Polar M400 GPS Smart Sports Watch
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- GPS WATCH: Built-in GPS technology keeps track of your pace, distance and altitude
- FITNESS TRACKER: Tracks your workouts, steps, distance, calories burned, sleep quality, and activity 24/8
- WATERPROOF FITNESS TRAINER: Use the fitness tracking watch to keep an eye on your running cadence to improve your running efficiency and avoid injuries in all weather conditions
- ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: Compatible with H7 Heart Rate sensor to train at the right intensity with target heart rate zones
- SOCIAL SMARTWATCH: Plan, sync and share your training using the Polar Flow app and web service
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|Are Batteries Required||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Display||digital||high res touchscreen, Color touch screen||Glass||180 x 180 pixels - LCD, Color Display|
|Item Dimensions||2.95 x 3.74 x 4.53 in||2.2 x 1.2 x 0.5 in||4.13 x 3.66 x 3.66 in||0.5 x 1.8 x 1.8 in|
|Item Weight||0.25 ounces||1.6 ounces||0.79 lb||1.6 ounces|
|Sport Type||Basketball, Bowling, Boxing, Camping_&_Hiking, Cheerleading, Climbing, Cricket, Cycling, Dance, Equestrian, Exercise_&_Fitness, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey, Ice Skating, Lacrosse, Martial_Arts, Outdoor_Lifestyle, Pilates, Polo, Racquetball, Rugby, Running, Skateboarding, Snow Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing, Soccer, Squash, Tennis, Track_&_Field, Volleyball, Yoga, Basketball, Bowling, Boxing, Camping_&_Hiking, Cheerleading, Climbing, Cricket, Cycling, Dance, Equestrian, Exercise_&_Fitness, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Hockey, Ice Skating, Lacrosse, Martial_Arts, Outdoor_Lifestyle, Pilates, Polo, Racquetball, Rugby, Running, Skateboarding, Snow Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing, Soccer, Squash, Tennis, Track_&_Field, Volleyball, Yoga||swimming||exercise_&_fitness, running, exercise_&_fitness, running|
|Style Name||With Heart Rate Monitor||Watch Only||1RR0.001.06||Watch Only|
Developed for runners who want a comfortable and durable running watch with sporty design and advanced GPS and training features. Track and record running as well as your other exercise, and monitor your performance accurately. Connect with the Polar Flow mobile app and stay active and motivated.
Color: Black | Style Name: With Heart Rate Monitor
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1 - FREE TRAINING ROUTINES - Polar has FREE training routines (5k, 10k, half-marathon, full marathon, etc.) that you can subscribe to by setting your target race day, start date, and # of times/week you want to train. Apps like Endomondo or MapMyRun charge for these types of features. During the non-running days, you have things like Strength training where they run through a video guided workout with a countdown timer. You may decide to do your own Strength training regimen, but for a newbie, this would probably be great. And they don't require any special equipment for the Level 1 track. I haven't reviewed all of the different levels so not sure about Level 2 or 3.
2 - SET YOUR OWN TRAINING WORKOUT - You can now create your OWN target work out for each day, complete with different phases and target heart-rates. I have been searching for this FOREVER and haven't found this feature on ANY other app that I've owned or subscribed to. Seriously, this has always been my one frustration!!! I want to create my own routines, and then download them to my watch or app. And now I finally can!! To do this, go to the Flow website, click on Diary, choose your day and Add. You have the option of adding a workout you already did or adding a Training Target (or favorite target). It downloads to your watch once you sync it up.
3 - TRAINING FLEXIBILITY - Your training schedule downloads to your watch so when you click that red button, the first item that appears is your scheduled work out. But you can substitute one of the other workouts you have on your watch, instead. This is helpful in case your schedule was for a 1 hour run, but something came up and you want to swap it with your 30 minute indoor bike ride you had scheduled for tomorrow. Another aggravation I have had with other programs. I could never go in the next day and do the workout that was scheduled for today unless I did it completely manually. But I like for it to tell me which phase I am in of my tempo work out. So, with the M400, I can go back into Flow and create a different target for the next day that matched what I had scheduled for today. Super convenient!
4 - TRAINING TARGETS EASY TO CREATE - On the Flow website, the intervals are very easy to create. Go to Diary, choose a day and hit, Add > Training Target. Select your sport, give the workout a title [Medium Run (40 min)], enter the date & time, then proceed to the Target section. You can create a Quick Target (duration, distance, and/or calories), Race Pace (similar to Quick but adds pace instead of calories), or Phased. Phased is my choice. Create different phases with different targets. Example:
Warm-up: 10 minutes @ Zones 1-2
Work: 5 minutes @ Zone 3
Rest: 1 minutes @ free (no HR zone)
Work: 1 mile @ Zones 3-4
Rest: 1 minutes @ free (no HR zone)
Work: 1 mile @ Zones 3-4
Rest: 1 minutes @ free (no HR zone)
Work: 1 mile @ Zones 3-4
Cool down: 5 minutes @ Zones 1-2
You get the idea. You can switch it up and that's pretty awesome!!
