When Suunto announced their Spartan Sports GPS watches back in June 2016, they hinted that there would be an optical HR sensors enabled version of the watch to ship come Christmas. Well that didn’t happen. But today Suunto officially announced this optical HR watch in the form of the Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR GPS Watch! The watch is available for pre-orders from major online retailers such as Amazon.
The Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR watch utilises PerformTek biometric measurement technology from Valencell. The same company also provides biometric data sensor technology to other devices on the market such as the Tigra Sport Trio, Scosche Rhythm +, Jabra Elite and many others.
“We are excited to be partnering with Valencell, the leader in wearable biometric sensor technology, to bring to market the next generation of our Spartan GPS watch models, featuring accurate heart rate monitoring on the wrist,” says Sami Arhomaa, Suunto’s Performance Business Unit Director. “Valencell’s PerformTek technology is the gold standard in biometric accuracy for wearables. We know that by choosing Valencell we can be confident that the product will meet expectations, and enable a solid user experience.”
The watch will also include multi sport modes found in the Suunto Spartan Sport model and will pair with an external heart rate strap.
With optical heart rate from Valencell and decent specs for a princely 599 € , the Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR had better impress. The Spartan Sport Wrist HR is Suunto’s maiden foray into wrist based heart rate measurement and it’s a safe bet going with one of the industry leaders in biometric measurements.
Valencell’s test did show Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR reaching a respectable level of HR monitoring accuracy. The proof of the pudding is in the eating so we’ll have to see when the device ships. The Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR will retail 599 € and is available in three colors: Black, Blue and Sakura. With Garmin having announced their Fenix 5 series, it would be interesting to watch these 2 companies go toe to toe in Spring when hardware from both companies hit the market.