$220 WITH­OUT HR; $260 WITH HR

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - DEPARTMENTS -

The new Po­lar M450 GPS bike com­puter is set to ri­val Garmin’s many op­tions but at a much lower price point. It fea­tures many of func­tions of a mid-range com­puter in­clud­ing a fast satel­lite con­nect­ing GPS, pre­ci­sion barom­e­ter for al­ti­tude read­ing and heart rate. Its Fit­ness and Or­tho­static Tests, as well as its abil­ity to track train­ing loads and re­cov­ery time, make it easy to op­ti­mize train­ing and rac­ing goals. The M450 is Blue­tooth com­pat­i­ble. While it is not ANT+ com­pat­i­ble (no Po­lar prod­ucts are), many power me­ters are now com­ing out with dual com­pat­i­bil­ity. The bat­tery life is long (12 to 17 hours) which means it’s per­fect for Iron­man train­ing. The twist-mount lock sys­tem is easy and se­cure. A slightly an­gled screen makes the M450 easy to read, as does the sharp con­trast of the screen. The M450 packs a big punch for its com­pact pack­age.

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