Suunto Spartan HR Baro

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The Suunto Spartan HR Baro sports watch is a jack of all trades. It is a fitness tracker, smartwatch, sports watch, handheld GPS, heart rate monitor, weatherman, and so much more. There is almost no sport or activity that this thing cannot track. No matter what you are doing this watch is going to be able to keep up. It is built to take quite a beating so you will not have to worry about the durability. Whether you are wearing this on land or in the water, day or night, indoors or outdoors, Suunto has you covered. Customers love all the features and the amazing battery life this product has to offer. It may be a little on the expensive side and it is definitely not for those on a budget, but customers love it and have commented that it was worth every penny they paid for it.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Great battery life
  • Water resistant up to 100 meters
  • Simple and sleek design
  • Offers GPS navigation
  • Preloaded with over 80 sports and activities
  • Features a compass and barometric altitude
Cons
  • Has a steep price tag
  • Proprietary charging cord
Activities
Activities

Activities

The Suunto Spartan HR Baro is a GPS multisport watch that is used for a great many activities, although it is used most often by runners, cyclists, and other outdoor athletes. The smartwatch comes preloaded with over 80 sports modes so you can use it and be ready to go right out of the box no matter what activity or sport you are about to participate in. This watch will work with you and allow you to do almost any sport or activity without the fear of it breaking, this watch was made to take a beating and it will not disappoint you. Whether you are participating in outdoor or indoor activities, on land or in the water, this watch is going to be able to keep up and track all that you do.
Basic Features
Basic Features

Basic Features

The sports watch comes with a lot of features that you can take advantage of when wearing it. This is first and foremost a fitness tracker which is going to track all your basic activities, such as steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned, average pace, sleep tracking and many more. This watch does have a heart rate monitor that will continuously track your heart rate throughout the day, whether you are going about your normal activities or participating in a workout or sporting event. With the knowledge on your heart rate, the watch will be able to give you a better and more precise account of how many calories you were able to burn throughout the day.

In addition to the heart rate monitor and the basic everyday fitness tracking, this product features a full color, advanced touch screen that allows you to see the screen even in the brightest of settings. Customers also love the fact that their sports watch is water resistant (up to 100 meters) so they can wear this while swimming or participating in water sports.
Advanced Features
Advanced Features

Advanced Features

In addition to the basic fitness features that the Suunto Spartan HR Baro comes with, this tracker also gives you a lot more advanced features that you would not normally expect to see from a fitness watch. You will have access to the built-in GPS tracking system that will help you navigate outdoors without having to connect to your smartphone. The GPS features will allow you to retrace your footsteps, kind of like leaving a trail of breadcrumbs. The watch also comes with a built-in compass to help make sure you are going the correct direction and helps prevent you from getting lost.

This particular model of the Suunto Spartan watches also can track the barometric pressure to help you measure your altitude, or elevation, wherever you are. The air-pressure sensor in the watch will also give you storm alerts when it senses a sudden drop in pressure. This is a fantastic feature for those who like to go on long runs or hike in woods.
Accuracy
Accuracy

Accuracy

The Suunto Spartan HR Baro smartwatch does not always give you the most accurate heart rate, so this is something to keep in mind when you are looking to purchase this product. The Suunto website does state that this particular watch gives you an estimated heart rate. It is generally pretty close to the actual rate, but customers have noticed that it is not always the most accurate.

The weather alerts that this watch provides you are generally fairly accurate. It uses the barometric altitude combined with the built-in GPS to give you an accurate reading on your elevation as well as weather conditions. Many users appreciate being able to track and stay up to date on weather trends in their area with the use of this feature.
Connectivity
Connectivity

Connectivity

Customers have not had a lot of problems when it comes to getting this watch to connect. It can connect to your phone through Bluetooth and it is fairly easy and does not cause a lot of hassle. The watch can also connect and be used with the Suunto Movescount App which is the application you will use to see everything that is being tracked, to monitor your goals and your progress towards reaching them.
Apps
Apps

Apps

As previously mentioned, the Suunto Spartan HR Baro connects to the Suunto Movescount App that is downloadable to your iPhone or Android device. This app will allow you to do a plethora of things with your watch. You will be able to see everything that you have tracked, you can monitor your steps, sleep, distance, calories, etc. Through the program, you can set goals for yourself and you can monitor your progress. This app will also allow you to customize your watch and your settings to give you a more personalized experience.

The Movescount app is compatible with other fitness apps, such as Strava, TrainingPeaks, MapMyFitness, and so many more. You will be able to share your progress with your friends or family if that is something that you are interested in doing. You will be able to become part of a community of other people who share similar interests and goals, more runners who are just trying to make their moves count.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

The Suunto Spartan HR Baro is actually fairly comfortable for a smartwatch. Customers have commented that the face of the watch is not too big and bulky. Unlike other fitness trackers and heart rate monitors, this sports watch will not get in the way of your everyday activities which wearers love. The watch is also rather lightweight so you do not have to feel like you are carrying extra, unneeded weight around on your wrist, which will also increase the comfort level.
Style
Style

Style

Customers really seem to like the look and style of this smartwatch. It is not too big or bulky so you can wear it all day, no matter what you are doing. The watch comes in a plethora of colors to choose from so you can find something that is going to best fit your style and personality. You can purchase this watch in either stealth (grey) or amber (a yellow-orange), although, you do have the ability to customize this when you order which will allow you so many other color and style options.
Durability
Durability

