Soleus Launches Signature Series Watch Collection in the Philippines

Running has always been a relief and a sanctuary—something that makes me feel good, both physically and mentally. For me it’s not so much about the health benefits. Those are great, but I believe that the best thing about running is the joy it brings to life.” –Kara Goucher

I have always followed Kara Goucher’s’s amazing feats as she is one of the most accomplished American female distance runner for the past 15 years. The two-time Olympian is mostly described as tough because of her awesome achievements, her ability to come back after a series of injuries during her peak years. Lately, Goucher is continuing her extreme gift of marathon running into a balance of training, rest, healthy eating and more training… inspiring others to do the same.

Her major accomplishments:

Marathon PR: 2:24:52 (Boston, 2011)

Best trials qualifier: 2:30:24 (Los Angeles, 2016)

Most recent marathon: 4th, 2:30:24, 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials

Residence: Boulder, Colorado

Age : 38

Previous Olympic trials results: third, 2012 marathon; second, 2008 10,000 meters; first, 2008 5,000 meters

Celebrating the pursuit of the Rio Olympics 2016, Kara in collaboration with other Soleus Elites, Alysia Montano, and Nick Symmonds, has debuted a special edition collection designed Soleus watches.

While the Soleus GPS One is a minimalist watch, “it has everything you need and nothing you dont”, as its catchphrase suggests. It’s a simple watch with not much frills but delivers what it does best, accurately track your speed and distance. And what better way to maximize it’s potential than to collaborate with elite sponsored American athletes on a signature series collection that is designed by elite runners for world-class and newbie runners.

The Soleus Signature Kara Goucher GPS One has a stunning red, white and blue interface with Kara’s signature at the back that represents the American flag. The Soleus GPS One has all the technology many runners need..a reliable GPS provides you via a simple user-interface with accurate pace and distance information. Moreover, this watch is water resistant, and comes with a rechargeable battery.

Though it doesn’t upload data, you still can keep an old-fashioned work-out diary which Kara does. Aside from pace, distance and speed, it also measures calories burned, stores lap data and has a 100-hour chronograph capabilities.

After several years of constant use with various Soleus GPS watch models, the Sara Goucher GPS One Signature series packs the usual important features of a GPS watch; an accurate recording of average pace and run distance, long battery life and now a great color design which is plenty suitable for all-day wear. Great running watch at a very low price of P4,950.00 available at all L-Time Studio Stores and TIMEGEAR Boutiques!

 

SOLEUS KARA GOUCHER “GPS ONE” SIGNATURE SERIES  — P 4,950.00

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SOLEUS  ALYSIA MONTANO “CHICKED” SIGNATURE SERIES — P2, 950.00

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SOLEUS NICK SYMMONDS “CONTENDER” SIGNATURE SERIES  — P 3,450.00

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You can get these special signature series at all L-Time Studio Stores and TIMEGEAR Boutiques!

Soleus To Unveil Their New GPS Watches Soon!

There’s no shortage of great GPS watches on the market if you’re looking to buy your first, upgrade or have another spare to use on your daily sports activities. Even so, there are certainly some watches that stand above others, either because they have multiple specs, they’re easy to operate, with up-loadable data and is affordable with practical uses.

To a runner or triathlete, there are so many things to consider when buying a GPS watch . Sure, you can run down all the standard specs and features and look for the ones with the highest numbers—GPS accuracy, heart rate monitors, display size, functionality, battery capacity, all that stuff—but high scores doesn’t add up to a great watch that’s intended for practical and specific use in your training or racing.

A few nights ago, I, together with another blogger, Abet Ocampo were given the first dibs on 3 of the latest SOLEUS GPS Watches that will come out in the local market soon. Thanks to Ms. Judith Staples, Marketing Head of the biggest sports and fashion watch distributor in the country, L-TIME STUDIO for letting us take a first look of her babies. It’s been a while since we were introduced to their previous GPS models like the FIT 1.0, Tour and Cross-Country.

The SOLEUS Watch brand is evolving. In its own distinct way, it is becoming the most popular and most affordable GPS watch locally that a runner can have. The dependable pieces of SOLEUS has given us a great training tool over the years with evermore exciting and practical functions minus the bells and whistles the high-end watches possess. It has everything you need and nothing you don’t.

As a result, at the entry-level, the watches, tagged with its low price are becoming more popular and the use of GPS has become increasingly commonplace to both experienced and newbie runners.

