Reviewed: 22 February 2008
LOVELY WATCH, FATALLY FLAWED
Despite the weighty instruction manual the Suunto T3 is easy to use and its interface is intuitive. Though large, it looks much more 'normal' than other HRMs and could quite happily be worn for non-sporting activities. The batteries in both the watch and heart rate belt are easy to change at home with nothing but a pound coin (to undo the chunky screw fitting), and the waterproofing has survived one change completely intact.
Whilst on paper the Suunto T3 is a great watch, there are several reasons why i would not recommend buying one:
1) The buttons protrude from the watch considerably and are far too easy to press accidentally with your wrist or (even more so) glove. I am forever trying to check my heartrate only to see the display has switched to the distance or time screen.
2) The older footpod (2005/6 model, i believe it has changed now) is simply not secure enough. Mine has popped out of its own accord on two occasions, leaving an empty rubber case attached to my shoe.
3) Finding the right length for the cloth strap is very fiddly and all too easily slips out of place.
4) The coach function, if you are a reasonably well-educated runner, is a complete waste of time. It has nothing to offer and, in my experience, favours a very low intensity schedule, regardless of the info you input to it. It may perhaps be more useful if you use the watch for other sports (e.g. cycling) as well, but this is not the case for myself.
Probably best left for 'lifestyle' fashion rather than fitness purposes!