Suunto recently announced the Spartan Ultra, the multisport GPS watch successor to the Ambit3, and now its revealed a sleeker, cheaper option: the Suunto Spartan Sport.
Just like the Ultra, the Spartan Sport is available in four colors: blue, black, Sakura (pink) and white. It's also 'built to last' with a mineral crystal glass display and stainless steel bezel, pushers and buckle. It also shares the same color touch screen (with great visibility in sunlight), engine and software as the Ultra. Sensor-wise, there's on-board GPS and accelerometer.
There's no heart rate monitoring on the wrist and the Sport pairs with the Suunto Smart Sensor strap. However, that doesn't mean it's never going to happen. Suunto says it's continuing to expand the Spartan line to feature on-the-wrist heart rate tracking.
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There are various settings for battery life that can be customized to fit your needs but in general, the Sport should last 10 hours for training and racing time which can be extended to 16 hours on power save mode. That's about eight hours less than the Ultra, but still respectable. If switched to 'time mode' the Spartan Sport can last 10 days.
The Sport is water resistant to 100 meters which should come in handy for swimmers. Outside of swimming, there's a total of 80 pre-set sport modes that show you sport-specific metrics and rich display options while training. Example modes include running, cycling, swimming, triathlon, hiking or ski touring. For sports including running and cycling, modes such as interval running, obstacle race running and treadmill are also available.
All your data can be tracked via the Suunto Movescount mobile application, which is available 0n both Android and iPhones.
The Suunto Spartan Sport is available this September for $549 or $599 with the Smart Sensor heart rate tracker.
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