Polar Ignite Review | In-Depth Polar’s Latest FITNESS Watch

Polar Ignite Review SpecificationsPolar Ignite Review

In this Polar Ignite Review, we take a detailed look at Polar’s latest FITNESS watch. If you are a competitive athlete it’s not the sports watch for you but if you are looking for a well-featured fitness watch that can guide your training and include the effects of your recovery and sleep quality in its detailed and impressive guidance features, then IGNITE is worth considering.

POLAR IGNITE: IS a good product but you need to make sure it’s the right match for your personal needs. Here’s a quick summary followed by the detaied review

In Brief

Product Name: Ignite

Product Description: GPS Fitness Watch with Adaptive training guidance and sleep analysis

Brand: Polar

Price: 202.99

Currency: GBP

Availability: InStock

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Summary

Polar Ignite Review SpecificationsPolar have delivered on two of 2019’s must-have fitness features – ‘sleep’ and ‘adaptive training guidance’. And they’ve done a good job with both.

As we start to realise the importance of SLEEP QUALITY on our readiness to train, Polar has given us the means to understand and improve today’s training by doing the right training..

When it comes to understanding the answer to the most fundamental question, ‘What should I do today?‘, Polar adapts its recommendations to you and uniquely also gives you different types of training as alternatives for you to choose from.

Polar’s Sleep offering is interesting and stands out nicely from what some competitors offer with some good insights, unusual data presentations and their glimpse into your sleep stages.

But those are just the new features; the Polar Ignite builds on the watch platform from last year and fits nicely into the Polar FLOW – Polar’s athlete-focussed training platform.

If you like the aesthetics and are not bothered about all the latest music, payments and apps that something like the Apple watch will offer then the Polar Ignite is a VERY good choice as your fitness partner. However, if you are looking for a full-featured running or multi-sport watch for athletes, then Ignite is NOT that and misses out on more ‘advanced’ training features like manual laps and power meter compatibility.

 

 

Pros

  • Covers the bases for a fitness watch.
  • Competitive pricing
  • Great screen
  • Impressive adaptive training feature encompassing many activity types
  • Generally good optical HR results for me.
  • Good sleep insights
  • Good app

Cons

  • GPS accuracy not great, though Polar should improve it throughout 2019
  • Touchscreen sometimes fantastic (even when wet)…sometimes less so.
  • Other users report shorter-than-claimed battery life
  • One button+touchscreen is not my preferred way to work a watch
  • Lacks the super smarts like music, payments and an app store but does have the basics like notifications.

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Background

 

Polar’s recent forays have been with the Polar Vantage M & V watches which are targetted at athletes, whereas previously, they have attacked the fitness space from different angles

  • Polar M200 – budget device but with great features. Doesn’t look great.
  • Polar M600 – An Android-based watch running WearOS that’s similar in concept to the Apple Watch. I like it but its battery life, like the Apple Watch, lets it down.
  • Polar A370 – A band-format device without GPS. I quite like this too but the market seems to be moving towards watches.
  • Polar M430 – Fully featured running watch
  • Polar Vantage M, V and V Titan. – athletic multisport watches.

The Ignite combines aspects of all of these and further bases its design on the same software that the Vantage watches use.

First Impressions

It’s a smaller format watch that will appeal to those of you with thinner wrists or those who like a smaller watch! It DOES have the looks and features that you might prefer to make it sit nicely on your wrist for 24×7 usage. The screen quality looks VERY GOOD and, if you like single button+touchscreen formats then you could be on to a winner.

The screen interface is quirky…in a nice way. It’s a little different in today’s world where every unique individual seems to wear the exact same Apple Watch.

The whole package generally works very well but I was a little confused, at first, by the need for quite a lot of sleep-geeky information included on the watch.

There appear to be other excellently-intentioned features. Let’s see if they turn out that way…

Unboxing, Contents & Variants

You get a USB charging cradle and the watch. Ta Da.

Polar Ignite Review Specifications

Variants

  • There is either a M/L strap (155-210mm) or a smaller strap
  • The choice of colours is either black-silver, white-silver or yellow-black. The former is the cheapest.
  • Each version has 20mm interchangeable bands.

