Suunto 9 BARO – Breaking FusedTrack

The new Suunto 9 BARO (non BARO version also available) showcases Suunto’s new FusedTrack feature. Here’s how it works and it only works for running: GPS positions are sampled infrequently (Endurance Mode 60 secs & Ultra Mode 120 secs). Between those points the Suunto 9’s motion sensor provides inputs to a directional algorithm to joint…

Suunto Spartan 2 (firmware and a tease) – updated

Suunto are teasing the above image on Instagram and on Twitter. The strap detail is like the SPARTAN SPORT BARO…and only the BARO …NOT the ULTRA and not the other SPORT variants. The buttons and bezel look the same as several existing variants. So, maybe it’s a new product or variant. Rather than speculating too…

STRYD: New Trail Run/Hike Firmware

STRYD have just announced an important firmware upgrade for those of you who have WALK/HIKE sections of trail runs. Even in competitive trail events there are sections where walking may be more efficient than running, such as on very steep gradients. Previously STRYD did not produce power on walk sections. There is now a firmware…

Suunto SPARTAN – new GPS algorithm + GLONASS – provisional test results in ULTRA vs SPORT

I knew something was wrong when the autolaps were quite a bit different from each other. With the new gps algorithm, with GLONASS enabled, and with firmware v1.6.14, I re-did my standard GPS test for the Spartan Ultra¬†and the¬†Spartan Sport I followed this methodology and this precise, standard route:¬†https://the5krunner.com/courses/test-route-for-gps-devices/. That link also has all the…

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Suunto SPARTAN gets GLONASS – so what?

Today’s new firmware for the SPARTAN is annoying as I now have to re-do a GPS test I did last week ūüôā although hopefully this line from the Suunto update notes¬†“This update also brings a new GPS firmware to improve general tracking accuracy” suggests that the test might be worth re-doing and will find increased…

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SUUNTO's SPARTAN Enhance GPS

Suunto claim to have addressed GPS accuracy issues experienced by some users, see below. Release v1.4.6.624/10Nov2016 I’ve had some good experiences with GPS accuracy of the existing version <here> so, no doubt, the situation will be made worse for me and better for others ūüôā we shall see. I will say it how I find…

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Garmin's Fenix 4 to have updated EXO-2 antennae hardware vs SPARTAN keeping the AMBIT's SirfStar – So What?

Garmin’s upcoming Fenix 4 is rumoured <here> to have a new and¬†improved¬†EXO-2 antennae. How does this development in the quest for Garmin’s GPS accuracy¬†sit compared to¬†the SPARTAN’s SirfStar V (SirfStar 5) chipset? ** FENIX 4 – Some hardware specs leaked HERE. Certainly there seems to be a mixed bag of opinions on the SPARTAN’s GPS…

Nathan and Suunto Spartan Compass Calibration

This was just an excuse for a couple of nice photos. I waved around the Spartan like an idiot for about 2 minutes before resorting to taking some pictures. Great location, wannabe photographer still in training. I should have come back a bit later as it got darker. The Nathan water bottle is both reflective…

Gerald looks at the Suunto SPARTAN Ultra – I do a few F3+ULTRA shots.

Gerald has a youtube closeup of the Suunto Spartan ULTRA (below). You’ll have to wait until September, maybe,¬†for my coverage of the extra functions that should be released then. I shall resume my look at the Spartan in September. Off on holiday now. Holiday=training-somewhere-else ūüôā In the meantime here is a nice-ish shot of the…