Suunto unveils their first watch with wrist heart rate measurement
Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR is a full blooded multisport watch featuring best-in-class optical HR technology by Valencell. It should perform well but obviously it needs testing.
There is little additional information available at present.
The device will NOT INITIALLY be 24×7 HR monitoring. It will just be for in-exercise oHR.
It’s coming in at around the Eur600/$600/£550 level. So not cheap.
I remind readers that I found the GPS accuracy of the SPORT (sans oHR) to be VERY good (much less so for the ULTRA for some bizarre reason). Also Suunto are continuing to incrementally improve both the MOVESCOUNT offerings as well as the SPARTAN’s firmware. Let’s come back and see where Suunto are in the Spring.
So this is the model announced in July 2016, soon after the other SPARTANs were released. The TRAINER model is something else entirely and not yet announced. If you’re confused, don’t worry. I am. Even more so than normal.
Not to be published before
5th January, 2017 midday.
Suunto unveils today the Spartan Sport Wrist HR, Suunto’s first GPS sports watch with optical heart rate measurement for multisport racing and training. To provide its customers with the strongest solution available, Suunto partnered with U.S.-based Valencell, the leading innovator in wearable biometric data sensor technology. The Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR watch complements the Suunto Spartan collection launched in the summer 2016, combining Suunto’s hallmark robust design with convenient wrist-based heart rate measurement.
Wrist heart rate technology from the industry leader Valencell
The Spartan Sport Wrist HR uses Valencell’s patented PerformTek biometric measurement technology, the industry leader in sensor technology accuracy. With a growing demand for easy-to-use sport tracking solutions, Suunto endeavored to combine the convenience of optical heart rate measurement with the full set of Suunto sport expertise and accurate tracking
“We are excited to be partnering with Valencell, the leader in wearable biometric sensor technology, to bring to market the next generation of our Spartan GPS watch models, featuring accurate heart rate monitoring on the wrist,” says Sami Arhomaa, Suunto’s Performance Business Unit Director. “Valencell’s PerformTek technology is the gold standard in biometric accuracy for wearables. We know that by choosing Valencell we can be confident that the product will meet expectations, and enable a solid user experience.”
Full product details will be released soon. The Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR is part of the Suunto Spartan solution and benefits from the community powered tools available in Suunto Movescount service and Movescount App. The Spartan Sport Wrist HR will be availbale in three colors: Black, Blue and Sakura.
Suunto was born in 1936 when Finnish orienteer and engineer Tuomas Vohlonen invented the mass production method for the liquid-filled compass. Since then, Suunto has been at the forefront of design and innovation for sports watches, dive computers and sports instruments used by adventurers all over the globe. From the highest mountains to the deepest oceans, Suunto physically and mentally equips outdoor adventurers to conquer new territory.
Suunto’s headquarters and manufacturing plant is in Vantaa, Finland. Employing more than 400 people worldwide, Suunto products are sold in over 100 countries. The company is a subsidiary of Amer Sports Corporation along with its sister brands Salomon, Arc’teryx, Atomic, Wilson, Precor, Mavic and Enve.