Polar Introduces the Polar M430

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Today Polar announced the first of two products

  • The Polar M430, an advanced running watch with GPS and Wrist-based heart rate.
  • tba: The Polar M460, an GPS bike computer (Polar teaser still online)

Polar M430 GPS running watch in a nutshell

  • Designed for serious, goal-driven runners
  • Integrated GPS, wrist-based heart rate and 24/7 activity tracking
  • Waterproof (WR30)
  • 8 hours of training with GPS and optical heart rate, fully charged
  • Successor to the award-winning Polar M400 GPS running watch
  • Works with Polar Flow, the free fitness and training app and web service
  • Comes with Polar Smart Coaching features, such as the Running Program
  • Price: $229 / 229 €
  • Shipping starts in May

More information about the Polar M430: Polar

According to Polar there is no multisport (and swim) but OHR can be enabled during a swim? And multiple sports are available.

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PRESS RELEASE:

Polar Introduces the Polar M430, a Running Watch Built for Accuracy and Actionable Data

06/04/2017

KEMPELE, FINLAND – April 6, 2017 – Polar, the leader in wearable sports and fitness technology for 40 years, announces an exciting addition to their running portfolio, the Polar M430. Equipped with Polar’s proprietary wrist-based heart rate technology, integrated GPS, and personalized, adaptive training guidance, Polar M430 is the ideal tool for runners aiming to reach their personal best. The design is fully waterproof and features a lightweight, breathable wristband and vibration alerts to inform runners exactly when they’re hitting goals during training. Polar M430 will soon be available for pre-order at http://www.polar.com for $229/€229.

Learn more about the new Polar M430 here.

“In the growing market of running products that can track heart rate, pace and several other performance metrics, Polar M430 stands out for two major reasons,” says Marco Suvilaakso, Chief Strategy Officer at Polar. “First, Polar has put 40 years of research and development into creating highly accurate technology, which is why so many athletes continue to seek our products. What makes Polar even more unique is that we then go beyond just providing accurate data; we turn it into actionable guidance. Our Smart Coaching features can show users how they benefitted a single training or over time, how their performance translates into an expected race finish time, and even provide adaptive running training programs that sync to the watch. Combined, these elements make Polar M430 a distinguished running watch in the category.”

Polar’s industry-leading accuracy, paired with the company’s proprietary Smart Coaching and adaptive Polar Running Program, make Polar M430 the stand-out running watch in the category. An all-in-one device, Polar M430 provides wrist-based heart rate measurement during training, integrated GPS and core running metrics, and sleep tracking and recovery metrics. Reliable heart rate technology and hardware is not something Polar takes lightly, which is why their latest running watch features Polar’s industry-leading heart rate algorithms, designed and tested for reliability, as well as a proprietary optical heart rate solution with 6-LEDs optimized for Polar M430.

Providing trusted metrics is only a piece of the experience; what truly sets Polar M430 apart is Polar’s ability to take running data and make it actionable. Paired with Polar Flow, Polar M430 is transformed into a reliable running coach that can provide personalized feedback, an adaptive training plan, and live guidance for athletes during various stages of their training sessions. Polar’s Running Program considers training history, gauges current activity levels, accounts for a final goal date and then builds a personal running program in seconds. Runners can upload daily training plans to Polar M430 to follow, for example, interval guidance and heart rate zones during runs, and access Polar’s strength and core training videos in the Polar Flow app to incorporate in weekly training. Other advanced Smart Coaching features include Running Index, which uses data to show the efficiency of an athlete’s running; Fitness Test, which enables athletes to gauge their current fitness levels and see progress along the way; and Training Benefit, which provides feedback immediately after a training session to explain the benefits of a workout.

“I recently joined Polar’s team of endurance athletes, and what immediately drew me to the brand was not only their consistent and reliable running data, but also their passion for making that data understandable to anyone,” said Molly Huddle, Olympic runner and American record holder. “As a pro, I have coaches guiding me through trainings, reviewing my data, and tracking how I’m performing daily as well as over time. But most runners, even many international class runners, don’t have that luxury. These athletes need the proper training guidance and the Polar M430 delivers just that. It becomes your coach, keeping you on track during a session and, post-workout, making training and recovery easy to understand.”

Polar M430 offers a selection of GPS power modes that extend battery life to nearly 30 hours. The running watch can also connect to Polar Balance for holistic weight management tracking and guidance.

Polar M430 is $229/€229 and available for pre-order soon in dark grey, white and orange at www.polar.com. Polar M430 will begin shipping in May. Learn more about Polar, access running tips, or learn how to set up a personalized training plan.

About Polar:
Polar is the innovator in heart rate monitoring, activity trackers and training computers. With 40 years of experience and a proud heritage in physiological and sports medical research, we cater to all levels of fitness by offering a comprehensive product range including cycling computers, wearable sports devices and activity trackers, training apps and online services. Our award-winning training computers are the number one choice among consumers worldwide, being sold through over 35,000 retailers globally. Headquartered in Finland, Polar is a privately held company that operates in more than 80 countries including U.S. headquarters in Lake Success, NY. For more information, please visit polar.com.

Polars, stay tuned next step

Line below can be downgraded as the source had to many faults on the M430 in my eyes.
It seems the source was average, it’s just how you read “hi-res” and “Multiple sport profiles” vs “multisport”
The current information suggests that the replacement for the V800 (not the Polar M430) would be no sooner than late autumn and the only other (interesting) product from Polar before that time would be a bike computer (M460) which is soon to be introduced.

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5 thoughts on “Polar Introduces the Polar M430

    1. The WAIT or Fenix5 is a very difficult decision. From the very limited info available of the M430 the oHR and GPS seem superior to that of a Fenix/FR935. If Polar adds those 2 to the new V8xx it oHR could be usefull.
      The announcement till availability seems to have shortend by Polar, a good sign.
      Source said the bike computer would come later this year (M460)(not counting on a V-bike computer) but is here already which means timing is uncertain and sooner than expected (possible same for V8xx).
      Seems Polar has their “toolbox/environment” working (like Garmin and Suunto), meaning it will be much easier to update existing product to the latest versions (seen M400->M430 and M450->M460) Adding/updating the OHR, GPS and Screen is relative easy.
      And finally if Polar adds something new (swim related) they will win the Triathlon sporters back in a second.

      But if you need a watch tomorrow your best choice is Garmin.

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    1. Axel

      I just ordered the Fenix 5, I just think it will be better than a V800.next from day 1. Even when they do launch it, it will take time before they develop all features 😦

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