Polar Stride Sensor Bluetooth Smart

Stride Sensor Bluetooth Smart

Stride Sensor

Improve your run technique

Stride Sensor Bluetooth Smart

Now you can track speed and distance on your mobile phone – indoors and out. The Stride Sensor Bluetooth Smart measures your speed and distance when paired with a Bluetooth Smart ready device and a mobile training app such as Polar Beat. It’s the newest addition to Polar’s innovative Bluetooth Smart product line.

Improve your run technique

Measures each stride length and your running cadence (how many times your foot hits the ground in one minute) so you can analyze and improve how efficient you run.

Train indoors or out

Works whether you are running on a treadmill, indoor track, or on the muddiest trail.

The world’s first Bluetooth Smart Stride Sensor

Uses Bluetooth Smart Technology, meaning it’s compatible with any Bluetooth Smart Ready mobile device and certain training apps.

We recommend pairing it with the free Polar Beat training app which is compatible with iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (5th generation), iPad (3rd & 4th generation), iPad mini and iPod Nano (7th generation). Note: the Stride Sensor Bluetooth Smart is not compatible with Polar heart rate monitors.

Reliable design

Small, lightweight sensor firmly attaches to your shoelaces with the holder (included). Trail running? No problem. The sensor is placed inside the holder that protects it from wear and tear no matter where you run. It’s also shock and water resistant.

Key Features

• Measures each stride you take to show running speed and distance

• Helps improve your running technique by showing your running cadence and stride length on polarpersonaltrainer.com, our free online training diary

• Shows your running performance changes with Polar’s unique Running Index feature which is available through the Polar Beat Training App upgrade

• Small sensor fits firmly onto your shoelaces

• Shock and water resistant to handle even the most demanding runs

• Uses Bluetooth Smart Technology and is compatible with Bluetooth Smart ready mobile devices including the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (5th generation), iPad (3rd & 4th generation), iPad mini and iPod Nano (7th generation)

• 600 hours operating lifetime with Polar Beat training app

• User changeable battery

• Transmission range >10 meters

In The Box

• Stride Sensor Bluetooth Smart

• Holder

• User Manual

Easy to Use

Easy to use

1) Attach to your running shoe

Easy to use
2) Download compatible training app and pair the stride sensor
Easy to usee
3) Start your workout
Easy to use
4) After your workout, view and analyze your running cadence and stride length on polarpersonaltrainer.com, our free online training diary. Tip: for best results be sure to have an account set up on polarpersonaltrainer.com (it’s free).
H2 heart rate sensor
5) To analyze your run even further, upgrade your Polar Beat training app with Running Index. It shows how your running performance develops over time (see more info below).


Polar Bluetooth Smart Mobile Solution

Polar Bluetooth Smart Mobile Solution

Take your training on the go with Polar’s complete Bluetooth Smart Mobile Training System

Polar Beat
Polar Beat

Polar training app that lets you plan, train and understand the effect of your workout. Free download.

H6 heart rate sensor
H6 heart rate sensor

Provides real time, accurate heart rate to mobile training apps including Polar Beat.

H7 heart rate sensor
H7 heart rate sensor

Provides real time, accurate heart rate to mobile training apps plus connects with many Polar heart rate monitors as well as compatible gym equipment.

Stride Sensor Bluetooth Smart
Stride Sensor Bluetooth Smart

For runners who want to improve their technique and performance. Allows you to see speed and distance information with the Polar Beat app, whether you are running on a treadmill, indoor track or on the muddiest trail.

The Polar Stride Sensor Bluetooth Smart

Smarter Training Starts Here

Polar invented the world’s first heart rate monitor and pioneered the Smart Coaching training approach that delivers faster progress and better results.


Running Index
Stride Sensor Bluetooth Smart includes:
Running Index

When connected with the Running Index upgrade within the Polar Beat app, you will receive your Running Index score. Your Running Index score is calculated automatically after every run, based on your heart rate and the speed data collected from your Stride Sensor Bluetooth Smart. A higher reading indicates that you can run faster with less effort. Regular use over time allows you to see how efficient your running is.

Running Index is available as a paid upgrade on the Polar Beat Training app.


Polar Customer Care

When you purchase a Polar accessory, you get more than what’s in the box. We’ll be there to provide advice and assistance for your training and to help you get the most out of your new product. The Polar Stride Sensor Bluetooth Smart includes a 2 year limited warranty.

$ 54.95

Customer Reviews

62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars
World’s 1st bluetooth stride sensor has it’s good and bads. And for you serious runners, SIZE DOES MATTER!, June 9, 2013
A. Elkins “Tony E.” (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

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Like many iPhone5 users, I’ve been looking for a compatible stride sensor. There are already several Bluetooth heart rate monitors on the market that were compatible, but if I wanted to track my stride / cadence, I had to resort to the old ANT+ technology. Thought it is possible to use both ANT+ and Bluetooth sensors concurrently, I had a big ANT+ receiver attached to a lightning-31 pin adapter sticking off of my iPhone5.

