We initially got asked to review the Polar Loop 2 back in December and I have to say that I have found it a very useful gadget – Ross and I both have. Having tried other fitness trackers, I was interested to see how this one measured up so I thought I would share with you our thoughts on some of what the Loop 2 has to offer.
I am well aware that there are plenty of trackers on the market so Polar released the Loop 2 with added benefits in order to make sure that they stayed ahead of the game.
Ross and I found the design of the Polar Loop 2 very stylish and classy. Because the colours are fairly neutral – in our case, one was black and one white – they don’t clash with what you are wearing! The display is easy to read and we both really like the fact that it also acts as a time piece.
I have to say that we both found this a bit of a chore. You get sent an instruction pamphlet with a tape measure to cut out and use to size to your wrist. This was extremely fiddly and rather annoying and, because my tracker kept on coming undone after I had sized it (I have small wrists!). I was worried about cutting it too small and making a costly mistake having the Loop not fit me properly (something I would have been very annoyed about had I purchased it). I had to send it back to Polar so that they could adjust it for me and, to their credit, they were very helpful on that front.
On the plus side, it is very light weight as well as waterproof (to a depth of 200m) which really helps with being consistent on the usage. With other trackers I have found that once I have taken them off to get in the bath, I then forget to put them on again when getting out! On the negative I did find the metal clasp uncomfortable and it rubbed me – especially when I wore it at night as I was sleeping. I would regularly wake up with a mark on my arm where it had been digging in!
The Loop 2 records steps, distance, activity as well as calorie stats which are presented as a set of numbers on the band itself. Automatic sleep tracking stats are also recorded and sent to your smartphone app called Polar Flow which works in partnership with your tracker. As well as all of this, there is a vibrating alert which reminds you to move if you have been sedentary for 55 minutes – I really like this but I would have liked the option to be able to adjust it allow for some more personal goals.
Polar Flow has been in use for a while now and is used with their other products as well as the Loop. It is easy to use and the readout is clear and simple. On top of that you can delve further into more data if you would like to be a bit more hands on with your goals.
Battery Life and Charging
I found the battery life of the Loop 2 really good. Polar say that it will last up to 8 days using the installed battery and a full charge from completely flat takes around an hour and a half but half an hour seemed to be sufficient enough. Battery life does depend on how much you use it of course!
Overall we both found the Polar Loop 2 to be a very useful, straightforward tracker which had a good, classic design and useful app. We really do recommend it.
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