Suunto has updated its multisport watch line with a new do-it-all device that promises to track everything you're doing. The Suunto Spartan Ultra epitomises everything the Finnish company stands for.
Suunto, meaning "bearing, heading or direction" has been all about precision tracking for years – a company that started in 1936. The latest Suunto Spartan Ultra wants to use that GPS expertise but also combine daily tracking and community smarts to offer more.
The Spartan Ultra can withstand water submersion to 100 metres, making it dive friendly. It's tough too thanks to a glass fibre reinforced polymide casing, a sapphire glass colour display and grade 5 titanium or stainless steel bezel options.
When it comes to tracking, the Spartan Ultra is equipped with GPS, barometric altitude sensors, a digital compass, FusedAlti, FusedSpeed, accelerometer and optional heart rate monitor. That means it can track triathlon, swimming, cycling, running, adventure racing, snow sports and more. These break down into various modes for race day or training – so for a runner you could pick basic mode, interval mode, trail running mode and more.
All that tracking also means visual feedback on metrics like training load, recovery status and even daily step and calorie counting.
Everything works on the watch and, for a more detailed view, in the Suunto Movescout app right there on a connected smartphone. This offers a new heatmap mode which shows where training of others has happened – allowing you to find new routes to train for specific needs.
The Suunto Spartan Ultra will come in four styles: Suunto Spartan Ultra All Black Titanium, Suunto Spartan Ultra Stealth Titanium, Suunto Spartan Ultra White and Suunto Spartan Ultra Black. The Titanium will be £585 while the standard Ultra will be £545. If you want a heart rate sensor with either, that's an extra £40.
The watches will be available in August but more details will be announced in July, including battery life which currently is simply being called "competitive".