There aren’t that many fitness watches that try to really fold sleep into the equation when it comes to coaching guidance. Can the $230 Polar Ignite answer the call?
Polar’s intriguing new sleep tracking system, called Nightly Recharge, calculates a Sleep Score for overall sleep quality, but also measures ANS (Autonomic Nervous System) recovery by calculating heart rate variability, heart rate and breathing. Both measurements combined determine how Polar’s fitness app calculates the intensity level your next day’s workouts should be at.
Then, a coaching system called FitSpark claims to advise on training regimens based on what your Nightly Recharge results are. According to Tom Fowler, president of Polar USA, it could be possible that you’d get a good Sleep Score but not score well on ANS recovery, and as a result, your body may not feel as well recovered.
Compared to Polar’s larger ultra-long-life GPS watches, the Vantage V and M, the Ignite is a lot slimmer, and has normal-feeling watch straps. It’s also meant to be worn all the time, especially while sleeping.
The Ignite battery life should last about 17 hours with GPS and heart rate tracking on, or five days of tracking without GPS. I haven’t worn the Ignite yet to test its claims out.
Amazon Prime Day 2019 begins at midnight (PT) on Monday, July 15, and will run all the way through Tuesday, July 16. In other words, get ready for two full days of Prime madness.
Actually, get ready for about three weeks of it, because the deal parade has already begun. First up: Ending June 30, Amazon has the Toshiba 43-inch 1080p Fire TV Edition for $179.99, which ties with the lowest its price has ever been.
As with all Prime Day deals, you must be an Amazon Prime subscriber to take advantage of these offers (see below).
Now that you know what’s happening today, let’s take a look at what to expect in the weeks to come — and how you can make sure you’re getting the best deals. (Also, make sure you never miss any deals.)
Should I sign up for Amazon Prime now?
As noted, the big sale is exclusively for Amazon Prime subscribers, and an annual subscription costs $119 (or $13 per month if you don’t want to pay all at once).
Worth it? If you’re getting it just for Prime Day, then probably not. I’m here to tell you that Amazon products go on sale all the time. (Example: The Amazon Echo was recently discounted to $65, the lowest price to date — and that had nothing to do with Prime Day.)