Here’s a look at SOLEUS’ latest 3 GPS models:

The Soleus GPS One: US$ 79.00

The Soleus GPS ONE: New Ultra Thin Profile –
GPS Receiver
Distance
Pace / Speed
calories Burned
Auto Lap / 100 Lap
1/100 Sec Chronograph
EL Backlight
Night Mode
8 Hours GPS Battery Life
Rechargeable Battery
30M Water Resistant

ONE is the simplest model, satisfying the preferences of many recreational runners as well as elites who value pen and paper and record their activity in running journals.  Living in a technology-driven society we often overlook the purists who still value the simplicity of running.  Retailing at only $79, One offers the accuracy of all other GPS models but revels in the simplicity of a one-touch start.  With a display that has three lines of data, the user can easily monitor their run time, pace and distance and be done.  One is the perfect tool for people who embrace the experience of running and don’t want to electronically store all their data.

Soleus GPS Turbo: US$ 129.00

GPS Turbo – 8 hours of GPS battery life,6 interval training sessions, auto pause detection, Pace Partner, vibration alerts, 3 lines of customizable data, 5 programmable alarms, automatic lap splits, and 100-lap memory (just to name a few).

TURBO in addition to One, is new to the Soleus GPS family.  It fulfills the needs of the active community who are seeking enhanced real-time feedback and data by adding brand new features.  Turbo measures and displays all of the standard GPS information: time, pace and distance, and has included metrics that make it a more enhanced training tool.

“Pace Partner” allows you to pre-determine a pace range in which you’d like to maintain for a run.  “Pace Alerts” will then notify you by a beep or vibration when falling off pace.  Also, in an effort to make the device more user-friendly, especially when running through congested areas that require frequent stops, Soleus introduces “Auto Pause.”

This uses GPS data to identify when you’ve stopped forward progress, and automatically pauses your run.  The Auto Pause function then recognizes when you’ve begun running again, and starts the watch, all without the user having to hit any buttons.  Like FlyTurbo is compatible with online training communities, and allows the user to upload all of their stored workouts.

Soleus GPS Fly: US$ 99.00

Another color of the Soleus GPS Fly

The Soleus GPS Fly tells you speed, distance, pace, and calories burned. GPS Fly offers the most essential running data alongside an 8 hour battery life, 3 lines of customizable data, 100-lap memory, automatic lap splits, and 30 run data storage.

FLY is an upgrade to Soleus’ number one selling watch, the Fit.  The added features include a smaller casing and band width for a more comfortable fit, and a refined user interface by utilizing descriptive icons in place of finely printed words to describe navigation. The Fly is offered in four new colorways and retails for $99.  Similar to its predecessor, the Fly measures and stores all relevant data like time, pace, distance, and calories burned, and is uploadable to multiple popular online training communities that allows runners to log their workouts and interact with other athletes.

Austin, Texas – June 23, 2015 – From the beginning, Soleus has positioned itself as a running company; creating high functioning, reliable, and stylish timing and monitoring products in a cost-effective manner for runners worldwide.  Using the latest technology as well as soliciting functional and creative feedback from sponsored athletes, has enabled Soleus to continue refining their products.  This process has led to the development of three entirely new models of GPS running watches.  Soleus is proud to introduce OneFly and Turbo to their comprehensive product line.

“Our relationships with runners all over world, especially our elite athletes, gives us tremendous insight into the needs and wants of every type of runner,” says Soleus founder and CEO, David Arnold.  “Our goal is to have a full portfolio of products for every type of runner, and with OneFly and Turbo, we’re serving a growing and diverse population of runners.”

Ultimately, this new line of timing products highlights Soleus’ continued commitment to the running community and collaborative investment in the athletes they sponsor and support.  OneFly and Turbo are evidence that high performance doesn’t have to come at an extreme price point, and can help grow the scope of runners who can benefit from Soleus’ diverse portfolio. (PRESS RELEASE)

These new line of SOLEUS GPS watches will be available locally during the first week of August. Prices of each will be announced soon!

Musings On The SUUNTO Ambit2 GPS Watch

For such a compact GPS wrist watch, the Suunto Ambit 2 is an exhaustive piece of engineering! It’s aimed not only for athletes but for the outdoor explorer, as well. The SUUNTO Ambit-2 and its more simplified version, the Ambit 2S are probably two of the best, if not the best brand GPS models for runners, cyclists, swimmers and is an excellent functional watch for the triathlete.

This was the gist of what the new Suunto Ambit2 and Ambit 2S does during their launching a few days ago at the Rockwell Mall in Makati City.

