Canadian Running - - OFF THE BEATEN PATH -

SPARTAN TRAINER $379–449 The Fin­nish brand Su­unto started off by mak­ing some of the most ac­cu­rate and rugged com­passes in the world. Over the years, they’ve fit­tingly tran­si­tioned into the world of ex­treme en­durance sports. Their Am­bit and Spartan se­ries are go-to de­vices for trail, ul­tra and moun­tain run­ners. If you’re head­ing out for a long run in a moun­tain range, a Spartan watch is prob­a­bly on your wrist.

The is­sue with these ro­bust GPS units is that, be­cause they can do ba­si­cally ev­ery­thing and must be able to sur­vive a lot of abuse, they are big. Also, the typ­i­cal road run­ner, train­ing for a marathon or less, doesn’t of­ten need the fea­ture set they would be pay­ing pre­mium dol­lars for with some­thing like the Spartan Ul­tra. En­ter the Spartan Trainer. The sil­hou­ette has been slimmed down for pretty much any wrist size, and the price is a jaw-drop­per for the fea­tures on of­fer.

At un­der $400 for the base model, the Spar­tain Trainer de­liv­ers a solid 10 hours of GPS per charge, route nav­i­ga­tion (and even bread crumbs so you don’t ever get lost while out for a run in a new lo­ca­tion), 80 dif­fer­ent sport modes and fit­ness as well as sleep and calo­rie tracking. It also sports a cookedin op­ti­cal heart rate mon­i­tor made by Va­len­cell, which is the most ac­cu­rate on the mar­ket.

The truth is, Su­unto are of­fer­ing a prod­uct very sim­i­lar to their ro­bust Spartan Ul­tra soft­ware in the Trainer at a crazyaf­ford­able price. Road­run­ners look­ing for a hard­core yet af­ford­able run­ning and en­durance sport-fo­cused de­vice will be en­ticed by this im­pres­sive bal­ance be­tween fea­ture set and price.— CR

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