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I am looking for a replacement for my loyal Suunto Ambit3 Peak sports watch for long ultra trips. I was afraid big and heavy, but the watch turned out to be smaller and lighter than Suunto. Physically high quality feeling and comfortable on the wrist. The display is clear and the buttons have worked. One of my main criteria was battery life. Well, I really got it. I use the watch mainly only for sports and when the settings are put in place the promised 60h battery life (full GPS accuracy) is met. I can’t comment on the benefits of the solar panel yet, but the sensors at least react to the sun. Admittedly, I don’t expect any major upheavals with this, but sometimes even the slightest slowdown in battery consumption is welcome when you’re on the move for several days. The firmware had to be upgraded right from the start and had to ring around a bit. Fortunately, the new FW at the same time improved GPS accuracy and battery life. This software side seems to be the problem area in almost every manufacture. I don’t use music on my watch so that side is unknown. GPS is accurate enough. Suunto Ambit3 Peak was more accurate and especially in difficult and wooded terrain. Many meters do not throw a trace, but this accumulates during the trip. The GPS signal is found quickly and at least so far has not been interrupted. The maps are OK, but fairly slow. The navigation of the pre-loaded route is successful. Wrist heart rate measurement surprisingly accurate. I did a lot of testing with this on two clocks. Heart rate levels rise and fall with a delay, but show the correct level quite accurately. The movement of the watch on the wrist is a problem, especially with long performances. I use chest straps when closer monitoring is needed. Expensive watch, but convincing when you got the settings you like. Unless you go crazy with Garmin on the software side, it seems like a reliable device. I am happy with my purchase.