Polar Ignite Specifications & Comparisons

 

Overall the Polar Ignite’s specs are good.

  • Measurements – 43 x 43 x 8.5 mm – if you have thin wrists or prefer a smaller format watch this is good
  • Weight – 35 g with a wristband, 21 g without wristband – Grams or ounces, however you measure it, it’s light
  • Display – Colour touch display (IPS TFT) with an ambient light sensor (ALS), resolution 240×204. Dragontrail glass lens – the resolution seems WAY better than that, it must be the great colours and brightness that make it look so good, as that resolution is actually not that great.
  • Battery – 165 mAh Li-pol battery. Battery life up to 17 h in training mode (GPS and wrist-based heart rate), up to 5 days in watch mode with continuous heart rate tracking – 17 hours training baby…that’s enough. Some users report finding this battery life hard to achieve.
  • Materials – Glass fibre reinforced polymer case. Stainless steel bezel & button – The stainless steel bezel is a bit meh but alright. I’d prefer chrome; Titanium is too expensive at this price point.
  • Wristbands – Black & Silver: TPU plastic, stainless steel buckle.
  • Other colours: Silicone, stainless steel buckle. – the wristbands are par for the course for this price bracket. I’d prefer nicer ones. They are 20mm interchangeable.
  • Sizing: S: wrist circumference 130-185 mm,  M/L: wrist circumference 155-210 mm
  • GPS – Integrated GPS & GLONASS. Assisted GPS for fast fix times – This uses the new Sony GNSS/GPS chip that supports GALILEO (to be added later in 2019)
  • Connectivity -Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Custom USB cable for charging and data synchronization – aka it talks to your computer or smartphone. Mine did pair on the third attempt.
  • Watch – Time & date. Alarm with snooze. Stopwatch & countdown timer. – you know what they do
  • Sensors –  Compatible with Polar BLE heart rate sensors – and it seems to be just an HR sensor that will pair. The onboard optical HR sensor is the impressive-looking Precision Prime array shared with the Vantage.

Polar Ignite Review Specifications

  • Water resistance – Water resistant 30 m (ISO 22810, suitable for swimming) – Just suitable for swimming.
  • Super Smarts? – nope. No NFC/payments, no music and no app store.

Training Guidance and Guidance Features

Let’s change tack in this Polar Ignite Review and see how it organises your training. And the Ignite can do that in several ways.

Just Do It

Of course, you can just go and do a free-form workout choosing one from the MANY sport profiles that Polar provide. You don’t have to follow the guidance given.

Polar Ignite Review SpecificationsAdaptive Training Guidance – FITSPARK

The FITSPARK adaptive training guidance is probably the one feature that has drawn many of you into reading this post. And rightly so. It’s an impressive and innovative part of Polar’s offering.

FitSpark’s recommendations are based on the broad principle of a weekly target of 150 mins of moderate or 75 mins of vigorous training plus 2 resistance training sessions. So we’re talking 4 or 5 hours a week.

FitSparks’ workout library totals 19 different workouts spread over 4 types, which are: Cardio/Aerobic, Strength and Supportive (Core or Mobility). It selects one workout based on your general competence from your fitness level and workout history as well as your specific readiness based on your Nightly Recharge status from the previous night. However, FitSpark also offers you at least one alternative workout and often up to 3 alternative workouts. I’ve used FitSpark on and off for a few weeks now and the recommendations seem sensible despite me undertaking WELL over 10 hours/week of training.

You can see from the previous images that FitSpark recommended a 02:13:00 long cardio run. So clearly we are talking about more serious training recommendations than I’ve seen elsewhere. Yet contrast that with a sensible recommendation of 23 minutes of flexibility work – something that I should do more of.

You can also see in the images above that there is some context explaining the rationale behind FitSpark’s recommendations

What Next? When you choose the workout type you are effectively starting a pre-canned, Polar workout in an appropriate sport profile. I’ll cover what happens IN the workout, later on.

Following a formal Plan

Whilst I think the adaptive part we’ve seen so far is GREAT. It’s not for everyone.

But wait…there’s more.

