Are you heading out on the trails this summer? The Polar Grit X might just be your new best friend…
Lockdown has meant we’ve all had to readdress our running a little bit – and for some of us that’s meant exploring new paths and going a little off the beaten track. But while we love trail running, the issue with it is that you have to think a little more about the kit you take with you.
With the Polar Grit X, what you get is a serious bit of kit that takes the place of your usual tech watch, but also your phone, your compass, a spare battery pack, a persuasive running coach, and your memory. So – aside from that massive bag of peanuts and your hydration pack – you can run pretty light.
Beauty meets beast
Grrr, this is a seriously chunky piece of kit. We love the style of this: big, chunky, decidedly rugged, this is a watch designed for the great outdoors. It combines those unapologetic buttons with a touchscreen: really useful in changeable conditions. Along with all the stuff you’d expect – heart rate, running insights, sleep monitoring and GPS – there are also a few smart additions.
Ups and downs
The Polar Grit X comes with two clever things. You get Hill Splitter, which analyses your pace on the ups and on the downs – instead of just monitoring your pace, it can smartly work out the uphills and downs and take that into account. Super useful on the trails.
And then there’s FuelWise – this little beauty reminds you how much to eat and when. As an aide memoir, particularly on longer runs, this is genius. As we all know, getting the right fuel during a long run is crucial to avoid hitting the wall, and to ensure we do our best no matter the elements we’re fighting against. FuelWise will give you a nudge to take on some calories at exactly the right time so that you always perform your best.
There’s also Komoot for planning your runs, a weather forecast, a recovery measurement to enable you to plan your running more effectively, as well as daily workouts. It’s basically a big tick for data junkies. It all links to the Polar Flow app, a user friendly way of managing your stats. Out on a run, it’s light to wear, and that big screen is a joy to use and navigate. It’s spot on for ultra runners: with a battery life of up to 40 hours with GPS, it’ll comfortably take you from start to finish on a multi-stager. Impressive.