Polar introduces the M460

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Today Polar announced the second of two products

  • Announced April 6, the Polar M430, an advanced running watch with GPS and Wrist-based heart rate.
  • Announced April 12, the Polar M460, a GPS bike computer

Polar M460 GPS Bike Computer

Get all the features you want in a bike computer without breaking the bank. Now with Strava Live Segments, Polar’s feature rich M460 is ready to take on your next training session or race with Smart Coaching and Advanced Metrics to help you crush your latest PR. Its flexible mounting options allow you to position your training computer correctly on your bike – no matter whether it’s installed up front, on the bars or on the stem. Thanks to the Bluetooth compatibility, this computer is compatible with most speed, cadence and power sensors from other manufacturers including PowerTap, Stages, 4iii, Wahoo Fitness and Rotor.

Features:

  • Advanced power meter compatibility
    Polar M460 is compatible with several Bluetooth power meters.
  • Strava Live SegmentsMake your rides more fun with Strava Live Segments. Your M460 alerts you when you approach one of your starred Strava segments, gives you real-time data on your performance and shows your results after you finish the segment.
  • GPS & Barometer
    Track your speed, distance, altitude and gradient with GPS and barometer.
  • Heart rate guidance
    Hook up Polar M460 with Polar H10 heart rate sensor and discover the benefits of heart rate training. Heart rate is the most reliable indicator of how hard your body is working — monitoring your heart rate helps you train more effectively.
  • Long battery life
    Polar M460 has a battery life of up to 16 hours of training.
  • Smart notificationsKeep connected during your rides with smart notifications from your phone.
  • SafetyPolar M460 looks after your safety with a front LED light.
  • Designed to endurePolar M460 has a sleek, clear-cut design and carbon fiber style finish. The side buttons are textured to make them easy to find and press.

Specs

Measurements

Weight: 50 g
Thickness: 14,0 mm (19,4 mm with mount)
Display size: 34,65 mm x 34, 65 mm

Tech

  • Splash proof (IPX7)
  • High precision barometer
  • Sensitive and accurate GPS
  • 64Mb flash memory
  • Up to 70 hours of recording time (35h with HR and GPS)
  • Rechargeable 385mAh battery
  • Battery duration up to 16 hours of training with heart rate and GPS on

Connectivity

  • Easy wireless sync via Polar Flow app with Bluetooth Smart
  • Micro-USB connectivity for charging and data sync with PC or Mac via Polar FlowSync
  • Polar Flow web service compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6 or later and PC Windows XP, 7, 8, 10.
  • GPS satellite pre-loading
  • Compatible with Bluetooth power meters (Check third-party compatibility)
  • Updatable software
  • UI languages: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese (Simplified), Russian, Polish, Turkish, Czech, Indonesian

What’s in the Box:

  • Polar M460
  • Adjustable Bike Mount
  • H10 Heart Rate Sensor (Bundle only)
  • Custom USB cable
  • Getting started guide

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Versions:

  • Polar M460 with HR strap – €230,00 / $229,95
  • Polar M460  – €180,00 / $179,95

Previous information in the Polar Teaser Post: Polar Teaser 2

More information about the Polar M460: Polar

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PRESS RELEASE:

Polar Announces Polar M460 GPS Bike Computer with Advanced Power Meter Compatibility and Smart Coaching

KEMPELE, FINLAND – April 12, 2017 – Polar, the leader in wearable sports and fitness technology for 40 years, introduces the latest addition to its cycling portfolio, the Polar M460. Featuring a sleek, all-black and fiber-like surface texture with improved button grip, the bike computer is equipped with integrated GPS, additional power meter compatibility, advanced power metrics and smart coaching, and Strava Live Segments, making it the ideal training tool for cyclists aiming to reach their goals. The Polar M460 will be available in April at www.polar.com from $179.90/€179.90 and includes a two-month Strava Premium membership.

Learn more about the new Polar M460 here.

“Polar’s experience working with professional athletes and coaches helps us develop the necessary technology to make Polar M460 a reliable tool for athletes during various stages of their training sessions,” said Marco Suvilaakso, Chief Strategy Officer of Polar. “Polar’s cycling products have become a staple for devoted cyclists who are passionate about their training and want to reach their goals.”