You can also create and use one of Polar’s traditional running plans for the common running distances, as shown below

This covers a much wider range of ability levels than most other plans and has the advantage for those who you who want structure. Indeed following a progressive, periodised training plan, like this, is probably the best way to get to your race goals.

Then you can further see that a new ‘PROGRAM’ classification appears for your workout choices for the day. And there STILL IS A choice, you are still given other suggested adaptive workouts to go around your PROGRAM. Indeed it looks like FitSpark has already been integrated into Polar’s training plans, at least to some level, for quite some time.

Structured Training – DIY

Others amongst you might want to plan their own workouts over the next week or, indeed, to the end of the season. You’ve guessed it, Polar can do that too with their season planner tool. Here you create, copy, drag and drop workouts onto your calendar and the workouts pop up on your watch on the day when you need to do them.

 

Ad-Hoc Training – Executing a Favourite Workout

If none of that sounds like you and you just want to take each day as it comes then with Polar you can choose several types of ad-hoc workouts that support a simple workout target. These can be simple runs of a certain distance or duration OR complex structured workouts. If you’ve previously saved them in FLOW as a favourite then you can just select that favourite exercise on the watch and off you go.

Workouts & Sports Profiles

Polar FLOW is a powerful tool for executing workouts in any sport.

If you are familiar with Polar then little here will be new to you. Indeed even those of you familiar with Garmin and Suunto products should not be too phased by the concept of a sports profile where the workout screens are ‘just right’ for how you want them with each of your sports.

Many sports profiles are covered with the Ignite. However, some of the more unusual data fields are not available and neither is ‘manual lap’. On the other hand, there are training sounds, vibrations, custom HR zones, automatic laps, the ability to broadcast your HR to gym equipment and a lot more besides. On the whole, I ‘d say this was appropriate for most people in the target market but more serious data-driven athletes should look very carefully to discover if their favourite feature is included.

It will be interesting for Vantage users to see some of the workout-related screens below. Some are identical to existing ones on the Vantage and some are new. Clearly, some of the new Ignite functionality will make its way to Polar’s other watches. But the main point here is that the Ignite follows the ‘standard’ that Polar has adopted and, I’ve found with the earlier watches, that this is not always so intuitive at first but you very quickly get used to how it all works and then it DOES make GOOD SENSE despite some of the screens not always looking as pretty as they could.

Some points on what the above images show

  • You can create simple time- or distance-based intervals on the Ignite
  • You can’t create more complex workouts on the watch and instead would do that on the app or online. Your favourites are…well…your favourites. They are existing workouts that you can follow repeatedly.
  • Even if you are not actively following Polar’s adaptive plan you can re-join it at any time, even for a day, and choose to follow one of its TRAINING SUGGESTIONS
  • When following a pre-made workout you can see a visual representation of the steps within the workout before you start
  • Drag down from the top of the screen to have the screen always-on during workouts

Workouts Summary: This Polar Ignite Review finds that Polar specifically designs their watches for sport and it shows. The Polar Ignite does a great job when you are starting your workout and when you are working out. Some of the screens look unusual but they all DO work well. Even on a bright mid-June day, the screen is readable. The touchscreen does work Ok whilst hot and sweaty BUT it could be better.

Post Workout Stats

The post-workout stats on the watch are nice with the key facts that will keep most of you happy.

 

The Polar Flow platform is more of an impressive tool to deelve deeper into your workout performances (and more). Here is a flavour of some of the workout insights on the app; the online platform is similar but with a few more options.

Should Polar FLOW not be your thing then you can replace FLOW or augment it by using links to push your workouts to over 30 apps including Strava, TrainingPeaks, Nike+, MyFitnessPal, Endomondo and Relive. If Polar included a native Dropbox app, then I’d be super-happy; although FitnessSyncer and SyncMyTracks can achieve similar ends.

Special Feature – SLEEP Plus & SLEEP Plus Stages

Polar Ignite Review Sleep

 

I was sceptical of the SLEEP Plus & Sleep Plus Stages features at first but have grown to like them.

Here is a short video explaining the SLEEP Plus features that were introduced some time ago on earlier Polar watches.

