Innovative new Polar Verity Sense reads heart rate from arm or temple

A new option for those who don’t get on with wrist or chest strap heart rate monitors

Polar has launched its “next generation” heart rate monitor, the Verity Sense. Using an optical sensor, the Verity Sense can measure your heart rate from the arm or temple, offering - according to Polar - increased “versatility beyond chest straps or wrist-based devices.”

The Finnish-based company has over 40 years of expertise in wearable sports technology, with a wider ecosystem including smart watches, head units and various other heart rate monitors.

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg