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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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Simple yet great fitness watch

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    Prat
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    I used to wear the Microsoft Band 2 for my fitness as well as heart rate monitoring. Since they don't sell it anymore, I was looking for one where it doesn't depend on the smartphone, like the Apple watch or the Samsung gear. I wanted something that has GPS, and does the everyday fitness tracking like the steps, sleep, HR, etc. This one is extremely comfortable and light weight. Once you know the functionality of the buttons, it becomes very easy to use this. It works with any phone by connecting via Bluetooth to get call and text notification. The GPS tracking and maps display on the watch is very intuitive. You can get a day or two of the battery life, depending on your usage. It is also water resistant. The heart rate sensor is pretty accurate. There is an app you can download so the data from the watch is synced. The watch comes with lot of sport modes that is preinstalled and can be chosen for a particular workout. Overall, this is a great sports fitness watch for anyone who isn't looking for a smartwatch and wants a personal sports watch.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    LIGHTWEIGHT SPORTS WATCH

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    DAHinAZ
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    The sports watch was nicely packaged with easy to understand instructions for first use. It was easy to put on and I liked the rubber watch band. It was lightweight and attractive and the large dial was easy to read. The menus were easy to navigate and were intuitive. My PRAISE ends here. I'm not a real sports-minded person, but I did like - I THOUGHT - the tracking of my "daily steps", until I found that it didn't work properly. My first clue that something wasn't "quite right" was my second day of use. I had been walking around (in/out) of the house and felt the number was "too high" by the end of my work day ... but then I thought, maybe I did take more steps than I thought. After having the watch sit on my dressing table overnight, when I put on in the morning, it already had 95 steps recorded. How is this possible from just sitting there? About 2 hours later, the "count" was up to 990 and I knew something wasn't right, because I had been sitting at my desk for most of that time. I finally took off the watch and stared at it for a few minutes. Sure enough, without moving the watch, it was clicking off "steps" . . which I wasn't doing. Maybe this watch is good for other sports, etc. but for my use, it wasn't effective nor accurate. SORRY....

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Comfortable and versatile athletic watch

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    RacineTechie
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    This is my first "smart" watch so I wasn't sure what to expect - I was pleasantly surprised with the watch. The watch band is comfortable and the face is easy to read and work with. There are a huge number of functions available for tracking everything from your sleep to nearly any exercise that you can think of. The battery life so far has been quite good and I have not had to recharge after 10 days (still at 40%). Connecting to my phone was simple and direct, the software update and app install was also quite simple. I'd say that visiting the SUUNTO website and reviewing the help files is a must. Like I said, there are a ton of functions you can use, which is great, but you navigate using only 5 buttons and the road to where you want to be is sometimes winding. All said, I'd buy it again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Hardcore Athletic Training Watch

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    Daddio
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    Compared to others on the market, the Suunto Spartan Trainer gets a lot of things right, but falls short in comparison to other fitness watches on some of the more casual features. Pros: - The Suunto Spartan Trainer is noticeably more comfortable than for example the Fitbit Charge 2. The Spartan Trainer, being more of a traditional watch form factor fits the wrist better and the strap material is more pliable and pleasant feeling than the Charge 2. Its overall design is very similar to a traditional watch. It's more attractive to look at and fits in with day-to-day and business attire. - The user interface on the Spartan Trainer uses physical buttons rather than a touch screen which makes scrolling between function screens easier and more consistent. - The actual user interface is crisp and clean with simple bold colors which you can change to your taste. The intuitive control layout is used consistently throughout the entire experience. - This is a fitness watch aimed squarely at the hard core Iron Man, Alpine Skiing, Tough Mudder Running, etc. Athlete. - The GPS mode is accurate and makes getting lost on longer off road runs less likely since it allows you to retrace your steps using a "bread-crumb" mechanic. Cons: - The Phone App is not great. Though very attractive, it lacks the Social Motivation and positive feedback from other fellow Suunto Spartan users that you get with the Fit Bit App user experience. - My personal experience during the initial syncing of the device via Bluetooth seemed unnecessarily frustrating. Using an Android OnePlus 3 phone, I went through the normal Android steps to pair the Spartan with my phone. According to my phone's Bluetooth settings it was paired with the Spartan. However, the Suunto App on my phone refused to recognize the Spartan watch. I ended up removing and reinstalling the App at least five times before finally getting it to pair using the Suunto Moves App. This finally allowed the App to recognize the Spartan device. Because of this experience I ended up not using the Suunto Spartan App for several days and only using the Spartan watch itself to view my data. In summary, the watch's hardware is fantastic and if it was compatible with Fitbit software I would drop my Charge 2 in a heartbeat. As it stands I have a difficult decision to go with a better device (the Spartan) and be by myself or go back to my Charge 2 and enjoy the superior Fitbit ecosystem and social interaction/motivation. When it comes down to it, I'm not personally a hardcore Iron Man, Alpine Skiing, Tough Mudder running athlete. So, I'm not the primary target for the Suunto Spartan Trainer. I prefer the more informal social competition and motivation of my friends and coworkers who all use Fitbit devices. That's why I can't recommend it to one of MY casual fitness sports friends. They'd have the same problem of great device but no social interaction. While the Fitbit is definitely less comfortable and less attractive than the Suunto Spartan Trainer the Fitbit ecosystem is a different type of draw. HOWEVER, if you and your friends are into hardcore personal sports, the Suunto Spartan is the watch for you.

