For a goal-driven runner, the Polar M430 is a highly capable tool with solid based wrist heart rate tracking and GPS. In Europe alone, this running watch is a top-seller. However, what do the expert runners feel about this wearable? And is the timepiece only used by joggers or are there other professionals using it.
Pros / What Customers Like:
From newcomer to expert runners found the watch combines simplicity with capability at the right price.
Users found the retro feel fantastic and it has a compact, lightweight design with uncomplicated use. Another notable mention by all is the three stunning colors available.
Joggers found the new improved six LED optical heart rate sensors comfortable on the skin and accurate.
Consumers found the five button controls easy to use during their runs. Furthermore, they love the fact that they could set up intervals easily during a mid-run.
Professionals found pairing and setting up the device with their smartphone easy, but does fail at times.
One marathon runner mentioned that they could set up their max heart rate, height, weight and more using the Polar tailored app. Furthermore, you can use it with 3rd party apps.
Another advantage athletes found helpful is receiving smart notifications directly from their phone to the watch screen.
Coaches and joggers found the GPS and heart rate reliable, but swimmers found the heart rate accuracy drops when in water. They found the pace, speed, and distance using the GPS tracking fantastic.
One more nice touch loved by consumers is that they can provide the app with feedback on how they slept. With the sleep tracking stats collected throughout the night and your feedback it helps you to improve your sleep.
Lastly, one of the biggest highlights for all marathon runners is the outstanding battery life. Further, you can extend the battery with the GPS accuracy setting.
Cons / What Customers Don't Like:
Executives found the fitness watch more suitable for working out and not great to wear as a day-to-day life timepiece. But they did like the customizable watch faces.
If you are goal-driven and training for a marathon, the Polar M430 is capable of coping with your running ambitions. You will be surprised how well it works for general running fitness as well. The wearable has a rich feature set with fantastic all-day activity tracking.