I wanted a watch for swimming mostly, in which i did not need to use the hr band extra, before i used fitbit flex 2 for about a year, but hated the fact that you don’t have a way to measure times or see how are you doing at the moment. So far suunto has been pretty accurate for swimming. I don’t love the app, definitely fitbit is way ahead on this area. Battery doesn’t last that much while hiking with the navigation/gps turn on, but hey is basically the same at this moment with any device. As a reference, if i only go three times a week, for a hour to the pool, the battery will make it for about 4 days, with hr monitor on all the time.
I wanted to replace my ambit 2. I considered the traverse but it didn’t seem like a big enough upgrade to warrant the cost. Then i saw a good review of this watch. It is far better than i ever thought it would be. The last software upgrade contained most of the things it was lacking. No matter what you do it has your back. The reason i prefer it to an apple watch is the protective bezel and i can get the battery to last a few days. I was worried about the touch screen but it works well. The display is not crazy bright without the backlight on but it is totally readable in almost all conditions and if it’s not just hit one button and it’s super bright. It has every feature i wanted. The only thing i’m looking forward to is more watch faces and the ability to add a graph and some more customization to custom sports. I’d be surprised if you aren’t happy.
I can’t say enough great things about this watch. I had several friends that bought the spartan sport watches after we all had garmin series watches. The heart rate monitor on the wrist is pretty much dead on with a chest strap during crossfit or hiit training. The things this watch will do is amazing and it is also very dressy even to wear casually or church. Thanks suunto for a great product.
Liked: i haven’t quite jumped into all of the utility functions but first the things i love. I love the look and feel of the watch, i was looking for an all day everyday watch. I can log my runs, track my hike via gps, and then wear it to a fancy dinner so i get the full day’s activity scope. It’s a little big but if you want all the best features and a good battery life you need to compromise. Gps clicks in much faster than my garmin vivosmart hr (one of the reasons for switching to a new watch was having the gps finally lock in after i finished my run). Watch faces are nice it would be nice to have a bit more customizing or at least more variations. I have used the weight lifting (track hr for indoor climbing since gps would not work), the running, and the hiking features. Have not used swimming, biking, etc features. Tracks fairly well and to what i need. Dislike: shortcuts cannot be modified (yet?) i don’t know why but i can’t modify shortcuts to something useful.
I bought this watch to replace a fitbit blaze. The brightness could be brighter. The strap comes lose and works it’s way out of the strap loops consistently and daily. The watch on hot days is uncomfortable as sweat collects under it. The watch face is not scratch resistant. Within one month of having it one of my pet rats nails scratched it. There are no repair centers immediately available within one hour. No watch shops locally will even touch it. I am limited to having to go online to fill out a repair service request that will require me to surrender the watch for weeks to repair. The interface is good for bear backbone necessities for working out.
There’s not enough good reviews on this watch. Half of them are just complaints that could of been avoided from more research before buying. This watch does everything you need and is touchscreen. Yeah the touchscreen can be laggy (if your picky) but half the time i find myself using the side buttons anyway. The gps signal is picked up pretty quickly and does what it’s suppose to do. The watch came with 70% charge and i used it for 48+ hours out of the box. Uses were : 4 mi run with best gps signal, time only, 24/7 hr monitor and sleep tracking. The watch has now been on for the same time from a full charge and only at 63%. I can pull location easily from the menu and it can be in mgrs format which is what i wanted.
- Great Watch With Some Software Issues
- Very pretty but not a lot of depth
- Good looking watch
I’m primarily a runner (annual marathon) and weekend cyclist and looking for a nice upgrade from my aging apple watch 2. After lots of research and comparing online i ordered a fr235. Got it, tried it, returned it after realizing its going on 4 years old tech. The 235 also felt very plastic and toy-like. I ordered the suunto baro during the sale this summer and was highly impressed with the look and feel overall. Used it for a few days and really enjoyed the clear screen, the options, the menus, the touch screen + button combo – a little quirky at times but i see where they are going with this. What made me return it was the movescount software. It’s not very intuitive but it does provide nearly all the options garmin connect does but its not easy finding what you need. Tried the suunto app (not movescount) also, it’s better but you can’t get your stats online. Still, it was a hard decision returning the baro.