5 - COMMUNITY GROUPS - This has been fun for me. Honestly, I don't really go onto Facebook much because it's a time waster so I don't do a lot of social media. You can post your workouts to Facebook if you want to. Flow has the ability to link your account. However, if you are like me and don't want to do that, you can just subscribe to or create your own group within Polar Flow. People are very encouraging and it amazes me to see some of the other workouts. Some of these folks are hard core & they are from all over the world! There is an option to Relive someone else's training which can be neat if you want to see images of other places in the world. It just shows you a picture from select spots on their training course. NOTE: You can turn this feature off for yourself. You may not want people to know where you do your workouts. It could be creepy or risky, especially if you start by your house, or something.
6 - ACTIVITY GOALS & TARGET ZONES - I have pretty much struggled all of my life with sticking to any sort of fitness plan. I start out great and then I fizzle out after one thing derails my momentum. Even the past year I wasn't meeting my activity goals even closely. Most days I was only at 25-55% of my target. So, I switched it up several weeks ago. This is what I did and it's kept my momentum and fun factor high. Maybe it will work for you if you are like me, I don't know.
First, I signed up for a training schedule. Besides the individual workouts, they also give you a targeted set of minutes in each training zone per week.
Zone 5 - 0:05:00 (HH:MM:SS)
Zone 4 - 0:05:00
Zone 3 - 1:04:20
Zone 2 - 0:42:50
Zone 1 - 0:22:50
As you complete your workouts, you can see how you are doing on these targets. During your workouts, you can display how you much time you have spent in each zone. For some reason, this keeps me more motivated. I don't know why, but I am really terrible about keeping their strict schedules but I have been fulfilling these target goals each week for about 4 weeks now. And while I was only achieving less than 50% of my activity goals on average, I am now up to nearly 100% for the week. Some days I'm over 100% and other days maybe below or close to 50%. But my average is great. Anyway, this is working for me. Not sure if it would work for anyone else, but thought I'd throw it out there for someone to try if they are struggling like I always have.
7 - CUSTOM TRAINING VIEWS - you get to customize what you want displayed for each activity that you do. Click on your name > Sport Profiles. So, if you want to show the Time of Day | Avg. HR | Current HR | Time Lapsed on one screen, you can. You can add up to 4 items to display on one screen (view). I have multiple views for each sport or training activity. I don't know what the limit is. Currently I have 6 displays for running and still could add more.
Okay, so that's it. These are my favorite features. There are so many more features than this and Polar keeps adding more. I forgot to mention that it has some smart watch features like viewing the first few lines of a text, snoozing my phone's alarm clock (my favorite), etc. They aren't as high tech as something like Apple Watch, but they exist and keep getting improved. As I mentioned, I really love this watch and for the money, I think it's an absolute best buy!
And the watch started out great, with useful and fun features. But all the features in the world are useless if it doesn't do one fundamental thing right: Be a dependable stopwatch:
I went out on a 20 miler 2 weeks after getting the watch, and at about 10 miles in, I look at the watch and it says: "Something went wrong. Press OK to reset M400." ('Something went wrong' being an unintentionally comical understatement.) After pressing the OK button, the watch restarted -- with the entire previous 10 miles wiped
If you're in training, you know this kind of thing is important. SUPER frustrating.
But it was just one glitch, probably a fluke, right? I sent the watch back for an exchange to Amazon, and got a brand new one. And now I could get on with my life and everything would be fine. Until this morning, when out for a run and the watch crapped out the EXACT SAME WAY. ("Something went wrong.") Heartbreaking.
2 watches, 2 total system failures, 4 weeks of ownership. I can't go through this again. I'm done with the Polar M400. (Back to my old Timex Ironman, which still works the same as the day I got it.) Maybe my experience is atypical, but i'm getting down on record for your benefit, runner-who-is-thinking-of-buying-this. Be careful.
PS. Sent an email to Polar customer service and received their response before writing this review. I described the situation the same way that I have above, and their response was essentially a perfunctory apology and a request to send the watch to them for warranty repair/replacement. Not a wholly unreasonable response, but not one that convinced me to continue with their product. At all. It's going back to Amazon for a full refund.
**UPDATE #1**: I wrote the above review within hours after the second M400 crashed, and I'm not sure if you can tell, but I was pretty upset. I ended up immediately sending the Polar back and ordering a Garmin Forerunner 10 to replace it. And after a couple of days with the Garmin, as much as I hate to admit it, the M400 spoiled me. In comparison, the Garmin seemed clunky and inconvenient. I just didn't like it.
So after going back over the reviews at various websites, and after some deep ruminations, I've decided to give Polar one last try. Hopefully this is a case of "Third time's the charm" and not "Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me, fool me three times, and I've got to be some kind of world-class idiot." Depending on how things go, I'll revise this review.
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