Polar V800 is a GPS running watch aimed at professional sportspersons. It is best known for its ability to account for a user’s normal daily activity in its training load estimates for him/her. The V800’s price looms on the higher side with the sans HRM (Heart Rate Monitor) model costing $469 and the HRM one costing $549. Despite its high price, the watch has been popular with professional as well as recreational runners since its launch. In fact, Polar V800 is so hyped that if you consider purchasing it, double check that you are spending your money for the features, not the hoopla.
Retail price: $549
Expensive but Professional
Polar V800 is a handsome watch to look at. The square screen uses scratch-free Gorilla glass to achieve a high-contrast display that looks great even under low light. It considers both your training activity and your daily activity to arrive at highly accurate estimates of recovery time and training loads. The GPS system is what one would expect from Polar. Its heart rate monitor keeps pumping even during vigorous training sessions and while swimming. Yes, you can swim with it; it is waterproof till 100 ft/ 30 m. You can also go cycling with it with the Bluetooth Polar cycling sensor crunching extra metrics. When it comes to battery life, this running watch takes a hit, lasting only 14 hours. It can last up to 50 hours in the low power GPS mode but who would rather not use the V800’s impressive heart monitor while swimming or training.
On the downside, the V800 syncs data through the Polar Flow web service that is not yet as evolved as the older ProTrainer Software. The Smart Coaching feature offers a number of performance analysis tests but Polar Web fails to fetch data from a number of external sensors like stride sensors. The V800’s heart monitor isn’t compatible with the more robust ProTrainer software. Petite ladies are out of luck with Polar’s V800. Its large square frame will keep sliding from thinner wrists. In a nutshell, it is a great device even though expensive. We hope Polar allows more external sensors to be processed by their web service.
Polar V800 Features
- Combines data from training sessions with 24×7 activity data to derive true recovery needs and training loads
- H7 Bluetooth Smart heart rate sensor measures heartbeat accurately, even while swimming
- Integrated GPS measures speed, distance, and route
- Barometric altimeter measures speed and altitude
- Syncs to your phone with the Polar Flow app
- Scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass Screen
- Waterproof till 100 feet
- Battery lasts 14 hours in training mode and 50 hours in low power mode
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