Rated 1 out of
Not ready for release
Suunto released an essentially useless watch months ahead of when the appropriate software will be available to support it. As of now it is a shell and not worth a fraction of the astronomical price they are asking. To release the watch before it's ready without informing buyers that they would need to wait months for a software update that may or may not fix the problems is absurd.
Date published: 2016-08-27
Rated 3 out of
Only Half done...
This is my 3rd Suunto, and promises (I hope) to be a great watch, but the functionality of it at initial release is very poor- there are many features of older models that are nowhere to be seen (Ambit 2S is my prev model), for example, cannot change data on the screens- I like having cadence visible for some sessions, other sessions need pace big and bold- but distance is the biggest and adjustment of screens is NOT possible, also HR alarms- nowhere to be seen, screen is dim- unless light is on, no intervals programmable, Countdown timer? No way! Android App doesnt connect.
I have faith that this will all be rectified very soon and it will be an awesome watch, but it has taken the shine off having this new premium watch... especially when I need to bring out my old beaten up Ambit 2S for some training sessions!
@Suunto- please deliver on the timeframes for the updates... or even exceed our expectation and be AHEAD of schedule, that would be awesome. You make great hardware... but this is half baked... so far!
Date published: 2016-08-23
Rated 5 out of
I appreciate the sleep feature, If you could just...
The Spartan wrist HR is better than I thought, actually it is one of my favorite HR to date. (running since 1989) The sleep tracker is great, It would be helpful we could log it in MovesC... AND allow the Ultra Spartan to have sleep tracker too.
One obstacle for me: If there were a way to wear the Wrist HR without having to shave my wrist area or secure the wrist band so that it is not constricting that would be great. In totality, excellent piece, keep up the great creations.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 2 out of
Not worth pricepoint
This is my first Suunto GPS watch and I deliberated extensively between this and the Ambit 3 Peak. I wish I'd decided on the latter or looked at other brands.
For something that is priced in the upper ranges of GPS sports watches, this product absolutely fails to deliver. The software feels half finished, the touch screen is glitchy, the watch refuses to pair with an iPhone or iPad without consistent and concerted effort (and drain on phone battery). The "recovery" menu consistently reads zero hours, despite what daily rest I take, the compass requires calibration each time I use it (where I have to move the watch in a figure 8 pattern for a seemingly never-ending amount of time) and I'm unconvinced the altimeter reads elevation correctly (I work at 692 feet, and the altimeter has fluctuated, but never been within 50 feet of it). Lastly, like an April Fool's joke, this watch has no alarm.
There are glimmers of hope here: when it relates to Movescount, it's incredible. I love heatmaps. It's sleek. Having access to steps is really nice. Uploading routes I built from Movescount onto the watch was simple, fast, and easy to use while hiking or cycling. There is great promise with what this watch will be able to do, but right now, it isn't much.
I'm sure someday the Spartan will be a great watch, capable of great things and easy to use, but right now it just isn't there.
Date published: 2016-08-25
Rated 2 out of
Very promising features but yet to be delivered!
This watch definitely drew my attention when I first saw it during pre-launch. I actually sold my Fenix3 which I was somewhat satisfied, so that I could get hold of the Spartan. Ok so lets delve deeper -
1. Great look and feel. Undoubtedly IMO the sleekest adventure wearable in the market today.
2. Great build as well and very light on the wrist. This wasn't the case with my Fenix3.
3. The platform (hardware interface) looks very promising.
4. Like the way the phone goes to sleep mode during inactivity and screen is auto locked.
1. Can't discard routes. It has only 'resume' and 'stop' options. No option to discard route if required.
2. I was able to delete routes from Movescounts but it's doesn't sync with the watch. Can't delete routes from watch.
3. No barometer and storm alarm.
4. No weather information either based on barometric pressure or phone app connection - weather forecast.
5. Unable to transfer routes to phone by importing GPX created in Basecamp.
6. Coordinates cannot be displayed.
7. Distance covered on treadmill was way off when checking in watch/Movecount. I ran for 2.5miles but it showed 3.4miles.
8. Cannot do altitude navigation.
9. No sunrise/sunset times
10. When I checked my MTB route in Movescount I did notice few sections were way off from the actual route. It was clear sky day with no tree canopy. So not sure if the app can be further optimized or not. Will do few more tests.
Good to have feature:
1. Watch face customization
2. Find my phone via watch
3. Accept calls from watch
4. Filter phone notifications on watch
5. Live tracking, may be every 15mins interval at the minimum.
So once again I would like to reiterate that this watch holds big promises and if it can deliver it will be very difficult to beat this one by Suunto's competitors. Suunto you need to deliver now and soon!
Date published: 2016-08-29
Rated 1 out of
Does not have advertised features...yet
Does not have barometer, weather info, alarm clock and more. Disappointed.
Date published: 2016-08-26
Rated 4 out of
Getting Better Every Day
I've had my Spartan Ultra with heart rate monitor for about 6 months.
Though when it was introduced, I don't think it was ready for release, the Suunto Spartan Ultra has since come a long way with engineer driven software updates.
This is my second Suunto watch. Suunto continues to make quality instruments. The Spartan gets better with each update. GPS functionality has been tweaked and features have been added for a better user experience.
I am primarily a trail runner, but would recommend this device to anyone that trains or competes in any sporting activity. It performs competently in any multi-sport environment. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 3 out of
I bought this each over Garmin based on my great experience with Suunto diving products. I like many others bought this watch expecting a fully ready watch, only to find it was essentially released in august as a beta model without software to support its functions.
That being said I have used it most outdoor running for marathon training as well as indoor cross training and treadmill running. I have a lot of outdoors hobbies and really like all the different sport functions to choose from. I use the watch as my daily wear and it is very comfortable.
Battery life has been fantastic and I find everything to be pretty accurate. Originally had some HR monitor connection issues, but that doesn't happen anymore. The software updates every few weeks have been slowly addressing the many areas of improvement needed regarding some pretty basic functions. Currently there are updates scheduled every few weeks through december. They have pretty much been on schedule with them so far.
Date published: 2016-10-02