Now that the Polar bluetooth sensor is available, and by my research, is the only Bluetooth stride sensor on the market at this time, I gave it a try. My first impression coming out of the package is that THIS THING IS HUGE! Runners used to the Nike foot pod or Garmin foot pods that fit neatly in that pocket in the sole of your shoe, or discreetly clip on to your laces will be taken aback by this very large Bluetooth stride sensor. Not only is it large in size, but has considerable mass as well. I noticed a slight but still perceptible weight and even windspeed resistance of the foot to which this sensor was attached. I’m not sure a serious runner could tolerate such a device. I wonder if the new technology required such a large sensor or if it’s just a design flaw by Polar.

The clip to attach it to your laces must actually have the laces passed through it, so it takes a moment to attach, and does not easily clip on and off so that you might switch it between your various running shoes. The attachment unit is not really a clip so much as a “harness” for its massive sensor payload. I do a lot of obstacle racing and trail racing. Though the attachment harness is sturdy, I could imaging weeds or branches that I’m running through easily snagging on or banging against the sensor.

As for it’s function, the sensor did accurately measure my stride and cadence and was accurate in the woods, where the GPS becomes useless for tracking my distances. I did some 4 mile trail runs with it and it was spot on in the distances.

Thus, for function, I’d give it 5 stars. For it’s cumbersome size and weight, I’d give it 2 stars. For it’s difficulty in attaching to the shoe and switching between shoes I’d give it 3 stars. Average, 3 stars.


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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Perfect!, November 20, 2013
This review is from: Polar Stride Sensor Bluetooth Smart (Sports)

Customer Video Review Length:: 5:55 Mins

Moved me from can’t run, to marathon runner

*Please check out my video for more information*

-I want to start off by telling you WHY I bought this product (If you do not want to hear about this, please scroll down):

This sensor in conjunction with the Polar H7 Bluetooth Smart Heart Rate Sensor honestly changed my life. I have always been in good shape, but running more than a mile or two was A SERIOUS TASK! I never knew why I was so awful at running and why I always ran out of breath after just a few minutes of running but I could do sprints for days. My first realization came into play when I was at the gym running on the treadmill and I decided to place my hands on the heart rate sensors. I’m 21 and my heart rate was about 195 after just 1.3 miles running at about 7mph. For people who don’t know, that is EXTREMELY HIGH!! I decided to look around to figure out what was going on and I purchased Polar H7 Bluetooth Smart Heart Rate Sensor. This monitored my heart rate and I was able to better control my speed to keep my heart rate at lower level. Then someone told my that my cadence was way off. I honestly had no idea what that meant until I looked it up. Ideally, you want to have an even time division between strides.

The stride sensor relays information to your phone through the Polar Beat app that can help your realize that your running form is wrong. For myself, once I corrected my form I felt like I could run for days without getting tired. What was happening is that my body was using all of this extra energy doing weird motions and accelerating/decelerating all the time. It also allows you to track information like how fast and long you are running.

After correcting this, running became more fun for me. I started looking forward to running and a good friend of mine decided to run a marathon with me. Good things happened and we ended up running the Columbus Marathon together at just about 10mins/mile.

A lot of people (including myself) have used the Nike+ shoe pods and hated them. I always had issues with them not connecting or stating connected and the distances seemed way off. Because the Polar Stride Sensor is connected with bluetooth instead of a radio frequency, there will be almost zero interference or reason for the pairing to fail. Another huge reason that I love this is that it is much more accurate than GPS. If you want proof, take out your phone and try to have your GPS locate your exact location. Chances are that it will only be able to get it within about a 30 foot radius even with good cell signal. This creates problems in estimating your pace because it’s not exact. By having a sensor mounted directly on your foot, you get a much more accurate measurement for your pace which will help you train better and more efficiently.

-What does this stride sensor do?:
-stride length
-distance (if you are inside or don’t have GPS available )

-shock resistant
-water resistant
-black (so it won’t look dirty)
-easy to change battery

-Takes a while to change it to different shoes

A lot of people say that this pod is way too big and cumbersome however I honestly forget that it is there when I run. This is something that runners of all levels will appreciate if they run with their phones. There is anything better out there.

I have another product from Polar that I use during cardio routines like Insanity or P90X that I love and recommend to people who do not like carrying their phone around with them. Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor

Here is another video from Polar about how to get it all set up: […]


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Works with iPhone and Polar/Wahoo app, June 26, 2013
C. J. McDonald (Dubuque, IA) – See all my reviews

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Got this for treadmill runs. Wahoo Fitness will recognize this sensor, but there is a glitch where it’ll stop recording when you start a run. As of 26-June, tech support said they’ll have a fix in the next release. Works well with the Polar app, but needed to be calibrated.

I’ve heard a few people say this sensor is big and bulky. This is my first foot pod, so I have no basis for comparison, but its not big enough for me to feel when running or be a bother.

I wish there was an easier way to take the sensor off instead of unlacing your shoes, but I’ll live.

Now I’m fully BLE for my run/bike gear, woohoo!

Update 26-Oct;

Wahoo officially added support for this sensor in their latest app release. I did a few calibration runs this past week. The app tracks distance well once calibrated. However, the pace is all over the place – I think the data used is too noisy, hopefully they can get this corrected. I think its just the way Wahoo is looking at the data and not a function of the sensor itself, so still a 5 star product.

Otherwise, great support for this cool little sensor just in time for the treadmill season!


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