Polar Loop 2 Activity Tracker
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- Motivates you to reach your daily goal by tracking your steps, distance, and calories burned 24/7
- Vibrating inactivity alerts help you keep moving throughout the day
- Automatically tracks your sleep time, quality of sleep, and sleep patterns
- Compatible with H7 Heart Rate sensor for continuous, accurate heart rate
- Syncs with free Polar Flow app and web service for additional workout planning, motivation and guidance
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Polar Flow web service and app
Track your daily progress on the free Flow web service and app to get insight and analysis on your daily activity. Plus, get motivating guidance to help you reach your goals.
- Shows a quick overview of your daily progress.
- App compatible with Android (4.3 or later) and iOS.
Polar Loop 2 Activity Tracker
Finding time for fitness can be challenging, but the Polar Loop 2 is here to help with motivating feedback and individual guidance. At the tap of a button, Loop 2 displays the time, your total steps, calories burned, daily activity goal and tips to reach it.
- Personalized daily activity goal.
- Motivating guidance on how to stay on track.
- Measures daily activity at five different intensity levels.
- Tracks sleep quality.
- Smartphone notifications for iOS and Android.
- Adjustable, soft silicone wristband.
Daily Activity Goal
Loop 2 customizes a daily activity goal for you based on your personal settings and provides motivating feedback on how to reach it. Its unique technology accurately tracks five different levels of activity and can tell the difference between light intensity walking vs. running. This means you get a more complete picture of your daily movement.
Daily Activity Goal
Heart Rate Guidance
Lets you know exactly how many calories you’ve burned. The individual algorithm is based on your data: weight, height, age, gender and the intensity of physical activity.
EnergyPointer is an easy-to-use, heart rate-based feature that tells you whether the main effect of your training is burning fat or improving your fitness.
Gives feedback on your daily, weekly and monthly activity, showing how your active choices help you stay healthy.
Shows how active you’ve been during the day and gives practical guidance for reaching your daily activity goal.
Rethink your day with help from the perfect companion. The Polar Loop 2 Activity Tracker Wristband tracks your daily activity and sleep patterns, motivating and guiding you towards better fitness and health. This stylish wristband tracks all the choices you make during the day and shows how good they are for you. The Polar Loop 2 also reminds you when you've been still for too long.Tracks your activity 24/7 and provides guidance and motivation to keep your activity goalsThis smart wristband shows daily activity, calories burned, steps taken, distance traveled, time of day and offers activity feedback on a stylish LED displayMonitors your sleep pattern and how restful it isEquipped with Activity Guide, Activity Benefit, EnergyPointer and Training Benefit features; Also includes the Smart Calories feature, the most accurate calorie counter on the marketProvides vibrating inactivity alerts for extra motivation and Smart notifications regarding incoming calls, messages and calendar notifications (available on iOS)This super soft, silicone wristband is waterproof and measures your activity when swimmingProvides accurate heart rate with the Polar H7 Bluetooth Smart Heart Rate Sensor (not included)Automatically syncs to the Polar Flow app and training community using Bluetooth SmartWith the Polar Flow app and web service, you can view your activity details and the distance you walk or run during the day; It also gives inactivity alertsThe Polar Flow web service is compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 or later and PC Windows XP, 7 and 8The box includes: the Polar Loop 2, a rechargeable battery and USB cableActivity Guide: Shows how active you've been during the day and gives practical guidance for reaching your daily activity goalActivity Benefit: Gives you daily, weekly and monthly feedback on your activity and the effects of sittingEnergyPointer: This easy-to-use, heart-rate based feature tells you whether the main effect of your training is burning fat or improving your fitness
Top customer reviews
I've only had it for days, but have used it enough to know my way around it. There are things I like about it and things I liked better with the FitBit.
-The cutting of the band to fit your wrist is a pretty nerve-wracking experience. Make sure you cut straight and take off a section at a time. You can't undo a short cut. That being said, they give you a measure tape to wrap around your wrist and tell you how many sections to cut off. I did as told and the Loop was still sloppy on my wrist. I had to bring it in a few more sections. The band feels pretty good and it's soft. The clasp on the bottom digs into my wrist a bit as I have a desk job and I'm resting on it while typing/mousing.
-Charging is fairly quick. It shows a charge percentage onscreen as it charges. I did a lot of playing with the Loop and synced it quite a few times during the day. This had me charging it after 3 days. I'm sure the battery will last longer under normal conditions.
-"Steps". Versus the FitBit, it seemed like I was getting a lot more activity (steps) with the Loop. I plan on testing its accuracy more. One thing about the step counter is that it doesn't continuously update like the FitBit. It updates every minute or so.
