The new T series watches (which include the T1, T3, and T4) ditch Suunto’s usual on-board features of digital compass, thermometer, altimeter, and barometer in favor of a heart-rate monitor and calorimeter. The higher-end T3 and T4 watches are also compatible with “pods” that extend the functionality of the watch. Available pods include pedometer, cyclometer and GPS, as well as the PC Pod that allows transfer of stats to the PC for training analysis. Best guess sets these to retail for US$149 for the basic T1, $199 for the T3 and $299 for the T4. Pod prices unknown, but bundles like the “Marathon” and “Multisport” include watch and Pod together for a reduced price. Release “Fall 2006.”
The already-released T6 is also compatible with the new pods, and retains the internal compass, thermometer, and altimeter/barometer — if you’re the kind of person who needs to know everything.