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Polar V800 GPS Sports Watch
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- Measures every training session and 24/7 daily activity and calories burned
- Tracks your speed, distance and route with integrated GPS and altimeter
- Get guidance while training and switch between sports
- Waterproof to 30 m/100 feet and rechargeable battery
- Allows you to plan, analyse and set your training targets with the free Polar flow app and service
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This item Polar V800 GPS Sports Watch with Heart Rate Monitor - Black
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|Are Batteries Included With the Product?||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Are Batteries Needed To Power the Product or Is This Product a Battery?||No||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Collection||all season||all season||Garmin XT||Garmin Vivo||Garmin Vivo|
|Connectivity Technology||USB and Bluetooth||USB||—||Bluetooth||Bluetooth|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||1.42 Watt Hours||1.42 Watt Hours||0.1 Watt Hours||0.8 Watt Hours||0.8 Watt Hours|
|Size||One Size||With Heart Rate Monitor||One Size||R-L (13.7cm-19.5cm)||XL (16.2cm-22.5cm)|
Polar V800 is an multi-sport watch with GPS, heart rate, training load and recovery. 24/7 activity tracker measuring steps, calories, time, sleep , activity goal and activity guidance. Three settings running, cycling, swimming and triathlon mode including transition times. Features include calories, training benefits, running index, altimeter, back to start function, race pace and route guidance. Measures pool metrics and open water including stroke rate, SWOLF score, stroke type, distance. Links to Polar balance smart scale.
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Polar Flow web service and app help you stay on track with your daily activity and training.
- Quick visual overview in the app
- Free app compatible with Android (4.3 and later) and iOS
- Deeper insight and analysis in the web service
Polar V800 with H7 Sensor
Sports Watch with GPS
Polar V800 is one of the world’s smartest training devices for devoted athletes. It’s the ultimate choice for anyone wanting to achieve their best and beyond. The V800 gives you real-time guidance in every sport you do. It combines your training load with 24/7 activity and shows your true recovery status.
Pair up the V800 with Polar H7 heart rate sensor to get the most out of your training.
- Built-in GPS and atmospheric air pressure sensor
- Heart rate also in water with H7 heart rate sensor
- Full Bluetooth Smart sensor support
- Feedback after training
- Training load and recovery status
- Personal best rewards after training
- 24/7 activity tracking
- Inactivity alert
- Activity goal and activity benefit
- Sleep duration and quality
- Fitness test (H7 heart rate sensor required)
- Orthostatic test (H7 heart rate sensor required)
- Jump tests (Stride Sensor Bluetooth Smart required)
- USB charging
- Polar Flow web service and app
Built-in GPS and Atmospheric Air Pressure Sensor
The V800 tracks your ride, run or hike with integrated GPS sensor, and it measures your speed, distance and route. Check out more adventurous routes knowing that you're only a touch of a button away from seeing the direction to where you started. The Running Index gives you information about your performance level, both aerobic fitness and running economy. The V800 measures altitude with an atmospheric air pressure sensor, showing meters/feet ascended/descended and uphill/downhill steepness in percentages and grades.
Built-in GPS and altitude
Bluetooth Smart sensors
Training Load and Recovery Status
The V800 shows you how your training affects your body and helps you compare the training load of different workouts. With recovery status the V800 helps you find the perfect balance between training and rest and get a true picture of your status before getting out there again. Continuous monitoring will help you recognize your personal limits, adjust your training according to your targets, and better plan your training to avoid over- and undertraining.
Running Index is based on your heart rate and speed data measured during the run. It gives you information about your performance level, both aerobic fitness and running economy. Improvement in running efficiency indicates improved economy of running performance.
Orthostatic Test is an easy and reliable test to determine your current condition. The V800 shows how your heart rate responds to training and factors such as stress and illness. Repeat the test regularly, and you’ll learn what to expect with your heart rate and what can affect it. You can then adjust your training to allow your body to recover when it needs it.
Polar Fitness Test measures your aerobic fitness at rest in just five minutes. The result evaluates your maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max). Fitness testing will motivate and inspire you to start, maintain or increase physical exercise.
|Polar Loop||Polar A300||Polar M400||Polar V800|
|Heart rate||with H7 sensor||with H7 sensor, also in water||with H7 sensor||with H7 sensor, also in water|
|Polar Flow web service and app||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Adjustable training views||✓||✓|
|Training load and recovery status||✓|
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If you're looking at this on Amazon, chances are you have a reasonably active fitness regime that involves running, cycling and / or swimming but which doesn't necessarily stop there. Chances are, also, that you're in two minds about buying it because it usually costs over £250 and it doesn't have a wrist-based heart rate monitor. In my view, if you're the active type then ignore the lack of wrist-based HR.
