Polar Introduces GPS Watch with Built-in Heart Rate Monitor for Just $149


Finding a decent cycling GPS, let alone one you can wear on your wrist, priced under $150 is difficult. Yet somehow, Polar is offering the new M200 for $149, and it includes a built-in heart rate monitor.

Officially, the M200 is “designed for runners” but even mountain bikers will appreciate the features this watch offers. For starters, it’s a GPS so it tracks things like speed, distance, and elevation. But unlike many GPS watches that require a heart rate strap for monitoring heart rate, the M200 has a heart rate sensor built into the watchband for maximum convenience.

Beyond GPS and heart rate, the M200 has a 24/7 activity tracker to count steps, and Polar even claims the device can track your sleep duration and quality.  The M200 also syncs to your phone so you can analyze your performance in the Polar Flow app or Strava. You can even get text and call alerts from your phone on the M200 during your ride.

additional bands are available in a variety of colors
additional bands are available in a variety of colors

The display on the Polar M200 is black and white and appears to sport a decent resolution. Similar GPS watches on the market cost upwards of $300, which makes the M200 all the more remarkable.

Polar is taking pre-orders for the M200 on their website now. The company expects the watch will ship in early 2017.

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