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Suunto - Spartan Trainer GPS Heart Rate Monitor Sports Watch - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 32 reviews

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Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars with 3 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cool looking functional watch

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    Samson
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    This is my first Suunto, but I've followed the brand for awhile now. Watch face is clear and easy to read, brightness isn't an issue at all. GPS features worked well for me, no issues syncing satellites or losing signal along a route.The watch synced up with my iPhone easily, and the app worked well. I wish this was a touch screen though for easier use.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    NIce looking watch, tons of features

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    Chuck
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    The Suunto Spartan Trainer HR is a very nice looking watch that has enough features to satisfy even hardcore users. The watch is large enough to allow you to easily view stats when you're training, but it's not so large as to make the watch look gaudy if you want to wear it for more than just training. I also like that I can change the face. Although there aren't a ton of faces, it does allow you several options, and I assume they can add more if they choose to. I've actually been wearing this watch as my main watch for a few weeks, and it's extremely comfortable. It seems rugged enough, but I will probably invest in a cover for the face since most of my watches have scratches on the face where I've slammed them into a corner when reaching for something. The watch interface is fairly intuitive (a slight learning curve if you hate reading manuals), and navigating through the interface is very easy using the five buttons. I personally like the buttons instead of having to rely on a touch screen. The screen is quite easy to read, but if it's too dim, just hit a button to momentarily activate the back-light. I've been fairly busy since I got this watch, so I'ven't used every feature it offers, but I've taken several 5+ mile runs and the GPS tracking is almost spot on. You can create your own routes if you want, and one interesting feature is the ability to mark points of interest, which would be really nice on long outings. I was initially disappointed in the heartrate accuracy, but it improves greatly once you 'break a sweat'. I do wish the HR monitoring was more accurate when not training. One other thing I'ven'ticed is that the'step tracker' can be fairly inaccurate. For instance, while working at my desk for a few hours, I was surprised to see I had managed over 500 steps. I guess it has something to do with wrist movement, so I'm hoping this is fixed in a firmware update. I've been getting about 6 days of battery life which will most likely drop when I've more time to bike, but I'm sure the battery life will be more than adequate. Overall I'm quite pleased with the watch. It looks good, feels great, and does a good job of tracking what I'm interested in.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    OK Training Watch

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    masc360
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    I do not want to be overly negative in my review but let me start by saying that I really like the design of the Suunto Watch. It fits my style very well and I find it pleasant to look at and even to show it off. The watch functions relatively well but I have noticed a lot of issues while using it. The first thing is the Step Counter on it is an absolute joke. While I was setting the watch up I was sitting on my couch I was slightly moving my arm around getting the watch and fitting it in a comfortable position and when I look at the step counter it had said I had taken 32 steps already. This has continued throughout my time using the watch. just going about my normal business I will take a look down and see my steps have increased by several hundred or thousand. My job requires me to sit for long stretches of time. So the step reader is incredibly innacurate. The phone is also very particular on where it has to be on your wrist to get a good reading for the heart monitor. The phone would eventually slide down from where I would have it and began to display incorrect heart rate information until I adjusted the watch on my wrist. Also the connectvity to my phone has not been great, I do not recommend using it for notifications I kept having issues where a notification would pop on the watch, I would dismiss it on the watch and phone and it would notify my a couple more times on the watch about the notification even if it was something I had deleted several minutes ago. All of the other basic functions of the watch seem to work very well and the watch is very easy to use, its very easy to scroll through the different options and get to where I need to go on the watch. I wish I could love this watch and recommend it to everyone I know, but all of the issues I experienced using the watch left me not feeling great about it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Extremely Accurate GPS and Live Route Runner Persp