I have used a lot in my physical activities, including on trekking made here in brazil. The gps is very accurate, lasting approximately 10 uninterrupted hours set at best accuracy and about 30-35 hours at the lowest accuracy. In day-to-day use with exercises using gps for 1 to 2 hours the battery can last from 4 to 5 days. Without using gps and only in normal use can last around 10 days. The wrist hr is very accurate in my case, unlike many reports i’ve seen out there, a tip is to use it a little tighter and a bit higher at the wrist position. I also believe that everything depends on the anatomy of the arm of the user, anyway, who wants something more accurate in this question, the best thing to do is to use the chest strap. The screen is quite sturdy, but i advise you to use a glass protector sold on amazon.
Update 4/24/18: the heart rate monitor is basically useless when doing circuits consisting of sporadic movements. It’s consistently reading 90-130 as my heart rate when i know for a fact that it’s between 170-190. This wrong reading messes up my calories burnt and my workout tracking. Overall opinion: great for runners but poor for crossfitters or hiit trainers. Review from first month of owning 2/15/18the watching is a great overall multi-use watch to track workouts. I love that it provides me a recommended recovery period based off of the difficulty of my workout. The real-time graph of heart rate generated to view on the watch is also really convenient. The only issue i have with it is that the wrist heart rate monitor can be finicky. I’ve never had any issues with the heart rate function when i’m running but it has given me some trouble when i’m trying to do interval training and circuits. Sometimes it won’t even pick up my heart rate when i start the workout and during circuits i like to gauge and modify my workout based off of where my heart rate falls so this does cause me some concern.
So far, in daily, ordinary use the battery lasts and lasts. It looks like one can go about a week or two before recharging. If you are using the gps or other special functions, battery will get used up much faster.
I have been a suunto ambit 2/3 owner for many years and i really wanted to love this watch. I bought this new model for the training zones / heart-rate zones. I really need to stay in a specific range for endurance training and when the new firmware came out i thought this was exactly the upgrade i needed. However, the training zones do not have a vibration alert to let you know if you are going from one zone to the next. So unless you want to look at your watch ever 10 seconds, this zone feature is pretty much useless – for those that actually use hr zones for serious training. Another issue is the notifications from your paired device (phone) only flash for 10 seconds or so and there’s no intuitive way to find them again. Maybe it’s there, but hidden somewhere. . The wrist heart rate monitoring is all over the place. It’s really not useable for anything but the most casual training. When i pair the heart rate strap, that was rock solid.
Features of Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR
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- Battery life up to 12H in training mode
- Steel bezel, mineral Crystal Glass, and an outdoor-grade color touch screen
- Strong and sleek design with100 mwater resistance
- GPS route navigation
- Sport-specific training modes and support for over 80 sports with racing and interval use
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Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR
- Running: real-time lap tables with pace and heart rate
- Cycling: real-time lap tables with heart rate, power and speed
- Swimming: speed and distance and automatic intervals in pool
Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR
Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR is a multisport GPS watch for experienced endurance athletes who are driven by passion for progress. The Spartan Sport Wrist HR comes with a durable color touch screen, 100m water resistance, practical wrist HR measurement and up to 12h of battery life in training mode. Spartan Sport Wrist HR is your ideal training and racing partner for running, cycling and more. You define your goals, Suunto Spartan helps you to get there.