    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

    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

    Can't update firmware w/o Windows or Mac PC

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    ILUVFREEWIFI
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    Watch was almost fully charged when I took it out of the box. No instructions on how to charge it. See photo attached to see what to do. The included Quick Guide has very little information on how to use the watch. This is strange and might make some customers feel uncomfortable. Had to wait overnight before the the watch face showed up with time. Display was dim until I pressed a button on the right side of the device. Then it was readable but still not very bright. Guess the developer opted for maximum battery life.This watch is built rugged. Although I don't do watersports anymore, I'm confident it's waterproof per product specs I'm confused about the procedure to update firmware. Looks like U have to download the files to a Windows or Mac PC and that there's no way to do it directly from the device. That's a big drawback in my opinion. Some people spend most of their on mobile except at work. Using the companion app is simple to use. But still trying to view results on the watch. This is going to take some time. Might make a comment later on my review so verdict is still out for now. If U use the website, there are many options listed to track exercise. Very impressive. Starting exercise tracking from the website is a good convenience as I do all my exercise starting from where I live. Using movescount Android app and website to keep track of my walking activity and circuit training activities. I have a Moto 360-2 Android Wear watch and have never tracked gym activity because I don't like bringing my phone into the building. With the Suunto I don't have to worry about this as it's a dedicated stand alone device. Big points here. Watch band is wide so don't think it's for females.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great watch at a competitive price!

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    BobinVA
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    Although my trusty Garmin 305 is still working, I began thinking it might be time for an upgrade when a friend asked if that was a tablet strapped to my wrist! OK, so maybe it's not that big, but there are smaller options available today. One such option is the Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR. In a much more reasonably sized package, I get all of the functionality of my previous sports watch and more. Right out of the box, the Spartan is charged and ready to go. What I thought was a very thorough user's manual turned out to be about 5 pages of instructions repeated over and over in just about any language you can think of. No problem, I'll find instructions on the web. The first thing I did was to download the Suunto Movescount software and check for a firmware update for my watch. This is a simple process and it goes quickly. Anxious to try out the watch, I disconnected and decided to give it a try. The watch comes pre-loaded with a number of "sport modes" that are already configured with the metrics that are most important for a particular exercise. For example, my main sport is running, so the basic setup for the running sport mode includes pace, heart rate, distance, duration, and more. There are 4 different screens for each exercise. The first question I had was "how do I configure these screens to display what I want to display in the order that I want to see them?" . On my Garmin, I was able to configure those screens right on the watch, but the Suunto doesn't allow that. Instead, you have to go to the movescount web site. This is where you can change the settings on the watch, and then you synch those settings to the watch using the Suunto Link app. Once I learned that, I set up a custom sport mode with the metrics I wanted to see, in the layout that I prefer. I also deleted the sport modes that I wouldn't be using. Using the Spartan is a breeze. One thing I really appreciate about the newer watches is that they don't make you wait while they acquire a satellite signal for the GPS. You can simply choose your exercise, press start, and take off. As you complete each mile, the watch vibrates to let you know. It also has a heart rate monitor built in, which uses light to measure the heart rate right on your wrist. It's not as accurate as using a separate chest strap, but it's a whole lot more convenient. I did some running wearing both my old and new watches to compare them. The Suunto seemed to consistently track my runs as being longer distances than the Garmin, but I think that may change over time. Each time I synch the Suunto, it tells me it's optimizing the GPS, so I expect that to get better over time. Even so, it's not a drastic difference, and who's to say that the Garmin is right? The Spartan is thicker than a standard watch, but not largely so, and that means you can wear the watch all day long, not just when you're exercising. It has the features of a fitness tracker, so it keeps track of your steps, stairs climbed, heart rate, etc. all throughout the day. You can even use it to track your sleep patterns, but I didn't do that, since I can't stand having something on my wrist while I'm sleeping. Maybe one of these days I'll give it a try. It features several watch faces from which you can choose, but none of them are anything to write home about, and I didn't see any way to import watch faces from other sources. While the Spartan is not a "smart watch", it does connect to your phone via Bluetooth, and you can receive notifications from your phone for things like texts and news headlines. Although you can't interact with the notifications from the watch, it's actually a nice feature to have. I've never been able to see the value of the high-end smart watches, but I'll admit that I do like being able to check a notification easily while driving without having to pick up the phone (which I shouldn't be doing anyway, right? @@@@@@@ . Battery life is good, and I can get about 4 days out of a charge, using the GPS every day for about 45 minutes. Charging doesn't take long, and it's easy to connect it to the computer, synch my information, and charge it at the same time. The Spartan features lots of screens to help you keep track of your fitness. You can see a weekly summary of key metrics like distance run, average heart rate and average pace on a daily basis. That's pretty cool, but it's even better when you upload the data to movescount or other apps such as Map My Run. There, you can easily see your trends and keep track of your fitness over time. Overall, I'm very impressed with this watch. This is a tough category, and you have decide if buy in at a price point like the spot where the Spartan is, or do you go further and get a full smart watch such as the Apple Watch. At $279, this is a pretty good bargain, and you get a lot for the money. You don't get a touch screen at this price, but I think that's a reasonable trade-off. The buttons are responsive, and I prefer physical buttons when everything is sweaty or otherwise wet, so I would definitely not pay more for a touch screen. I'm very happy with this watch and am looking forward to getting a lot more use out of it. If you're in the market for a GPS watch, you should definitely include this one on your short list!

    I would recommend this to a friend