In 1975, Professor Seppo Säynäjäkangas, the founder of POLAR, met up with an old friend whilst skiing in Kempele, Finland. His friend, a cross-country skiing coach, was frustrated by the fact that there was no way to accurately record his team’s heart rates during training. Intrigued by this, the Professor realized the benefits of portable heart rate monitors and set to work.
Just over a year later he founded POLAR, near the city of Oulu, Finland - a region renowned for its technological research and surrounded by some of the most challenging environments in Europe. Professor Säynäjäkangas quickly identified the area as the perfect setting to test his pioneering equipment to its limits.
In 1979 POLAR filed its first patent for wireless heart rate measurement and in 1982, launched the first ever wire-free wearable heart rate monitor, changing the way athletes trained forever. Now, over 30 years after that first moment of inspiration, POLAR provides the most comprehensive product range in the industry. From basic models that help motivate and inform beginners and regular exercisers, to providing complete training systems for world champions across numerous disciplines.