Out of the box. The Suunto Ambit-2

The back side of the Ambit 2

Ms. Mascy Cabuhat-Pineda (2nd from left), Brand Manager of Time Depot, distributors of the Suunto Ambit2 and 2S with Suunto Ambassadors (l-r) Andy Leuterio, Keshia Fule and Ige Lopez

Without further ado, these were some of my initial impressions of the watch: I was able to road test the Ambit 2  on a few runs and i would say that i was most impressed with how it was able to immediately lock for a satellite signal and it took just a second or two, even when i was under our garage!

The main format of the Gps watch

It’s the Exercise dial which you would want to press.

If Running is your thing, press “next”. It would ask you if you would use it with a HR belt, if not..skip then it would find the satellite which would just take a second or two.

It might be a chunky watch when you feel it on your wrist but when setting through the dials, the watch is very easy to use and navigate with the buttons mainly focused on the start (upper right) and next (middle) buttons.

I’ve used the Garmin 310 XT and the FR110 models in the past together with my present Soleus 1.0 GPS and i must say the the Ambit2 was more maneuverable and locks-in immediately to various configurations whether  you want PACE, DISTANCE or TIME Elapsed as the main face of the watch.

The first main screen that you’ll be given is this: Elapsed time up on top, current pace in the middle, and average pace at the bottom. If you want to see your PACE as the dominant feature (middle), this is your screen.

If you want DISTANCE to be the dominant feature of the screen, just toggle to the “next” button and this screen appears. The bold numbers in the middle is the distance (dst) while the smaller ones below is the work-out time.

For me, this is my favorite pre-set screen which shows the work-out time in the middle and the distance covered in the bottom.

If you’re more concerned with your heart rate and using the watch’s accompanying HR monitor, this screen shows your current HR in the middle, average HR at the bottom, and the Performance Training Effect at the top.

Take note that the lower figures are customizable which can be changed at random by pressing the “view” button (lower left) during any of the above data screens.

If you want to exit from any of these data and go directly to the main screen, all one has to do is to press the “back lap” button on the upper right side of the watch until you reach the main screen. This will also automatically shut off  the GPS so it conserves the life of the battery.

The Ambit2 has a battery life of up to 50 hours of recording time in GPS mode.  However in such mode the recording rate is reduced to every one (1) minute.  In standard 1-second recording mode, the Ambit2 gets 15 hours of recording time.

Moreover, there’s an online application called MOVESCOUNT (http://www.suunto.com/Support/Movescount/) which stores your training/racing activity online with the available details you want. You can follow your progress in your training activities with highly accurate tools to analyze your performance, improve your fitness or simply enjoy your achievements.

There are more tons of features which i haven’t tested or will be even able to do like the cycling part, indoor and outdoor swimming, trekking which features an Altimeter, Barometer and Weather forecasts. There is an application for Trail Running though, which i intend to use in my future trail runs.

The SUUNTO Ambit-2 retails for P35,000.00 (P40,000.00 for the Ambit-2 Sapphire) while the Amvit-2S costs P25,000.00.

In the meantime, i’m leaving you with some of the training and sports-specific functions that will be of great use to runners and triathletes.

TRAINING

  • GPS-based speed, pace and distance
  • Real-time, average and max. heart rate ♥
  • Calories ♥
  • Heart rate limits ♥
  • Heart rate graph in real time ♥
  • Peak Training Effect & Recovery Time ♥
  • Manual & autolaps
  • Chrono
  • Countdown timer
  • Interval timer
  • GPS track analysis*
  • Heart rate zones* ♥
  • EPOC & V02 max values* ♥

MULTISPORTS

  • Swapping of sport while logging and exercise
  • Preconfigured multisport modes
  • Sports comparison*
  • Post-analysis of multisport exercise by sport*
  • Interactive map and charts by sport/section of an exercise*
  • ANT+™ and Suunto ANT support for PODs

ANT+™ logoThis product is ANT+ certified.
Visit www.thisisant.com/directory for a list of compatible products.

RUNNING

  • Responsive running pace/speed (FusedSpeed™)
  • Running cadence with Foot POD
  • Lap comparisons by each kilometer/mile*
  • Ghost Runner (Suunto App)
  • Marathon End-time Estimator (Suunto App)

CYCLING

  • Multiple Bike POD support (Suunto ANT/ANT+™)
  • Bike Power (W), average and maximum
  • Bike Power 3 s, 10 s, 30 s
  • Bike lap and lap maximum power
  • Power distribution & graphs*
  • Peak Power Curve for peak power outputs*

Bike Power requires use of optional ANT+ bike power sensor.

