Another significant upgrade to the SPARTAN series was released yesterday. Some lucky people had access last week.
These are the headline features:
- Start planned Moves on your Spartan [SEE BELOW]
- Find back navigation [BACK TO START]
- Notifications for daily activity targets (steps and calories)
- Triathlon mode customization [SEE BELOW]
- Do not disturb mode
- 30-day activity sync after software update [Syncs activities back to your devices…interestingly if you have more than one device it seems to put all the history of all watches onto each and every watch]
- Enhancements to watch-app connectivity (pairing and sync improvements) [NOT LOOKED AT]
- Additional bug fixes and performance improvements
Here is how you add some basic moves/workouts on MOVESCOUNT. It is BASIC functionality and I suppose more of a reminder about what you need to do. It’s NOT structured workouts. Don’t forget that intervals can be setup on the SPARTAN watch.
The planned moves are then greyed out as they are displayed on MOVESCOUNT’s ‘calendar’
After a sync, these then appear in the same sort of way on the SPARTAN as a sport profile would at the start of the exercise.
Although once you have selected the planned move you can subsequently chose which sport profile should be applied to it. It’s not overly exciting but it looks like this:
The triathlon mode functionality is a bit more interesting, I suppose. There is a pre-configured triathlon mode and the pre-existing functionality looks something like the following:
So even in the pre-configured triathlon mode there still is a quite a lot of general sport mode settings that can be changed eg PODS TO SEARCH FOR. That kind of generic thing.
However, the new functionality enables a new triathlon profile to be created. This time the triathlon sports can have their screen configured. I’ve shown that below with the addition of a 7 data field cycling screen and I seem to remember deleting a few other the other screens that I didn’t want.
So this is probably fine for most people doing their occasional triathlon. But the problem seems to be that you can’t actually define the sports that make up a multisport session. So if you are a bit more of a keen multi-sports athlete then I can’t see how you can do the following:
- Run-Bike-run-Bike-Run (or longer & repeated) – brick training session. this was always a criticism of Garmin, so I have to make it against Suunto.
- ÖtilÖ Swimrun – multiple run+swim (I think Suunto used to sponsor ÖtilÖ in some way – see tip below)
- Duathlon/Aquathlon – I couldn’t seem to find those basic multisport profiles but they are probably already pre-configured somewhere as ‘cheerleading’ is already there as a sports profile. I DO NOT think their omission is a major issue for the majority of the current target market for the product. But it means that people like me would only use the SPARTANs for single sport training or maybe 2 single consecutive sports. Indeed that is what I do use the SPARTAN for (but neither for BRICKS nor for TRI/DU RACING)