Suunto Spartan Ultra

8.6
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Suunto Spartan Ultra Review Facts

The Spartan Ultra, an integral part of Suunto’s Spartan smartwatch collection, is a top of the line GPS watch that has numerous multi sport modes, great durability, style, and hundreds of apps and widgets to choose from through Suunto’s app store. It comes in several colors and is offered in premium special editions models in addition to the standard one. This watch is perfect for people who practice more obscure sports such as paragliding or scuba diving rather than running, swimming, and cycling, as the majority of other smartwatches tend to cater more closely to those three. One other great function of this watch is its training insight and analysis through Movescount which helps you improve your workout regimen. With real-time GPS/GLONASS tracking, built-in barometer/altimeters, a colored screen, and personalization options, the Spartan Ultra has just about every feature you could want in a watch of this caliber.

Pros
  • Made with quality materials for long-lasting durability
  • Long battery life, even when in training mode
  • Sleek and classy design
  • 80+ sport modes
  • Tons of metrics for fitness and weather
  • Provides insight for better training
Cons
  • Dimly lit screen
  • Doesn’t wirelessly sync with Windows mobile devices
Signal Strength

Signal Strength

This device uses advanced GPS/GLONASS technology in order to implement real-time data tracking and location accuracy. As a result, navigating familiar routes or foreign terrain is simple and easy, and connecting to the internet is no problem at all. While some customers have complained of connectivity issues, this has had more to do with Bluetooth and device pairing more so than GPS accuracy. In terms of signal strength, this watch is pretty reliable and easy to play around with, whether it’s using the breadcrumb view, the digital compass, or simply using the map to find new routes.


Size/Weight

Size/Weight

At a weight of 2.58 ounces, the Spartan Ultra hits the sweet spot of not being too bulky and heavy while at the same time not being so slim and thin that it is easily damaged or broken. Most purchasers have not complained about any discomfort regarding the wristband and have reported that when working out with the watch on it doesn’t feel too heavy or distracting. The watch face itself is roughly 2 inches in diameter and is water resistant. Essentially, the dimensions of the Spartan Ultra are on par with almost all other smartwatches and is relatively comfortable and lightweight. It’s great for wearing while on the go or even just doing other leisurely things
Social Media Sharing

Social Media Sharing

Movescount is Suunto’s version of a social media network since it connects users from all around the globe through their love of exercise and sport. Not only can you compare your personal bests with other people, but you can also receive advice on how to improve your times and training using techniques that other people in your age group have used. Peer-to-peer coaching is also a fantastic asset that is available through Movescount. This interconnected web of positive reinforcement and athletic content acts as its own form of social media and is a wonderful feature for those who want a more social experience with their watch at their fingertips.
Apps & Widgets

Apps & Widgets

Like Suunto’s other watches, the Spartan Ultra grants access to the Suunto app store where you can select from hundreds of apps and widgets that add to your watch’s customization or fitness capabilities. If trying to be one step ahead of your surroundings is one of your goals, there are apps such as storm predictors, sunrise and sunset time displayers, and ones that tell you when the tide is at its lowest or highest. Some examples of fitness apps include daily goal reminders, running efficiency measures, and interval training. There is truly a plethora of apps to choose from, which is why many flock to Suunto’s models, particularly those in the Spartan series.
Personalization

Personalization

The color scheme for the Suunto Spartan Ultra is truly brilliant. Standard color options for the watch (rather than the premium editions) include black, ultra white, all black and stealth titanium, a pearly gray color. As for the premium or special edition models, the watch is available in gold or copper for those who want a truly luxurious and appealing looking device. While custom wristbands aren’t available, it’s safe to say that most who are willing to spend this much on their watch aren’t interested in some of the gaudy and bright colors of interchangeable wristbands that some other brands tend to sell. The ability to choose which apps go where on the watch is also a unique aspect to the Suunto Ultra’s customization.
Metrics & Analytics

Metrics & Analytics

Offering 24/7 activity monitoring, history, and targets is a key component in this watch’s metrics and analytics features. It can provide lap analysis and pace for runners and swimmers, measure bike laps and lap power for cyclists, and is capable of measuring nearly every type of metric for almost any sport. This is done through a combination of bluetooth connectivity, built-in sensors, or purchasing an accompanying power sensor. The results of these metrics is stunningly accurate, and the watch also provides useful feedback about these measures in order to improve your strength or workouts in general.
Mobile Device Pairing

Mobile Device Pairing

Like almost every other GPS watch, the Spartan Ultra is able to pair to mobile devices. It connects easily with iOS and Android devices, but Windows users are out of luck as the only way to download your tracked activities onto a mobile device is by using a PC and a USB cord which is a pretty archaic method. When connected to a smartphone device, you can simultaneously receive notifications such as missed phone calls and text messages on the phone and watch. This function is a must-have in order to feel more organized and connected to the watch, especially when you have to be hands-free but don’t want to miss any important alerts.


Multi Sport Modes

Multi Sport Modes

Perhaps the most useful part of this watch is its huge array of multisport modes. 80 sport modes come pre-installed on the watch so you’re instantly ready to take on the world for virtually any sport you desire. While the Spartan Ultra offers traditional metrics and modes for the traditional sports such as running, swimming, and cycling, it also has sport-specific displays for hiking, skiing, golfing, and even weight lifting. These modes provide detailed and accurate feedback and metrics that pertain to the sport of your choice. Overall, this watch has one of the widest ranges of sport modes out there which is part of what makes it so special.
Key Features

Key Features

• Up to 100m water resistance

• Composed of titanium, steel, and sapphire glass

• Luxurious feel and appearance

• 80 preloaded sport modes

• Personalized sport/workout expertise

• Built-in barometer, compass, and altimeter

• Social community via Movescount
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

As a whole, the Suunto Spartan Ultra watch is a solid choice for the more experienced athletes out there. Having such a high water resistance is great for swimmers who often have difficulties finding a watch that is both water resistant and comfortable, and the huge variety of sport modes is awesome for many who feel their sport isn’t as paid as much as attention as the big three (swimming, running, and cycling).

It has several color options, a built-in social community, durability, and lots of analytical features. Moreover, it’s a beautiful looking device and has received overwhelmingly positive feedback from customers. Suunto constantly updates their software as well, meaning this watch will always be up-to-date. This model is worth the price for all of these reasons.