The versatile Polar M460 boasts reliable, integrated GPS and barometer-based inclinometer, compatibility with an extensive list of third party power meters and advanced cycling power metrics, such as Training Peaks’ Normalized Power®, Intensity Factor® and Training Stress Score®, to make training more efficient. Keeping cyclists connected, the Polar M460 also includes smart notifications for incoming calls, texts, calendar alerts and social media updates, as well as Strava Live Segments, allowing cyclists to see real-time stats to help them reach peak performance, while bringing the excitement of the social network for athletes to each ride. Additional features include IPX7 rating water resistance, a battery life offering 16 hours of training and front LED light.

When paired with the new Polar H10, athletes benefit from Polar’s industry leading heart rate technology, designed and tested for reliability, as well as the company’s proprietary Smart Coaching features via Polar Flow. These features include Fitness Test, which enables athletes to gauge their current fitness levels and see progress along the way, Training Load, which shows how a ride affects an athlete’s body, Orthostatic Test, which shows how an athlete’s heart rate responds to training and factors such as stress and illness, and Recovery Status, which helps athletes find the perfect balance between training and rest.

“Polar is no novice player in the cycling game, and we prove that with the introduction of Polar M460 to our cycling product portfolio,” said Tom Fowler, President of Polar U.S.A. “Cyclists rely on accurate data to not only track, but improve their performance, and Polar has used its industry leading technology, combined with passion for constantly improving cyclists’ performance, to develop an incredibly advanced bike computer. When a cyclist is equipped with data that is not only expansive and in-depth, but accurate, they are then equipped to set and achieve personal goals that encourage peak performance.”

Polar M460 is $179.90/€179.90 and available with the new Polar H10 for $229.90/€229.90 at www.polar.com in April. To learn more about Polar, visit www.polar.com.

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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.

Polar Teaser 2 – Polar M460 Bike Computer

Polar M460 Tease

Polar introduces the M460 (almost, specs. & pictures available)

POLAR pioneer of wearable sports technology

On April 6, Polar placed another teaser video with dials turning to an “unkown” M4x?? number.
Followed by the text: “Prepare to welcome evolution. Your destiny awaits..”

The numbers seems to be turning to M460, not the new M430 Advanced running watch but Polar’s new GPS bike computer.

Two days ago i mentioned Polar would announce a new bike computer in my Stay tuned, Polar’s move post,  First they would announce their new M430 running watch but i didn’t expect they would be released almost together.

The M460 is the updated M450 and shares most functions. It appears the same in Polar Flow and the Training Load details are the same as the M450, Polar’s current bike computer .

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Polar M460 GPS computer with Strava segments.

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A bike computer with integrated GPS and a black carbon look.

Main features of the Polar M460

  • Built-in GPS (Speed, distance, incline and route log)
  • Strava Live Segments
  • Barometric sensor (altitude and temperature)
  • Smart notifications
  • Up to 10 info screens with 4 configurable lines
  • 16h of training with GPS + HF
  • 11h of training with GPS + HF +  Cadence sensor + power sensor
  • Provides advanced power metrics
    • NP Standard power
    • FTP Functional Power Threshold
    • IF Intensity Factor
    • TSS Training Stress Score

 Specifications

  • Front LED Safety Light
  •  Smart Coaching Functions:
    • Fitness Test
    • Orthostatic Test
    • Training Benefit
    • Training Load & Recovery
    • Smart Calories
  • Compatible with BLE Polar H6, H7 and H10 heart rate sensors
  • Compatible with BLE Polar speed and cadence sensors
  • Compatible with third party platforms (Training Peaks, Strava, MyFitnessPal)
  • Compatible with Polar Flow App (iOS and Android) for quick analysis of training
    on the mobile and Polar Flow web service
  • Waterproof IPX7
  •  Upgradable Software

Versions (ships mid-April)

  • Polar M460 GPS with HR strap – €230,00
  • Polar M460 GPS – €180,00

At the same time i was editing the latest details of this post GPSRumours found the same information and made a post about it: GPS Rumours

April 6, Clevertraining has the sales page online before official announcement: Clevertraining

Polar Teasers

Stay tuned, Polars move? – Polar M430

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POLAR pioneer of wearable sports technology

Polar has posted a short video with someone running on the track and streets.
Only text: “Stay tuned > 6th April”

 

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We currently know it’s the new Polar M430, an advanced running watch with GPS and Wrist-based heart rate. According to Polar the Polar Flow web-service is already compatible with the M430.