 

The new additions to Sleep Score are SLEEP stages and NIGHLTY recharge.

It needs 3 days worth of data to start giving you the new details, which is fine. But Ignite often asks ‘are you already awake?‘, which is kinda worrying as it should know that as it claims to be able to produce much more complex, sleep stage insights.

Putting that to one side, the main thing I regularly looked at was the Nightly Recharge Status. This tells you if you are good to go for your day. Apart from one correctly identified bad night’s sleep, my Recharge guidance every day for a month was that I was ‘good to go’; although that generic advice was often tempered with a note that I need to bear in mind that I had been training hard. The only bad night’s sleep was due to my very occasional alcoholic tipple…proof, if it were needed, that alcohol is really not good for you.

Polar Sleep Plus – Some details

Polar’s Sleep Score covers from 3 aspects of your sleep namely, amount, solidity (interruptions, continuity & actual sleep) and regeneration (REM+Deep sleep). These are all calculated from a combination of wrist movements, HR/HRV and other data derived from those such as breathing rate. Apart from Polar’s Sleep Stages Plus, much of the science is well understood and, for example, I wouldn’t query Polar’s ability to calculate breathing rate from HRV…providng the captured source data is accurate.

A LOT of the metrics that Sleep Plus calculates are then available for you to drill down into after you wake up. I found there was a little too much info here.

The same sleep information is expanded upon the app and some of it is presented in a friendly and easy-to-read way, as shown below. However, the funny ‘star histograms’ did not seem to readily convey the insights to me and were somewhat confusing to my eye.

Sleep info is also available online with a new Sleep stages report

 

Polar Sleep – Points & Further Resources – Polar Ignite Review

Here are a few Polar Ignite Review Tidbits

  • Detects going to sleep and waking automatically based on wrist movement.
  • Doesn’t detect naps
  • Requires 4 hours of sleep
  • Detects the longest sleep span in a day and so should be suitable for shift workers
  • You need to at least enable night time sleep tracking
  • Polar cite studies by Pesonen et al (2018) and Parent et al (2018) to validate their sleep features (not sleep stages). 
  • Polar also shared with me information that Poulin et al (University of Calgary) are in the process of submitting a study of Polar sleep STAGES against PSG. This study demonstrates ‘reasonable accuracy’. FWIW I would be sceptical about any study that found anything much better than that from any watch vendor – including Apple, Fitbit & Garmin.
  • https://support.polar.com/en/support/Polar_Sleep_Plus
  • https://support.polar.com/en/nightly-recharge-recovery-measurement
  • https://support.polar.com/en/sleep-plus-stages-sleep-tracking

Polar Ignite Review – Sleep Thoughts

This is good stuff from Polar.

Perhaps some of it is too detailed on the watch for my liking. In reality, I just want a simple Recovery Traffic Light telling me to “go for it”, if appropriate. I am training extensively as I write this Polar Ignite Review, however, I’m sticking to longer distance training to avoid injury and which is not been overly taxing on my body. Polar’s guidance DOES seem right for me but its job could have been made easier by the type of training I’m doing. I don’t know.

Others amongst you will be fascinated by the sleep stages part of Polar’s offering – I’ve seen that fascination from reader comments about other similar products. So, Polar is probably responding well to what their market research is telling them that their target Fitness consumer is looking for.

Looking a few months ahead and all these sleep features should make their way to the Vantage and they should be useful there for a more serious athletic consumer.

Special Feature – Serene Guided Breathing

This is a configurable, guided breathing feature.

 

It’s quite nice to watch the pretty bubbles on the screen and it’s always good to relax but I’m not entirely sure where this fits into the metrics on the Polar platform, although it’s a perfectly valid nicety to add. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to do more than 90 seconds in the “diamond zone”.

#MostlyHarmless

Polar Ignite Review – Bugs

I’ve not noticed anything obvious as a bug. If I did I’m sure it would soon be fixed and this review then would be out-of-date.

Pairing to an Android phone was no more or less easy than with a Garmin or Suunto. That is NOT to say pairing was easy…it wasn’t. It required a few attempts.

