High-end activity watches are the latest tech craze in the world of running and for serious exercise enthusiasts. It seems every few months a new flood of the latest and greatest are coming out and every company is eager to make their entry into this quickly crowding field. And it seems that versatility is the name of the game for these activity trackers. After all, why just monitor your running performance when you can also track your stats in swimming, climbing, and practically every other activity that can be quantified?
With this in mind, the Suunto Spartan Ultra is their entry into the high-end market of activity watches for athletes. The Spartan Ultra has a long-lasting battery and easy-to-read display and is both durable and comfortable to wear. Featuring a full-color touch screen that works in conjunction with external analog buttons on its side, the Spartan Ultra features a highly accessible, easy-to-navigate menu system.
But what makes it such a powerful activity watch is the (very) wide range of various activities it’s built to monitor. With support for over 80 sports, from running to swimming to skiing to biking, martial arts, diving, this is a heavy-duty versatile activity watch. Each sport mode also provides complex data sets on a variety of metrics for the user to then upload to the Movescount app, which then compiles the data and provides the user with a portrait of their overall training performance over time.
Speaking of which - with their Movescount app, the Suunto Spartan Ultra wirelessly syncs via Bluetooth Smart to your smartphone to automatically upload your data to the app to help monitor your progress. A comfortable fit, an easy-to-use interface, and a versatile activity tracker, the Suunto Spartan Ultra is a high-end luxury sports watch.
Incredible versatility in one package
Movescount app keeps detailed metrics and calculations of all data
Highly durable watch
A very comfortable watch
Large and easy-to-read
High-end price may be a factor
The user cannot change Suunto’s predetermined data sets and settings
Basic menu options include Exercise (where you start your workout and choose your sport mode), Navigation (which offers pre-configured routes), Logbook (your workout history in chosen sport activity type), Settings (to adjust on-device settings), Training (which shows recent training volume by sport activity type), Recovery (your current recovery stats for HR-based activities), and Activity (that shows you the calories burned and steps taken against a preset goal for the day). At the end of your run, the Spartan Ultra also asks for your “feeling,” which is recorded and then later used for tracking purposes on the Movescount app.
The core menu consists of the standard watch face, Exercise, Navigation, Logbook, Stopwatch, Settings, Training, Recovery, and Activity. By swiping with your finger or pressing the buttons, you move through these options.
- Very durable watch that can withstand up to 100m in depth in water and extreme temperatures
- Full-color touchscreen that’s easy to read even in full light
- Highly detailed metrics measured during each run or exercise
- Movescount app offers complex data analysis and recommended heatmaps of well-rated trails