Good points? Build quality is awesome and it isn't even that bulky for a fitness watch.The stainless steel shoulders stand proud of and do a great job of protecting the glass front, which I've found to be surprisingly resistant to bangs and scrapes. The strap is tough, as are the buttons on the side that are big and tactile enough to press with gloves on. That black and white screen? It's readable in all conditions and tells you everything you need to know. GPS? I'm pretty confident you will not get a more accurate track on another consumer grade device. I run along hilly coastal trails through some wooded areas and this holds a solid lock in summer months when the tree cover is at its most dense. In contrast, a Fitbit Surge, an iPhone 6S and a Garmin all dropped the GPS signal in the tougher spots(the Fitbit lost it for the longest period while the Garmin track was the most erratic). And that HR strap? It's very comfortable and massively, massively more accurate in my view than any Fitbit, Apple or other wrist-based monitor for tracking any exercise where your heart rate is going to rise above 140 beats per minute. All those devices are quite good at tracking a resting heart rate but simply cannot track intense workouts. This can. Briliantly. Check out the pro previews on the net to see just what it can track. Even the heart rate tracking in water works well.
No it doesn't have apps. What it does have, though, is the ability to show all the iMessages, WhatsApp messages or Facebook and text messages you get on your iPhone or Android or - if you don't want folks in a meeting to read your watch screen before you do, it'll just tell you a message has arrived. Or if someone's calling. That's good enough for me. And it counts steps on the days you're not training. And it'll keep on tracking, because (unlike an Apple Watch) the battery on this thing lasts for an age. If you kill the battery in a week then boy are you training hard. And the one in the chest strap is now into its 5th month with no problems.
Got a Wahoo bluetooth chest strap? No worries there. My Tickr X syncs with the V800 every time.
Negative points? The only one I can think of now the software is mature is that the bluetooth implementation isn't entirely conventional. If your phone syncs to important things like your car then there's a possibility that syncing the phone to this Polar as well may cause some erratic syncing behaviour or may make the car link go a bit flakey, depending on which make and model you've got. I've heard of problems that iPhone owners seem to have had with BMW and Mini systems.
So, V800: the good, the bad and the ugly...
- Really accurate and easy to set up. Despite what I read on review sites, it picks up GPS signal between 5-10sec. First time it took 18 sec to pick up satelites. I do not live in a built up area. Mapping is really accurate (I run trails in Great Windsor Park - where you get lots of tree coverage). Plotting the map in Polar Flow showed the running path right smack on the trail - puny little watch but impressively accurate nevertheless.
- Lots of screen configuration options. Get the info YOU want rather than what the designer thought you shoud get. This is essential for someone like me who sometimes trains by heart zone, other times by speed or distance and also does the odd time by max hear rate fartlek. You can have all that on the screen (4 data fields) or just one. Yo can have multiple data screens at the push of a button with 1 to 4 data fields in it.
- I love, love, love the recovery status. What a fantastic feature, even if you should not totally trust it. However so far I'm injury free, so it seems to work.
- activity tracking is actually quite good. How good you ask? Ok, put it this way: it picked up the fact that I woke up last night to take a p*ss. So, I found it very accurate. Estimating BMR and the rest: well its an estimation based on a statistical regression model; so before you read whinging reviews saying its not 100% accurate thing of this: it might not give you the same calorie count as a cell-by-cell recording, but hey, short of measuring 40 odd trillion cells in your body you're getting a pretty good estimation given that all it's got to work with is an accelerometer and some stats.
- really confortable to wear. I wear mine all day long. This way it can measure you activity and adjust for recovery times. It's not a Rolex (I wouldn't wear one anyway) but I think it's not standing out as a HRM/GPS. Stylewise - I'm not gonna comment as we all have our different tastes. I'm sure some would want it with Swarowsky bling others in cammo paint and cracked screen. Personally I like it as it is as I'm more of a functionalist rather than a connoisseur of the fine arts.
- Multisport: it's great to be able to have different settings for different sports. I can't wait to take mine cycling. So far I've configured it for running and strength. It's really a running watch, but you can use the HR for other sports if you're really into them. I'm too much of a wimp for triathlon, but this watch would be fantastic to train for that.
