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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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best fitness tracker for < $250 and thin wrists

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    cinsteadofak
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    I would not have thought to consider the Suunto Sport fitness tracker due to its large size and my thinner wrists, but Suunto was able to make the Spartan Trainer just the right size without eliminating key features. This GPS/fitness tracker would be perfect for anyone who is active in just about any sport. Setup Setup was pretty straightforward, as I plugged it into my laptop, downloaded Suuntolink, and updated the device while optimizing the GPS, and synced the settings. I also downloaded Movescount on my phone, so I could better track the details of my activities. I was surprised to find this watch lacked a touch screen and a magnetic charger. The tracker is held in place with a spring loaded clip, which obstructs a tiny part of the left side of the screen. I was not impressed with the mobile app. It currently lacks key features which are included in the web based app. Battery After 2 days of constant use, I found my Suunto still had over 50% battery life left. I am sure it could easily last for over 4 days, but I never tested it. Pros Great wrist heart rate monitor Water resistant to 50 meters Best bang for the buck Tracks about any sport Perfect for thin wrists Cons Spring-loaded charging clip No touch screen Mobile app missing functions included in web app Smart features limited to displaying phone calls, text messages, and emails. I would highly recommend this device for someone looking for basic feature tracking (HR, steps, GPS) while not requiring smart watch features. You will not find a better device for under $250 that will meet your needs. However, if you are looking for a smart watch or require a lot of features and have a larger budget, there are better choices.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works Well

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    doop22
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    It's a pretty good watch, has neat features like the GPS map movie thing. But a couple issues I had were its step tracking, pretty much you can raise and lower your hand in class and you'd be credited for 2-3 steps. The other is notification from phone, it'll alert you to notifications and show the content on display but if you're unable to look at your watch, there's no way to check prior notifications to check what's important and not prior to going to check your phone. Other than those minor complaints it's a good watch the functionality of it are useful

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • 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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Really awesome watch

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    EvilChaderCheez
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    The Suunto - Spartan Trainer GPS Watch has been my first experience with any sort of GPS / training / smart watch and I must say I'm very impressed. With respect to the GPS aspect of this watch, I'm really looking forward to using the trackback feature the next time I go camping and hiking out in Joshua Tree. It will be nice to just go out and explore while knowing I have a record to assist me in getting back to the main trails. The heart-rate monitor is a bit spotty but works well enough for me as someone who isn't all that obsessed with tracking such a thing. The various training modes and customization options available on the Suunto website are pretty cool and make it so you can track all sorts of different activities. The smart-watch features likely pale in comparison to what you can get from other watches which are dedicated more to smart-watch features but I'm pleased with what this watch can do. I set it up so it notifies me when I receive emails to my focused inbox in outlook which is nice because I don't need notifications for all of the other random emails I get which go to my other inbox. I'm not sure if other email clients have a similar feature but this works great with outlook. The watch also notifies me of incoming phone calls and text messages. I haven't figured out how to display the actual text messages instead of just the brief notification that shows up (if it's even possible) but it'sn't really that big of a deal because I would need to use my phone to reply anyways. Overall, I'm very pleased with this watch and I highly recommend it!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A cool product

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    BargainBin
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    This is my first trainer sport/smart watch. When I first powered on the watch, I did not know that I needed to update the watch because the 'blinking down arrow' on the watch did not make it obivious until I read the instructions again. Overall, the buttons are easy to use, the user interface is also nice, the battery life is terrific (I think my watch only lost 5% battery within 24 hours), I love that it is water proof (up to 164 feet), and I liked the Movescout mobile application because it can connect to my mobile phone. I would like to see a touch screen feature, USA time zone settings, and more watch face options. I did not fully run with this watch to fully test out the heart rate feature but the GPS on the watch works better than the mobile phone's GPS for sure when it comes to tracking and mapping my location.

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  • 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: 5 out of 5 stars

    I love this watch

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    JonM
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    This is a really good running and fitness watch for the price. I chose it mainly because blog reviews suggested it has excellent GPS accuracy for the price. I use it a lot for trail running and I've found that to be true-- it provides accurate feedback on how far you've run and your pace in real time. It also looks good for every day use and is not excessively bulky. It works well enough as a daily fitness tracker (step counter) too. The heart rate monitor is not as accurate as a chest strap, but that's true on any watch. In my experience the heart rate monitoring accuracy can vary a lot depending on where you wear it on the wrist. After some trial-and-error, I've found that wearing it higher up on the wrist (a few inches up from the hand) and keeping it tight provides much more plausible heart rate readings. I like the vast array of different sports options. Unlike some other reviewers, I've not had any problems at all with connecting the watch to the app on my smartphone via Bluetooth, and I've an old cheap Moto Android phone -- perhaps they've fixed the firmware since the other reviewers' complaints? The app is a little slow to sync but works fine. I also like both the smartphone app and the PC app, and they sync up to Strava well. Another nice feature is that you can can set it so that alerts just give you haptic feedback (vibration). It would be nice if it gave you that choice with the alarm too. The interval training feature, which I use a lot, works well as long as all the intervals and rest periods are identical in duration or length, since that's the only option. If you choose the right settings, it both vibrates and gives you an audible alarm when each interval is done and when the next interval is due to begin. My biggest complaint about the watch is that you've to go through too many different screens to make the interval function work. So for example, there is a sport mode called "interval running," but the "interval" feature is turned off by default in that sport mode, so even if you choose "interval running," you still have to go through a bunch of additional screens to turn on the interval feature every time you use it. In addition, even if you turn the interval option on, once you press "start" for the particular exercise (i.e, the "Move" in Suunto lingo), you then have to press the middle right button several times to go across a bunch of screens until you get to the one that allows you to start the interval timer, which is not synced to the timer for the exercise. I'm hoping that Suunto will fix their firmware to make the interval option a little more user-friendly -- it seems like they're constantly working on the firmware. Aside from that bit of inconvenience, this is a great watch for the price, and if you like running and doing a variety of other fitness activities it's a good choice.

    I would 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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Powerful Sports Watch

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    RedScorpion
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    The Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR is a very powerful sports watch. With navigation features, you can set up routes. You can also view the common routes in your area to plan ahead. The watch face is very easy to read and the tools included on the watch are great. The battery life depends on how you use the watch. Using GPS and heart rate features pull battery, but so far my watch has managed a few days on one charge. The watch syncs with my iPhone to provide notifications for everything from Facebook and texts to my daily bible verse. This is not a touch screen device and I don't believe you can respond to texts from the watch, but still it is very useful when quickly wanting to glance at a text or incoming Facebook notification. Only real downside at this point is the awful Movescount software used to sync your watch with the phone. Suunto is currently developing a new app which is in Beta, but neither app directly imports my heart rate, steps, and sleep into Apple HealthKit. This makes no sense to me. The watch is obviously recording the data and I can read the statistics from the watch itself, but for someone who is really entrenched with syncing all health data to their smartphone, this may not be the best solution. The watch is great. I recommend it, but not for people wanting a tool to integrate all data into Apple HealthKit. Maybe the new iPhone app will eventually get there, but in its current state, the Movescount software is easily the weakest link. Also, the heart rate monitor may not be as accurate as some would like. I have serious questions about its accuracy. However, the rest of the watch features are amazing at the current list price. I just wish the apps and phone integration worked.

    I would recommend this to a friend