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The Polar Grit X2 Professional. All photos courtesy of Polar.

In releasing the Polar Grit X2 Professional ($750) with a launch video this week, Polar goals to discover a place amongst premium GPS watches for ultrarunners and out of doors endurance athletes. This second model of the Grit X Professional mannequin sees the watch get a bigger watch face, a stunning AMOLED display screen, longer battery life, extra correct distance and velocity measurements, improved coronary heart charge monitoring, and extra biometrics, amongst different enhancements.

Launched in 2022, the unique Polar Grit X Professional served an identical market to the Coros Vertix line, however didn’t land with the identical fanfare that has adopted Coros the final a number of years. Since then, Suunto launched its wonderful Vertical, one other very rugged working and multisport watch, Garmin launched new Fenix and Enduro fashions, and even Apple has turn out to be a participant within the area with the Apple Watch Extremely and its replace. 

A commonality with these journey watches is the large display screen measurement. It’s an aesthetic query whether or not you like it or not, however there isn’t any denying it significantly helps with navigating maps — particularly when touchscreen-enabled, which the Grit X2 Professional is — and deciphering the information these watches present. The Grit X2 Professional is 15% larger than the unique. That offers it a display screen diameter of 1.39 inches. For reference, the Coros Vertix 2 is 1.4 inches, the Suunto Vertical is 1.9 inches, and the Garmin Enduro 2 is 1.4 inches.

Most of those watches, together with the Grit X2 Professional, land round $700, with the Enduro extra like $1,000. That is very costly for a working watch. However in every occasion, you’ll get a particularly high-performing watch that may work for nearly each different exercise kind you possibly can throw its approach whereas being practically unbreakable with sapphire glass and a titanium physique, and very data-rich. And for endurance aficionados, battery life now generally exceeds 40 hours in a high-performance mode, which usually makes use of the very draining trio of dual-frequency satellites, intensive biometric monitoring, and every-second GPS pings.

Nonetheless, not like these different watches on the identical value level (save for Apple), the Grit X2 Professional differentiates itself with its new AMOLED display screen. Suunto includes a comparable AMOLED show on its cheaper new Race watch, however the Grit X2 Professional is now the one watch in its class to supply this beautiful show. After experiencing the brightness and readability of an AMOLED display screen, many will discover it arduous to return to a watch with an OLED display screen. 

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The Polar Grit X2 Professional’s display screen.

Polar claims 43 hours of battery life in efficiency mode, which is on the higher finish of those competitor watches. As compared, the Suunto Race could be the brand new greatest in school with round 45 precise hours. We goal to verify Polar’s declare within the coming months throughout testing. In contrast to the Suunto Vertical and Garmin Fenix 7S, there isn’t any photo voltaic charging help within the Grit X2 Professional to increase its battery’s run time barely. In a extra restricted smartwatch mode, Polar says you possibly can anticipate 10 days of steady utilization. We’d be shocked if the battery didn’t final for 30 or 40 days in its most conservative settings, just like the competitors. 

The unique Grit X Professional didn’t have entry to all 5 world satellite tv for pc networks and didn’t use a dual-band GNSS chipset. The brand new Grit X2 Professional not solely has twin frequency capabilities however it’s additionally augmented by the GPS Sign Booster, a hoop antenna inserted beneath the bezel that helps reinforce the built-in GPS. These upgrades ought to result in extra correct measurement of distance and velocity.

International mapping is accessible by means of separate downloads and turn-by-turn steering is obtainable together with Kamoot. It was unclear whether or not the downloadable maps might be labeled.

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One other have a look at the Polar Grit X2 Professional.

The Grit X2 Professional additionally will get an up to date optical coronary heart charge sensor. With it comes the bio-tracking Elixir tech suite first launched within the Polar Vantage V3, which incorporates biometrics equivalent to oxygen saturation (SpO2), coronary heart charge variability (HRV), and sleep monitoring.

Lastly, it’s notable that photos of Karel Sabbe have been plastered throughout Polar’s pre-launch video and advertising and marketing imagery for the Grit X2 Professional. Few ultrarunners are as profitable at long-trail quickest identified instances and the Barkley Marathons as Sabbe, so he’s a logical ambassador for Polar to put round its new premier GPS watch. 

In sum, the Polar Grit X2 Professional provides one other full-featured GPS watch choice for runners and runners who additionally ski, bike, climb, swim, and far more.

After testing it absolutely, we’ll goal to share a full overview of the Polar Grit X2 Professional within the coming months. Within the meantime, take a look at our intensive GPS working watch evaluations, together with a Suunto Vertical overview, and Finest GPS Operating Watches information.

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The Polar Grit X2 Professional in motion.



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