-Polar Flow app. Takes at least 30 seconds to sync to the Loop, sometimes much longer depending on the data to transfer, I suppose. The FitBit would take just seconds. The Loop needs to fully sync each time you want to update your stats in the app. Besides that, the app is decent. There is some good information on there and the design is good. The FitBit app is probably a little better, but loses to Polar Flow when you have the
-H7 Heart Sensor. Pairs with the Loop by bringing it to the chest near the sensor. Once the connection is made, it starts a training session that is recorded into the Polar Flow app when you sync next. The Loop shows your heartrate during the exercise and figures out how many calories you burn to add to your day's total. You take off your H7 sensor to stop the training and you can review the training stats in the app. The app has a good calendar that you can check out all your exercise sessions.
-Smart Notifications. I have the iPhone 6+ and the Loop will show when I get a text message by a tiny vibration and scrolling "Message" across the screen. A phone call will vibrate and scroll the contact name. It's pretty handy, but it's just read-only. Don't expect to text or call back through the Loop.
So far it seems to be a decent pickup, but it's early in the game. I will update any concerns later.
Update after a little over a month:
The white of the band is not getting discolored. Just as white as day one. That was a concern of mine.
I have gotten 8 days on the battery with just a few presses of the button each day.
The app still takes a while to sync. It may be because I'm not syncing as much and more data needs to be processed. Still, the syncing should be a little smoother I'd say.
It pretty much works like it's supposed to, so I'm not disappointed.
Initially, I was having problems with the vibrate function for the alarm and the inactivity alert. The band would light up, but the vibration wouldn't happen. I bought the white loop 2 over the original purple loop specifically for the vibration alert. When it wouldn't work I contemplated sending the white one back and getting the cheaper purple one since the feature I had paid more for didn't work anyway, but a few days later it started working out of the blue and has worked ever since. Maybe it got an update while it was charging one day?
I have a Windows phone, so I've been using mine with an iPod Touch 6. I don't have any experience with the smart notifications. I don't know if the text notification feature might work anyway, it's not a feature I was interested in so I haven't tried.
I took off a star for the battery life. According to the Polar website, it's supposed to last "up to 8 days with 24/7 activity tracking and 1h/day training" but I've been having to charge mine every 2-3 days with 35 minutes a day of training. I only wear the H7 for a workout and I always unsnap the sensor from the strap, so the HRM shouldn't be the issue. It's not a quick charge either - it's about 1.5 hours. A battery can only be charged so many times and it doesn't hold a charge as well the older it gets, so I'm worried about what the battery life might be a year from now as I'm already getting less than half what Polar advertises and it's brand new. If the battery was better I'd give it 5 stars.
Update 8/16/15: I spoke too soon - the vibrate function quit working again. I knocked it down to three stars. It's a nice tracker when it's all working, but it's not worth paying more for the 2 when it can't reliably do anything more than the first version. I'm not sure if I'm going to keep it. It's a lot of money to spend on something that only fully works sometimes.
Update: 9/2/15: I was out of town for a week and didn't take the band, but I did end up emailing Polar customer support like suggested. Their suggestion was to factory reset the band, which I did about a week ago. It didn't fix either of my two problems and it seems to have created a new one where the band won't come on in the morning until it's plugged into the computer. Once it syncs, it shows the whole period that it was "frozen" as white for sleeping. Once it freezes, it won't start logging activity again until it's plugged in. It was frozen this morning, so I plugged it in, the battery was at 80%, steps were at 0, and nothing I did last night or this morning showed up in the app. I've emailed customer support again, but I don't have a lot of confidence as their first fix made the product perform worse, not better.
9/14/15 Final Update: I paid more for the Loop 2 over the original one specifically because of the vibrating inactivity alert. It wouldn't consistently work nor would the alarm always vibrate and the unit itself did some odd things which made me question how well it really did track (sleeping it shows as not worn, yet charging on the coffee table it picks up as sitting?). Resetting it would make everything work again for a few days, but I shouldn't have to keep resetting it. I tried a replacement and that one also didn't perform as expected (the alarm would sync, but wouldn't go off - by blinking the time or vibration), so they both went back. I love the idea and the low profile look and if it's fixed in the future I'd buy another one, but at this point in time, it's not worth it.
Edited 1/26/17 Corrected rating to 3 stars after contacting Polar and having the display case repaired under warranty without charge. It looks good as new and has been tested for water resistance, so we will see how it continues to function long-term. I am pleased that the repair was covered, although we had to pay for shipping one way. The drawback is that it took almost 2 weeks to ship it there, repaired, and get it back (and I shipped it from NY to the center, in NY! It still took 2 weeks). All in all, I would still consider other styles that might be more robust in order to avoid having to send it for repair.