Su­unto Spar­tan Ul­tra and Sport

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - TRANSITION -

$965 UL­TRA, $800 SPORT Fin­land-based Su­unto has been mak­ing prod­ucts since 1936 when out­door en­thu­si­ast Tuo­mas Vohlo­nen fig­ured out a way to mass-pro­duce liq­uid-filled com­passes. Since then the com­pany has been mak­ing high-end sports watches, in­stru­ments and dive com­put­ers. The Am­bit 3 was one of our favourite GPS watches from a few years ago. Last fall they launched the new Spar­tan se­ries, which fits per­fectly into Su­unto’s wheel­house of high-end prod­ucts. Since the Ul­tra and the Sport share many of the same fea­tures, we fig­ured we’d have a look at them both for this re­view. Su­unto has re­leased a few up­dates to the soft­ware of the Spar­tan watches since they were launched, too – the com­pany seems bound and de­ter­mined to keep the Spar­tan amongst the cat­e­gory lead­ers.

The Spar­tan watches are the most ex­pen­sive in our re­view, but of­fer both a huge amount of func­tion­al­ity and look ex­tremely stylish, too. Both the Ul­tra and Sport come with HR mon­i­tor straps. In ad­di­tion to the ex­tra bat­tery life found in the Ul­tra (26 hours in train­ing mode vs 16 hours for the Sport), the Ul­tra comes with a Ti­ta­nium frame with a steel bezel and sap­phire glass, while the Sport has a plas­tic frame with a steel bezel and min­eral crys­tal glass. Both have touch screens and are wa­ter re­sis­tant to 100 m.

When it comes down to us­ing the Spar­tan, you can ei­ther use the touch screen or work your way through the menus us­ing the three but­tons on the side. In ad­di­tion to the in­cluded HR mon­i­tors, the Spar­tan watches will pair with Blue­tooth com­pat­i­ble de­vices like Smart Speed sen­sors, cadence sen­sors and power me­ters. You can sync the Spar­tan to your IOS or An­droid phone through the Movescount app to be able to up­load your work­outs and also get smart­phone no­ti­fi­ca­tions. You can also use the Movescount app to be able to cre­ate dif­fer­ent sport modes so you can dial in ex­actly what data you want to be able to see on the watch.

Start­ing a work­out is easy, you just find your sport and get things rolling. GPS ac­qui­si­tion is quick and easy and the watches both seem to pro­vide lots of ac­cu­rate info for dis­tance, speed, HR, al­ti­tude, etc. At the end of the work­out you’ll get asked how the work­out felt – a nice way to keep track of how you felt right af­ter a work­out. The Movescount App al­lows you cre­ate routes, so you can use the watch to help nav­i­gate your way around.

The Spar­tan watches of­fer a stylish sports watch that of­fers an in­cred­i­ble amount of train­ing data. Even with the re­duced bat­tery life of the Sport, you’ll still get your­self through all but the long­est of fulld­is­tance races.—km

Su­unto Spar­tan Sport with op­ti­cal HR

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