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Polar Jumps Into the Wristband Market with the Polar Loop

by Erika Nicole Kendall

I’m so, so, so, excited for this.

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Remember when I said I loved the Jawbone Up, except for the fact that it didn’t have a heart rate monitor?

Well.

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YES.

In a world where we have more than our fair share of fitness tracking tools, I keep expecting every new device to clean up what the last one left behind.

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A few important things – the heart rate monitor, the lack of an altimeter (are you climbing a hill? is that affecting your heart rate?), the lack of waterproofing (are we really ignoring the market of underwater Zumba classes out there?), the inability to differentiate between activities (largely due, in part, to the inability to monitor your heart rate) – keep getting left behind. Because Polar has devices that monitor all of those – specifically the RC3 that I have to continue reviewing – I’m really curious as to how they’re going to handle these.

use_it_follow_imgThe device also boasts that Bluetooth connection I’d been looking for, while also actively giving you insight – on the bandfor how to complete whatever fitness goal you’ve set for the day.

If you’re interested in pre-ordering the Loop, you can check out the device at PolarLoop.com. It’s scheduled to ship in October.

And, as a Polar Ambassador, your faithful blogger will definitely be testing this out and reviewing it for you! Who’s excited?

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13 comments

Alexandrea Ward September 19, 2013 - 2:15 PM

I’m super excited! I was just thinking that it’s about time for me to make sure to get a heart rate monitor, to make sure that I know how many calories I’ve been burning instead of just guessing using fitness apps.

penny September 19, 2013 - 4:59 PM

i am !! i want to buy the right one and I’ve been waiting for a close to perfection device !!

Briggitta September 19, 2013 - 7:14 PM

I am so excited, ever since you posted your “Ode to my heart rate monitor”,I joined the world of fitness gadgets.My Pink Polar FT4 serves me well, but the PolarLoop looks amazing, can not wait for you to review it!

Khyla September 19, 2013 - 8:23 PM

Can’t wait for your review. I love my Jawbone UP!

Lexi September 19, 2013 - 8:40 PM

This is awesome! Please please share when you get the review. I’m very interested. Thank you so much for sharing.

Jonny September 20, 2013 - 12:36 PM

This looks like a promising product. Something I need to log my running. Looking forward to your review.

Ceej September 21, 2013 - 5:25 PM

I’m confused… does it do all of those things or not? I went to the site and it seems the heart rate monitor chest band is sold separately? Will a chest band from an older model polar watch be compatible?

Erika Nicole Kendall September 22, 2013 - 3:39 PM

It does, but yes – the heart ratemonitor will be sold separately. To my knowledge, all Polar chest straps are interchangeable with other Polar products, so an older model’s strap should very well be compatible. I won’t know for sure until I get my hands on it, though.

Jaq October 19, 2013 - 7:05 PM

I have been reading reviews may have an answer. Not every chest strap will work. You will have to have the H6 or H7. I believe the H6 will only work with your loop. The H7 is more versatile and can be used with your polar watch and Loop.

Erika Nicole Kendall October 20, 2013 - 2:55 PM

If I’m not mistaken, the H6 or H7 are the models available for purchase without having to buy an additional Polar device. If you already own a Polar device, however, and have a chest strap that came with that device, it should also be compatible. Again, I’ll need to check with my Polar rep on that.

Katie September 24, 2013 - 3:48 PM

I am so jealous you get to review this!

Carly November 14, 2013 - 10:21 AM

So excited for this! Been waiting for a gadget to work for my active lifestyle (RPM, Bokwa, Zumba, running, etc.) I hope this is the winner! And right around Chritmas time too

Janine February 3, 2014 - 2:46 PM

Erika! Just searching for a HRM and found this teaser… post a review please! 🙂

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