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    EXWOLF
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    First things first the Spartan Suunto GPS trainer looks very stealthy and sleek in all black. The watch size is pretty big so you can see a lot of the stats on the face when you're doing an activity and the band is stretchy to fit a wide variety of wrists. There are 5 buttons on the watch and they are very simple to learn as to which command they'll do when you press one of them. Getting into the actual features of the watch everything seems to run very smoothly. I've taken the watch on numerous runs from a 10 mi steady run to a 5 mi sprint interval run and the GPS stayed steady throughout along with real time pace which is my favorite feature. A lot of smartphone running apps will fluctuate your pace greatly so you never really know what it really is but this watch is very good at that. The on wrist heart rate monitor is nothing special but it works just fine and it's fairly accurate. I still use a chest strap on my runs but you can do without one if you buy this watch. You can also set up your own intervals on the watch if you want to be alerted when to start and stop an interval and you can choose to set up automatic laps or manual laps by pressing one of the buttons on the watch. This watch is great for a wide variety of sports and it's advertised as having 80 sports modes pre-installed to the watch with running, swimming, and cycling as the main focus so if you do at least one of those activities then this watch should be great for you. The Movescount app is needed to pair with your watch if you want to view your stats on a smartphone but you can also connect it via computer. The app is just slightly different from other fitness apps in the sense that it's only used to track your stats and help you train for your certain event so it'll tell you your heart rate zones and your recovery time until your back in prime condition to continue. Through the app you can also adjust notification settings to be alerted of text messages or third party messaging apps as well as phone calls and emails. Overall, I'm really enjoying the watch. I wish it would have a stride and cadence sensor and you were able to pair the runs with other popular running apps but I can do without it and be content to the point where I feel like I'm getting my optimal training. Unfortunately I'm not a swimmer or cyclists so I cannot say how the watch works in those regards but as a runner it's one of the best.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    So complicated!

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    EAR1965
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    The instructions are...missing? Scattered? The booklet give 5 very small pages of info. With the app on my phone and my desktop I think I have figured out a few things. There are so many things this watch can do yet I am still trying to figure out how to count my steps! Once the weather is nice I am really looking forward to the bike features- both mountain and road. This will help me to keep in shape!!! The watch looks great!!! Very sleek and comfortable. Charging is normal with the special charger. Battery seems to last a while. On day 2 and still at 90%. What I would like to see with items like this is instructions easily written for those of us that are not so tech savvy. In one place.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Comfortable, light-weight and looks great.

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    Orion
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    The Suunto Spartan Trainer is the first fitness watch I've owned. I'm not an overly active person however I do go to the gym a once or twice a week and have been wanting to keep a closer eye on my pulse and general activity. I don't run trails or do much hiking however the GPS and maps available on this watch have motivated me to try and do some more outdoor activities, including running, once the weather warms up a little more. The watch arrived neatly packaged with a charging cable, quick start guide, warranty and 3-step picture instructions on how to charge it. The watch came fully charged for me however I did have to plug it in to get it started for some reason. The quick start guide is a little short of 100 double-sided pages long, 3 of which are in English and the rest is various other languages. The buttons on the watch are not immediately intuitive and there is a learning curve. I think more instructions included in the box would have been nice. I was able to find a . pdf of the user manual and highly encourage any new owners or potential owners to take a look. After reading the manual and using the watch for about 30 minutes I was able to learn the general navigation of all the menus and submenus. You can find the user manual here: http://ns.suunto.com/Manuals/Spartan_Trainer_WristHR/Userguides/Suunto_Spartan_Trainer_WristHR_UserGuide_EN.pdf The watch itself is extremely comfortable to wear and I think it looks great. The rubber strap is soft, the heart rate sensor is undetectable on my wrist and overall it's very light-weight. The screen is fairly easy to read in a well lit room or when in the sunshine however if it's dark at all you will have to press the button to activate the light, which only stays on for about 5-6 seconds of inactivity before you have to press it again. The step tracker seems to vary a bit and definitely isn't perfect however I think it will give me a good measuring point for myself to increase upon. The heart-rate sensor needs to be activated for a few minutes of warm-up activity before it will give an accurate reading but overall I'm satisfied with the heart-rate tracking performance. The battery lasts a long time, I was able to wear it an entire week on one charge, which was really impressive, however I would trade some battery life time for a brighter screen. I like that this watch will work with quite a few other apps and will probably explore my options as I think the Suunto app is somewhat limited and geared more towards runners. To update the watch I had to download the Suunto Link program onto my computer and connect the watch with the provided USB cord. The update took about 15 minutes. The Suunto Link software can be found here: http://www.suunto.com/Support/software-support/suuntolink/ My general impression of this watch is that's is a pretty solid, well built watch with your standard fitness tracking software but nothing too fancy or top-of the line. I think the price is a little high and would try to get this watch when it's on sale, also be sure to explore all of your options as there are many fitness watches on the market.

    I would recommend this to a friend