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Spar­tan Sport Trainer Wrist HR

$380–450 Garmin might rule the roost when it comes to GPS watches, but Fin­land-based Suunto has been mak­ing a real run over the last few years to be­come more of a player in the GPS watch space. Renowned for years for its heart rate mon­i­tors and div­ing watches, the Spar­tan line of­fers a myr­iad of fea­tures in a stylish and func­tional pack­age. The Spar­tan Trainer is com­pact, slim and light­weight, mak­ing it a great op­tion for those with smaller wrists. The op­ti­cal heart rate sen­sor ac­cu­rately mea­sures your HR from your wrist, and you get an im­pres­sive 10 hours of bat­tery life in train­ing mode and GPS track­ing that will give you all the speed, pace and dis­tance data you’ll need along with that HR in­for­ma­tion. Dur­ing the day, the watch serves as a calo­rie and step counter, but it re­ally shines when it’s time to do a work­out. There are lots of sport-spe­cific modes – you sim­ply find your sport on the list and hit start to get all the pace, speed, al­ti­tude, HR and dis­tance in­for­ma­tion you need from your work­out. You don’t get quite the same bat­tery life with the Sport Trainer as you do with Suunto’s higher-end Spar­tan Ul­tra, but 10 hours of GPS and HR track­ing will get you through most long train­ing days or races.

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