Today, Polar introduced the OH1+ to the public. In addition to Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity, the strap has a clip that can be attached to the swimmer’s temple to monitor their heart rate, and the strap also features Bluetooth.
The model that came before it, the OH1, was deemed to be an excellent product by our evaluation. Tracking one’s heart rate is now easier than it has ever been. The lightweight and comfortable device can be worn around either the upper or lower arm, and it has an adjustable length. The accuracy of the readings was, however, what struck me as most impressive. It is comparable to the readings you would obtain from a heart rate chest strap, but it is a significant improvement over a heart rate monitor that is worn on the wrist.
The incremental improvement comes with several additional features.
A Google clip, which may be used to secure OH1+ to swim goggles, has made it possible to add a third method to the list of ways in which it can be worn. This enables the measurement of the patient’s heart rate directly from the temple. The data collected from the swimmers’ readings can either be shown in real time on compatible devices or saved to the device’s internal memory for later review. The item may be cleaned in a washing machine and is waterproof up to a depth of 30 meters.
ANT+ support enables the strap to link with a wider variety of fitness and workout machines, including those found in gyms and studios (such as treadmills), as well as cycling computers and other devices manufactured by third parties. This is an update that a lot of people have been waiting patiently for.
Additionally, Polar is improving the functionality of some of its older hardware. Users of the Polar OH1 and H10 will soon be able to take advantage of dual ANT+ and BLE connectivity thanks to an upcoming software upgrade.
“Chest straps and wrist-based monitoring have their places in training, but OH1+ was designed as a comfortable option when scenarios call for more evolved heart rate options,” said Riikka Rae, Product Segment Manager at Polar. “OH1+ was designed as a comfortable option when scenarios call for more evolved heart rate options.”
“For instance, with OH1+, you are able to concurrently send your heart rate in BLE and ANT+ to your smart trainer while your Polar watch captures training load data.” This assists in ensuring that the recorded intensity of your workout is always accurate.
There is very little to dislike about this product, as it features an inbuilt memory that is able to store up to 200 hours of training and a battery life that can last up to 12 hours. This is a perfect replacement for your old chest strap if you are thinking of getting rid of it.
A goggle attachment designed specifically for swimmers is included with the purchase of the Polar OH1+, which can be purchased for $79.95. It is available with armbands in three different colors: black, gray, and orange. Keep an eye out for our comprehensive review coming in the next few weeks.