- Software: Loses a start for lack of integration with Android. Here I'm joining the choir of androids who are crossed with Polar. Now, I was sick and tired of my iPhone 4 and Apples complacency towards iPhones, so after 6 years of iPhones I went to HTC. What a great phone. Unfortunately I can't sync my V800 with Polar Flow app. Guess what - it won't work my my iPad 2 either. I know, I know, it's too old now. But why should I buy a new one since my old one works just fine? Am I supposed to throw away £400 just to get a new iPad to download my runs?!! You can use the cable and the PC/Mac, but you need to take the watch off, connect it, bla, bla. Ok, once a week is not too bad. Every day thoug? No way. You need blue tooth sync. Anyway, given that Android is now more widespread than IOS, I think Polar messed up here.
- No on-screen activity alerts. OK, it's great that you get these inactivity alers - these occur when you sat on your behind for too long. This always happens at work for me. Since you can't sync your data all the time with your phone (assuming you have an iPhone 5) how would you know when an inactivity alert happens? Well, after you got home and synced your data with the big PC. Really bad omission here. Should have the possibility to enable/disable these alerts on the watch.
- no export of data. Now, I like polar flow thing. It's ok. But I've bought other software that I like more and I used with my old Garmin. Also, what if I dont' want my data to be online where someone might be able to download it. Such as an unscrupulous (are there any other kind?) insurance company who would be able to monitor my physical decline in the years to come and try to push higher premiums on me. Paranoid? Hmm... please list one (only one) online site that would guarantee in writing that your data will NEVER be accessible without your consent... Read the small print folks.
- for such a high end product you'd expect a foot pod (sold separately) of similar quality, not one that looks like it came from the design bureau of Nuclear Weapon Office of the fromer Soviet Union. That thing looks like it's been built with vaccum tubes in the early 50s and has been designed to take the weight of a tank. How does Garmin manage to create one half the size and weight?
However, you don't need a foot pod, you can rely on GPS. Polar flow is not able to plot your stride length anyway.
A GREAT little thing. If you're a runner you'll love it. And who knows, they might rectify some of the problems above and would make it a 5* product even for critics. Importantly, all the little flaws are easily rectifiable by some software upgrades.
I've used this HRM now for over 2 months roughly 3-4times/week.
- all above, plus battery seems to last forever. I charge it once every 2 weeks at the usage of full GPS recording for approx 3.5hrs/week.
- some firmware updates (esp 1.1.70) makes the foot pod more usable as you can manually calibrate and also chose to use GPS/foot pod for distance.
- used it for cycling with the cadence and speed sensors - abs fantastic.
- ability to export data from Flow
- STILL no Android app. This is starting to irritate.C'mon, until now a monkey would have cracked android's weird approach to bluetooth smart. In the end the Loop works fine with the android app. If I were Polar I'd move my eggs way out of iOS's basket, considering the recent iOS8 blunders.
- occasional loss of signal from heart sensors, especially when multiple Bluetooth devices (e.g. speed and cadence cycling sensors) link to the watch. I was told this has been fixed from 1.1.70, and in truth I haven't seen it since I've upgraded the firmware. However, it took me ages to google forums to find out what was wrong initially. It would have been nice for Polar to put this on Flow messaging service. I tried everyting from buying the special conductive gel to changing the battery before I found answers on a triathlon forum.
- Speed and cadence sensors (about £60) have no user-replaceable battery. This is because of "weather sealing" you see. Polar have not yet heard of Sunnto, Scubapro, Mares to name but a few manufacturers of DIVING computers with user-replaceable batteries. Apparently there is this almost magical technology called "rubber o-ring" which can seal a port up to 200m. Clearly this is not good enough for a sensor on your BIKE, so the sealing has to be permanent. Maybe some of us take our bikes deeper than 200m or higher than 50km up in the stratosphere, dunno, but I for one, I'd be happy with someting within those limits. When I take my bike into the Mariana Trench for the "Tour de Bottom of the Atlantic" I promise to take the sensors off, or not to sue Polar if they malfunction. Maybe the addition of an o-ring (around 2 pence retail) might put Polar in financial difficulty, who knows?
This is a bit of a joke me thinks. Anyway, I will not be buying other sensors from Polar when those die, on principle. Hell, I do reuse supermarket bags, why should I throw away electronics coz the battery needs replacing? I will try other BT comaptible ones, definitely not Polar, it is just wasteful (not to mention expensive).
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