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A Deep Dive Into Polar Loop
Thank you for visiting our review of the Polar Loop Activity Tracker / Fitness monitor. This latest product from Polar is the ideal entry to a new you. Great looks, discrete, easy to use, wireless connection to your Smartphone and most of all – HIGHLY MOTIVATING. The Polar Loop activity tracker has been reviewed by Tristan Haskins aka CardioCritic
Who Is It For?
There are very few people who wouldn’t benefit from wearing a product like the Polar Loop. It’s a smart looking, well made, discrete yet fashionable activity monitor. It can be worn 24/7 to help give you feedback on how active you have been throughout the day and also give feedback on the quality of your sleep. It does all this by utilising the clever accelerometers inside the wrist band. These sensitive little monitors know precisely when you’re sitting still, lying down, walking, running or sleeping. Your daily activity is wireless uploaded to a compatible smartphone like iPhone 6 or Sony Xperia (Android).
So.. who’s it for? It’s for anyone who wants to make sure they are not sitting to long. Anyone who feels that they might benefit from a subtle reminder now and then that they haven’t moved for over an hour. Anyone who might be motivated to see how little, or how much time they have spent lying, sitting, standing, walking and exercising every day. I sit for over 9 hours most days. The Polar Loop really did motivate me to get up form my desk, walk down the stairs of the office and just walk 5 minutes around the block… less time than it would take a smoker to suck on a cigarette. Who’s the Polar Loop for? EVERYONE !
Polar started selling heart rate monitors in 1976. CardioCritic have tested & reviewed most of the Polar heart rate monitors & fitness trackers released since 1996
Polar Specification from the Manufacturer
- Polar Loop Activity trackerActivity Tracker with Smart Guidance
- Activity and sleep tracker for anyone who wants to track their activity 24/7 and get guidance to reach activity goals.
- Activity Guide helps you stay active all day long
- Activity Benefit gives feedback about your daily, weekly and monthly activity
- Displays daily activity, calories burned, steps taken, time of day
- Free guidance with the Polar Flow app and Polar Flow web service
- Compatible with Polar H6 and H7 Bluetooth Smart heart rate sensors
- Measures your activity even when swimming (without heart rate)
- Track your total calorie intake and expenditure by connecting with MyFitnessPal app
Main Features and Functions
The Polar Loop is a well designed activity tracker in a market that has recently been flooded with competitive products like the Garmin Vivofit and Epson Pulsense. Before the Loop was released Polar had the luxury of testing and reviewing some of the activity tracking innovators like the Jawbone.
It is only natural that Polar have taken all the positive features of the FitBit and Jawbone and added their own unique fitness monitoring functions.
The fact that the Loop supports Bluetooth Heart Rate monitoring from an optional Polar H7 HR belt is useful as this guarantees that the calories burnt data is personal and representative of the effort put in throughout an activity.
- Polar EnergyPointer – Gives you clear guidance on how to get into shape faster
- Polar OwnCal® – Lets you know exactly how many calories you’ve burned.
- Waterproof – Suitable for swimming. The loop is water resistant up to WR20.
- Activity Guide – Helps you stay active all day long.
- Activity Benefit – Gives feedback about your daily, weekly and monthly activity.
With accessories like Polar H7 heart rate sensor you can upgrade your training computer to enhance your experience and achieve a more complete understanding of your performance.
Body Measurement Features
- Polar OwnCal® – Smart Calories
The most accurate calorie counter on the market calculates the number of calories burned. Calculation is based on your individual data: your weight, height, age, gender and the intensity of physical activity. Smart Calories are available in heart rate monitors and activity trackers.
- Activity features
24/7 Activity Tracking registers your daily activity at different intensity levels continuously for 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Counts daily calories and steps
- Activity Goal
Get your daily activity goal and guidance on how to reach it. Activity Goal is based on your personal data and choice of activity level. The activity goal bar on your device fills up during the day based on your activity. With practical guidance like ‘walk for 50 minutes or jog for 20 minutes’ you can choose how to reach your daily activity goal. Meet your goal faster with more intense activities or stay active at a moderate pace throughout the day. You can find more tips on how to reach your activity goal from Polar Flow mobile app and web service.
- Steps and Distance
Counts steps taken during the day. The number of steps is estimated based on the frequency, intensity and regularity of your wrist movements. Polar Flow mobile app also shows distance based on the steps you have taken.
- Active Time
Active Time tells you the cumulative time at low, medium and high activity intensity. In the Polar Flow mobile app and web service you can also see time spent in different activity intensity levels.
