Po­lar V800

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$500; $560 with HRM

With the launch of the V800 gps in­te­grated triathlon watch, Po­lar has cre­ated per­haps the most tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced unit on the mar­ket. Al­though Po­lar is still rolling out some of its hard­ware and soft­ware for the watch, the V800 boasts a slew of im­pres­sive fea­tures. A sleek min­i­mal­ist de­sign al­lows it to dou­ble as an ev­ery­day watch, but the V800 packs so many fea­tures and so much data it’s more like a desk­top com­puter.

The unit con­nects through Blue­tooth for sen­sors and phones. The in­te­grated gps tracks speed, dis­tance and maps your route. A hy­brid trans­mit­ter reads heart rate even un­der wa­ter (to 30 m). The seam­less shift­ing be­tween swim-bike-run (re­quir­ing a light tap to the bot­tom left but­ton) even records T1 and T2 times as you move through each dis­ci­pline. The V800 can be used for all three sports separately as well. Of the most use­ful perks is a fea­ture that tracks all daily ac­tiv­ity so you can un­der­stand work­out and re­cov­ery re­quire­ments. The unit is linked to Po­lar’s Smart Coach­ing fea­tures which op­ti­mizes train­ing ben­e­fits by com­bin­ing train­ing load with daily ac­tiv­ity and per­sonal in­for­ma­tion such as age and gen­der, to pro­vide an ar­ray of feed­back from per­son­al­ized tar­gets, mo­ti­va­tional en­cour­age­ment, calo­ries burned, to sug­gested re­cov­ery time. Smart Coach­ing links heart rate mon­i­tors to mo­bile apps and web ser­vice.

When train­ing at al­ti­tude, the V800’s in­te­grated baro­met­ric pres­sure sen­sor pro­vides al­ti­tude read­ings. You can store and view up to four weeks of data.

The V800 has two quick and use­ful built in test­ing meth­ods to track fit­ness pro­gres­sion. The Or­tho­static test an­a­lyzes the ef­fects of over­train­ing and is based on build­ing a base­line of rest­ing supine fol­lowed by stand­ing mea­sure­ments.

The Fit­ness Test tells you ex­actly how your fit­ness is de­vel­op­ing based on HR.

In June, Po­lar stands to be­come the first wrist unity to sup­port Blue­tooth Smart Cy­cling Power Me­ter Sen­sor (with Keo Look ped­als). (It will not, how­ever, con­nect to any

ant+ power me­ters). Cur­rently, the V800 con­nects with the fol­low­ing Blue­tooth Smart de­vices:

Combo Sen­sor


Sen­sor (Stride) Sen­sor A low-fre­quency bat­tery will get 13 hours of gps time in one-sec­ond record­ing mode.

The tech­ni­cal plat­form of Blue­tooth and the ac­celerom­e­ter means, in the­ory, Po­lar has left them­selves a lot of room for up­grad­ing fea­tures and func­tion­al­ity.– SZ



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