Suunto SPARTAN SPORT with Wrist HR – officially announced with optical HR

sport-wrist-hrSuunto 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Not to be published before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.

suunto-spartan-trainerWrist 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.                               

About Suunto

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.





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29 thoughts on “Suunto SPARTAN SPORT with Wrist HR – officially announced with optical HR

      1. I can’t see the bumb on the picture above. There is also a black bezel. So it might be another watch as the one, which was rumored (hope so)

  1. Yea, I believe the picture is actually of the Spartan Sport w/ Optical HR, not the Spartan Trainer.

      1. Yes, but I believe Carlos is pointing out you posted an image of the Spartan Sport with oHR instead of the Spartan Trainer (on a post about the Spartan Trainer).

  2. What’s the hardware inside the Trainer? Same screen size/resolution as in the other Spartans?Softwarewise – is there an option to show 7 metrics?

  3. There are two seperate watches:
    1) Suunto Spartan Trainer with optical HR (looks like Ambit 3 shell);
    2) Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR as the picture shows. Also the text very clearly says Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR.
    Can somebody send a link where did Suunto unveil Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR ?

  4. Also, this press release hasn’t been announced really anywhere else yet.. was the embargo until 6am EST (it seems it may have been a bit early)?

      1. Hmm, it’s possible since it is being launched at CES, they might have been referring to PST (hence why no one else is talking about it yet and there is nothing anywhere else online).

  5. then the announcement is for the spartan sport wrist hr, not the spartan trainer. I read in the main title spartan trainer but in the text below always talks about spartan sport wrist hr

  6. You know something about the release of the spartan trainer?
    The sport wrist hr is so expensive for me
    I love the blue colour but i had read that the spartan trainer will not be in this colour
    if the release of the spartan trainer will not be soon i think i will by the forerunner 235

    1. no sorry. I was getting confused with some previous info I had. The TRAINER WAS listed on AMAZON very recently and then taken down. Draw your own conclusions from that. IMO 235 will be replaced with 240/245 in next 4-6 months.

      1. Dont worry!
        Thanks for all!
        I am waiting for a wrist hr watch from june , to compare with the 235, and i thought that the spartan trainer will be release soon, but i can’t wait more?

  7. Hi any chance you’ll be reviewing the Spartan sport wrist HR anytime soon as it is officially released on 30.03? I was wondering what kind of accuracy you are getting on steep hill running/intervals. If someone (Suunto) has finally built a watch/sensor that can be used to watch your max heart rate etc. I’ve bought quite a few different watches with wrist HR about 18 months ago and they all had major delays which messed up my training.

      1. Also very interested in that review. Specifically the oHR performance against heart rate strap. Looking forward to your review and thoughts.

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