Suunto SPARTAN Improved STRYD Support But Needs More

It’s taken a while but Suunto’s SPARTANs now appear to properly support the STRYD footpod.

The word “TaDa !”, springs to mind.

Prior to firmware v1.11.56, STRYD could be paired as either a footpod (pace, etc) OR as a POWER pod (only power). So if you wanted ACCURATE PACE and POWER then you would have to use STRYD plus another footpod OR just use STRYD for one or the other.

Furthermore it meant that STRYD could not be properly used in a triathlon by many people. I would suggest that many triathletes who use STRYD would probably already have a bike power meter. So in that triathlon race scenario or in a BRICK training scenario the athlete would have to manually change which single device was the POWER device….bike power meter changed to STRYD in T2.

#Messy.

Now STRYD is paired as a FOOTPOD and all is good. The power flows through the FOOTPOD profile along with the stride length, cadence, pace metrics. Just how it should be. A bike power meter is also simultaneously paired as a power POD. Just how it should be.

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NB: Superficial Testing: shows that all the correct STRYD-related data fields DO come through when paired this way

Note: When paired as a footpod SPARTAN still shows “Footpod. SERVICES Running speed & cadence“. This appears to be a bug with the wording…ignore it if you have STRYD.

Good

So now Suunto have fixed STRYD support I can go back to moaning about multi-sports support

New Sport Profiles

Err there aren’t any new ones. I thought there were going to be some. But instead there are a few new datafields for skiing. Probably a good time to include those as the ski season approaches.

I was somewhat ‘disappointed’ that a ‘professional’ multisports watch like the SPARTAN series still does not properly address multi-sports needs.

The SPARTAN does support CHEERLEADING and ROLLERSKATING sports profiles but does not support the following:

  1. Duathlon
  2. Aquathlon (swim-run)
  3. Otillo (swim-run..repeated)
  4. Brick sessions (bike-run…repeated)
  5. Pool triathlon (pool-bike-run)
  6. Any multisport profile other than triathlon=OWS-bike-run (with transitions)

C’mon people. Get with the program.

In Suunto’s partial defence it might be technically hard for them to allow the CUSTOMISATION of multi-sports by us. Maybe the multi-sports with more than 3 legs are hard for them too…fair enough. I can understand that.

However I would have thought  it would NOT be at all hard for Suunto to EASILY include a DUATHLON (R-B-R), CROSS DUATHON (XC-MTB-XC), POOL TRI and AQUATHLON profiles in the same way they have already included the TRIATHLON profile.

More info: Link to suunto.com.

 

9 thoughts on “Suunto SPARTAN Improved STRYD Support But Needs More

  1. Does the Spartan still insist on auto calibrate STRYD via GPS or did Suunto add options (manual calibration, calibration factor) to the menu ?

  2. Does the Spartan line collect and display Stryd’s additional metrics beyond power, such as ground contact time, leg stiffness, form power, etc?

    • no. even if it did it would n’t be able to display them in movescount. even if it could then auto exports use TCX format and they wouldn’t be in that. so you’d have to manually export a FIT.You can currently manually export a FIT from POWERCENTER…so you might as well do that!! I’m about to post something about APPLE on this subject

      • Interesting … With my Ambit 3 Peak, whether the Stryd is configured as a power pod or a foot pod, I can get the Power reading, but my activities in Stryd Power Center don’t include the additional metrics.

        Are you saying that it would be the same behavior with a Spartan series device in the Stryd Power Center?

        Thanks.

        • maybe we are talking slightly at cross purposes.
          if you cache your run on the pod (as well as using ‘whatver deivce’) then let the pod sync to powercenter you get all the metrics

          • Oh I get it now! I was frustrated that my Ambit3 Peak with it’s “native” support for power didn’t allow me to collect all of the additional Stryd metrics that I can collect via a Fenix 3’s Connect IQ data field.

            Based upon your comment, I sync’d the Stryd for the first time and it adds the missing metrics to the existing activity that only showed the Power value.

            Movescount still only shows the power of course, but in Stryd Power Center, I can now see all of the additional metrics.

            Yay! Thanks so much, that was the missing piece of the puzzle for me.

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