Polar info?

Do any of you have anything on the new Polar v800 replacement? Polar are very tight lipped but I’d have expected something by now, we still don’t even seem to know the product name aside from guessing v830!

Post a comment if you have anything useful.

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23 comments on “Polar info?
  1. Jorge says:

    Hi,

    As i have a problem with my V800, Water inside again, I asked the guy from Polar for the new V830, he wrote me, for this moment the focus is improve the V800, including 2018 !!!!.

    I have Polar since 18 years ago but i just bought The Suunto Spartan Trainer for US 279.

    If Polar continue in this direction they are going to be out of the market very soon…..

    • naiboo says:

      same here, i got a forerunner 935 since i couldn´t stand all this waiting…

    • mikel.oms says:

      I was a v800 owner, but i decided to purchase a fr935 due long waiting for the v800´s replacement. I have to say that i´m in love with my new garmin and with garmin connect (much powerful than polar flow). Sorry Polar, you´ve lost a client here.

    • Schmungler says:

      >I asked the guy from Polar
      What guy was it? Someone from their repair service?

      For me personally, I see no benefit in getting a 935 over a M400 as both their GPS accuracy is mediocre at best, but I’d be getting a M430 over a M400 if I knew that Polar indeed doesn’t bring a successor to the V800 in 2018.

      • naiboo says:

        i liked the M400 and used it extensively the last three years. i mainly changed to FR935 because of the great battery runtime and barometric alt. I hated when my M400 ran out of battery on extra long sessions.

  2. David says:

    I am waiting for the replacement for M600. It seems a good watch for swimming, except that no options to lock the screen when swimming

  3. Brian says:

    I’ve been using Polar products for many years and I’m trying to hold on for the V830 because I like their interface and software so much more than the other companies out there. I don’t want to wait till Q1 2018 as Polar representatives have indicated. Maybe I’ll just simplify my life with an Apple Watch 3 and be done.

    • naiboo says:

      i have no clue why polar is following this “strategy”. they loose way more customers by starving their customers than they will win by a unsupected launch.

      some months ago only only one glimpse on the v800 successor would have kept me as a polar customer… maybe they are lucky and get me back since im not as happy as expected with the forerunner 935.

      • lusty says:

        I jumped to Garmin years ago and I still prefer the Polar stuff for usability and general finish. Polar tools are definitely better for training purposes. I don’t go back though because Garmin are just so far out ahead for features and hardware.
        I don’t think Polar think of themselves as being in the same game as Garmin though. They make training tools for serious athletes where accuracy is key and features come lower on the priorities. I like this attitude but I’m not sure it’s sustainable. This is especially true since top level athletes who need the tools use the one their sponsor sends them!

  4. Timo says:

    Hi everybody,
    same story for me. I’m a convinced Polar user – but (despite the fact that the performance is great) the V800 is out-of-date.
    I also bought a Forerunner 935 now – due to the huge amount of data it’s providing me. GPS accuracy of the V800 is better – but this is compensated by all the other features the FR935 is providing.
    And to be honest: in Q1/2018 they will bring a V800 with a colored display – nothing more (no running metrics etc.).
    I’m now on Garmin – sorry Polar.

  5. MCC says:

    I am sure some elements could be improved – e.g. wrist sensor for 24/7 monitoring (since for my workouts i am using h10) or a bit bigger screen, anyhow i would expect these compromises battery life or stability. What else guys do you expect to be improved? I am not seeing a lot of problems with – great GPS precision (e.g. when training the same interval on the same way – the path is almost identical – in deep forest it can sometimes be sub optimal – still better than fenix 3), can work with power meters (at least a few) both for running and cycling, records cadence info for running and cycling, hr, r-r, hrv, shows temp, has barometer and quite good maps (but not turn by turn navi). Battery life is decent. I’ve been using this guys for quite a while and Polar product since at least 10+yrs and i believe there is more to be done on software/portal side – e.g. i am using trainingpeaks for sharing data with my coach and analyzing it – and Strava to share (and challenge 🙂 ) with my colleagues.

  6. Will says:

    Polar user (m400 & v800) for just about 2 years here.

    I have also used Garmin devices (920xt & fr325). I am with a lot of the other folks on here in that I am really looking forward to the v800 replacement device. I would have to say I am a bit disappointed to have to wait until spring of next year, but am confident that once it is available it will be of top notch quality (especially with integration to flow, strava, training peaks, stryd, and other services – I am looking at you Garmin).