SWIMMING

  • Swimming time by pool length, lap, total
  • Swimming pace & distance
  • Swimming stroke rate, count & type
  • Automatic intervals
  • Dynamic lap table with strokes, pace and durations*

SUUNTO APPS

  • 1000+ free Suunto Apps for outdoors & training
  • Up to 50 Apps pre-configurable in watch
  • Logging of all App values for post-analysis
  • Suunto Apps creation with:
    • Chrono, GPS, HR, weather and altitude data ♥
    • Running, cycling, swimming data
    • Rich math functions, if/then logic, sound, backlight, etc.

* in Movescount.com
♥ requires use of optional Suunto ANT/ANT+
 or Suunto Dual Heart Rate Belt

From the running and multi-sport community

Suunto launches two new generation GPS watches –  Ambit2 S and Ambit2 (Press Release)

Suunto unveils the second generation of Ambit outdoor GPS watches, the new line-up of Ambit2 S and  the Ambit2. This creates a collection of Suunto GPS watches for every occassion — whether a multisport training session or a serious adventure.

Comments President of Suunto, Mikko Moilanen: “The Ambit got a tremendously positive response from consumers last year. To meet the needs of perfomance sports oriented users even better we felt that a lighter, slimmer GPS with sports-specific features but less focus on outdoor functionality was needed to complement the Ambit family. In addition, the rapidly advancing technology made it meaningful to update the Ambit family with new members already now.”

Ambit2 S – The GPS watch for athletes

The new Ambit2 S is a light and sleek GPS watch for multisport athletes that packs all the features needed for cycling, running, swimming and multisport training. The GPS provides accurate pace, route navigation and tracking, while the heart rate monitor lets you train within your ideal zone.

Suunto Ambit2 S

  • Cycling: The new Suunto Ambit2 S will support power meters (ANT+) and offers various power measurement values and numerous options for in-depth analysis.
  • Swimming: The Ambit2 S also offers comprehensive swimming functionality, including pace and distance, automatic intervals, stroke rate and swimming time related to different pool lengths. The Ambit2 S will also learn to recognize your swimming style, which makes performance analysis easier.
  • Running: Runners benefit from highly accurate pace and distance thanks to FusedSpeed™, the Ambit’s accelerometer integrated GPS, as well as interval timer and autolaps for training.
  • Multisport Training: Users can switch between sports, making the Suunto Ambit2 S ideal for recording your multisport training or race.

Ambit2 S – SRP Php 25,000

Ambit2 – The GPS for Explorers and Athletes

Suunto also launches the Ambit2, which builds on the success of the award-winning Suunto Ambit. It includes Suunto’s hallmark outdoor functions such as route navigation, barometric information, altimeter with FusedAltiTM, 3D compass and other outdoor specific features.

In addition the Ambit2 has all the training features of the Ambit2 S, above.

Suunto Ambit2

Packed in a glass fiber reinforced casing with a battery life of up to 50 hours in GPS mode, the Ambit2 is the ultimate watch for serious adventurers, explorers and multisport athletes. The Sapphire edition of the Ambit2, (pictured center) features a brushed steel bezel and sapphire crystal glass, adding some serious style to the Ambit2’s extreme functionality.

Comments Suunto ambassador and climber Ueli Steck: “In the mountains you need a watch you can rely on. I’ve been using Suunto products for many years and the Ambit2 is the ideal product out there for anyone serious about their mountain sports.”

App Zone and Movescount.com are also upgraded

Suunto is also upgrading the Suunto App Zone, the community forum where users can find and create free Apps for the Ambit GPS watches. Since it launched in November 2012, the App Zone  has proved popular with users, who have created over 5,000 Apps so far. The upgrade gives Ambit owners the chance to create and share more advanced Apps. Suunto’s online sports community Movescount.com which hosts the App Zone, will also be updated to provide new  tools for in-depth analysis, enhanced navigation and improved opportunities for sharing.

For more product details and full specs, visit www.suunto.com

For media inquiries, contact:

Mascy Cabuhat-Pineda

mascy.pineda@timedepot.com.ph,

Phone: +632 7435220 loc 109 cell: +63 917 7933791

Ambit2  Silver and Black – SRP Php 35,000

Ambit2  Sapphire – SRP Php 40,000

Available at all TIME DEPOT stores