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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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Heart Pumping; Track it

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    Ebonovic
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    Given the time of year, I haven't been able to check out all the awesome features this wearable has. @@@@@@@@ too cold to really go distance outside right now). It is easy to wear, and based on comparison with other devices... it measures out my heart rate. You can setup interval settings, which has been EXTREMLY beneficial for indoor training. @@@@@@@@ Great on the indoor bike). For a health/wearable; it feels more secure then my Gen 1 Apple watch, and not as top heavy (more balanced). For those planning to wear this all day: It will track your daily HR, your steps, and estimate your calorie burn... It also has communication sync with your watch, that is adequate... (Incoming Call, Text, and Schedule notifications) I am EAGER for the weather to turn consistently, so I can check out the other features: GPS, POI Notification (great for bike trail layouts), and SWIMMING usage...

    I would 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

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Training Watch

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    Technopackrat
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    I've been using a competing brand GPS sports watch for about a year and heard great things about the Suunto so I thought I would give the Spartan Trainer Wrist HR a try. Out of the box setup was pretty easy. As instructed I installed SuuntoLink on my PC and MovesCount on my smartphone. SuuntoLink lets you sync your GPS info and saved routes onto your watch. It also allows easy firmware updates to the watch. The button learning curve is a little steep. It didn't seem intuitive for my liking. Also the backlighting level can be set but of course you'd want to keep it as dim as possible to save battery life so a tilt and raise sensing for backlighting would have been a great addition to keep you from having to use a second hand to push the backlight button. While the GPS waypoint system includes a compass like face to lead you through your points a true compass would have been a great addition. While I did see what appeared to be a compass on some of the website images I'm assuming that those were more in relation to the GPS mode. A recent back injury has prevented me from giving the watch a thorough test of the primary reason for the watch which is to track time, performance and recovery during workouts. My biggest draw however is the heart rate monitor. With recent surgery I've been told by the doctor that a sign of internal leakage was a racing heart beat so it's very important for me to monitor my heart beat so I set the watch to give me a daily HR which is a 12 hour window in graph mode. I do wish there was a way to set a notification if your heart rate exceeded a set value. Another feature I really don't care for is after an activity it will ask you how you feel. I suppose if you are working out daily it would give you a snapshot of level of exertion with your self-evaluation on how you feel after the workout. I suppose it would help you gauge the level of exertion of your next workout. I did however use it linked via Bluetooth to my Android phone and was able to receive notifications via the watch. The notifications were fairly easy to read and gave me a vibration to let me know that a notification happened I still dislike having to press the back-light button to be able to read the message. Other than a few things that are more personal preference I think this is a real winner.

    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