Suunto Spartan Sport HR

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Suunto Spartan Sport HR Review Facts

Suunto, an adventure Sports Performance Company, has diving gears, accessories, premium and sports class watches to offer. Prior to the launch of Suunto Spartan Sports HR, its sports watch category just didn’t do justice for the company. Some watches were providing real-time HR monitor, while Suunto relied on a separate HR monitor. In 2017, Suunto partnered with Valencell. Now Spartan’s line of watches provided HR monitoring with an exercise log feature on the wrist, making Suunto up to par.

Suunto Spartan Sports HR has a barometer, a compass, and it can lock-in GPS signals quicker than any other brand. It offers 80 preset sports modes to choose from, the highest in its class. The user can create a new mode on the site and transfer that to his watch with a simple synchronization. The web portal is ideal for an activity enthusiast with its robust features plus an additional third party app enhancement. The most distinct feature that impressed us was “Heat Map”.

Pros
  • “The Heat Maps”
  • “Water Resistance”
  • “Detailed Data Fields”
  • “Best HR sensor”
  • “The Software”
  • “Durability”
Cons
  • “Laggy interface”
  • “No activity tracker”
  • “Basic Smart Feature”
  • “Not the best mobile app”
Signal Strength

Signal Strength

Suunto’s GPS accuracy is similar to Garmin Fenix 5 or FR935 but it is much quicker. The user can select positioning options to either keep GPS signals coming in forever or to connect GPS after timely intervals to save some power. By the way, you shouldn’t worry about the battery life if you’re not doing a cross country marathon, as this watch provides 26 hours when the GPS is active.
Size / Weight

Size / Weight

The watch feels heavy and actually looks heavy. But it is not. It is actually lighter than the Fenix 5S and 5X and weighs 70 grams almost equal to Fenix 5. The watch looks bigger because of Suunto’s not so great design.
Heart Rate Monitoring

Heart Rate Monitoring

Other brands do provide Heart Rate sensors but they might not be as precise as this watch. Suunto Spartan Sports doesn’t take a generic Heart Rate sensor as they are slow, inaccurate and ineffective. Instead, Suunto had partnered with Valencell; the leading biometric data monitoring sensing company. This sensor can provide data log for every second during your exercise.
Mobile Device Pairing

Mobile Device Pairing

Suunto Spartan Sports HR can be paired with both iOS and Android devices. Suunto Movescount App is free in both the market. This app provides a much detailed picture of exercise with a real GPS mapping. Activity logs automatically gets sync with the device when it is paired with a smart phone through a Bluetooth connection.
Sport Modes

Sport Modes

Cycling, Jogging, and Swimming are some common sports modes. How many sports can you count? Suunto Spartan Sports watch offers 80 preset sports modes for you to log your every movement. And if that wasn’t enough, you can always create a new mode from Suunto’s desktop app and sync that directly to this watch.
Social Media Sharing

Social Media Sharing

Suunto Movescount app allows you to share your activity feeds to social media with your peers and friends. There is also one Heat Map feature which is available on its web portal and app exclusive to Suunto users only. It’s similar to a social media Shoutcast but instead, it creates a virtual trail map for an area so a person can directly team up with other athletes in real, who are regular on that route. Suunto Movescount also compares your activity log with the worldwide peers of your same age group and can project where you stand.

Notifications

Notifications

Suunto Spartan Sports HR can pair with both iOS and Android platform through the Suunto Movescount App, so when a notification arrives, a popup will appear on watch-face. This means you can have SMS and call notifications on the screen. The user can enable vibrating and tone alerts as well. Apart from mobile pairing, this watch can provide alarm and key event notifications. There are 17 languages to choose from and the user can change the notification language by going into its General>Language.
Compatible Programs

Compatible Programs

Suunto Movescount is the official app for the Suunto Spartan Sports HR series. But we CAN assure you that you won’t need other compatible activity apps with your watch. When you are exercising with the Suunto Spartan Sports HR, it records everything. You would sync your activities to Suunto Movescount app over PC/App. You will then analyze and compare your data with your own insight or Movescount members. Now, Suunto Movescount will enhance your experience with additional 3rd party app support. Sportstracker, Strava, and Preva are the famous three but there are 29 3rd party apps in total to enhance your insight experience.
Apps & Widgets

Apps & Widgets

You can use Suunto Movescount App and its web portal for uploading all your data logs and activity sessions. The app, which is compatible with every Android and iOS based smartphones records each activity with absolute accuracy. You can always check if you’re under-training or over-training. If you have some doubt about your activity timing, a personal trainer or coach can help you with that and will provide grades. However, you won’t be needing that as Suunto Movescount app compare your insights with worldwide users and shows you where you stand in your age group.
Personalization

Personalization

Suunto Spartan Sports HR comes with several watch faces, both digital and analog. Additionally, the user can add a date or dual time and enable or disable the activity monitor on the digital watch face.
Real Time Data Tracking

Real Time Data Tracking

With a GPS, a Compass, a barometer, an altimeter, and a top notch Heart Rate monitor, assure that Suunto Spartan Sports HR will always record data in real-time for steps count, calorie burn, altitude change, HR fluctuations and so on. The watch is smart enough to understand between activity and rest position. It can even Autopause your exercise session when it senses the user is too slow. Auto-pause feature cuts down recording the log when you’re going slower than 2 kilometers per hour (1.2mph). It will start recording only if you increase your speed more than 3 kilometers per hour. The user can turn Autopause on or off for specific exercises, such as swimming.
Metrics & Analytics

Metrics & Analytics

With 80 sports mode pre-installed in the watch, Suunto Spartan Sports HR can record every activity 24x7. The best thing is that it can record 30-day activity and HR analysis in itself. That’s a whole lot of data for a product of its class and for further insights, you can rely on Movescount web portal and app. You can manually set the daily goals, such as step and calorie counters.
Key Features

Key Features

• Accurate Heart Rate sensor from Valencell
• 80 pre-installed sports mode, and the possibility to add more.
• Accurate built in Altimeter, Barometer, Compass, and GPS
• Water resistance down to 100m (328 feet).
• 30-day summary log, additional log on Suunto Movescount app/web.
• iOS and Android app pairing support with mobile phone push notification (tone+vibrate).
• PODs pairing and additional sensor support.
• Robust web portal - Heat Map, peer to peer coaching and personal trainer support.
• Insight enhancement with 29 third party app, apart from its native app (Strava and Sportstracker)
• Bigger battery life with 26 hours in training mode, 16 hours in GPS mode and about 7 days in airplane mode.
• 17 languages and customizable watch face.
• Maximum durability due to Titanium5/Stainless steel bezel and Sapphire glass
• Recovery time indicator.
• International Warranty.
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Price wise it may not be attractive, but Suunto Spartan Sports HR is indeed an impressive product. Suunto is a renowned name in sports computers and this watch has all the reason for the price.

Suunto has one top notch web portals and it’s a fact that other competitors envy Suunto’s web design. The Heat Map feature is revolutionary and you won’t see a similar trail mapping feature with other brands. However, Suunto is in great need to upgrade its native app design. There is an error of balancing because the web portal offers more services than its app.

Lastly, if you’re obsessed with the precision of activity tracking, then you can’t get a better sports computer at this price. The overall product design and web functionality are centered on enhancing performance.
Progress Beyond Logic – Is the slogan for Suunto Spartan Sports HR series.