The best ABC watches (Alti Baro Compass)

LISTING ORDER >> I have tried to list the best & most popular altimeter, barometer, compass sport watches first. Obsolete products are listed towards the END

These are some of the very best ABC watches on the market. An ABC watch is one with an Altimeter (height) Barometer (Air Pressure) and Compass watch. These watches ALL include in-built GPS and the ability to support heart rate from an optional heart rate sensor. The Fenix 3 HR is the exception here as it acquires heart rate directly off the wrist, no need for a chest strap.

The Ambit3, Spartan and Fenix3 range are compatible with Bluetooth 4 devices so heart rate monitoring can be achieved when the watch unit is paired with either a traditional chest strap sensor or an optical wrist strap sensor like the Mio Link or Fuse

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Under £200 ABC outdoor sports watchThe best outdoor adventure watch with GPS, altimeters, compass and barometer

  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate is taken directly from the wrist
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Get feedback on recovery progression
    Calculates Training Load to prevent over-training
    Swim-metrics eg. efficiency, lengths, avg speed per length
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email
    MultiSport Support - multiple sports in one session
    Virtual Pacer - race against a previously stored track
    Race Pacer - set desired Distance versus Time goal
    Power - compatible with optional Power sensors
    Cadence - provides wireless pedal cadence from optional sensors
    Features Digital Compass
    Built-in GPS is used to monitor speed and distance
    Autorouting Feature - navigate from A to B without pre-planning
    Back Home - GPS function to get you back to start
    Altitude feedback from either GPS or Barometric sensors

    Garmin Fenix 5

    The most successful range of ABC watch, the Garmin Fenix, moves to version 5. The Garmin Fenix 5 is available in 3 case sizes making it more attractive for those with small wrists. The Fenix 5 features altimeter, barometer, compass and Garmin Elevate wrist based heart rate sensor. Suitable for adventurers, elite athletes, orienteers and triathletes ...

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate is taken directly from the wrist
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Get feedback on recovery progression
    Calculates Training Load to prevent over-training
    Swim-metrics eg. efficiency, lengths, avg speed per length
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email
    MultiSport Support - multiple sports in one session
    Virtual Pacer - race against a previously stored track
    Race Pacer - set desired Distance versus Time goal
    Power - compatible with optional Power sensors
    Cadence - provides wireless pedal cadence from optional sensors
    Features Digital Compass
    Built-in GPS is used to monitor speed and distance
    Autorouting Feature - navigate from A to B without pre-planning
    Back Home - GPS function to get you back to start
    Altitude feedback from either GPS or Barometric sensors

    Garmin Fenix3 HR

    The Fenix range have the perfect balance of fitness, navigation and tech / connected functionality to satisfy most outdoor racers, explorers and performance athletes. The Fenix 3 Sapphire HR is a stylish, yet exceptional robust, GPS sports watch that can withstand harsh environments being water rated down to 100m. Featuring Garmin Elevate off the wrist heart rate, no need for a chest strap ....

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Get feedback on recovery progression
    Calculates Training Load to prevent over-training
    Swim-metrics eg. efficiency, lengths, avg speed per length
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email
    MultiSport Support - multiple sports in one session
    Race Pacer - set desired Distance versus Time goal
    Power - compatible with optional Power sensors
    Cadence - provides wireless pedal cadence from optional sensors
    Features Digital Compass
    Built-in GPS is used to monitor speed and distance
    Back Home - GPS function to get you back to start
    Altitude feedback from either GPS or Barometric sensors

    Suunto Ambit3 Peak

    REPLACED by Spartan Ultra

    I still highly rate the Ambit 3 Peak and would still by one at the right price. The Ambit3 Peak has the same single log for multisport sessions, i.e. Swim, Bike and Run data all in ONE FILE. Access to thousands of APPS from the Movescount.com website. Sport displays configurable via Smartphone connection. And best of all... a 30 hour GPS battery life ....

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Get feedback on recovery progression
    Calculates Training Load to prevent over-training
    Swim-metrics eg. efficiency, lengths, avg speed per length
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email
    MultiSport Support - multiple sports in one session
    Virtual Pacer - race against a previously stored track
    Race Pacer - set desired Distance versus Time goal
    Power - compatible with optional Power sensors
    Cadence - provides wireless pedal cadence from optional sensors
    Features Digital Compass
    Built-in GPS is used to monitor speed and distance
    Back Home - GPS function to get you back to start
    Altitude feedback from either GPS or Barometric sensors

    Garmin Fēnix 3

    The Garmin Fēnix 3 is a combination of an outdoor adventurer's GPS, performance monitoring fitness watch and an activity tracker. It can estimate your VO2 max and even predict race times. Fēnix 3 can also calculate recovery time and even perform a recovery check after hard workouts. A 3-axis electronic compass, barometer and auto-calibrating altimeter helps you navigate on and off the beaten track ....

