Polar Grit X Pro Titanium & Vantage V2 – New Route Features – A How To Guide

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Polar Grit X Pro and komootNew Route Features For the Top-End Polar Watches – Grit X Pro and Vantage V2

Last week’s announcement from Polar saw a new, super-premium outdoors GPS watch in the Grit X Pro and with that came new software features for several other Polar models plus the ability for Polar Vantage V2 owners to buy an adapter kit to enable them to use standard straps.

Must Read: Detailed Polar Grit X Review

Today is an image-packed, brief ‘how to’ post describing the newly extended route features which are now available on the Grit X Pro and Vantage V2.

Create a Route For Polar Flow

Your first option is to manually import a GPX or TCX route file into polar. It’s a slightly ‘old school’ process but it works and is adequate for many of us.

 

Otherwise, you can link your routes directly from your favourite online routing platform. No, not that one.

Polar Routes – How To Connect

Komoot Pricing

Strava subscribers might initially be excited at the prospect of getting their routes into the Polar environment. However, they will be disappointed as, for them, nothing has changed and their premium Strava subscription just lets them sync their favourite live segments to the Polar environment.

Strangely, Polar only supports routes from Komoot at this time. Well, it seems strange from the UK or USA where Strava and Ride with GPS are popular but on mainland Europe, apparently, Komoot is widely used. It’s a sweet-looking platform too, so, hey, why not?

You can get a free Komoot account plus the ubiquitous premium option. Komoot’s signup process is somewhat sneaky and avoids clarity on pricing at an early stage. On that basis, I don’t recommend Komoot but if you want to use routes with Polar just go for the free option for starters, you get some free map tiles with the free account.

Open a Komoot account and link it to your Polar account here on flow.com.

Polar Grit X Pro route selection

Polar Routes – How to Sync from Komoot

Check out your favourites on flow.com or on the Flow app. If you’ve recently created some new routes in Komoot your can easily refresh them in Flow, like this

 

and these are all automatically synced to your watch each time you connect it to Flow.

Polar Routes – Select & View a Route to follow

After you have chosen your sport, press the top left button to choose from a list of routes on the watch. Once you’ve chosen the route you get brief summary information, an elevation profile and a breadcrumb route outline.

 

Polar Grit X Pro initial route description

That’s pretty basic stuff. But you also get some advanced abilities whereby your Grit X Pro/Vantage V2 pops up a smart food reminder during your ride. The precise timing of those reminders depends on your effort levels and hence how many carbs you’ve burnt through. You can set a manual drink reminder too. (More detail see Polar Fuel Wise)

Polar Grit X Pro

Polar – Follow the route

Polar has no inbuilt map intelligence so it can’t give you turn-by-turn instructions to navigate you to the route either at the start or if you make a wrong turn. However, you can start the route from the beginning, mid-point or end, with the ability to reverse the route at those points, plus you are directed in a straight line to your chosen start point of the route.

For the most part, the breadcrumb route you follow is not visually exciting. Typically it’s just a single wiggly or straight line indicating your upcoming path. If your route involves more serious elevations then there’s a useful screen that shows your vertical progress throughout the route, distance remaining, your total ascent/descent to date plus the slope gradients.

 

Polar Grit X Pro distance to next point
Distance to go, 11.38km

Turn-by-turn (TBT) guidance is supplied by Komoot and also should be shown if you have included TBT instructions in the route file that you upload to Flow. Couple the TBT instructions with a compass heading then you have some decent tools to help you on your way.

 

Polar – More Route Features

During your workout, the ‘map’ screen is zoomable and you can also stop the current route to start a new one or even to retrace your steps to the start.

 

Polar Grit X Pro Zoom in

 

As well as following your route in reverse you can head as the crow flies back to the start. I find that both of these methods have their uses from time to time.

 

Pricing

Availability

Initial availability of the Pro Titan is only from Polar.com: Polar.com USA here, Generic Polar here

Take Out

Polar’s Grit X Pro and Vantage V2 offer a fairly normal take on following a route with a GPS sports watch.

If you are a more serious adventurer following a detailed route or looking to navigate on a bike at high speeds then there are better options for you. That said, Polar has given us a solid set of route features with nice integration with Komoot.

I suspect that Polar will like to link to RwGPS or Strava ASAP however the next big step for them beyond that would be to introduce onboard map intelligence and a whole raft of related features. That, however, is a niche market need and detailed mapping is perhaps not best suited to a watch in any case for most people.

Thus Polar might choose one of these ways forward to beef up their routing options

  1. Add map tiles to the watch. From a service like Komoot, Polar would take a series of map images that surround your planned route. These images would be shown on your watch with a breadcrumb route traced above it. There would be no intelligence in this kind of map but it would look nice and would give the wearer a better sense of context whilst navigating
  2. A hybrid option that utilises more detailed features on an app like Kommot. The app would be on your smartphone in  your pocket and intended only to be accessed infrequently.
  3. Full maps on the watch are unlikely in the near future from Polar.

 

The route feature is not one of Grit X Pro’s strengths and what Polar has given us today squarely sits in the ‘nice to have’ camp. Don’t forget, the Grit X Pro is a great sports watch with very many other powerful and market-leading sports features.

Grit X Pro – $/Eu499, £439 – Grit X Pro Titan – $/Eu599, £519

Must Read: Detailed Polar Grit X Review

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Polar Grit X Pro Titanium & Vantage V2 – New Route Features – A How To Guide

  1. I much prefer komoot to RWGPS and Strava route planners. Although I agree they are somewhat covert with their pricing.

    The best value is a one off cost of £29.99 for all world regions. Then you don’t have to pay a ongoing subscription unlike RWGPS and Strava.

    Editing existing routes in RWGPS and Strava is impossible, although they do have heat maps. However, komoot does have highlights and photos which are useful. The mobile app is also full featured.

  2. Hello, what is the big image showing just an arrow at the bottom of the screen with 11.38km indicated supposed to illustrate?
    It cannot be a “follow route”.
    Just curious

      1. Thanks for the answer, but where is the route on that image? If it is green line, i would have expected it to be in the middle screen just at the very bottom/

  3. Is the route guidance meaningfully improved over what is already on V2 at the moment? I do get that they added an elevation profile but seems to be about it.

    While Polar makes a big deal out of this, this looks pretty similar to what we already had, doesn’t it?

    I hope that they made the guidance more reliable I have had a couple of nasty crashes while following routes in my V2.

    1. ‘meaningfully’ improved?…probably not.

      polar are continually updating their features tho. just look back to V1….lots has changed.
      i think a ‘new’ model just needs one key feature and some new hardware bits. it’s perhaps then best to release a more material software update ‘later’…that’s kindaish what garmin does as well.

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