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Analysis of Suunto Spartan Ultra. The clock for adventurers

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We have obtained a test unit to be able to perform the Suunto Spartan Ultra analysis. A multifunction watch oriented to various sports and where mountaineering could not be missed. This last section is where we have focused although we must recognize that the clock is for much more.

Analysis of Suunto Spartan Ultra

This summer we had the opportunity to try one of the latest watches launched by the Finnish company Suunto. Famous for building robust and high quality watches aimed at different sports such as mountain, diving, running, triathlons, ..., etc. The tested model has been theSuunto Spartan Ultra, a watch that by appearance enters through the eyes and that brings great news regarding its brothers in the range Ambit.


Analysis of Suunto Spartan Ultra. The clock for adventurers

It should be noted that from our environment testing we have oriented it to the main activity we do, the mountain and more specifically with the hiking. The watch is also designed for triathletes among others, but since we do not consider ourselves ironman we have left that part for the experts in that category and focus on what we know a little more.

Suunto Spartan Ultra Features

Let's start with the basics, the characteristics of the Suunto Spartan Ultra, the top model of the Spartan range and whose main differences we will highlight in the following table.


Review of Suunto Spartan Ultra. The clock for adventurers

The Suunto Spartan Ultra has a exquisite finish. It is from my point of view of the most beautiful in the market and with a feeling of quality greater than other manufacturers. Also for a doll not too thick as mine I find it really very comfortable, as usual with other Suunto and where Garmin may be lacking a bit.

Its operation is simple, both with its touch screen and its soft side buttons. In just 10 minutes you get with it and there is no infinite menu of infinite options to not drive the user crazy. Certain advanced options can only be configured from the Smartphone or from the PC using Movescount.


Analysis of Suunto Spartan Ultra. The clock for adventurers

The drums It is improvable and clashes with his brother the Suunto Ambit whose duration is almost double. However, the latter does not have a color screen or so much resolution. Even so, 15 days is usually more than enough and considering that you can even get to do several activities using GPS in that time interval. Note that after a use as a clock for 15 days the battery did not run out being 9% after those days and synchronized with the clock receiving notifications via bluetooth. Of course the base GPS swallows more battery than a Garmin Fenix ​​3, about 10% more.


Analysis of Suunto Spartan Ultra. The clock for adventurers

Thescreen It has a very remarkable quality, better than other Suunto or Garmin models tested although it may lack more brightness in certain colors. Even so, its visibility is correct and its tactile operation works correctly and you always have the buttons to correct problems in case of adverse weather.


Analysis of Suunto Spartan Ultra

But not everything is jauja at first sight and there is a great detail that we need to highlight for its serious lack. It does not support the loading of applications. Many users may use this feature to change only the watch face, which can be done but in a limited way. But there are a large number of users who load applications to add additional features that the clock does not support as a base. Things like when it's the next full moon, when it gets dark or dark, storm alarms, special training screens, smartphone music control during training, ..., etc.

Connectivity and Training

The basis of connectivity is Bluetooth, nothing from AVT +, which makes the list of compatible devices very high. Basis comes with a tape to measure heart rate. This is one of the smallest in the market and the truth is that it is very comfortable, and can be used underwater.


Review of Suunto Spartan Ultra. The clock for adventurers

At training level it is very powerful, in many cases greater than Ambit. With multiple predefined sports it is very simple to customize the screens with different values ​​and sizes, placing our favorite values ​​at our whim. In our case, we always place screens with the slope graph, data with ascent and descent slope, distance traveled, times, barometric graph and the digital compass.

On the mountain with the Suunto Spartan Ultra

As on other occasions we have performed the Suunto Spartan Ultra analysis with another device, in this case a GPS Garmin GPSMap 64S. Basically the idea is to check the GPS accuracy that in theory Garmin's team should be more powerful. In this case we tested it in Snowdonia, a mountainous region in North Wales that although it does not have very high mountains, the slopes are very strong.

The goal was to climb theSnowdon, the highest peak of wales with 1085m of height on a route of approximately 14 kilometers and about 800 meters of unevenness. We previously loaded the route on both the watch and the GPS, we recorded the whole track again and then we show you the differences.


Analysis of Suunto Spartan Ultra. The clock for adventurers

The image above shows the complete track with both devices. The line GREEN corresponds to the garmin and the line RED to Suunto. A priori everything seems almost exact, waiting to see heights and unevenness. Even so we see that in the third lake there are certain discrepancies that by zooming we will see that it is more than that.


Analysis of Suunto Spartan Ultra. The clock for adventurers

It is seen that for some strange reason the GPS Garmin went a little crazy and on a narrow road, about 2 meters wide there are too much difference, even more when there is a moment that puts us in a lake of deep water ... This is where you can see that the GPS chip integrated in the Suunto offers greater precision even more when both devices had no option of energy saving activated.


Analysis of Suunto Spartan Ultra. The clock for adventurers

On the other hand, when we talk about heights and slopes, the Garmin is more precise. For example, it hit the spot with the height of the Snowdon (1085m) and the slopes are more exact but not so perfect.


Analysis of Suunto Spartan Ultra. The clock for adventurers

Although maps cannot be loaded on the watch, the routes can be made from the application Movescount. They also look much better than in competing watches such as the Garmin Fenix ​​3. Points of interest can be visualized and also added on the fly.

Compass of Suunto Spartan Ultra

I have to admit that I liked the compass a lot. Like any watch of this type we must calibrate it in the open field the first time we use it or when we travel to different hemispheres. This shows us our current position, in which direction we are going and where is the North. In addition we can put a POI to be able to go to a destination using the compass, the same as marking a heading on a map. Tremendously useful.


Analysis of Suunto Spartan Ultra. The clock for adventurers

Suunto Spartan Ultra Altimeter and Barometer

In this section and as we are used to, Suunto behaves quite well. During the activity we can program what screens we want to have, such as the rise and fall graph, height, temperature, atmospheric pressure, ..., etc.


Analysis of Suunto Spartan Ultra. The clock for adventurers

Heart rate tape

If I am sincere to the mountain I never take it. A mountain runner will be very useful but for me I almost use it exclusively for running or mountain biking. This is very precise and synchronizes in a matter of seconds although the tape that comes by default with the watch will already be connected. This is shaped like a button and we especially like a small size.


Analysis of Suunto Spartan Ultra. The clock for adventurers

Through a graphic on the clock that you can check our rhythm, warning by audible alarms or by vibration If we have passed our limits. Later if we want to see a summary of all the training this will be reflected in the application Movescount.


Analysis of Suunto Spartan Ultra. The clock for adventurers

Conclusions about the Suunto Spartan Ultra

Is it worth buying?

It depends. If you are looking precision, comfort and not miss the loading of apps, this is your watch. If you are a skins lover and you like to customize the clock to the limit, then you will have to look for another option.

How much does a Suunto Spartan Ultra cost?

As usually happens in this type of watches its price is high. The agglutination of so much technology in such a small space has an impact on our pockets. The cost changes depending on when you buy it and if it is acquired when the watch is released the price is higher. If a few months are expected, the costs usually fall.

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