- Heartrate measured from wrist for best possible convenience
- Compatible with Suunto Smart Sensor heart rate belt
- Support for over 80 sports with racing and interval modes
- Triathlon and multisport mode
Convenient Wrist HR
The optical heart rate measurement offers convenience both in daily activity tracking and during sport activities. The daily heart rate functionality tracks heart rate, and together with steps taken, provides more accurate data about daily activity level, rest heart rate and calorie consumption. In sports the wrist-based heart rate brings added comfort as you can now monitor your heart rate without wearing a chest strap.
Spartan Sport Wrist HR accurately measures your pace, speed, distance, altitude, heart rate and calories, and provides support for running and cycling power and cadence when used together with an external power or bike sensors. In swimming, Spartan Sport Wrist HR tracks distance, pace and Swolf.
Ready For Action
With 80 sport modes pre-installed in the watch, Suunto Spartan watches are ready to go for nearly any kind of activity right out of the box. Route navigation with POI’s, breadcrumb view and digital compass, guide you through new terrain. The lightweight Spartan Sport Wrist HR has a battery life of 12h training with GPS. You can control the watch battery life yourself by adjusting the GPS tracking frequency.
Built For Outdoors
Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR uses a state-of-the-art color touch screen with a wide viewing angle that offers great visibility outdoors. During exercise, the watch can be operated also using the three buttons. Sapphire glass, stainless steel bezel and water resistance of 100 m (300 ft) ensure Spartan Sport can take a beating and is ready for any adventure.
|Suunto 3 Fitness||Suunto Spartan Trainer||Suunto Spartan Sport||Suunto Spartan Sport Baro||Suunto 9||Suunto 9 Baro|
|Weight||36 grams||56 grams||74 grams||74 grams||79 grams||76-81 grams|
|Water Resistance||30 meters||50 meters||100 meters||100 meters||100 meters||100 meters|
|Battery Life||– Training mode without GPS: 40h – With 24/7 tracking and notifications: 5 days – Time mode: 10 days – Training mode with GPS: 30h||– Time Mode: 14 days – Training Mode with GPS: 10h/ 16h/ 30h – With 24 hour tracking and mobile notifications: 7 days||Time Mode: 14 days||Time Mode: 14 days||With intelligent battery mode: 25h/ 50h/ 120h||With intelligent battery mode: 25h/ 50h/ 120h|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth Smart; compatible with smartphone||Bluetooth Smart and Suunto Movescount App Compatible with: Strava, TrainingPeaks, MapMyFitness and others||Bluetooth Smart and Suunto Movescount App Compatible with: Strava, TrainingPeaks, MapMyFitness and others||Bluetooth Smart and Suunto Movescount App Compatible with: Strava, TrainingPeaks, MapMyFitness and others||Bluetooth Smart and Suunto Movescount App||Bluetooth Smart, Suunto Movescount and other online sports communities.|
|Satellite System||Connected GPS||GPS||GPS, Glonass||GPS, Glonass||GPS, Fusedtrack||GPS, FUSEDTRACK|
|Sport Modes||70 sport modes||Customizable in Suunto Movescount App||Customizable in Suunto Movescount App||Customizable in Suunto Movescount App||80+ sports and multisport events||80+ sports and multisport events|
|Sleep Tracking||Duration and quality||Duration; Average HR during sleep||Duration; Average HR during sleep||Duration; Average HR during sleep||Duration, average HR during sleep||Duration, average HR during sleep|
|Weather||Sunrise, Sunset, Move Altitude Graph||Sunrise, Sunset, Move Altitude Graph||Sunrise, Sunset, Move Altitude Graph||Sunrise, Sunset, Storm Alarm, Temperature, Alti/Baro Profile, Pressure Resolution, Move Altitude Graph||Sunrise, Sunset, Move Altitude Graph||Sunrise, Sunset, Storm Alarm, Temperature, Alti/Baro Profile, Pressure Resolution, Move Altitude Graph|
|Multiple Color Offerings||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Suunto was born in 1936 when Finnish orienteer and engineer Tuomas Vohlonen invented the mass production method for the liquid-filled compass. Since then, Suunto has been at the forefront of design and innovation for sports watches, dive computers and sports instruments used by adventurers all over the globe. From the highest mountains to the deepest oceans, Suunto physically and mentally equips outdoor adventurers to conquer new territory.