I have noticed the battery charge level going down fairly swiftly and I’m not sure if I’m getting the same kind of performance that the headline specs claim. Other early Ignite users seem to find the same. I’ve not been able to nail this as I typically recharge my ‘current’ device once a day or every other day, so I’ve never gotten the Ignite anywhere close to a flat battery.

Polar Ignite Review – Accuracy

As this is an out-and-out fitness device then I’m not going to test elevation accuracy.

I HAVE tested GPS accuracy and it wasn’t pretty, there’s no point in me devoting time here to detailing how it needs improvement. It simply needs improvement. and, yes, this does impact the accuracy of the running speeds shown.

Polar Ignite Review – Heart Rate Accuracy

My first few outings with the Ignite were excellent in terms of the oHR accuracy and I thought Polar had nailed it. Well, I mean nailed it for my own usage as every vendors’ oHR tech can vary from person-to-person and will also vary according to the sport and environment. However, as the 10s of workouts passed some anomalies were thrown up.

Swimming and weights seemed a bit hit and miss but running and cycling were generally alright and sometimes excellent.

Polar Ignite Review – Discount, Availability & Price

Polar Ignite Review SpecificationsThe Polar Ignite, Review ed here, is available today for £200/$230 (less 10% the5krunner10 discount at PowerMeterCity USA) in white, yellow, and black wristband options.

Silicon accessory bands are $24.95/€24.90/£21.50 each and available in black, white and yellow in size medium/large and in black and white in size small.

Wiggle loyalty discounts of up to 12% work giving prices from £176 or, for those of you new to Wiggle, try the generic codes NEWGB/NEWDE/NEWFR or NEWGB50/NEWGB5/NEWDE50 which should bag you £/Eu5 or £/Eu10 off ish

So, with a bit of inspired shooping, even at launch ,you should be able to get one for about £/$/Eu180.

Get yours now at Wiggle (UK/EU) and Power Meter City (USA)

 

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In Brief

Product Name: Ignite

Product Description: GPS Fitness Watch with Adaptive training guidance and sleep analysis

Brand: Polar

Price: 202.99

Currency: GBP

Availability: InStock

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  • Apparent Accuracy - 82%
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  • Build Quality & Design - 90%
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  • Features, Including App - 90%
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Summary

Polar Ignite Review SpecificationsPolar have delivered on two of 2019’s must-have fitness features – ‘sleep’ and ‘adaptive training guidance’. And they’ve done a good job with both.

As we start to realise the importance of SLEEP QUALITY on our readiness to train, Polar has given us the means to understand and improve today’s training by doing the right training..

When it comes to understanding the answer to the most fundamental question, ‘What should I do today?‘, Polar adapts its recommendations to you and uniquely also gives you different types of training as alternatives for you to choose from.

Polar’s Sleep offering is interesting and stands out nicely from what some competitors offer with some good insights, unusual data presentations and their glimpse into your sleep stages.

But those are just the new features; the Polar Ignite builds on the watch platform from last year and fits nicely into the Polar FLOW – Polar’s athlete-focussed training platform.

If you like the aesthetics and are not bothered about all the latest music, payments and apps that something like the Apple watch will offer then the Polar Ignite is a VERY good choice as your fitness partner. However, if you are looking for a full-featured running or multi-sport watch for athletes, then Ignite is NOT that and misses out on more ‘advanced’ training features like manual laps and power meter compatibility.

 

 

Pros

  • Covers the bases for a fitness watch.
  • Competitive pricing
  • Great screen
  • Impressive adaptive training feature encompassing many activity types
  • Generally good optical HR results for me.
  • Good sleep insights
  • Good app

Cons

  • GPS accuracy not great, though Polar should improve it throughout 2019
  • Touchscreen sometimes fantastic (even when wet)…sometimes less so.
  • Other users report shorter-than-claimed battery life
  • One button+touchscreen is not my preferred way to work a watch
  • Lacks the super smarts like music, payments and an app store but does have the basics like notifications.

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42 thoughts on “Polar Ignite Review | In-Depth Polar’s Latest FITNESS Watch

  1. ‘I copy and pasted my response from FB here’

    Your FB annotation of the article sums up this watch perfectly. I honestly keep looking for more metrics and it’s so stripped down from what in used to. Waiting until tomorrow to pick up the vantage v Titan since it might be on sale via Amazon?

