PO­LAR V800

220 Triathlon Magazine - - GEAR FOCUS -

£389 Po­lar’s V800 hit the market years ago but it’s still rel­e­vant due to the firmware up­dates. It’s now pool, open-wa­ter and tri com­pat­i­ble, and comes with use­ful fea­tures like SWOLF scor­ing (sum of time and strokes per length). It also syncs to Train­ingPeaks and Strava, plus a col­lec­tion of power me­ters. GPS is swift, but re­layed on a hi-res dis­play that’s smaller than we’d like. Use­ful ex­tras in­clude run­ning ef­fi­ciency, which builds up a Run­ning In­dex that pre­dicts your run fin­ish times. It comes with a chest strap – more ac­cu­rate than op­ti­cal al­ter­na­tives – but you can go with­out for £339 (al­though you’d be miss­ing out on a key train­ing met­ric). You can also tap into a world of anal­y­sis on Po­lar’s Flow app. po­lar.com

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