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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

    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

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Suunto needs more instructions

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    mskelbel
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    This sports watch Is complicated to use. It has a tiny start up guide that only really shows you how to update the watch using your computer. Update went pretty smoothly. No instructions for the 5 buttons so I've been fumbling with them for a while now. Buttons don't follow the same pattern of how it works on every screen. You can click the lower right button to scroll down on the main screen, but if you go into another screen, it does something different. I am able to navigate to the steps and then the heartrate, but heart rate monitoring is not constant. It only starts when you go to that screen. The display is dimmed initially and you have to push a button to get it to brighten. Even then it's not very bright. There's a few options for the clock display. The one good thing I liked about this watch is the battery life. It lasts an entire week! I've used several different types of smart watches and this by far was the most complicated to use. They got it right with the battery life, but they need to work on their instructions for use.

    No, I would not 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: 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good starter

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    BradleyFl
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    Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR. First impressions. The watch seems like it's going to hold up for a while. Mostly rubber and plastic means no rust or corrosion. Getting sweaty will not have any effect on these materials. There are 7 buttons and no touch screen. A touch screen would be hard to deal with while working out. Using the watch. I have 2 negatives about this watch that may not apply to younger people. First, the display is smaller than I would like to see. It has a 0.16" (4.06mm) black ring surrounding the display that seriously reduces the display area. I have no idea why they would do this. Since this is not a touch screen why block out display area. Second, the backlight is very weak. With older eyes and outside, where you'll probably be using the watch, the display is almost impossible to see. The backlight and contrast are too low for older eyes. Bright light and shadows can make the display almost disappear, even with the backlight on. Functionality. While my knees will no longer allow me to run or jog, I still enjoy swimming. Swimming is easy on the knees and allows for a close to complete workout. The watch fairs well in a water and keeps an accurate stroke and distance count. The heart rate monitor is hit or miss. At one point I'm going as fast as I can and the heart rate monitor says 65 bpm. At another point I'm slowing down and it shoots up to 165 bpm. This can't be counted as a negative because they state very clearly that the watch should be paired with a heart rate sensor if accurate information is needed. Wrist monitoring heart rate is still not accurate. They even go as far as to say to move the watch up your arm, make it tighter. With them admitting right up front that the heart rate monitor on the watch may not work well for everyone clearly removes this as a negative. Battery life is fantastic. I have the heart rate monitor set to only be active while working out. So far it's been a full week of workouts and the battery is still at 75%. You can sync the watch with your computer or phone and set workout routes and points of interest. Where I live there are no points of interests. There are a lot of good walking paths, but they are over run with college students, a crowd I tend to leave to themselves. I'm not completely sure if the GPS functionality is worth it. On a slightly overcast day it would get and then lose the GPS signal. If walking or running in a wooded area I think the tree canopy would render the GPS sensor useless. There are 7 buttons, as already stated. Remembering what one to press, to get what, is confusing. This will go away with more use. I do not like that I can't pick my city. I have to pick one in my time zone and call it good. Maybe I missed something in the software, if setting your exact city is something you want, look into this first, I could have just missed it. Overall this workout watch is a good basic starter. Lots of functionality with great battery life. Make sure that the functionality you're looking for is in this watch before being swayed by the price. Just because it's $50.00 less than the next one up doesn't make it a better deal if the one thing on the top of your list is missing. The manual is free to download, I recommend you download it and read up on the things you're looking for before purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend