Be first to the fin­ish with the Scan­di­na­vian brand’s new lux­ury model

Triathlon Plus - - Object Of Desire -

There’s no deny­ing the Suunto Spar­tan Ul­tra is a smart and us­able de­vice. With a full-colour LED touch­screen, that is both re­spon­sive and easy to nav­i­gate, you can quickly jump into your train­ing with­out hav­ing to spend hours fa­mil­iaris­ing your­self with the new tech. It also holds its own on the de­sign front, with a sleek, un­der­stated, yet tough, ap­pear­ance, com­ple­ment­ing its bright dis­play.

The Spar­tan is def­i­nitely aimed at the ac­tive con­sumer and seemed ac­cu­rate in record­ing our swims, cy­cles and runs. One pos­i­tive for the triath­lete is that it doesn’t waste space on too many ad­di­tional ac­tiv­i­ties, such as golf. Through its Suunto’s on­line sync­ing soft­ware, Movescount, you can eas­ily up­load and an­a­lyse your data and, im­por­tantly for some, link to your Strava ac­count.

The Garmin mul­ti­sport smart watch has been a main­stay of my train­ing for the past 5 years, with the Fenix 3 be­ing my cur­rent go-to de­vice. So, when sub­bing in the Suunto Spar­tan Ul­tra, there is nat­u­rally a de­gree of scep­ti­cism. Yet, de­spite some ini­tial bugs (largely ironed out by a re­cent up­date), Suunto has de­liv­ered a gen­uine mul­ti­sport con­tender to ri­val the Garmin pow­er­house.

How­ever, at over £500, the Spar­tan is in di­rect com­pe­ti­tion with other, top-end, lux­ury smart ac­tiv­ity track­ers.

While it’s def­i­nitely on a par with its more es­tab­lished com­peti­tors, the Suunto may still strug­gle to com­pletely con­vert the more loyal Garmin users. £559

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