Suunto Spartan Ultra – GPS Watch – Review 02 – Looks, Menus, Movescount & Battery Life

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I have been using the Suunto Spartan Ultra now for around 3 weeks for all my exercise activities. This has mainly consisted of cycling and hiking, with one or two runs and a 5 mile swim.

In my first review of the Spartan I kept it pretty basic and went over the my initial impressions of the watch, as I had literally worn it several times.

As I have used it a little more now, in this review I will go over my thoughts of the watch thus far in a little more detail, including: how it looks, the menus, using movescount (Suunto’s online facility) and its battery. In the final post I go over the activities I have done with the watch.

It is probably worth noting here what I want in a GPS watch. To be fair, I have never owned or used one. I have always used my phone. Why would I buy a GPS watch? For ease and practicality – what I love about a GPS watch is that you are already wearing it (practical), and I just need to push a button a couple of times and it records what you do (easy).

It’s also pretty awesome that you have a record of your training without having to log anything on maps, and if you do want to look into specifics such as Heart Rate, exact route, altitude climbed and lost, how hard you were working etc then you can.

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Suunto Spartan Ultra – GPS Watch – Review 01 – Unboxing and First Thoughts

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For the month of September I am testing the new Suunto Spartan Ultra GPS watch (RRP £599). I will review the watch in four stages. In this post I will introduce the watch and discuss my first impressions.  I will go into more detail on later posts about the menus and my favourite functions.


SUUNTO SPARTAN ULTRA – SPECS – RRP £599

  • Battery life up to 26h in training mode
  • Titanium 5 / steel bezel, sapphire glass
  • Outdoor-grade color touch screen
  • Barometric altitude, 100 m water resistance
  • GPS/GLONASS route navigation
  • Sport expertise and support for over 80 sports with racing and interval use
  • Training insights and community powered progress tools in Suunto Movescount

First Impressions of the watch are really good, and never having owned a GPS watch before I have found it super easy to set up and use – basically turn it on, charge it, and off you go. You can quickly record your activities with just a few clicks of the buttons or swipes of the screen.

I have used it for outdoor swimming, running and cycling with the HR monitor and the watch find a signal quickly and records accurately. The watch is quite large, but the design is minimal, and looks good on the wrist, you could get away with wearing it as a day to day timepiece. It is easy to connect it to your personal Movescount account, and each time you connect the watch it automatically loads all the activities.

It can also link to your smart phone (android update coming out soon), and you will be able to answer calls from the watch.

The Spartan has been released recently, and I get the impression that Suunto are taking the watches development seriously by listening to testers and users, and as such there have already been 2 software updates, refining the watches features.  See the software releases and upcoming updates here.

I will continue to use it over the coming weeks and give a more thorough review of its other features.

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