Home » » Well, That’s Enlightening: #rethinkyourday {Polar Loop Review}

Well, That’s Enlightening: #rethinkyourday {Polar Loop Review}

**The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Polar. All opinions are my own.**

Is anyone else in shock that tomorrow is 2014? Growing up, I figured we’d all have flying cars and robotic maids by now. That’s going to happen soon, right? I mean, I want to be a Jetson. There is one new addition to my life that’s making me feel rather futuristic, though. My new Polar Loop. I jumped at the chance to review one, because I love the brand’s heart rate monitors. While I still adore my FT40, I think the Loop is freaking brilliant. I couldn’t wait to charge it up and test it out.

20131231-123353.jpg

Love at first charge. When you purchase the Polar Loop, you receive the bracelet and charger. The bracelet itself actively and accurately records and monitors your activity throughout the day. It’s designed to be worn 24 hours a day and provides useful feedback based on your movement. It doesn’t just track your steps. It doesn’t just display facts and numbers. It’s created to guide you, motivate you, and help you make the most of your day.

Now, before I get started on the review, I’d like to mention that there is a little work involved before you can actually use your Loop. You have to use the included ruler and tool to trim and size your bracelet. I actually liked doing this, because it ensured a perfect fit. However, if you don’t like using scissors, this might not be the activity tracker for you. ;) The process was actually really simple and straightforward, I just thought I would be remiss if I didn’t throw that part in there. Oh, and make sure you don’t throw anything away that’s included in the box, because it helps make the process go even more smoothly. I would know because I threw away the ruler on accident and had to go by “feel”. Don’t be me.

 

polar loop review

 

The Polar Loop is the very first activity tracker to add the option of pairing it with a Bluetooth Smart heart rate strap. This is huge. While you can definitely use the Loop without the additional HR monitoring, I highly recommend using them together. For the purposes of this review, I am discussing them both. I’m not some amazingly tech-savvy person, so I’m not going to delve in too deep. However, I’ll give you an “average person’s” take on this activity tracker. I mean, that’s what I’d want to read. Big words are intimidating. I just want to know how to use it, what it does, and if it’s worth the money. Anyone else with me?

 

Set Up and Syncing Your Loop

polar_loop_set_up

This was really simple. I followed the three steps and had a fully functional piece of awesome within minutes. You have to plug in your Loop, download the FlowSync software on your computer, and sign up for Polar Flow. Quick, simple, and painless. It was equally as simple to sync the Loop with the HR monitor. Just press the button on the bracelet while wearing the sensor, and it automatically connects. The magic of Bluetooth, right?

 

Daily Use and the Polar Flow App

polar loop

The Polar Loop could not be easier to use. You pretty much just wear it and let it do its thing. It tracks everything you do. Well, almost. It doesn’t know if you’re lying, eating ten cheesecakes, or anything like that. It’s not psychic. But if you’re moving, it knows.

There is only one button on the Loop. You can press it to display your current step count, the time, battery level, and your progress toward your daily goal. It will also light up “TO GO” and explain to you how much more walking or jogging it would take to reach your goal. The Loop will also randomly display “UP”. I think that loosely translates to “get off the couch, assface”.

When paired with a HR monitor, the Loop will also display your current heart rate, calorie burn, and whether you are in fat burning or fitness mode. The HR monitor aspect makes the activity tracker more accurate during things like lifting, cycling, and any other “stationary” workout. That’s something other activity trackers can’t touch.

While you can monitor all of the above activity on your computer, I’ve found that the Polar Flow app is invaluable. It’s an easy way to constantly monitor yourself on your iPhone. It shows activity and sleep in a 24 hour circle-like layout. It’s pretty, so I like it. It will really break down what you can do to reach your goals, too. When you track a workout, it also displays those stats for you as well. If you like numbers and stats, you’ll like having the app at your disposal.

