Polar M430 – Initial thoughts on Accuracy

Affiliate Disclosure: All links pay commission


This is - SUPPORTER EXCLUSIVE CONTENT

Selected content like this is exclusively available to readers logged in as SUPPORTERS and will be normally made publically available later.

The EXCEPTIONS which are always supporter-only are

  • DETAILED ACCURACY posts that form part of larger reviews - please log in to view this. Accuracy tests take a VAST amount of time to produce which I can't otherwise justify.
  • SPECIAL INDUSTRY INFORMATION not available elsewhere and specifically targetted at organisations and their research.

Note: Accuracy results ARE always summarised in their main review and some data files may be available for you to download, however, to read the detailed accuracy posts, you will always need to be a supporter.


 

Please come back soon or login to your supporter account. Most content is normally publicly available immediately, nearly all content will be freely, publicly available at some point.

If you want to just see this content now you can subscribe for a short and inexpensive minimum period.

Register | Lost your password?

 

If you want to support this site and get immediate access as well as receiving a faster ad-free site and other benefits then please read more here: the5krunner.com

Support this site with purchases at these partners - should click to a local choice in your country
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
6 Comments
oldest
newest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
naiboo

im pretty sure stryd support will show up soon on this watch. it´s a runners watch and i´m pretty sure upcoming competitors will have these features (FR 245 etc)

Iztok

After years with S625X I bought M430 in January. I have a problem with optical HR accuracy. I have a conversation with Polar support, check many sites searching for the solution, but nothing helps. M430 simply isn’t accurate at the beginning of training.
I wrote my (honest) review with the video which shows the problem and compares optical measuring HR and strap measuring HR.
Here is my problem which should check every potential buyer:
http://kacnje.blogspot.com/2018/02/polar-m430-unusable-optical-heart-rate.html

tfk, the5krunner

optical HR varies from person to person.
you may well have serious problems with one watch and someone else will find it works 100%…it’s the way it is from all vendors with all tech on the wrist
arm worn sensors are much better but some people still have problems there too

Jonathan

I have exactly the same problem as Iztok. For the 1st 7 to 30 minutes hr stays way low then suddenly jumps to correct level. Also at the end of a training session the hr often stays incorrectly high for 10 minutes and then suddenly drops to correct level. When used with a strap it works fine – but that kind of defeats the purpose of the watch!
Others on the net report the same problem – Polar needs to fix this