Price will be $229.95, and it will be available in various colors (at least White, Gray and Orange)

More new can be found on the Polar site itself (starting 6 april): Polar M430

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M430? (semi B/W picture or else the O from Polar should have been red)

Specifications:

  • Monochrome hi-res screen
  • Wrist optical heart rate sensor (6 leds)
  • Multiple sport profiles
  • Vibration alerts
  • No Android Wear

It looks like a V800 in a M400 housing with M600 oHR.

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 would be a bike computer (M460).

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Earlier today i just thought it could just be a firmware update of an existing watch, a re-announcement or a new accessoire. But maybe the long awaited replacement for the V800.

About updates planed by Polar we only know, Polar was rolling out
  • Sport watches as remotes
    With both the Polar V800 GPS Sports Watch and the Polar M600 Smart Sports Watch, users will be able to control their GoPro remotely, giving them the ability to start and stop recording in challenging conditions.
  • Telemetry and heart rate overlays
    With Polar’s new H10 heart rate sensor, users will be able to connect to HERO4 and HERO5 cameras via bluetooth and overlay telemetry and heart rate data directly onto their GoPro videos. According to Polar, functionality will begin rolling out soon between the HERO4 and the Polar V800. Later in 2017, support will expand to the Polar M600 and HERO5. Connectivity between both models and the Polar H10 will also be made available during the first quarter of 2017.

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Thanks to a Tip from a Finnish reader and David

Garmin – Forerunner 935 update

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Update: Official Released : Garmin introduces the Forerunner 935

It seems we’re getting close to the official release as the pictures are becoming available.
They pop up, stay up and then get removed. However i got the first before they where withdrawn again.
The two versions seen in the picture above are the:

  • Forerunner 935 Black/Black
  • Forerunner 935 Yellow/Black

Firmware

The firmware of the FR935 will be very close to the Fenix 5 series.
Meaning:

  • Advanced Performance Metrics
  • Advanced Running Dynamics
  • Compatible with Strava Live Segments
  • Outstanding Readability on the Run
  • Wrist-based Heart Rate
  • Dual Navigation Networks

Optical Swim HR NOT Disabled

update feb 15, 2017: Added Garmin confirmation quote.
update feb 28, 2017: Fact that the Fenix5 series still/again have swim OHR disabled may mean the quality and results are worse than expected. As result of this i wouldn’t be wondered if even this would be the same for the FR935.

Until now Garmin always turned off the optical HR when selecting a swim workout. With the release of the Forerunner FR935 this will NOT longer be the case.
Garmin does warn you to use a HRM-Tri or HRM-Swim for better results but the optical heart rate measurement  can be enabled during a swim workout.
This will also be the case for the Fenix 5 series which are about to be distributed.

Official Garmin quote:
Wrist heart rate accuracy during swimming is very limited. Garmin does not recommend using wrist heart rate during swimming activities and on some products, wrist heart rate monitoring is disabled while swimming. Garmin recommends using HRM-Swim™ or HRM-Tri™ heart rate monitors with compatible devices to track heart rate while swimming.

!! To the readers who can play with the Fenix 5 units at the various booths and shows they can verify the oHR is still/already working in swim mode on the demo units with certain firmware versions (confirmed: swim OHR disabled from user menus at launch)!!

(Advanced) Running Dynamics Pod (RDP)

update feb 15, 2017: It seems the pod was tested last week, picture added

Again it was no secret that Garmin was working on a new type of pod to update the existing one.
I didn’t pay any attention this unit as i thought it was a very advanced  future design not ready to be released. Then someone told me he would be more interested  in new/better/useful metrics than another new watch. I forwarded the mail and got some nice answers the last few weeks. Last info as of today (feb.15) is not to expect a too “advanced” pod.

I would think that with the launch of the Forerunner FR935 this would be a great combination to sell as bundle. Another reason for assuming the unit would be released already is the full support of this unit in the upcoming Fenix 5 series.

Technical Specifications
Physical size:L × W × H: 35 mm × 25 mm × 7.5 mm (excluding clip)
Weight: 11 g (including battery)
Battery: User replaceable CR2032

Garmin shop buy me now links (offline/removed for now)

Forerunner 935 (FR935): offline
Running Dynamic Pod (RDP): offline

Previous Forerunner 935 post

Read all about the Forerunner 935 in my previous post: FR935

Suunto, Garmin or Polar?

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We already saw the Suunto Spartan Trainer months ago, recently followed by the Garmin FR935 but until now we didn’t see much of the “new V800”. The big question is: who will be first? All three watches are aimed at a higher sports watch level but the none of them has been announced. Suunto  will almost certain win on price, Garmin on features and Polar on the combo?