    Also the ignite is overshooting steps and calories by massive margins. It counted 18k steps and 3400 cals for the yesterday, on a recovery day where I did some semi intensive house cleaning. On my heaviest load day with my 935 did I ever hit these numbers.

  2. A BIG “con” has to be the lack of manual laps, a huge problem if you’re doing “manual” intervals.

    HR accuracy has been a lot better for me than the FR935 for STEADY runs, when running intervals it can quickly lose the plot with erratic ups and downs.

    Still as a “smart tracker” with advanced “readiness” analysis I can live with that since I’ll be planning on running with my FR935+HRM4 on my right wrist anyway (if only for the lack of manual laps).

    Battery life is nowhere near 17 hours in GPS mode either, without “screen on” it uses up about 10% per hour so it’s easy to do the math. Otherwise the drain is about 1% per hour.

  3. I wouldn’t consider 1% per hour to be “drain” and with 24×7 it’s perfectly acceptable. Actually if you do nothing else with your watch you’ll get pretty close to the claimed 5 days.

    The battery usage with GPS on is another story though, as you must have seen during your tests it’s 10% per hour without the screen on and 20% with the screen on, either way the 17 hours of continuous GPS use is an outlandish claim. I’m not too bothered about it since it recharges very quickly and I use it as a “smart GPS/HR/HRV tracker” with all workouts done with the FR935 anyway so the screen can be off.

    Now if they found a way to add manual laps it would be almost perfect ! Oh and GPS accuracy could be worked on too, 1K laps are all over the place and the distance is always short compared to the FR935. Again though as a “smart GPS/HR/HRV tracker” it’s not a huge deal as the resulting TRIMPcalculations are likely going to be usable.

    Having a watch that tells me that recovery is “compromised” if I don’t sleep enough (as is my wont) is…priceless 😉

    • hi
      i’ll do a test on the battery today if i can. just because it shows 40% (or whatever) it doesn’t mean that it is 40%. Your 10% and 20% figures do not seem unreasonable compared to my observations.
      manual laps. i can see why they’ve taken it out – as annoying as it is.
      the vantage v DOES take a manual lap from a tap. i guess it’s possible that this could be added via the touchscreen at some point.
      trimp woud come from hr i would have thought

    • I left it in th ewindow recording a runnign profile. it did 10:21 hours and had 46% charge left. so that’s using gps and maybe the oHR turned off after it gace up permanently firing and trying to find me. no accelerometer movements to think about either or wrist turns tht would light up the display.
      Hardly the most scientific of tests!! so polar’s claims might not be too unreasonable in some fashion.
      someone needs to go on a very long walk with it.

      • Yeah lots of “power saving” features might be kicking in here, how about a one ot two hour run/GPS activity looking at percentages before and after ? 😉

        I will try that static test though to see what I get with mine.

        • So I tried that and got 12% used for 3 hours being static on a window sill. Nice power saving features I must say but useless when it comes to actual running where you get 10% used per hour.

  4. Ah yes, I was thinking of the general metrics calculated by Polar, well that’s the Running Index I suppose.

    Talking of HR I’m finding the sensor to generally work well at a steady pace but it loses the plot during intervals seemingly at random. It’s tight on my wrist and I’m using a nylon strap to get the best possible fit so I’m not sure what could be improved on my end.

  5. Yep, I’ve had an FR235 and still have an FR935 so I know the tricks…Now I never run without the HRM4 and when I do forget it I turn the FR935 inside my wrist 😉 I will say that the Ignite does a better job so far than the 235 and 935…but they seemed to work at first too, especially the FR935. It’s much less frustrating when your workout is properly recorded (FR935+HRM4 for me) in any case.

  6. They should add support for a smart ring (Oura/Motiv/etc). Being able to get sleep data on Polar Flow or FitSpark recommendations without needing to wear a watch will be amazing.

    • No chance that’s going to happen, first because they need to know what data that comes in and do these smartrings have APIs to give access to all the data ? I sort of doubt it 😉

      Besides you barely feel the Ignite when you wear it, especially if you have a light nylon strap.

