Suunto Ambit2 R Watch Band Strap Broken – Defective?

Suunto Ambit2 R GPS Runner's watch with broken watch band for wrist.

While sitting around cheerless waiting for some news – ANY NEWS about the SUUNTO AMBIT4 watches, I’ve been reading a lot. I read that many people had the Suunto Ambit2, Ambit3 watch band straps break on them – and I thought, wow, that sucks for them.

Now it sucks FOR ME because mine just broke. There must be a serious defect in these bands because one guy on EBay is selling them and has already sold over 100 bands. That’s one seller.

So, I live in Thailand. It’s not an issue of bringing the band from hot to cold. It’s never cold. It’s not a matter of abusing the band – I am always really careful when putting it on. Very careful.

It isn’t a matter of having it too long – I had the watch about one year. In that time my heart rate monitor died too!

Is Suunto putting out absolute JUNK products?

I don’t know. I can’t say that yet. The watch still works. Sure it has a micro-chip or pitting in the glass already. How that happened, I couldn’t begin to guess because I never hit it hard. I don’t remember ever hitting the watch face medium-hard.

So, I don’t know. I’m probably wide-open now for which GPS running watch I buy this year. I though the Suunto was a tank – and would last forever. If the bands and heart rate monitors are breaking within a year – and, get this, cost $70 to replace a plastic band! hah! Come on man, are you guys out of your minds?

I already bought another heart rate monitor, so all in this watch which was 1.5 years old when I bought it  – cost me about $250 initially, adding $70 for the HRM, and now another $30, assuming I can get this guy to sell a fake band to me and ship it to Thailand – which he says he doesn’t usually do.

$350 for this watch and bum accessories.

Not too happy with Suunto, as you might imagine.

Now, if they don’t nail the Ambit4 – I’m going to buy a Garmin next!