Suunto’s latest GPS watch, the Spartan Sport Wrist HR, looks a lot like the Spartan Ultra watch that the company released last year, down to the silicone straps and large, clear display — but the Spartan Sport Wrist HR adds a heart rate monitor and costs $200 less. This watch, designed for triathletes, is also going head-to-head against similar watches from Garmin, such as the Forerunner 735XT and the new Forerunner 935. But although the Spartan Sport Wrist HR has some good features, it doesn’t quite compare to its rivals.
A sporty, comfortable design
The Spartan Sport Wrist HR comes in three colors: black, “sakura” and blue. Additional bands are available for $59.95 apiece. At first, I found the blue too bright, but the color grew on me. It was a nice contrast to the many all-black watches I’ve worn.
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