Polar is making numerous updates to its household of sport watches at present. This contains the launch of the Polar Grit X Professional for out of doors multisport fans, alongside function and design tweaks to the corporate’s “premium” Vantage V2 multisport watch and Polar Unite health watch.

The Grit X Professional is an replace to the Grit X launched final 12 months. For an additional $70/€70, the $499.90/€499.90 Professional mannequin provides a harder sapphire lens and a sturdy but supple FKM watch band. It additionally provides Observe Again routing that can assist you return to your start line on unknown trails, Efficiency Checks to measure your V02Max health stage, and fast entry to altimeter, coordinates, and compass through always-on dashboards. In any other case, you’re just about trying on the similar specs as final 12 months: GPS/A-GPS, waterproof to 100 meters, turn-by-turn navigation when linked with Komoot, and what’s thought of to be one of the crucial correct coronary heart fee sensors obtainable on any watch. Grit X watches will final for as much as 40 hours of battery life in full GPS and heart-rate monitoring modes, as much as 100 hours by disabling some options, or as much as seven days in watch mode. The Grit X Professional is out there in copper, black, and gold.

If weight is a major concern (rugged multisport watches are heavy!), then Polar can also be promoting a titanium model, which is 12 p.c lighter for $599.95/€599.90 — a worth that features a second band made from leather-based. The watch plus leather-based band weighs 53g in complete. That makes the Grit X Professional Titan the most costly sport watch in Polar’s lineup.

The Grit X Professional is available in 3 new colorways in addition to a lighter weight titanium mannequin (2nd from left).
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Polar despatched me a copper-colored Grit X Professional evaluate unit to check. Though I’ve solely used it for just a few days, I can already say that the Professional mannequin, just like the Grit X it builds upon, affords a decent mixture of options for the value. It lacks some capabilities like on-device topographic path maps and native storage for music that you just’ll discover on different multisport out of doors watches, however Polar’s newest covers many of the fundamentals properly. Uniquely, Polar’s Fitspark exercise options are literally fairly helpful since they’re tailor-made to my present health stage, objectives, exercise historical past, and nightly recharge rating that takes into consideration how effectively I’ve slept.

I additionally actually like the load, look, and textured buttons of the Grit X Professional, however I discover the show to be much less readable, each indoors and out, in comparison with class-leading sport watches just like the costlier Garmin Fenix 6 Professional. I like the feel of the FKM rubber band, and the sturdiness seems promising in comparison with the fundamental silicone bands usually bundled with different sport watches (I tore one among Garmin’s whereas mountain biking, for instance).

Polar’s $499.95 Vantage V2, launched final 12 months, is the corporate’s multisport look ahead to these repulsed by the Grit’s chiseled aesthetic. Now, along with a brand new vivid purple colorway, Polar is giving the Vantage V2 the power to shortly swap out bands to make this sport watch appropriate for extra events.

Vantage V2 Shift Version in silver.
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New quick-release bar for bands.
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In the present day, the Vantage V2 is getting a $549.95 Shift Version, obtainable in silver and black, that ships with leather-based and FKM straps fitted with new fast launch bars. Present Vantage V2 homeowners should buy a $49.95 Shift Version bundle, which incorporates the quick-release adapter bars and selection of any 22mm Polar band.

Vantage V2 homeowners are additionally getting a 3.0 software program replace that mirrors the most recent additions added to the Grit X Professional. These embrace always-on dashboard options like compass and altimeter, navigation options that can assist you return to the beginning of your journey, and an HR sensor mode that makes use of Bluetooth to indicate your coronary heart fee on health club gear and cell apps.

The Polar Unite and the unhappy actuality of stay-at-home health.
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Lastly, Polar is giving its light-weight (32g) $149.95 Unite watch new purple and teal colorways alongside a software program replace. The replace trickles down options like weekly summaries and vitality supply (carbs, proteins, and fat) consumption estimates obtainable on different Polar watches, along with the identical HR sensor mode coming to the Vantage V2.

Correction: The Grit X Professional tracks VO2max, not like the Grit X at launch, with the addition of the Efficiency Take a look at function. The article has been up to date to mirror this.

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