Since learning that I had secured a place on the start line for the London Marathon back in November my training has been underway albeit hindered in some part by ailments that I won’t go into here but helping me on the journey has been a nifty bit of kit supplied by Suunto, the Spartan Trainer Wrist HR.
If you’ve trained for anything, you’ll know that having something to track your times, pace and distance are a must to help you build your progress as well as enable you to encourage your own stamina and determination. The Suunto Spartan Trainer has GPS route navigation, which has been of added benefit with following plotted routes and seeing how my journey has developed.
The size of the face allows for a clear display; again anyone on the move needing updates on their progress will appreciate how valuable this is when you are a sweaty mess and somewhat disorientated at mile 20 hardly able to see the path ahead never mind the numbers on your arm. The strap is comfortable and durable meaning that its likely to take some serious training before it gives up the ghost unlike me by mile 26.2.
- Battery life 10h in training mode (up to 30h with Power Save Options)
- GPS tracking with speed, pace and distance
- Ready for all your sports: swimming, running, cycling, gym, hiking, and more
- Convenient wrist-based heart rate
- Compact size and optimal fit for sports and daily wear
The Spartan has a 10 hour battery life (I’m hopeful to have completed London before the 10 hours has expired but it’s better to be safe than sorry). What I will need to remember is to pack the charger in the case before I travel – I am bound to forget something and I could do without it being that! Having said that, it does have a 30 hour standby battery life so I am hopeful to avoid any battery issues! So far, I’ve faced no problems.
I have had some concerns that I have been close to death on occasions while I’ve been training. These times have mainly been during wet, hot and muddy training runs when my heart rate has been somewhat high. My concern has been drawn to the sound of blood pulsing through me – you know – when you can hear it in your ears…. the Spartan has been helpful in confirming that my heart rate has been somewhat high but it’s never said ‘give up’ (yet).
I like the Spartan. It fits comfortably and could easily be worn day to day. I’ve saved the Suunto for run days but I’m tempted to build a greater relationship with it after we’ve faced London together.
If you’re looking for a time piece that can provide GPS, time, pace and distance stats, then I’d encourage you to take a look at the Suunto Spartan Trainer. You and yours could achieve great things together like, hopefully, me and mine on 22nd April 2018.
Discover more about the Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR here: www.suunto.com
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