The test of the Grit X2 Pro, the latest outdoor watch from Polar which wants to play in the big leagues

With a price of €749, the consumer must, however, be demanding and expect this watch to play in the same league as the Fenix ​​or Epix from Garmin, or the Vertix from Coros and Vertical from Suunto. The top of the range of outdoor connected GPS watches.

Here is the verdict of our test.

A very successful outdoor look

Visually, the Polar Grit X2 Pro is impressive. Both its wider case (49 mm), especially in its Titanium version (…at €869.9 with a leather strap) and its Amoled screen (35 mm) give it a real look of what we expect from a high-end outdoor watch: safety, robustness, class, with even a hint of aggressiveness.

As soon as we turn on the screen and move between the different widgets, we know that we are dealing with a Polar. But when turned off, it has some similarities with Garmin’s Epix 2.

Despite its sturdy look, it is the lightest watch (79 grams) in this high-end trail/outdoor segment. 19 grams less, for example, than an Epix Pro. The Titan version even goes down to 64 grams. The bezel glass is sapphire, therefore presented as scratch-resistant.

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A robust and attractive look for the Polar Grit X2 Pro. ©IPM

Progress to position itself among the players that matter

Yes, this Polar Grit X2 Pro is a real, qualitative outdoor watch. There is no doubt about it. The question to ask, however, is whether, at this price, it now offers enough arguments for us to choose it over another.

The Amoled screen is a major advance, but is now becoming commonplace on high-end GPS connected watches. Its management has been made much more intelligent than at the start of the Vantage V3, the first Polar model to offer this type of screen. Very energy consuming, the screen remained either completely on or completely off. In sporting activity, where we appreciate having a screen always on, this had a major impact on autonomy. Now, when you don’t touch it for a few seconds, the screen stays on but at a lower intensity. This helped boost autonomy.

The mapping, which was also a first on the Vantage V3, has made progress, which has also been deployed on the model just mentioned. We remain on a map without much relief and where it is not possible to distinguish between paths and small roads for example, but the improvements are there. If you leave the route you have preloaded, the trace you leave on your map takes this into account. Logical but, at the start of Vantage V3, this was not the case and your history remained stuck on the initially planned track.

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Mapping, although effective, has some limits when pushed to its limits. ©IPM

We must also welcome the arrival of vertical speed fields and the presence of a dual frequency multi GNSS chip which boosts the precision of your tracking, with a rather small impact on autonomy.

Battery life depends a lot on the use of the Amoled screen. When working, we prefer to have the screen on all the time, rather than having to make an unnatural gesture with the wrist to check our data. There, allow approximately 20 to 22 hours of activity. It’s easy to see, but not enough if you want to complete a 100 mile run in the mountains for example (unless you’re very, very strong). With the screen turning off after a few seconds, you will easily exceed 40 hours. In a connected watch, we let the screen turn off when we are not using it. Which offers around ten days without having to go to the refill station. Performances which are generally at the level of those of the Epix Pro (it depends on the format) but below, for example, the Suunto Race, a more affordable watch which also has an Amoled screen.

Details… that make the difference

Still, there are certain details that continue to bother us when using it.

Despite the size of the screen and the numerous possibilities of the watch, you can only include 4 data maximum on a single screen. Where some models, other brands allow up to 8. Which can make sense when you are trail or ultra-trail.

Polar has added, on this model, automatic pause when using high precision tracking. If it’s very practical on the bike in the event of a break, it sometimes gets stuck on the trail. When we were in the woods and had to walk on a slope of more than 20%, there were many times when the watch stopped while we were moving forward, albeit slowly. Rather disturbing.

As for the cartography, we can only regret that this watch designed for the outdoors offers a basic map that does not include all the small trails and that it is difficult to differentiate between a small road and a dirt road. .

The challenge for the Polar Grit X2 Pro will be to stand out against the competition in the high-end and outdoor segment.
The challenge for the Polar Grit X2 Pro will be to stand out against the competition in the high-end and outdoor segment. ©IPM

For which profile?

This Polar Grit

But the positioning of this Polar Grit X2 Pro against the competition is ultimately not obvious for the Finnish brand. The price (€749) is high, more than a Fenix ​​7 Pro which certainly does not have an Amoled screen but remains considered the best in terms of features. And more than a Coros Vertix 2 or a Suunto Vertical.

Polar’s challenge with this Grit X2 Pro is to convince those who would be tempted by a Garmin Epix 2 Pro not to spend 100 euros more in order to opt for the Polar Grit a little less for competing models which have proven themselves.

WE love

  • Its look and robustness
  • The super bright Amoled screen
  • Corrections to the mapping compared to V3
  • Implementing Vertical Velocity Data

We don’t like

  • A map that maintains limits (lack of details, no turn by turn except via Komoot)
  • The price
  • Maximum four data on the screen
The different versions of the Polar Grit X2 Pro.
The different versions of the Polar Grit X2 Pro. ©DR

The technical sheet in brief

  • Model : Polar Grit X2 Pro
  • Price : €749 (€869.9 for the Titan version)
  • Autonomy: +/- 40 hours with screen on in activity; ten days in a connected watch with screen turning off after a few seconds.
  • Weight : 79 grams
  • Touch screen : 454 x 454 pixels)
  • Case: 47 x 47 x 13.4mm


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