Polar OH1 Review

The Polar OH1 stands out for its non-intrusive design as an armband monitor. This design is particularly appealing for those who find chest straps uncomfortable or restrictive. It’s lightweight and unobtrusive, making it suitable for long-duration workouts and a variety of sports. The OH1’s comfortable fit ensures it stays in place without causing irritation, even during vigorous activities.

While traditionally, chest straps are known for higher accuracy, the Polar OH1 does an impressive job at providing precise heart rate readings with its optical sensor. It is particularly effective for steady-state exercises, though high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and activities involving irregular movements might see slight variances in accuracy compared to ECG-based chest straps.

One of the key advantages of the OH1 is its rechargeable battery, eliminating the need for frequent replacements. The battery life is sufficient for most training sessions, and the device charges conveniently via a USB adapter. In terms of connectivity, the OH1 supports both Bluetooth and ANT+, allowing it to connect seamlessly with a wide range of fitness apps and devices. However, it’s noted that the OH1 primarily tracks heart rate and may lack some of the more advanced metrics offered by other monitors.

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