Durability

When it comes to the lifespan of the Suunto Spartan HR Baro watch, there is not too much to worry about. This watch was made to stand up to a plethora of sports and activities, it was made to take a beating and keep on ticking. The watch features a rugged construction with a stainless steel bezel and the outdoor grade touchscreen is made with a mineral crystal watch face that is not easily scratched or broken. If you want some added protection from the scratches there are screen protectors available for this brand. The watch is also water resistant up to 100 meters so there is no need to worry about keeping it dry, this is not going to take water damage. This watch was made to stand the test of time.
Face
Face

Face

The face of this product is made really well and customers love it. It is a decent size, not overly large or bulky when it sits on your wrist which customers seem to appreciate. Suunto uses an amazing color touch screen for the Suunto Spartan HR Baro that is state of the art. It gives you a nice and wide angle to give you superior visibility whether you are indoors or outdoors, no matter how bright it is. The face itself is made out of mineral crystal glass that will help make sure it will not scratch or break too easily. As previously mentioned, however, if you are worried about scratches you can purchase additional screen protectors for added protection.
Band
Band

Band

It is fairly common for sports watches and fitness trackers to use a silicone band for their products and the Suunto Spartan HR Baro followed suit. The use of a silicone band is nice because they are more lightweight than other bands out there. It is also usually more comfortable which is great for you when you are participating in a long run or race, or any other strenuous sport or activity. A great advantage of Suunto choosing this kind of strap for their watch is that it is water resistant. You will not have to worry about the band getting ruined from too much sweat, or if you want to take it swimming with you, or if you are going to simply wear it in the shower.
Sizes Available
Sizes Available

Sizes Available

The Suunto Spartan HR Baro watch, unfortunately, only comes in one size when you purchase it. However, if you find that the band is too long or too short you can purchase replacement bands in varying sizes to make sure that you are going to get something that will give you the perfect, most comfortable fit. The strap of this sports watch is 24 mm thick and it will fit wrist sizes from 130-230 mm.
Ease of Use
Ease of Use

Ease of Use

Customers find that the basic features of this watch are fairly easy to use and pretty self-explanatory to just about anyone, whether you have experience with this type of product or not. When you start getting into the more advanced features, however, it starts to become a little more difficult to use for those who are technologically impaired. Customers commented, however, that once you use these features a couple of times it becomes easier for you to use. Overall customers have stated that this watch is pretty user-friendly and once you play with it for a while and get a better feel for the watch you will able to use it with ease.
Power Source
Power Source

Power Source

Suunto likes to brag about this watch having a phenomenal battery life, and it does. That being said, the actual life of the battery relies on a plethora of variables. If you are using this product with the GPS set to the highest accuracy and you have the screen brightness turned all the way up you can expect the battery to have a much shorter life than if you had the brightness down and the GPS turned off. If you have everything turned off and you are strictly using this as a timepiece, it should last you about 2 weeks, but many people are not going to be using this for simply telling time. If you are using this watch in training mode, with GPS on, it will last you about 10 hours. If you turn the GPS down and utilize the power saving options you can generally get the watch to last you about 40 hours.

You can charge the battery of the Suunto Spartan HR Baro watch with the USB charging cord that comes with the watch when you purchase it. There is a magnetic clip on the cord that will attach to the back of the smartwatch. It usually only takes about a couple hours to get a full charge. One thing that customers have mentioned when it comes to charging the product is that they wish it did not use a proprietary cord for charging, as it makes it more difficult to replace it if it gets lost or broken.
Price
Price

Price

The cost of the Suunto Spartan HR Baro sports watch is definitely on the high end of the spectrum when compared to other smartwatches and fitness trackers. The MSRP of this particular model rings up at $500. This is not the most expensive watch of its kind, but it certainly is not the cheapest. Customers have commented that they really like this watch and have stated that it is worth the money they paid for it. However, if you are in the market for a sports watch and do not want to spend that kind of money, there are cheaper options out there.
Accessories
Accessories

Accessories

When you purchase the Suunto Spartan HR Baro watch you will receive the charging cord and an instruction manual with the product. There are other accessories that you can purchase to go with this watch, although they are sold separately. Many customers tend to purchase screen protectors, additional bands, and an extra charger.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

-Amazing battery life, lasting up to 10 hours in training mode
-Offers estimated heart rate measurements
-Water resistant up to 100 meters
-GPS and GLONASS route navigation
-Supports over 80 sports and activities, including racing with the use of intervals
-GPS and an air pressure sensor work together to give you an accurate barometric altitude reading
-Gives you storm alerts when there is a sudden drop in pressure
-Color touchscreen
-Steel bezel and mineral crystal glass for impressive durability
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

If you are in the market for a high-end sports watch that will measure all the basics plus some extra then the Suunto Spartan HR Baro watch may be the product for you. The built-in GPS tracker on the watch allows you to keep track of where you are without the additional use of a mobile device. You will get weather alerts when the barometric pressure suddenly drops, thanks to the air-pressure sensor located in the watch. There are a plethora of features that you can take advantage of when you purchase this watch. Overall, customers love it and even though it is on the expensive end of the spectrum, customers have stated that it was worth the money.