Fitness trackers are among the most popular wearables at the moment, so it stands to reason that lots of companies are getting in on the action. One of those companies is Polar, which recently released its Loop tracker to the market, with hopes that it will stand out thanks to its customisable options and stylish looks.
The Loop, like many other fitness trackers, keeps an eye on movements like walking, running, cycling or just sitting still. The idea is that whatever you’re doing, the Loop keeps track of it, meaning it can tell you about your day later, giving you a detailed breakdown of what your daily activity levels are like.
Loop can also give you reminders, so if you’ve been sitting still for a long time, perhaps working at the computer, it can suggest you get up and stretch your legs a bit, or roll your shoulders to keep up adequate blood flow to all parts of your body.
It can also keep track of distance travelled, calories burned and a number of other metrics, including your heart rate (heart rate sensor sold separately).
With the Loop’s back end application and online charting system, you can set yourself daily personal goals. If you’re just shy of it, the Loop can give you ideas for what to do to meet it. Walk for 10 minutes, run for five, do some stretches – the Loop has plenty of suggestions.
The Polar Flow calendar system allows you to look to long term goals for fitness and to see how you’ve improved over time, with activity (or lack thereof) all stored online on your personal account, so you can check in from anywhere to see how you’ve been doing.
The Polar Loop is available now, for £85 in a variety of colours: “misty blue,” “smokey black” and “blackcurrent.” The additional heart sensor accessory is available for an extra £54.50 or £64.50, depending on if you want the H6 or H7.
It seems a shame that the heart sensor accessory costs so much extra, just to add a function that most fitness trackers provide as a base feature. That said, most fitness trackers do cost more than the Loop in their standard form.
The Loop seems like a strong contender for the fitness tracker market that could give Fitbit a run for its money. I am wary of the fact that it costs so much to add a heart rate sensor, but since it’s an optional extra, that at least makes it opt in.