After enjoying the Polar Vantage V2 for so long, we were tempted to savor the Polar Grit X Pro Titan’s titanium case and its textured and leather straps. We wanted to know what this sporty watch would allow by linking it to the Komoot cycling map service. Test on the way to Romainmôtier Abbey …
When you open the Polar Grit X Pro Titan case, you will be immediately amazed at the lightness of this watch with its original vegan leather strap, about 70 grams. In terms of features, this new version is very similar to Vantage V2, which now also benefits from integration with Komoot. Its reflective screen protected by sapphire crystal dedicates it to outdoor sports.
For brand regulators, getting started is very simple. After fast charging with the included magnetic charger, just follow the onscreen procedure to pair it with your smartphone. In a few minutes, you can import the latest recordings and sports profiles.
Polar Grit X Pro Titan: Reflective screen.
Coupling of Komut with Polar Flow
Integration with Komoot requires that your Polar Flow account be paired with Komoot, which is done online in Settings, Partners. This is done, almost everything automatically, whether importing tracks from Komoot on Polar or recordings from Polar on Komoot. Simple cloud syncs allow the two accounts to be fed in parallel.
On the watch strapped onto its handlebars and attached to a Polar H10 chest strap for the best possible accuracy, getting started is pretty easy too, even if you have to document yourself beforehand here. Basically, before leaving, in your profiles you have to choose the little cogwheel and under Tracks, select the tracks previously created in Komoot.
Test start: small initial calibration
Before setting off on the road, when you start training you have to tilt the watch from left to right, then from bottom to top, make it line up the circles and finally flip it over to precisely calibrate the built-in compass. And it’s worth it, as I was able to test it later…
In fact, the idea of following a path on the simple small screen of this watch seemed difficult to me. In practice, apart from a small mistake on my part, I was able to follow the instructions given by the watch without difficulty, was charged 100% before departure and recovered to about 80% after more than five hours of racing, including the noon break with running GPS permanently (measures every second).
Polar Grit X Pro Titan: reliability
On the go, the screen was smooth enough, despite the occasional small jerks. The given indications for turning right, left or going straight were terribly effective. Additionally, the menu allows using the central button to the right of the watch to zoom in or out on the map. Well seen!
By referring to the route data, in particular the altitude, I estimate the GPS accuracy and altimeter (previously calibrated) of the Polar Grit X Pro Titan. In the vast majority of the path, the path is for example on the right side of the road and to the nearest meter! Sometimes, however, there is still an inaccuracy a few meters away, but we are there!
GPS and altitude: high precision plots
With the Polar H10 chest sensor, the data obtained is already of high quality. Unfortunately, when wearing the Grit X Pro Titan directly on the wrist, the built-in Prime heart rate sensor sometimes performs less well than some connected Huawei watches that compete closely with the indicators offered by the H10 chest sensor! We’ll get to that soon, but whatever.
Returning from the wonderful Abbey Romainmôtier, I see that the Polar Grit X Pro has a route of 56.39 kilometers for a drop of 720 metres. For comparison, Komot’s estimate was 55.7 km for a height of 710 meters. Since I’ve already done a few more meters, this Polar’s accuracy is around 99% both in terms of distance and height! Fabulous on the road.
Review: Komot + Polar: A winning couple!
On the Komot side, with the choice of ‘athletic’ physical condition, this course which required ‘excellent physical condition and sealed tough’ was introduced at approximately 3:55 am. Without breaks, a fairly comfortable drive, we completed this circuit with my wife in 3 hours 49, really enjoying the wonderful scenery on a beautiful Sunday. Once again, the accuracy of the estimate is great!
deductive? I was really pleased with the “pebble” road provided by Komot, which sometimes made me take original trails I didn’t know about. The Polar Grit X Pro Titan has done its job perfectly. And I must admit that the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, titanium finish, and the two bracelets offered are real advantages. There is still a price of around CHF599 at Polar… It’s also a pity that the heart rate can still be measured on the wrist.