When my Garmin fr210 decided to kick the bucket, I was not happy.
The watch was just under 2 years old. It was supposed to be able to record up to 1000 activities. Instead, it clocks around 400.
Knowing my running statistics is something that I’ve really come to value, and I love having a GPS watch.
The question I asked myself was “Do I want to get another Garmin, or should I go down another brand avenue”.
Since this marks my 2nd Garmin in 3 years, I figured it would be a good idea to explore other brands.
My first pitstop would be to visit DC Rainmaker. He reviews every sports gadget out there. He’s reviews are comprehensive, honest and clear.
Every year he does a best of Gadget Recommendations.
It was his review that had me 95% sold on the Polar M400.
The other 5% that had me sold on this watch was this review by Carmy.
Since my watch died right before Christmas I had to use my old Garmin 405cx which is extremely unreliable (which is why it was replaced with the Garmin fr210), until my new baby arrived.
My new watch arrived just after Christmas and I was so excited to test it out. I decided to opt-out on the heart rate monitor, as I can always purchase that at a later date.
Since I’ve had my watch for a month now I figured it would be a good time to do a review.
I have small wrists so the watch looks huge on me. However, it does everything I want it to do plus more.
Some features are as follows:
- Integrated GPS
- Sports profiles
- Finish time estimator
- Daily activity tracker
Just to name a few.
I signed up for Polar Flow, downloaded the program and app, and I was ready to go.
There were a few hiccups starting out but they quickly resolved.
I love the website interface. It’s clean, and responsive, and I found it easy to use.
Overall the watch is on par with the Garmin 220 but without the price tag.
I love how I now don’t have to wear my Fitbit because it has an inbuilt activity tracker.
I love how it tells me how much further I need to run, walk or stand before I have to reach my daily goal.
I love how easy it’s to switch from running, to cycling or other (aka walking/hiking) mode.
I love how easy creating my own laps are.
I love this watch. It does what I want and more.
What GPS watch are you using at the moment?
What do you love/hate about it?