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