Little did he expect it, but today began our Suunto rep Damien’s first day of his new career as a hand model!
He brought in samples of the hugely anticipated Suunto Spartan Ultra and Spartan Sport watches and we got some shots beautifully modelled by him. Look out George Costanza!!
The Suunto Spartan series is replacing the Ambit series as Suunto’s flagship GPS sport watch. The watches both feature a huge, high resolution colour touchscreen as the primary upgrade. There are various differences between the Sport and the Ultra that I will detail below.
Spartan Ultra is the top-of-the-range model and set to replace Suunto’s Ambit 3 Peak watches – it features a barometric altimeter and up to 26 hours battery life with GPS tracking at high accuracy. All Ultra models feature Sapphire Glass and a Titanium or Stainless Steel bezel which can cope with the demands of vigorous outdoor use
Spartan Sport replaces Suunto’s Ambit 3 Peak Sport models – similarly they are without a barometric altimeter, have 16 hours battery life with GPS tracking, but most importantly are a few grams lighter and significantly thinner than the Ultra – as detailed here:
Both watches are driven either through the 3 buttons and the touch screen which responds to swipe and press gestures. Once a ‘sport mode’ is selected you can configure the screens for all the metrics relevant to your activity – for example while ski touring numbers like altitude, vertical ascent and vertical ascent rate are very important to me, also with overall duration. These can be configured either on your PC or Smartphone and pushed straight to your watch to give you the metrics you need.
Also the main watch face is configurable between digital and analog configurations with various metrics that you need at a glance.
We take delivery of the Ultra in August and the Sport in September.