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Polar V800 Special Edition Waterproof Fitness Tracker for Swimming Review

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Most fitness trackers designed to use on dry land for most of their functions such as step counts, GPS-based runs, floors climbed and so on. Some modern tracker can be worked in multi-sports functions such as cycling, yoga, circuit training, tennis, golf, and weights. Only a few allow for swimming activity.

When you looking for the waterproof activity tracker, you need is not just a waterproof ability, but you need to looking for that monitors, measures and records your swimming distance, strokes, length times, and other swimming metrics.

Waterproof ratings are an important factor, but you still need to check the specification from the manufacturer to ensure that the device is properly waterproof. You should understand that the waterproof activity trackers are waterproof enough only for swimming, not for deep sea diving!

Why Swimming is Better Than Running?

Swimming is the most popular and effective fitness exercises. When swimming, many muscles in your body work, so it can help you to lose weight and makes your heart and lungs work hard to supply them all with oxygen. It burns calories and it’s praised for its cardiovascular health benefits. In the water pool, you can work harder and burn more calories in a pool than out of it because water is about 800 times denser than air! You can burn over 200 Kcal in half an hour by even a gentle swim. It is also a great way to relax and refresh you after a stressful day.

Polar V800 Special Edition Waterproof Multi-Sports Tracker

Polar V800 is one of the world’s smartest training devices for devoted athletes. The Polar V800 is a multi-sports watch, specializing in swimming, cycling and running. It supports both pool and open-water swimming. An open-water setting will clock your progress via GPS.

It waterproof up to 30 meters and can measure your heart rate even in water but this requires an additional sensor, Polar H7 that can track your pulse underwater. You have to strap the Polar H7 (included in the V800 Javier Gómez Noya Special Edition) belt to your chest to check your heart rate.

The Polar V800 waterproof fitness tracker easily to track your swimming performance with automatic detection of your swimming style, distance, pace, strokes and rest times. Swimming metrics help you to analyze each swimming session and follow your performance and progress in the long run. In addition, with the help of the SWOLF score, you can improve your swimming technique.

SWOLF stands for “Swim Golf”, SWOLF score is a measurement that adds the number of strokes you take with the amount of time it takes to swim the length of a pool. So, this scores vary on the length of the pool, try to keep to one length. Just like in golf, get your score as low as you can. All swimming metrics can be measured in pool swimming and swimming. Open water swimming supports distance and strokes.

Polar V800 allow you to see how your running performance is developing. Based on your long-term progress, Running Index analysis predicts your event finish times for 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon runs. The Running Index gives you information about your performance level, which is a sum of both aerobic fitness and running economy. Improvement means that running at a given pace requires less effort, or that your pace is faster at a given level of exertion.

For bike, Polar V800 is compatible with Polar Bluetooth Smart cycling sensors, such as cadence, speed, and power, which provide even more detail about your training. A cadence sensor is included in the V800 Javier Gómez Noya Special Edition. By using cadence sensor you can improve your cycling technique and identify your optimal cadence.

Value

Polar V800 GPS Sports Watch Special Edition is a great choice for triathlon lover and also swimmer who want to take their training to the next level. It seems expensive and bigger than most trackers but pack of useful features. Multi-sports function with fairly accurate, motivating and information revealed about workouts is rewarding and informative. It comes with user-friendly interface, good battery life and also works great in water.

The Javier Gomez Noya Special Edition comes with Polar V800, H7 heart rate sensor, CS cadence sensor Bluetooth Smart and Universal Bike Mount.

Highlights

  • GPS SPORT WATCH: Advanced multisport GPS Watch for serious sports enthusiasts and professional athletes who want to reach peak performance, the built-in GPS keeps track of your ride, run or hike measuring your speed, distance and route
  • ADVANCED TRAINING WATCH: Create and customize profiles for different sports and get exactly the data and guidance you need for each activity
  • FITNESS TRACKER: Combines training load with 24/7 activity data for true recovery status
  • HEART RATE MONITOR INCLUDED: Includes compatible H7 heart rate sensor with revamped Red soft strap design
  • SPECIAL EDITION TRIATHLON WATCH: Special edition includes universal bike mount and cadence sensor

Polar V800 GPS Sports Watch Special Edition

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