Saturday, February 23, 2019

Suunto Spartan trainer unboxing, first impressions, pre order

SUUNTO SPARTAN TRAINER first impressions

Suunto sent me over a Suunto Spartan Trainer demo unit that is the final version. I have pulled together a quick article on the new wearable from Suunto along with a unboxing and first impressions video. Over the next coming weeks, I will be releasing a full in depth review on the Suunto Spartan trainer.

Base models start out at $279 (£219, AU$399) and 56 grams in weight, and two models are available with metal bezels that cost $329 (£279.99, about AU$420) and bump the weight up to 66 grams. THis is a pretty reasonable price for the specs included with this wearable and I am really looking forward to trying it out

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Suunto Spartan trainer unboxing video and first impressions



The Suunto Trainer Wrist HR can track 80 different activities from running to cycling to swimming, and uses GPS to track the wearer’s speed pace distance, and altitude. Sensors built into the wearable step count for all day activity tracking.


The wrist-based heart rate monitor tracks your heart rate 24/7 and also track burnt calories. I have found that Suunto wrist-based HR monitors to be pretty accurate for most activities and I will need to wait until I can fully test to see if I get similar results.

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The Suunto Spartan trainer is waterproof up to 50 meters and a 10-hour battery, while GPS is on, it’s ready for most fitness activities. Its power-saving mode claims to stretch tracking up to 30 hours, and disabling all tracking can stretch the battery out for 14 days.

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Suunto Spartan trainer wrist HR monitor

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With a clean design and changeable watch faces, it’s a fitness tracker that can pass for a normal watch day today but still provide plenty of tracking details during physical activities. The big shame for me is the lack of customisation when it comes to the band, it can’t be swapped out

Before I can give a firm view on if this new fitness watch from Suunto is any good I need to complete a full review and this will be coming out in the next couple of weeks, so watch this space

Suunto Spartan trainer band

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Jon Ratcliffe
I am Jon R and the editor of Active JR that covers wearables, fitness tech and smart home. I have a huge passion for technology having worked in the sector for over 18 years in a variety of roles and I like combining this with fitness.
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My reviews and information will talk about how the product works in reality and not just what the marketing departments want you to think.You can contact Jon on Twitter @ActiveJR1

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