Polar Introduces Polar M200, the Much-Awaited GPS Running Watch with Wrist-Based Heart Rate
KEMPELE, FINLAND – Oct. 6, 2016 – Polar, the pioneer of wearable sports and fitness technology and the leader of heart rate monitoring for more than 35 years, continues to grow their running portfolio with the introduction of the Polar M200, available later this year. The Polar M200 is a waterproof GPS running watch equipped with Polar’s proprietary wrist-based heart rate technology, 24/7 activity and sleep tracking and stylish interchangeable color wristbands. Available now for $149/€149, the Polar M200 is an affordable and easy-to-use running watch that provides reliable training metrics as well as live, personalized training guidance.
Designed for runners at any level, the Polar M200 provides key metrics such as pace and distance via its integrated GPS, and boasts Polar’s optical heart rate measurement, a unique algorithm developed and optimized by Polar to meet their industry-leading heart rate standards. Fully charged, Polar M200 offers six hours of training time with GPS and optical heart rate, and also tracks daily activity such as steps, burned calories, sleep time and sleep quality. Polar M200 keeps users connected by vibrating to inform them of incoming calls, messages, calendar alerts and social media notifications and reminds them to stay active with inactivity alerts. Comfortable and stylish, Polar M200 offers small/medium and medium/large changeable wristbands for the perfect fit, available now in red and black. Additional changeable wristband colors are sold separately.
“Polar has a rich history of heart rate monitoring,” says Marco Suvilaakso, Chief Strategy Officer at Polar. “We are continuously building on that heritage by developing new technology, such as our wrist-based heart rate measurement, which ultimately leads to new products like the M200. Runners will appreciate the simple transition to training that wrist-based heart rate offers, and when paired with Running Program, the M200 becomes a personal trainer, coaching you during runs, adapting to your performance and bringing you closer to your goals.”
The latest wearable from Polar goes beyond providing training data and daily tracking to allow users to view their training, activity and sleep details in Polar Flow, the free online service available as an app (iOS and Android) and as a web service. On Flow for web, users can join events and groups, watch their own or others’ training sessions via the Relive feature and search for and comment on others’ training sessions. Flow for mobile offers a glimpse into daily activity and provides suggestions to encourage users to meet their fitness goals.
The Polar M200 also offers the company’s unique Smart Coaching features such as the new Running Program, a personalized and adaptive training plan available for free in Polar Flow. Runners simply choose a running event (5K, 10K, half-marathon or marathon), and the Running Program creates a customized training plan tailored to their current fitness level. As runners train, the plan offers easy-to-follow instructions to help them focus on what’s important for improvement. Users can upload training plans to the Polar M200 in order to follow targets and receive guidance before and during their runs. Other Smart Coaching features include Training Benefit and Running Index, both available in Polar Flow. They offer motivating feedback and ways to monitor running performance and progress.
The Polar M200 is $149/€149 and will be available later this year at www.polar.com in Charcoal Black and Bright Red. Changeable wristbands will be sold separately for $19.90 and available in White, Fresh Blue and Mellow Yellow.
Polar is the leading pioneer in heart rate monitoring, activity trackers and training computers. With nearly 40 years of experience and a proud heritage in innovative 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 near Oulu 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.