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Polar Grit X Gets A Major Update: Here Are All The Details

Since its release, Polar Grit X has been helping runners, cyclists, hikers, and sports fanatics swap pavement for mud in wilderness routes, ripping over rocks like mountain goats.

During this time, Polar Grit X paved the way for the arrival of its big brother Polar Grit X Pro and the immovable Polar Grit X Pro Titan. But we promised that the Grit X would not be left behind – so here we are, keeping up our end of the deal – here’s the biggest software update to Polar Grit X ever. 

The Polar Grit X 2.0 software update has now been rolled out and it includes some major updates and improvements for your beloved outdoor watch.

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What’s new to Polar Grit X

Polar Grit X has just received an awesome major update and we’d love to tell you all about it! The 2.0 software update brings some truly amazing features that will take your training to new highs, optimize your performance, and help you reach those goals waiting off the beaten track.

Let’s take a look at everything that’s coming with Grit X 2.0.

Change route on-the-fly

First of all, we’ve added the option to change your route on-the-the fly during training sessions. This way, you can, for example, plan multiple routes and change the route to a longer or shorter one based on how you’re feeling that day. Just pause your session and choose a new route from the Quick menu option.

Music Controls

If you love music as much as we do, listening to your favorite tunes while exploring the world can bring some magical moments. Think of hearing that special song as you reach the summit at sunset. 

Now, straight on your Grit X, you can navigate around your playlist and adjust volume without having to take out and look at your phone. Leave it in your backpack – just press a button on your Grit X and the next song will be on. 

Psst! If you need some fresh tunes, here’s our list of the best running songs of 2021.

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Power-based Training Targets

With Grit X, you have wrist-based running power measurement without additional sensors like a separate foot pod or power meter. Now, the latest update to Grit X adds the possibility of planning in advance your training session according to power zones measured in watts.  

Running on different terrain requires different energy output in relation to your work rate – the faster you work, the higher the power. 

Typically, when you take a rooty or rocky trail without slopes, your energy consumption, and thus your heart rate, will go up, but running power remains the same as on a flat pavement path. Instead, you can try uphill running to reach maximal power that may be difficult to achieve on flat terrains, improving your capacity to tolerate high-intensity workouts.

With the addition of power-based training targets and ZonePointer, Grit X will guide you through your training session and tell you whether you are inside the pre-set or desired target zone to help you reach your intensity, pace, or speed targets, ensuring you don’t push too hard or hold back at the wrong moments.

Running Performance Test

The Running Performance Test is a great and quick way to assess your level, dial in your heart rate zones, and track your improvement over time without having to go to a specialized fitness lab – the lab is on your wrist. 

Take the test every three months or so to personalize and update your heart rate, speed, and power zones so that you’ll always run at the right pace and according to your current fitness level. 

When you take the Running Performance Test, your Grit X will show a steadily increasing target speed that you should follow as precisely as possible until you reach your maximum effort. Once done, the results will show your maximum aerobic power (MAP), maximum aerobic speed (MAS), and maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max). Use the values to guide your next training session.

HR Sensor Mode

Coming to Grit X, too, is HR Sensor Mode. For those days when the outside world can wait and you hit the gym, HR Sensor Mode allows you to use your Grit X as a heart rate sensor to view your heart rate data via Bluetooth on compatible gym equipment, mobile apps, and bike computers.

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Weekly summary dashboards, customization options, and more

There are many additions, tweaks, and improvements to watch faces and dashboards. The latest update to Grit X brings the new Weekly Summary dashboard, which gives an overview of your training week, Your Name and Music Control watch faces, and more styles and colors to personalize the time view.  We’ve also added an option to adjust backlight brightness. 

Another handy feature is the new Quick Settings menu. You can now select the features you want to access when swiping down from the top of the display in time view. Choose Flight Mode, Do Not Disturb, Alarm, or Countdown Timer. 

Get the new Polar Grit X update now

This update is free for all Polar Grit X users and is available via FlowSync on desktop, or on mobile via Flow app.

For more details and the full list of improvements, check out our Support page.

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Please note that the information provided in the Polar Blog articles cannot replace individual advice from health professionals. Please consult your physician before starting a new fitness program.

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