Polar has been an industry leader when it comes to making wearables to monitor your health for a few decades now. While the company is known for its GPS smart watches, bike mounts, and chest straps, it is increasingly making its presence felt in the health and fitness band category.
Polar has recently announced that it is planning to release a new fitness band – the Polar A360. This beautiful water-resistant fitness tracker is Polar’s first device to have both a wrist-based heart rate monitor and Polar personalized training guidance, as well 24/7 activity tracking. The A360 also has smartwatch features like smart notifications and a color touchscreen.
The fitness band has an elegant, minimalist design. The soft silicone wrist-band comes in three sizes, and features a secure, easy to use buckle for a comfortable fit.
The fitness tracker will measure your activity, training, steps, calories and your sleep patterns. It also includes the Polar specific Activity Guide, which supports you with motivational feedback to help you reach your daily goals. The device, however, does not include a GPS.
In training mode, you can now monitor your heart rate. The A360 will guide you and keep you in the right heart rate zone. You can follow details of your training session in real time on your wrist. The screen shows you the duration of the session and your real-time heart rate, along with a zone bar that tells you which heart rate zone you’re in.
In order to keep up with your entire lifestyle and encourage activity, Polar goes outside of the realm of health and fitness, and vibrates when users receive calls, messages, calendar alerts and social media notifications. It also gives you a nudge when you have been sedentary for too long.
The bands are replaceable so users can choose from a range of silicone wristbands that come in Power White, Charcoal Black, Neon Green, Sorbet Pink and Navy Blue. Additional color sets and changeable wristbands are coming out in 01/2016.
The Polar A360 will track activity for up to two weeks on a single charge, with one hour of training per day. Less if smart notifications are in use. You can also pair the device to the Polar H7 chest strap if you prefer to monitor your heart rate the traditional way. This is a convenient feature not usually found in devices with wrist-bound heart rate monitors.
The Polar A360 will be out in November, and will retail for $199. You can find more information on Polar’s website.
Display: Full color TFT display with capacitive touchscreen | Weight: 32g | Colour: White (more colours coming in 2016) | Sensors: 3-axis accelorometor, proprietary optical heart rate sensor | Metrics: steps, calories, distance, speed, sleep, heart-rate | Water resistant: 3 ATM (30 metres) | Compatibility: Android, iOS 8.2 | Battery: up to 2 weeks with 24/7 activity tracking, including 1 hour of training per day (without smart notifications in use) | Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0