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Despite the size of this watch, it is extremely light weight and comfortable. I read some reviews that spoke about the watch band being stiff, i have not had that experience. The watch band is soft and flexible helping or form to my wrist very well. This watch does exactly what it says it will. Does an amazing job tracking steps, heart rate, and sleep data; however, i do wish you were able to see sleep details in the app, not just the watch itself. The app will currently only show how long you slept. Suunto is working on adding some updates to both the watch software and app, looking forward to seeing further improvements. Gps is excellent and fast, tracks my runs and hikes extremely well.
I wish i could give this watch 4. I had the garmin fenix 3 sapphire for almost 2 years. That was a fine watch–sturdy, consistent, tough. But i hated the menus and the sluggishness. The gps took forever to work, sometimes making me wait up to 5-8 minutes just to connect to a satellite. To garmin’s credit, they kept pushing updates every month or so–although not adding any new features that i noticed. I’ve wanted a suunto watch for a while, and when the spartan sport was available with hr monitor built in, i gave it a try. This watch is noticeably lighter than the fenix. I can’t say it feels as sturdy as the fenix, though. Nevertheless, the spartan appears to be well built. The gps function is significantly quicker than with the fenix. The spartan will connect to a satellite within 30 seconds typically.
I tracked polar and garmin for a year. Weighed my needs and dreams, and compared their products. In the end, i bought a suuntooveralli bought the garmin forerunner 645 and suunto’s spartan hr baro, because i couldn’t decide from reading reviews alone. Garmin 645 was really easy to setup. With only a watch and mobile phone i was ready to record exercises and transfer the data by wifi. The suunto required a laptop/pc to both update and setup for recording my sports data. Then syncing with my mobile phone was a trial and error, but i kept following the instructions and eventually it all worked. It’s actually pretty easy, if you are smart enough to not go your own way. Cycling:really like the suunto’s large screen which shows up to 7 data points, and offers a long selection of stats for you to select from for display. I created two cycling profiles: cadence and hill climb, depending upon my goals for the day.
Replaced my ambit3 (which i also love), with this new tech watch from suunto. It is simply amazing, gps is super accurate and all features are so easy to figure out.
After a couple of months with the watch, the feelings are mixed. On the one hand, it’s comfortable on the hand, fairly light, relatively easy to operate and for the most part, the important features are easily accessible. On the other hand, the altimeter is far from accurate, and battery life is are far from stated, even in better life saving mode.
I did return it because all you have is the stick watch faces. I have a fenix 3 and garmin has a watch face store where you can download many different watch faces. Also the battery is not as good as my fenix. -really liked the touch screen and over all ease of use-great big and bright screen-ok battery-responsive hr monitor-nice notification alertsoverall a fine watch just battery life and lack of watch faces was a deal breaker for me.
Battery life up to 12H in training mode
This watch is enormous, but so great. I track my swims, runs, sleep and steps. The pink is a pretty soft color and makes the watch less harsh looking.
I’m so happy with this watch.
The size of the face is great but i got the pink band to keep it feminine. Battery life is a thing to behold, but i guess that is the way it should be as the watch doesn’t appear to power off. It’s been on 57% for over 3 hours now. When idle, you can still see the features on the watch but all you have to do is push a button and it brightens. Had it one day and i’m really like it. Only 4 stars because the different faces for the watch is very limited. Hopefully, we get an update for that soon.
Good looking watch, not too big, not an ugly interface like the garmin. If you are coming from a suunto core or peak, be aware that this one will not show temperature. Suunto if you are reading, fix it.
Steel bezel, mineral Crystal Glass, and an outdoor-grade color touch screen
Strong and sleek design with100 mwater resistance
GPS route navigation