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polar watches buying guide

So, you've set a goal and decided to focus on your training. Now you need something to help you to measure your progress. But with so many different gadgets, at so many different prices, it's hard to know where to start!

We've teamed up with Polar computers, to help you work out which product will give you the information you need to get the best from your training!

 

What do Polar do?

Listening to your body is one thing, knowing what it's telling you is another. Polar have been leading the way since 197; through a combination of expertise in sport, physiology and electronics. A deep understanding of their customer needs, has created a comprehensive product range – if you're looking to enjoy a healthier lifestyle, or improving athletic sports performance, there is a Polar for everyone.

Since developing their first wearable heart rate monitor in 1982, Polar have continued to lead the way in technological innovations. In fact, all their new features are based upon scientific research; carried out both in house and by the world's leading sports minds. So you know you're getting up to date, accurate data.

But how do you know which Polar computer is right for you? It's really down to what you want to know, and how you want to train - it's like having a personal trainer on your wrist.

Polar Flow

 

Smart coaching

Polar's Smart Coaching system was developed to give you the best guidance to achieve real progress. Smart Coaching offers a choice of unique and personal features designed to give you maximum enjoyment and motivation when training. You can assess your day-to-day fitness levels, create individual training plans and make sure you’re working out at the right intensity – all whilst receiving instant feedback.

Smart Coaching Features includes:

  • Daily, weekly and monthly activity
  • Heart Rate Guidance so you train at the right intensity
  • Endurance sport, Running and STAR Programmes
  • Fitness and Health Testing
  • Feedback Data – including Recovery Status and Smart Calories

Polar Smart Coaching

 

Polar Flow service and connectivity

Polar Flow is a complete fitness and training platform. Available as an app and web service it allows you to track your activity, analyse your progress and set training programmes. You can also connect with like-minded people by joining the Polar Community and join groups or events! These are a fun way to keep fit in good company; post your training results and check your position on the leader board.

Polar Flow lets you choose from over 100 sport profiles, so you can get accurate sport-specific feedback. Discover new routes with Explore and let others see yours - you can even share your workouts on social media with image share!

Flow is also compatible with certain 3rd party services like Strava and Training-Peaks!

(Compatible products are M600, M400, M450, A360, A300, Loop 2, V800, V650, Balance.)

Polar Flow

 

Day to day guidance

The Polar A360 is a water resistant fitness tracker, and Polar's first to include wrist-based heart rate and personalised training guidance (as well as 24/7 activity tracking). You can track everything you need to know about your day, starting with monitoring your sleep quality. You can check your daily activity goal, and get practical guidance if you need a hand to reach it - the A360 will even vibrate if you've been inactive too long!

The Polar A300 has similar features to the A360, but requires the use of our H7 heart rate sensor chest strap. Every hop, skip, jump, walk and run counts towards your goal and you can customise your A300 with Polar Sport Profiles and Running Programme.

The Polar Loop 2 Activity Monitor is a stylish bracelet style activity tracker and uses your personal details to set your Activity Goal. The display fills up during the day based on the amount and intensity of your activity.

The Polar Balance is a holistic weight management service. It makes it simple to manage what you eat and how you exercise, just link it up with your activity tracker and Polar Flow to follow the personalised guidance. Goodbye food tracing... Hello fitness motivation!

Polar A360

 

Specialist programmes

For anyone wanting to train more seriously, the Polar Sport and Pro products are an essential piece of kit.

The newest product, the Polar M600 Sports Watch, is more than a fitness tracker or heart rate monitor, it's a sports smartwatch, powered by Android Wear™. It really is the best of both worlds. You can enjoy the practicality of Android Wear™ and the power of Polar's sport features.  With improved wrist-based optical heart rate and integrated GPS the M600 is ready to go when you are. Add to that the fact that it has full smart watch features and you've got everything you need right there on your wrist.

The Polar M400 is a GPS running watch and daily fitness tracker. It can help you plan optimal training, break your records and even find your way back from a run with our Back to Start feature. Pair your phone to get incoming calls, text alerts and push notifications from social media!

The Polar V800 was specifically designed for triathletes. It's an advanced GPS sports watch for enthusiasts and professional athletes who want to reach peak performance. Used by Javier Gomez Noya (5 times ITU World Champion, Ironman World Champion and Olympic Silver Medallist), Frederick Van Lierde (Ironman World Champion), Kaisa Makarainen (World Cup Champion in women's Biathlon) and John Degenkolb (2015 Paris-Roubaix Winner) you can train to be the best. Create detailed goals for different types of training and sync to your V800 to get real-time guidance during workouts.

The Polar M450 is a stylish, customisable bike computer. Set the wheels in motion with integrated GPS and barometer and track your speed, distance and route. The M450 also features Back to Start to help if you go off the beaten track. You can set the display to show the data you want through Polar Flow and use our external Bluetooth Smart Sensors to add more information like heart rate, speed, cadence or power.

The Polar V650 is a GPS bike computer for serious cyclists. Get the detailed data and guidance you need to make the most of your training. It includes OpenStreetMap (OSM) support so you can download free map data wherever you are! The V650 allows you to create individual profiles for different types of riding such as road, MTB or indoor as well as recording great, in-depth data. The V650 allows even the most demanding cyclists to training and ride at their best. 

View the complete Polar Sports range at Wiggle

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