MUL­TISPORT WON­DER FORM AND FUNC­TION TRAIN­ING

PO­LAR V800

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FEATURES -

Po­lar’s top of the line train­ing watch com­bines lots of mul­tisport func­tion­al­ity with great looks and ex­cel­lent bat­tery life. True story. About 12 years ago I was sit­ting on a flight on my way to the Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship in Hawaii. The guy sit­ting next to me on the plane is wear­ing a shirt with a Po­lar logo on it. I asked him if he worked for the com­pany. Turns out he did – he was on his way over to work in their booth and to pro­vide tech demon­stra­tions to in­ter­ested ath­letes. “I re­ally like the Po­lar heart rate mon­i­tors,” I said, “But some peo­ple find them re­ally com­pli­cated to use.” He laughed at that and said that wasn’t the case at all. As our flight took off and we were gain­ing alti­tude, he looked in the bag un­der his seat and let out a groan. “I for­got that I’d put the man­ual I wanted to re­view in my suit­case,” he said. “It was too heavy to carry around with me.” The days of strug­gling to fig­ure out how to use a Po­lar watch are long gone, I am happy to re­port, es­pe­cially when it comes to Po­lar’s flag­ship V800, a watch you could very eas­ily work with and never once look at a man­ual – it’s that in­stinc­tive and easy to use. While tech afi­ciona­dos might won­der why we’re re­view­ing the V800 now (it was first re­leased a few years ago), some re­cent soft­ware up­dates have taken this de­vice to a whole new level, mak­ing it, in many ways, a great op­tion for mul­tisport ath­letes look­ing for the very best in fit­ness track­ing in all three sports. The V800 is one of the most stylish sport watches on the mar­ket. The alu­minum frame gives it a solid feel, but it re­mains very light (80 g) and thin (12.7 mm). The Go­rilla glass used on the face en­hances the solid feel, while the mono­chrome dot ma­trix screen is very easy to read thanks to the 128 x 128 pixel, high con­trast and high-res­o­lu­tion dis­play.

It’s an easy watch to wear around all the time be­cause it both looks good and has an in­cred­i­ble bat­tery life that will get you through a num­ber of work­outs and day to day ac­tiv­ity. The bat­tery lasts up to 13 hours in full train­ing mode us­ing GPS and other sen­sors, and up to 50 hours in GPS low power mode. Wa­ter re­sis­tant to 30 m, you don’t ever have to worry about tak­ing it off. Even if you’re train­ing a few hours a day you’ll have no prob­lems go­ing for days be­tween charges.

The V800 also tracks your daily ac­tiv­ity, pro­vid­ing in­put as your day goes along. It vi­brates and beeps when you’ve been sit­ting too long and keeps track of how much walk­ing you’re do­ing, too. Hav­ing a watch this so­phis­ti­cated keep track of your daily ac­tiv­ity is, in my mind, the equiv­a­lent of driv­ing a Fer­rari down the street at 30 kph, but it’s yet an­other ex­am­ple of just how much, and how ver­sa­tile, the V800 is. The in­te­grated GPS in the V800 al­lows you to keep track of your speed and dis­tance in all three sports. You can set up the V800 to pro­vide what­ever data your most in­ter­ested in de­pend­ing on the sport, too. Start­ing a work­out is a piece of cake – you sim­ply press the start but­ton, pick your ac­tiv­ity, and you’re on your way. The count­down timer is re­ally easy to set up, too, so it’s easy to cre­ate your own work­out on the f ly if that’s the kind of work­out you like to do. (I love to do

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