- Sleep Duration and Quality
Sleep and required amount of rest are very individual and affected by several factors like training load, stress, body’s condition and individual differences. Polar Flow mobile app and web service tell you how much you have slept and how restful your sleep has been. By following your sleeping patterns you can see if they’re affected by any changes in your daily life and find the right balance of rest, daily activity and training.
- Activity Benefit
Activity Benefit gives you daily, weekly and monthly feedback on the benefits of your activity and on the effects of sitting. The more you move, the greater the health benefits are. Check out how you’re doing in Polar Flow mobile app or view the detailed information on health benefits in Polar Flow web service.
- Activity Intensity Levels
Your Polar device tracks your daily activities at five intensity levels: resting, sitting, low, medium and high. Check out how active you’ve been from Polar Flow web service and mobile app. You can also compare different activity intensities: the higher the intensity, the faster you’ll reach your activity goal.
Features Accessible from the Polar Flow App and Web service
- Activity zones
Activity zones track your daily activities at five intensity levels: resting, sitting, low, medium and high. You can check how active you’ve been at the Polar Flow web service and mobile app. You can also compare the intensity of the different activity zones (low, medium, high) so that the higher the intensity, the faster your activity goal is reached. You can find more examples for low, medium and high intensity activities at the Polar Flow web service.
- Advanced activity analysis
Activity reports store all your daily activity so that you can easily analyse your daily and long-term physical activity. The total active time tells you the cumulative time of body movements that are good for your body and health. Besides the many details you get about your physical activity and all the health benefits that come with it, you can also see the inactive periods and when you’ve been still for too long.
- Training diary
Diary is available at the Polar web service. When you transfer your training results from your training computer to the Diary, you can easily follow up your activity well as plan future training sessions. You can choose to see your training history in a month or week view, along with a monthly or weekly summary.
Polar Flow App Details
- Compatible with iPhone 4S and later, and with selected Android devices including Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5 using Android 4.3 or later
- Display texts in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Finnish, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Japanese and Simplified Chinese
- Easy data sync to the Polar Flow web service via Bluetooth® Smart
- Recording featuresMemory capacity 12 days of activity data
- Data transferCompatible with PC Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, and later
- Compatible with Polar Flow mobile app via Bluetooth Smart
- Compatible with Mac OS X 10.6, OS X 10.7, OS X 10.8, and later
- Compatible with Polar Flow web service via custom USB cable
- Firmware update
- You can always update the software to the latest version with a USB cable.
- LED display
- Display texts in English
- Low battery indicator
- Rechargeable battery with custom USB cable
- Battery life: 5 days in continuous use
- Time of day (12/24 h)
- Water resistant – WR20 Water resistant – WR20
- Suitable for swimming
In the box
Next Model UP
The next model up from the Loop is the Polar A300. The A300 is another product in the wearable technology revolution coming from the Finnish fitness experts. The A300 is a more traditional “watch like” wrist unit with the added benefit of a daily alarm (vibration only) and interchangeable wrist bands to colour code your fitness monitor with your apparel and your mood.
The Loop is Polar’s entry level product in to the world of wearable activity trackers. There is no cheaper / less functional version of activity tracker available from Polar. If you are specifically after an activity tracker then the Loop is the one, unless you wish to look at other trackers from different brands like the Fitbit Flex 2 or Fitbit Altaor from Garmin the Vivofit 2 or Vivofit 3
- Garmin Vivofit 2
- Garmin Vivofit 3
- Fitbit Flex 2
- Fitbit Alta
An alternative approach to Fitness Tracking
In Feb 2017 Mio released their innovative Mio Slice. The Slice is the world’s first activity tracker to include PAI, that’s Personal Activity Intelligence. Rather than “just” count steps, the Mio Slice is looking for elevated heart rate at regular periods throughout the day.
As with all Mio’s products it features WRIST BASED heart rate. If you are looking for a motivational, innovative, stylish, water resistant fitness tracker that really does CHALLENGE you, take a look at the world’s first PAI powered fitness band – the Mio Slice.
- Mio Slice the world’s first fitness band with PAI score
I think the one thing that does scare customers is the fact that the strap needs to be CUT to fit your wrist. This is fine if you have a stable weight… but it could be an issue if you are on a weight loss campaign as your wrists are certainly an area which will change radically as you drop the kgs. However, assuming you only LOOSE weight the self cut strap shouldn’t be an issue… just trim it down to the next marker… but if you PUT ON WEIGHT ??
The only slightly annoying issue I had with the Loop was it’s inability to constantly display time of day. It would be nice if there was a button sequence that could be pressed to LOCK the display ON. This would be useful when you need to keep track of the time, but don’t want to have to press the buttons every time one wants to check the time of day…..
If you're looking for something completely different, read about the Polar A370 here.