Release coincides with Spartan software update adding interval training, altitude profile navigation
HELSINKI (March 16, 2017) — Today Suunto, a global leader in sports watches, dive computers and precision instruments, announces that its new Spartan Sport Wrist HR sports watch is available for pre-order at suunto.com and select retailers. Available at retail March 30, 2017, the newest member of the Suunto Spartan collection combines Suunto’s hallmark robust and stylish design and an extensive set of sport features with the convenience of wrist-based heart rate measurement powered by U.S.-based Valencell, the leading innovator in wearable biometric data sensor technology.
To coincide with the introduction date of Spartan Sport Wrist HR, Suunto will provide a software update for its full range of Spartan products, which will add interval training support and altitude profile navigation to the watch face.
Accuracy and 24/7 convenience with optical heart rate
Suunto’s optical heart rate measurement offers convenience both in daily activity tracking and during sport activities. Spartan Sport Wrist HR serves both as an activity tracker, monitoring 24/7 heart rate (including resting heart rate), steps and calorie-burn rate to better inform an athlete’s recovery and nutrition decisions, as well as a data-rich training companion providing detailed graphs, sport-specific displays and power meter integration.
The new Spartan Sport Wrist HR uses Valencell’s patented PerformTek biometric measurement technology. According to Valencell’s internal testing, conducted via an 8-minute indoor dynamic treadmill test, Spartan Sport Wrist HR provides market-leading accuracy, delivering data within 5 percent of a chest strap, 89 percent of the time.
For demanding conditions such as in swimming, or in outdoor sports that require wearing the watch on top of a sleeve, it is possible to pair the watch with a Suunto Smart Sensor belt to track heart rate.
Battery life (in tracking mode): 8 hours (Full Power mode); 12 hours (Power Save with 1sec GPS fix rate); up to 30 hours (60sec GPS fix rate)
Battery life (in time mode): 10 days
Weight: 74g / 2.61oz
Dimensions: 50 x 50 x 17mm / 1.97 x 1.97 x 0.67in
Glass: Mineral Crystal
Bezel: Stainless Steel
Water Resistance: 100m (according to ISO 6425)
Display resolution: 320 x 300
The Spartan Sport Wrist HR is handmade in Finland with robust casing, mineral crystal glass and a stainless steel bezel. The watch features a highly durable color touchscreen with a wide viewing angle and high-contrast visibility in bright sunlight. In addition to 80 sport-specific activity modes, all Spartan watches feature fully customizable sport mode screens. With GPS/GLONASS tracking, FusedSpeed™ and built-in accelerometer, Spartan Sport Wrist HR accurately tracks training and provides versatile insights on the athlete’s progress, both on-watch and in the Suunto Movescount service.
The retail price of the Spartan Sport Wrist HR is $499 and it is available in three colors: All Black, Blue and Sakura. Read more about the Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR at suunto.com/spartansportwristhr.
Software update delivers on full promise of Spartan platform
Continuing its cadence of regular software updates, on March 30, Suunto will issue an update that delivers a number of key, user-requested features to the Spartan collection:
- Interval training support: Using one of seven different layouts, athletes define interval sessions on the watch, then receive guidance during the workout and detailed data for analysis afterward.
- Altitude profile navigation: With a new route altitude graph, athletes can view total ascent, as well as ascent completed and remaining, while navigating.
Recent Spartan software updates have included:
- Improvements to GPS tracking accuracy
- Ability for Point of Interest (POI) navigation in Navigation mode
- Integration of Training Plans
- Addition of altitude and barometric pressure trends (Spartan Ultra)
- Ability to view 30-day activity summaries.
For more information on the Spartan innovation pipeline, please visit suunto.com/spartangetsstronger.com.
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.