apps and setting them up too cumbersome to use. \u00a0It\u2019s an interesting idea, but not one that I could get excited about. \u00a0But it\u2019s worth noting that I\u2019m not an extreme athlete that engages in a vast array of sports. \u00a0So that in mind, the app section makes the Ambit2 S applicable to a much wider range of athletes that can include, but isn\u2019t limited to sailors, climbers, paddle boarders, trail runners \u2013 you name it and there is a setup for your sport. Sure, at the end of the day the core measurements (distance, heart rate, speed, etc) remain the same, but since they\u2019re tailored accordingly the Suunto get\u2019s high marks for\u00a0versatility.\n\nBottom Line:\u00a0Aside from the ability to locate a GPS single extremely fast, the Suunto Ambit2 S is a good all around sport watch that is suited for the mild to hardcore athlete.