I was quite taken by the Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR and the Baro keeps up the momentum.
The Baro is a GPS multisport watch with wrist heart rate measurement and an air pressure sensor for more precise altitude readings.
Additionally, the entire Spartan collection receives a software update. This update brings sleep tracking (as mentioned in my review), route navigation improvements, sunrise/sunset times, and alpine and ski features.
Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro
The Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro delivers premium materials as well as comfortable everyday use for all outdoor and training activities.
Daily activity tracking includes steps and calories and the minimum heart rate during a 12-hour period.
In outdoor environments, correct altitude readings are essential.
The new Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro uses Suunto’s FusedAlti™ technology. This combines GPS and barometric data for more precise altitude information.
The watch will also display sunrise/sunset times, and gives storm alarms when a sudden drop in air pressure occurs.
You get up to 20 hours of battery life (1-second GPS fix with power-saving options) and 40 hours of battery life with 1-minute GPS fix and power-saving options.
Suunto Spartan software update
Enhanced navigation and new ski features
Advanced navigation features brought by the software update include route navigation improvements with
estimated time of arrival (ETA) and remaining distance to destination.
Point of Interest navigation is improved with approach alarms. So, the watch will now display a clear on-screen notification when nearing a pre-defined POI.
Sunrise and sunset times are available both in daily use and during a sport mode. This improves safety when adventuring out in the wild.
The Spartan Ultra and Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro will also deliver storm alarms based on changes in air pressure.
Alpine and backcountry skiers will benefit from the new ski features in alpine sport modes. These promise to bring even more data about their sport on-screen.
The new features include a run counter, display of run lengths, verticals and maximum speed during descent.
Best routes heatmaps
The Suunto heatmaps help you to find the best places and routes for your workouts, whether you want to find the most popular places or avoid the crowds.
Since the 2016 launch, millions of new Moves have been logged into the Suunto Movescount database. To keep the heatmaps shining, logs from the new Moves will be updated for all of the 16 sports by end of October, creating an even brighter and stronger network of routes and training locations.
The heatmaps are publicly available for everyone and don’t require registration to Suunto Movescount. Just
choose your preferred area on the map, select one of the 16 sports, and zoom in to see the most popular
tracks for trail running, cycling, open-water swimming, skiing and more.
Based on the heatmaps, you can plan your own routes in Suunto Movescount and transfer them to your Suunto GPS watch for navigation.
Ready for even longer outdoor adventures
The battery life of the Spartan family has grown throughout the year.Now, the Spartan watches are even better suited for outdoor adventures.
The flagship model Suunto Spartan Ultra offers up to 35 hours of accurate GPS tracking (1-second GPS fix with power saving options), and when the GPS tracking is adjusted to 1-minute mode with power-saving options, it can run up to 140 hours, enabling even longer hikes.
Like the Spartan Ultra, all watches in the Spartan family now deliver extended battery life:
- Spartan Sport: 25 hours (1-sec. GPS fix with power-saving options); 80 hours with 1-min. GPS fix
- Spartan Sport Wrist HR: 20 hours (1-sec. GPS fix with power-saving options); 40 hours with 1-min.
- Spartan Trainer Wrist HR: 16 hours (1-sec. GPS fix with power-saving options); 30 hours with 1-min.
Price and availability
The Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro costs £439.
Read more about the Suunto Spartan software update at www.suunto.com/
Get to know the new Spartan Sport Wrist HR Baro at suunto.com/spartansportwristhr