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Suunto Spartan Sport Watch $
Advanced activity tracking.
Packed with an astounding amount of pre-set sport modes (there's 80 in total!), the Suunto Spartan Sport Watch measures workout-savvy metrics for your favorite aerobic and outdoor activities, ranging from triathlon races to backcountry ski tours. Built-in GPS provides the ability to track your total ascent/descent on high-elevation efforts, as well as delivering route planning support with Suunto's Movescount app. Perfect for setting out into the wilderness, the Spartan Sport tracks your every move with a breadcrumb trail, also facilitating visual route navigation when you're unsure of where to go next. Community-sourced routes open up new realms of exploration of your favorite outdoor pursuits.
It's compatible with a separately available Suunto Smart Sensor, allowing you to gain valuable insight into your heart rate while training and exercising outdoors. Bluetooth Smart capability allows for wireless syncing with both heart rate monitors and smartphones running Suunto's Movescount app for iOS and Android. The Movescount app works as a training program for your favorite outdoor activities and training disciplines. Other handy features with this watch are 24/7 activity monitoring, tough-wearing materials, and a vivid LCD screen with scratch-resistant mineral crystal face. Each Spartan Sport is handmade in Finland with the highest quality and attention to detail.
- Advanced activity tracker with 80 pre-set sport modes
- Built-in GPS receiver for navigation and route analysis
- Movescount app uploads personal metrics and exercise data
- Pairs with Suunto Smart Sensor (not included)
- Bluetooth Smart capabilities for wireless syncing
- 24/7 tracking for keeping tabs on daily activity
- Each watch is handmade in Finland for premium quality
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Feature Packed, Just Needs Fine-Tuning
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I used The Suunto Spartan Wrist HR watch while running the Grand Canyon Rim to Rim, which was a 27 mile adventure, and for various training runs in the month preceding. This watch is my second Suunto product owned (Ambit 3 Peak is my other hardware). I am reviewing this watch as somebody who pursues mainly trail/ultra/mountain running.
Following Suunto tradition, the design of the watch is sleek, yet simple. The wristband is a soft, grippy rubber, which makes for a secure fit- no worries about losing this watch. Compared to the Ambit 3, this watch is lighter weight, a surprise considering the touchscreen and heart rate monitor. Menu options are complete and easy to navigate.
While in workout mode, I enjoyed being able to see my previous lap splits in conjunction with my current lap pace. Heart rate reads are quite sporadic- my watch will often read 180-190 while running at a moderate pace, which should equate to near red-lining pace for me. Resting heart rates seem to be quite accurate most of the time though. Improved accuracy on the HR would be welcomed in future versions, as well as a vibration alert for when your workout hits a new heart rate zone. I would love to see a music control option on this watch, especially for those music-fueled workouts. Also, a toggle to be able to turn the screen on by touch vs. by button would come in handy.
The main things I look for in a watch are GPS accuracy, backtracking, altimeter, and battery life. While wearing both my Ambit and Spartan, GPS was nearly spot on between the two of them for Rim to Rim. I loved to find that not only is there a breadcrumb tracking option, but there is a coordinate readout as well. Another plus there is that the breadcrumb trail is a default screen in exercise mode. The altimeter passes the test and was spot on with the Ambit.
The largest room for improvement in this watch though is the battery. Coming from from Ambit 3, I was amazed at how quickly - relatively- I could burn though battery with this watch. I have found about 12 hours to be the reasonable use in activity mode (about a week in standby), vs. about 60 activity hours with the Ambit. Understood, the Ambit does not have an HR monitor built in, but, in order to extend battery on the Spartan, Iâd need to decrease GPS pinging/accuracy and/or various other features.
A design feature I miss from the Ambit 3 is the charger. It is possible to wear the Ambit 3 and charge at the same time due to the charging pins being on the 9 oâclock position, opposing the wristband. With the Spartan, the charger is in line with the wristband at the 12 oâclock position, and a thicker magnet style charger is used, making it not possible to charge on-the-run, at least while on the wrist.
Iâd love to see there be way to duplicate an existing sport/display profile or to edit a pre-generated profile. There are some data fields Iâd like to exchange in my displays, but I need to create an all new display profile in order to do this.
To summarize, I like this watch, but I want to love this watch. Iâd probably give a 3.5-4 out of 5 stars on it. It is feature packed and looks great, however, I still default to my Ambit for anything where I am going to be in the mountains, route scouting, or on a long run. The bells and whistles on the Spartan are thoughtful and for the most part easy to use and view, but it all comes down to the battery for me. The battery is an element of comfort and trust- if I am going to need my GPS coordinates or breadcrumbs, I am going to need battery, and I trust the Ambit to give that to me without having to lower the GPS accuracy or pinging.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Suunto Spartan I would recommend this watch to anyone who is interested in a watch that can accurately record any workout you can think of and anyone who is interested in a stylish watch that is durable and built for everyday use. Make sure to get a screen protector, as the screen is large, and can be easily scratched. The battery life is short if used frequently and paired to bluetooth the entire time. Overall this watch is awesome and will make you more conscious of your daily activities.