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Activity Tracker - set a daily activity target
    Monitor your sleep quality and duration
    Counts steps / pedometer functionality
    Get feedback on recovery progression
    Calculates Training Load to prevent over-training
    Swim-metrics eg. efficiency, lengths, avg speed per length
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    Receive smartphone notifications eg. call, text & email
    MultiSport Support - multiple sports in one session
    Power - compatible with optional Power sensors
    Features Digital Compass
    Built-in GPS is used to monitor speed and distance
    Autorouting Feature - navigate from A to B without pre-planning
    Back Home - GPS function to get you back to start
    Altitude feedback from either GPS or Barometric sensors

    Suunto Spartan Ultra

    The best GPS outdoor adventure / ABC /multisport watch of 2015/2016 was the Suunto Ambit3 Peak. That has now been replaced with the Suunto Spartan Ultra with high colour touchscreen display. Like the slightly less functional Spartan Sport the Ultra is a top quality GPS multisport watch designed with ULTRA Triathlon and other ultra endurance events in mind ....

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Get feedback on recovery progression
    Calculates Training Load to prevent over-training
    Swim-metrics eg. efficiency, lengths, avg speed per length
    Smartphone Connectivity supported by training Apps
    MultiSport Support - multiple sports in one session
    Virtual Pacer - race against a previously stored track
    Race Pacer - set desired Distance versus Time goal
    Power - compatible with optional Power sensors
    Cadence - provides wireless pedal cadence from optional sensors
    Features Digital Compass
    Built-in GPS is used to monitor speed and distance
    Back Home - GPS function to get you back to start
    Altitude feedback from either GPS or Barometric sensors

    Garmin Fēnix 2

    >> REPLACED by Fenix3

    It should be pointed out that the Fenix2 has been surpassed by the new Fenix3 GPS/ABC/HRM with Bluetooth connectivity for incoming notifications from your smartphone and connectivity to Garmin's Connect App for upload of training sessions directly to your smart device. Trust us here, get the Garmin Fenix 3, it's miles ahead in all areas of functionality ....

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Get feedback on recovery progression
    Calculates Training Load to prevent over-training
    Race Pacer - set desired Distance versus Time goal
    Cadence - provides wireless pedal cadence from optional sensors
    Features Digital Compass
    Built-in GPS is used to monitor speed and distance
    Back Home - GPS function to get you back to start
    Altitude feedback from either GPS or Barometric sensors

    Suunto Ambit2

    REPLACED by Spartan Ultra

    Suunto Ambit2 is the GPS for explorers and athletes. All you need for outdoor sports - navigation, speed, heart rate, altitude, weather conditions and features for running, biking and swimming. A battery life of 24 hours with GPS, Ambit2 is ready for any adventure. Although replaced by the Ambit3 Peak and more recently the Spartan Ultra the Ambit2 still offers solid functionality for those NOT interested in smartphone connectivity or activity tracking ....

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  • Optional Chest Strap style heart rate sensor
    Heart Rate Zone training featured on this model
    Calculates calories burnt feedback
    Get feedback on recovery progression
    Calculates Training Load to prevent over-training
    Swim-metrics eg. efficiency, lengths, avg speed per length
    Race Pacer - set desired Distance versus Time goal
    Power - compatible with optional Power sensors
    Cadence - provides wireless pedal cadence from optional sensors
    Features Digital Compass
    Built-in GPS is used to monitor speed and distance
    Back Home - GPS function to get you back to start
    Altitude feedback from either GPS or Barometric sensors

    Suunto Ambit2 Sapphire

    REPLACED by Spartan Ultra

    Suunto Ambit2 Sapphire is the GPS sports watch for outdoor explorers & athletes who also want stunning good looks. A battery life of 24 hours with GPS, Ambit2 Sapphire is ready for any adventure. Although replaced by the Ambit3 Peak and more recently the Spartan Ultra the Ambit2 still offers solid functionality for those NOT interested in smartphone connectivity or activity tracking ....

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  • A Brief History…

    It all started in 1996. As a sports science student I wanted to promote the use of Heart Rate Monitors in exercise. The business went online in 1999. In 14 years we sold HRM's to over 300,000 customers.

    After a short retail back we're now back with the new online store selling ONLY Polar. We still offer impartial advice & test other heart rate monitor brands. Our aim however, is to introduce you to Polar's products as an alternative to Garmin, Fitbit, Suunto or TomTom.

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