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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Review: Polar Loop

My husband was a really awesome guy and bought me a Polar Loop (& a really pretty necklace) for our 11th anniversary last week.  Did I mention he is awesome?  ;)

So this is the Polar Loop: 


This is an activity tracker.  You wear it all day and it keeps track of your steps, daily calories burned (not just workout), monitors your sleep patterns and pushes you to your activity goal for the day.  Kind of sounds like a Fitbit doesn't it?  Wait though!  It also will monitor your heart rate and make your calories a lot more accurate if you pair it with the chest strap/transmitter for your heart rate (I have an H7 bluetooth strap, pictured below)


The chest strap really isn't anything I notice.  I'm used to wearing one for my workouts and wasn't so sure about wearing one all day.  My verdict?  I forgot it was there lol if it's too uncomfortable then you might want to adjust the strap.

It also has an app and a website where you sync it up to https://flow.polar.com/loop
Here is a peak into mine :)  You can see how long I wore it for each day too.





Did I mention it is water proof for swimming?  I haven't tested that out obviously....our weather in Louisiana is pretty but we haven't been warm long enough to get into my pool lol

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I posted a picture of this on my page earlier and I know it's confusing if you don't know what you are looking for.  



I wanted to see if it was really accurate so today I wore both to cut my back yard.  The black bracelet is the Loop and the purple is a Polar FT60 (which you only wear for working out).  I started the FT60 when the Loop read 990 so it's pretty dead on with the calorie burn.  You can wear one chest strap and both will pick up your heart rate.

Color me impressed.


Now the Cons:

1.  The chest strap is sold seperately (luckily I had one already)
2.  The Flow app is a little buggy but if you let Polar know they are really good about fixing it.
3.  The Flow app for android won't be out until the end of this month....although you can always sync it up to your computer until then.
4.  It has a custom charger but a lot of things are like that.

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Over all I'm really pleased with it.  The battery on the unit lasts for 5 days & it charges pretty fast.  Once you invest in it, there are no additional fees and if you ever have a problem with it or any other Polar unit, just contact their customer service.  They are super friendly and will help you out!

It retails for around $100 and the chest strap/transmitters are around $60.  The cheapest looks to be on Amazon.