Suunto Spartan Trainer – Looks like it’s imminent


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Edit: Here is the announcement with a fairly detailed initial look

I’m taking a well deserved break from the festive gin to bring news of the impending arrival of the Suunto Spartan Trainer as discovered by javaski03.

It’s probably a cut-down version of the SPARTAN ULTRA/SPORT with Amazon stating these features:

  • Battery life up to 8H in training mode, 10 days in time mode
  • Wrist hr measurement and 24/7 activity tracking
  • Slim & lightweight design with 50 meter water resistance
  • Integrated GPS with real-time breadcrumb view
  • Sport-specific training modes for triathlon, running, and overall training

Looks like the GPS bump really is back.

We’ve already seen the images a while back (here).

Edit: And yet the announcement is for the SPARTAN SPORT Wrist oHR.



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I already have it saved to my wish list. With the disaster the Spartan Ultra was/is, i’m a bit skeptical as to what Suunto is putting out here. I’ve had nothing but issue after issue with my Fenix 3HR (and other Garmin watches) and have wanted to push off from the company, but there has been literally nothing on the market that compares with the sheer magnitude of options/functions Garmin provides.

Perhaps with a Valencell OHRM attached and a supposed profile this watch is touting, the Spartan Trainer might be a winner? Honestly i’m waiting for reviews and comments at least a month after launch before I make the investment. Where I live, outside training isn’t the best until at least midway through May (sub-zero temps haunt us even in April), so i’m in no rush, but I do want something that I have been working with leading into the warm season.

Here’s to a good device?

Race Leader

best advice: don’t touch a new Garmin for 6 months
next best advice: don’t be wowed by features. Just be wowed by **FEATURES YOU NEED**.

I’ve not got my hands on the TRAINER yet. No-one is quite sure what is being put out. Is it a masterstroke? or more of the same?

Robert Black

The trainer is using the old albeit modified ambit shell, so the crunch issue for me is will it be ambit like with no vibrating alerts?

Race Leader

I was going to write something about the various options of what it could be but decided against it. essentially: is it an upgraded ambit’s hardware?…probably (eg colour screen). will it have the Spartan firmware?…likely in some form (it’s called the Spartan trainer!). I guess the ideal scenario for many would be the old firmware but slightly better hardware.


Full list of SKUs for Spartan Series. Includes Sport “Wrist” HR and Trainer SKUs.

For reference, “All Black Sport Wrist HR” retails for $750 — seems crazy high compared with the Trainer pricing we’ve seen.

Race Leader

nice stuff. I think there might be a variant or two more maybe? eg 4 colours of the trainer not 3?? minor point admittedly


The FCC page mentions “available date” for the user manual, set up and external photos as 2017-01-27. It’s got to be released before that