    When I used Garmin devices (especially recently released devices) I was always frustrated with the amount of issues I experianced. They just seemed to have pretty good hardware, but with half-baked software and integration.

    With the v800, I have frequently been delighted with new features and capabilities that “just work”. Yes the devices/hardware is a bit dated, but Polar flow is where it is at in my opinion. For me, Flow integration is the most important tool to review what I need to work on to improve my fitness and running ability.

    Net-net; yeah, having to wait until spring kinda sucks as you can go to Garmin now today to get the latest and greatest hardware, but I am confident that once Polar releases their new hardware it will 1) integrate well with Flow and other software eco-systems and 2) will be of significantly higher quality and accuracy as the competition.

    Just my two cents.

    • greg says:

      V800 was no different at the beginning. In fact, including the website, it was even half-of-the-half baked. I.e. no option to export workouts.
      Still, there are things that it does not have that I really miss and Garmins have them.
      Like: ability to do intervals based on pace, interval laps in exported files, working route follow function, phone call alerts during cycling workouts.

      • Andrey says:

        Laps in v800 much better than in Garmin.

      • Robert Black says:

        Greg, my m400, m430 and v800 all do intervals by pace. That’s why I’ve stuck loyal.

        • greg says:

          Only “pace ranges” are supported which are not adequate. You can’t see interval’s average pace, neither during the interval, nor after the interval ends.
          You can’t just take your training plan and do as it says i.e 10×400 at 4:30/km

          • Robert Black says:

            Right, been a long time since I owned a Garmin, but I do remember that feature. All I do is make use of the road running profile for intervals and set a zone 10 seconds wide, with my stryd power meter it’s bang on the money for me. Just stay within the middle of the zone, but I don’t compete, it’s just for my own pleasure

      • Will says:

        greg,

        I will give you the point that the v800 came out half-baked, frankly that was before I started using polar products (I started with the m400 – awesome watch).

        But as I look at what polar has done with the pipeline of the m400 to m430, I like what I see. They are playing to their strengths and building on top of the platform they have in place (and integrating it all to FLOW). As I see the progression from m400 to m430 they hit all the right spots by integrating OHR to better monitor heart rate (continuous now), stress, sleep and other metrics.

        I fully expect the next iteration of the v800 to also have OHR with continuous HRM. I suspect the next iteration may have a better screen/display, but frankly I am not concerned about that.

        What is most important to me, as I stated earlier, is to have good hardware that integrates well with FLOW. The Polar Flow ecosystem and the tools/metrics it provides me (along with my stryd power meter) is all I need for my fitness.

        The v800 continues to delight me with things like good stryd integration and other features that have been added in the past couple years since release.

        I can’t wait to see what comes out next spring with the next version of this watch.

  7. Matt says:

    Any plans to add FitBit to the content here? With the new Ionic model announced yesterday, they are clearly in the GPS multisport space.

  8. Ex Polar says:

    I can only agree to many of you have written in this topic above. I ha a V800 and I do love the Polar follow up etc, but lack of ANT+ to connect to indoor bike/crosstrianer etc and lack of design made me go to a Garmin Fenix 3.
    Customers like me and many more do not wait in years for a maybe follow up in the product range as the competitors race pretty quickly in releasing new models and features.

    Sorry Polar..

  9. Beats per minute says:

    Training data with 30 euros.

    I have a very old Polar F7 on my handlebar to show me the heart rate. Never record. For that I use the Polar Beat App on my phone. It’s free. Battery may run out on iPhone on long rides but I have a powerbank in my saddle bag so it won’t.

    I also use as a back up on my wrist a Polar A300 that I bought up as used for 30 euros.

    The HR sensor sends its signal to Polar Beat as Bluetooth signal. Bluetooth can only work as one Sensor-Device pair but the HR Sensor sends also the 5GHz radio signal that my F7 and A300 can pick up as long as you remember to start the Polar Beat App before the A300 recording. (Otherwise the A300 reserves the Bluetooth pairing).

    The radio signal is also good for swimming as it works under water so I can get the training data also in a pool with the A300.

    Could do well with out the F7 but as it is an ancient device and practically worthless I leave it on handle bar if I stop on my rides at a store or something. No one wants to steal it. 😀

    Will be buying your old Polar v800 devices when you leap to Garmin or get the new v810/v830.

    P.S. About the Ant+ for Polar. ANT+ is designed and maintained by the ANT+ Alliance which is owned by Garmin so it will never happen for licensing reasons.

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