The Suunto Spartan family grew larger today with the announcement of the Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro ($549). By tweaking the on board hardware, Suunto has successfully segmented their watches to possibly suit as many potential customers as possible. Previously, only the Spartan Ultra had a barometric altimeter but Suunto has taken that and added it to a Spartan Sports Wrist HR in the production of its latest wearable.
The new Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro also sports quick-release changeable wrist bands, a bezel design that doesn’t make changed wrist bands look awful, and a more sensible colour scheme. It definitely looks good!
Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro features:
- All day activity tracking. Records steps, calories, sleep
- Sunlight visible touch enabled colour display
- Wrist based HR measurement by Valencell
- Lasts up to 14 days in time mode
- Battery life 10h with Full Power 1sec GPS fix rate delivering best GPS accuracy
- GPS and GLONASS enabled
- Barometeric altimeter and digital compass
- Triathlon and multi sport mode
- Over 80 sports with racing and interval modes
- Compatible with Stryd running power, Suunto Bike Sensor and BLE power meters
- Customisable watch faces and changeable watch straps
- 100m water resistant with swimming stroke rate, count, type, duration and distance
- Sunrise/ Sunset times and storm alerts
- Route navigation improvements with estimated time of arrival (ETA) and remaining distance to destination (Coming)
I just finished reviewing the Suunto Spartan Trainer recently and was impressed with the improvements to the mobile app syncing and connection process. It took Suunto almost a year to get their act together but things are looking better with every new release and firmware update.
The Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro will be available from 17th October onwards at the recommended retail price of $549 USD. You can also add in a Suunto Smart Sensor chest strap HR monitor for an additional $50.