Polar V800 GPS Sports Watch
- See simplified heart rate zones for quickly checking exercise intensity during workouts with PurePulse (continuous, wrist based heart rate monitoring (no uncomfortable chest strap required)
- Use multi sport tracking to track runs, cardio, cross training, biking and more; Effortlessly and automatically record other workouts to your dashboard with SmartTrack
- Enable connected GPS to map your routes and see run stats like pace and duration on display (when your phone is nearby.
Polar V800 GPS Sports Watch
- Movement: Quartz
- Case Size: 38 mm
- Water Resistance: 30 Meters
- Case Material: Plastic
- Crystal: Glass
- 24/7 Activity Tracking records your daily activity at different intensity levels continuously 24/7
- With just a few push buttons, you can switch from one sport to another during training.
- Integrated GPS, altimeter and barometer.
- Waterproof: 98.4 ft.
- Incudes H7 – Bluetooth heart rate sensor
The Javier Gomez nova special edition V800 helps you reach your peak when it you need it most. It integrates GPS and 24/7 activity data for accurate training and recovery data. It has a large, scratch-resistant gorilla glass lens with a high-contrast, black and white display that’s optimized for low-light conditions. With unique training features, real-time multisport guidance and in-depth training insights, the V800 is the ultimate choice for the most ambitious triathletes. Key features include: integrated GPS for speed, distance and route tracking, 14 hour rechargeable battery life, altitude, ascent and descent with the barometric altimeter. Also has customizable profiles for multiple sports and seamlessly changes between sports – recording full performance, including transition times. Syncs your workouts to the Polar flow app and web service where you can Plan and analyze your training. Waterproof to 100ft (30M) and suitable for swimming. Includes H7 Bluetooth Smart heart rate sensor with revamped Red soft strap design for accurate heart rate while training and even while swimming.
- Doubles as cycling computer and activity tracker (and watch)
- Strong, accurate GPS signal
- Smart extra features
- Excellent connected smartphone apps
- Not compatible with ANT+ accessories
- A little bulky
- Battery life could be better with GPS
Price as reviewed:
The Polar V800 straddles the divide between dedicated cycling computer and the fitness and activity trackers that have really taken off in the last year or so. This puts it on a collision course with Garmin’s impressive Forerunner 920XT, but in general we’d say it matches up quite well.
As far as the hardware is concerned we were largely impressed with the Polar V800. On a day-to-day basis it was just as unnoticeable as we’d expect from a standard watch, being comfortable to wear and not too weighty. However on the bike we found it to be a little bulky, especially when riding during winter when it was difficult to fit under jacket and gloves. That said if you’re using this as your only cycling computer, you’re probably going to want to mount the watch on the handlebars, in which case Polar offer a mount which can be purchased separately for £7.35.
On the bike the Polar V800 will measure everything you’d expect from a £350 computer. Heart rate, cadence, and power are all ticked off, and all have good connectivity with the watch unit, with connections only dropping rarely, and even then only for short periods of time. The main problem here is that Polar connects with external devices using Bluetooth rather than the ANT+ system used by most other manufacturers. This isn’t too much of a problem when buying relatively inexpensive heart rate and cadence sensors (the heart rate sensor is available to purchase alongside the V800 for an additional £50), but effectively limits your choice of power meter to the Polar Look Keo pedal-based power meter, Stages power meter, or the soon-to-be released 4iii Precision system.
Other simpler metric such as speed and distance are covered by the Polar V800’s superb GPS, which proved very reliable thanks to its strong signal, never causing us to miss out on a Strava KOM thanks to a poor GPS signal, as was the case with the Bryton Rider 60 we tested last year. The only problem we had with using the V800 to record rides through GPS was the serious drain this had on battery life. If you are just using the watch to tell the time and monitor daily activity then the battery will last a full month, but after using it for a couple of long rides we were soon reaching for the USB charger – not something you want to be doing often if you’re also using it to monitor daily activity, although it’s still good for around 8 hours of recording. Admittedly there is an option to lower the power of the GPS signal in order to save battery, but this is a compromise we’d rather avoid.
If you want to follow a pre-defined route, you can download this to the watch via the web app. You don’t get a full map, but the breadcrumb trail is fairly easy to follow and is accompanied by off-route alerts and distance to finish.
For the more all-round athletes amongst you, we should also mention that the Polar V800 also features modes for running and swimming (it is waterproof down to 30m), with swimming metrics built into the watch, and running metrics available with the purchase of a Polar Stride sensor
The rise of wearable tech, from fitness trackers to smart watches, has become difficult to ignore over the last 12 months, with products such as the Garmin Vivoactive flooding to market. The 24/7 activity tracking provided by the Polar V800 monitors your movement whenever you’re off the bike, working out whether you’re lying down, sitting, standing, or walking, a job that it does pretty well despite occasionally struggling to differentiate between sitting and standing. Your activity is then added up as you work towards a daily activity goal.
Other neat features of the activity is its sleep monitoring, which records the length that you were asleep as well as the proportion of this that was restful or restless, and inactivity alerts to remind you when you’ve been sitting behind your desk for too long and need to get the blood flowing a little.