Suunto announced the introduction of the Spartan Ultra premium GPS watch yesterday, as well as introducing an enhanced version of Movescount.com, Suunto’s online sports data tracking service.
The Spartan Ultra is being hailed as a “true multisport watch” with GPS, heart rate, an built-in accelerometer and more. It has preset modes for running, triathlon, swimming, cycling, adventure racing and snow sports. It also serves as a 24/7 activity tracker to log stats like steps, calories and active time.
“People have been asking about what’s next after the Ambit3 for quite some time now,” sais Sami Arhomaa, performance business director at Suunto. “So it’s a great pleasure to announce our next generation Suunto Spartan solution for athletic and adventure multisport.”
The Spartan Ultra has a color touch screen and retails for $699 (or $799 for the Spartan Ultra Titanium), plus an additional $50 for a heart-rate sensor. (See more about it in this video.)
In addition, Suunto launched a renewal for Movescount.com, which among other upgrades, now features sports-specific heatmaps based on millions of user-generated activities, which allows athletes to use the Suunto community to find great running routes and other areas to train. Heatmaps are available for anyone at Movescount.com.