  7. Thanks for the great review! One question:
    Is it possible to create a more complex workout on your own? Let’s say I want to do weight training and want to follow a plan like 3x40sec bench pressing (with a break during the sets), then 3x30sec biceps curls and so on..
    I know that such things are possible with FitSpark but can you create such workouts on your own too?
    Thanks a lot!

      • Thanks for your reply!
        Just to clarify, so there isn’t a new feature that allows you to use the training exercises provided by FitSpark in an order you want to?

  8. You see, I was totally fine with Polar creating watches, and a service (Flow) for athletes. Their Accurex, RC, and RS lines were great watches. So were the V800, and the still produced M430. That they didn’t even remotely came close to Garmin’s features was a plus in my book. Most of Garmin’s features are non-actionable and merely a collection of data to print meaningless graphs – seriously, why would I care how many flights of stairs I took during a day? For whom that is relevant, I don’t know, surely not for an athlete. My FR935 has a “Stress” widget that throughout a day shows totally arbitrary numbers. When I enter it, I reach a breathing exercise. What for? Who knows. Enter Polar’s “Serene Breathing”, and I can see how they slowly build up to Garmin’s useless “features” just to tick some of the boxes their competition does. What was wrong with Sleep? My M430 reliably showed my time of sleep. My 935 hardly ever got it right, and both my Vantages are so-so. Every study shows it’s impossible to reliably track sleep stages outside a clinic and the proper devices, yet here we are with more and more watches claiming to be able to do so, and the lifestyle crowd happily jumps onto the bandwagon.
    I actually like Training Load Pro, because it’s a bit more reproducible, and predictable than Garmin’s (FirstBeat’s) Training Status. So was Recovery Status. Not only would I get a predicted time to recover, at a tap of my V800’s screen it would show the point of time when I reached a balanced state again. Something I have to fire up Web Flow for now. Recovery Pro is a bad substitute for the old Recovery Status, as it depends on the orthostatic test, and doesn’t show time to recover. Why they got rid of Training Load in Flow for the Vantages is beyond me, even Polar Beat shows load in time to recover when I view my workouts there instead of Flow.
    I am all for number crunching, and could spend hours analyzing my daily training, but when I’m confronted with meaningless fluff instead of comprehensive, and actionable data I feel neglected. Maybe someone who does bit of a morning routine and goes for a run every other day for 20 minutes feels better when they see all those colourful graphs. For someone who bikes, runs or swims (or all of that) seriously, maybe even for a living, feature overload just costs battery, is another source for bugs, and software failure, and quite frankly doesn’t bring anything new to the table. There are plenty of companies who cater to those that work out on a more casual/ occasional basis, and rather than the most accurate GPS chip, need a kick in the butt to remind them to at least get some steps in. Polar has never been one of those companies. I still have hopes that it could stay that way since they won’t bring FitSpark to the Vantage line, showing that they trust their Vantage target audience (Runners, and Multisport athletes who know how to train) to not benefit from such a feature.

  9. On the display, under the letter L from POLAR logo, there seems to be a small sensor hole.
    Does anyone knows what’s the purpose of it?

  10. Is there a way to see the battery percent at any given time?
    Just from the battery icon, you can only approximate this value.

  11. I’ll put the answer in here also, as DC Rainmaker wrote: “Yup, simply swipe down from the top and it’ll give you exact percentage.”

  12. Just found out that it can’t broadcast heart rate to other devices! Big disappointment.
    Could be possible to implement it with any future firmware version(if Polar decides to offer it)?

    In PolarFlow at SportProfiles at HeartRate section there is an option “Heart rate visible to other devices” and here I can turn it ON for “Available for Polar Ignite, SENSOR HR H7”. What’s the purpose of this?

  13. OK, it seems like “Heart rate visible to other devices” it’s only about the ability to broadcast HR to gym equipment… Sad!

  14. I’m having a bit of an issue with auto pause with my ignite, when on a bike ride auto pause is enabled ,sometimes it pauses but does not start again when i continue, so this mornings bike ride I did 8 miles but the ignite says i did only 4, bit annoying !!

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