They seriously need to name these devices better. It’s like the marketing team just gave up trying to find a name for the device.
Suunto, the Finnish based company, wants to take on Garmin. Best known for its range of dive computers, compasses, and precision instruments. The company is taking its cue from the Fenix 5, with the Suunto Spartan Trainer HR.
Suunto’s latest addition packs in a whole host of features but is much smaller in size than the Spartan Sport Wrist HR which didn’t see rave reviews. It’s also competing in price. We are of course not saying the device is cheap. Not even close. And if you are not really serious about your sports and fitness tracking, then there are cheaper alternatives out there.
The device is similar in size when compared with the Fenix 5 range but heavier and bulkier than the Forerunner 935. The pixel count on the Spartan Trainer HR has dropped when compared to the rest of the Spartan range but is still crisp and visible in direct sunlight.
It comes with five physical buttons and not a touch screen like its predecessor the Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR, which should see it with an improved battery life. The device also comes with 80 sports modes for a host of activities it can track and is water resistance to a depth of 50 meters.
Taking a page from Garmin devices again, it utilizes both GPS and Glonass to measure speed, distance, pace, and altitude. It has a built in accelerometer and altimeter, but it doesn’t come with a compass. It does, however, come with a built in HRM.
The device covers the usual 24/7 activity tracking like many other wearables. Daily steps, calories burned, your sleep and your heart rate.
Of course, you’ll need to open a Suunto Movescount account and download the app to your phone to receive alerts for incoming calls, messaging and calendar notifications. The app itself needs a lot of work. In our opinion, Fitbit, Under Armour and Garmin have come out with better apps.
The watch doesn’t look anywhere close to as rugged as the Garmin Fenix 5, which may be a good thing if you aren’t inclined to showing off that you are really into your fitness.
Also to note is that the Garmin Fenix 5x comes in at 90g whereas the Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR comes in at 56g.
Here are the Suunto Spartan Trainer HR Specs and feature set.
- Battery life up to 10 hours with best GPS accuracy (up to 30h with power saving options)
- 14 days battery life in time mode
- Convenient wrist heart rate measurement
- Compact size and optimal fit for sports and daily wear
50 m water resistant
- Ready for all your sports including swimming, running, cycling, gym, hiking and more
- GPS tracking with speed, pace, and distance
- Customizable sports modes with graphs and automatic laps
- Create intervals on watch and follow on-screen guidance
- Find back safely with breadcrumb view of traveled route
- 24/7 tracking of your daily steps, calories, and sleep
- Track your daily rest-HR value to know if you are stressed or over-trained
- Personalize your watch with customizable clock faces
- Get incoming calls, text and calendar notifications to your watch
- Measurements: 46 x 46 x 15.7 mm/14.9 mm – 1.81 x 1.81 x 0.59″/0.62″
- Weight: 56 g / 66 g – 1.98 oz/2.33 oz
- Bezel material: Polyamide/Stainless steel
- Glass material: Polyamide/Mineral crystal
- Case material: Polyamide
- Strap material: Silicone