Polar’s cheapest wearable unit, the M200, covers all the data any mountain biker needs, in conjunction with its Flow app.
It includes built-in GPS, a heart rate monitor and daily activity tracker, plus it can display notifications from your phone — not bad considering the price.
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Navigating the simple menu is intuitive enough (there are only two buttons) and the large face is easy to read.
The M200 can take time to locate the GPS signal, so it missed tracking the first few minutes of some rides, but once going it works fine.
The heart rate monitor is a little hit-and-miss too compared to a bar-mounted unit with chest strap, but you can pair it with a chest strap, sold separately.
Features-wise, the M200 packs a real punch. Post-ride, it’s easy to view data on the watch, including heart rate, calories burned and max/average speed. Head into the app for plenty more info, such as a map of your ride (with elevation and so on) and a breakdown of how much time you spent in each heart rate zone.
Battery life is seriously impressive, especially if you remove the watch at night, and it charges quickly too. It’s waterproof and has handled its fair share of rough and tumble to date, although the rubber strap is getting a bit baggy around the watch face now.
Polar M200 GPS watch specifications
- Weight: 44g
- Thickness: 12mm
- Display size: 26mm, 1,342px
- GPS: Yes
- Heart rate monitor: Yes
- Activity tracker: Yes
- Connectivity: USB-A for data sync to Mac or PC, Bluetooth
- App: Polar Flow, FlowSync
- Price: £130 / US$150 / AU$199