Along with the new update for the entire Spartan familySuunto today introduces two new models for the lower-priced Spartan range. More than just a new model, these are two different finishes for the Spartan, but they go a little further than just changing the color of the strap. The changes are simply aesthetic, however, there is no other difference in the watch hardware or the software it uses.
Suunto says they are a bit more "outdoor" inspired, and it is clearly inspired by the latest model in the Spartan range - well, I guess it will now be the penultimate one, the Spartan Sport BaroThe aesthetics of the bezel are clearly reminiscent of this model, with four areas with slightly more relief than in the original model.
It is actually two more variants that would be included within the "Premium" finish of the initial model, as the differences are the same: mineral crystal and steel bezel. Originally this finish had the Gold models, with gold bezel and body and bracelet in white; and the so-called Steel which is a completely black watch except for the polished steel bezel.
Therefore this is not a test or anything like it, as it is exactly the same as the Spartan Trainer that I analyzed at the timeOf course these new models will come with the latest firmware version, but from now on they will all offer the same features.
The new Spartan Trainer comes in the colours Amber and Sandstone, the former inheriting the orange colour of the Spartan Sport Baro, while the latter is white like Gold, but with a polished steel bezel.
Did I mess you up? I'll put them in picture and you'll see it much clearer.
If you have noticed the image there is another slight difference with the original models, and that is the inclusion of the minutes on the outer dial of the screen.
And that's how far the novelties of this pair of models reach the Spartan Trainer range, which continues to be one of the most interesting options in the lower price range as far as multisport watches are concerned. There is no watch that offers the same as the small Trainer for what it costs.
As for the official price of the new models is the same as the one for the so-called Premium models initially: 329 ?. It will be available very soon, as Suunto indicates that shipments will start on February 1st.
Perhaps it wouldn't have been a bad time for Suunto to offer something else, such as the barometric altimeter. It would be a fairly affordable way for those who have smaller wrists to have a Suunto with an altimeter without having to go to one of the big Spartan Sport or Ultra. Personally I don't have a problem with that size because I have a wrist that can handle everything, but they certainly don't have a size that fits everyone, especially women.