 

Overall Impression

20131227-200114.jpg

I love the Polar Loop. While I haven’t tested all of the available options (like swimming with it!), I’ve really enjoyed every aspect I have tested out. I found it extremely accurate, especially with the addition of the HR monitor. Polar is in a field of its own with that capability, so that’s pretty exciting stuff.

My favorite part about using the Loop has got to be the motivation. The other day, it politely told me I was being lazy. (Talk about enlightening. I like to pretend that I’m very active, so it’s a weird experience to realize that I’m not as perfect as I think I am. Hello, denial.) So I got up, got dressed, and went for a long walk with my family. We even got a little fishing in. I mean, any bracelet that forces me to move and bond with my boys is a keeper. Oh, and when Maddux got bored, I let him play with it while we fished. It’s totally a multi-purpose device.

The Polar Loop ($109.95) became available in October in black, with a pink version featuring white LEDs expected early in 2014. It is available from leading sports retailers and at www.polar.com. To learn more about the Polar Loop, you can also connect with them through Facebook and Twitter.

 

___________________________________

Now if you’ll excuse me, I gotta get my fondue on. What my Polar Loop doesn’t know won’t hurt it, right? Can’t track it, didn’t happen.

fondue

I hope y’all have a great night and I’ll see y’all tomorrow. I’m taking the day off of running because I might have tied my left shoe a little too tight the other day. I have some slight swelling/pain on the top of my foot. I’m an idiot. I figure being cautious is better than the alternative. Happy New Year’s Eve!!

Question 1: Do you use any activity trackers, heart rate monitors, etc? I’m a numbers geek and it totally motivates me to see it written in black and white.

Question 2: Any big NYE plans? Make me jealous! We have big plans to do eat, eat, and eat. That’s about it. Oh, and I bought cheesecake-flavored wine because I’m classy like that.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

12 Responses to Well, That’s Enlightening: #rethinkyourday {Polar Loop Review}

  1. First comment I’ve ever left on a blog ever. So, I guess congratulations are in order.

    But in all seriousness …

    Have you tried the Fitbit? I was gung-ho gonna buy it but now I read this. Any thoughts?

    More importantly, cheesecake flavored wine? Do share!!

    • Haha I feel honored!

      I haven’t tried the FitBit but I’ve tried Jawbone UP. I think the big difference between this one and the others is the heart rate monitoring. You can get more accurate calorie burning stats, see how “hard” you are actually working, and stay safer that way. To me, that’s a big plus. Of course, you actually have to pay for a separate strap and sensor, so that could be a negative. The bracelet itself is one of the most affordable, though, so I think it’s reasonable to buy an extra piece to go along with it.

      I’d be happy to answer any other questions! :)

    • …and cheesecake wine was hilarious. SO SWEET! It’s one of those things I don’t know if I actually liked or if I liked the idea of it, haha.

  2. I always love your reviews!

    I am dying to try the Polar Loop because I LOVE my polar heart rate monitor! My birthday is in February, so this might be something I can ask for then!
    Erica @ For the Sake of Cake recently posted..2013 Look-backMy Profile

  3. I have been really want to try the Polar loop! I have never tried an activity tracker but they are something I would love to try out! Thanks for the awesome review :)
    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun recently posted..Happy New Year!My Profile

  4. I got a loop for Christmas and LOVE it. The only thing I am not sure about is how to connect it to the bluetooth HR monitor. I am not savvy enough apparently haha.
    Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family recently posted..Goals for 2014My Profile

    • Mine connects by just clicking the button when it’s near the HR sensor. Is your sensor a new bluetooth one? I think it’s gotta be a specific kind (not brand, just type). I hope you can get it working!

  5. I use the Nike Fuel Band. I actually just got another one after researching a few of these bands. Some of my friends are on Nike so it’s motivating in that factor. I did not find the Loop when researching though and now wish I did. I like that it can measure HR as the fuelband can’t.

  6. […] to be honest, I had a pretty crappy afternoon. I attempted a long run today after dealing with some random foot pain and it did not go well. I ran six miles at the gym and had every intention of running 7 more in my […]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

CommentLuv badge