SUUNTO was founded in 1936 in Finland by championship-level orienteer and keen outdoor enthusiast Tuomas Vohlonen. He invented a mass production method for filling liquid compasses. Since then, Suunto has been at the forefront of innovation, handcrafting premium sports watches, instruments and dive computers that have been tested in the world’s harshest conditions.

The SUUNTO Spartan Trainer Wrist HR is a beautifully designed GPS watch with optimal fit, ready to train how you want – whether you swim, ride, hit the gym or run trails. The watch comes with a classic wristwatch design, but it utilises a unique pulse rate-based sensor to keep track of your training.

The pulse rate sensor sends the information to a small but powerful computer inside the watch. It keeps track of your heart rate, calories burned, and the number of steps taken 24/7. The same technology allows for the more efficient monitoring of sleep duration as well as the average heart rate during one’s sleep.

Whether you use fitness apps like MapMyFitness, Strave or TrainingPeaks, the SUUNTO Spartan is compatible. Just connect the watch to your phone via Bluetooth Smart technology and keep track of your progress. SUUNTO also offers its own app, SUUNTO Movescount, to keep track of your fitness progress.

The Spartan is compatible with many training and fitness apps such as MapMyFitness, Strava, and TrainingPeaks. Connecting these apps with the Spartan is made easy via two ingenious technologies. One can use the Bluetooth Smart technology in the Spartan to communicate with a device that already has these fitness and training apps. Or, you can use the SUUNTO Movescount app to keep track of your fitness progress instead.

With over 80 sport modes pre-installed in the watch, SUUNTO Spartan watches are ready to go for nearly any kind of activity right out of the box. Sport-specific displays for sports like running, cycling, swimming, triathlon and various outdoor sports, such as hiking or ski touring, give you accurate feedback and metrics relevant to your sport. You choose what you want to do, and your watch will follow your every step along the way.

It comes with a battery that can run for 14 days if you use only its chronograph functions. Using the Spartan in training mode gets you a runtime of 10 to 30 hours.

The SUUNTO Spartan Trainer Wrist HR is a good smartwatch for those who want to elevate their fitness and training performance.