Polar CS600 Heart Rate Monitor and Cycling Computer
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The Polar CS600X Cycling computer has been designed with a smart Fitness Test that tells you exactly what you need to know in just five minutes by regularly comparing your test results. You can see what progress you are making and how your fitness is improving. Another feature with the CS600X is the OwnCal feature. This is the most accurate calorie counter. It calculates the number of calories expended during a training session based on your weight, height, age, gender, your individual maximum heart rate and how hard you're training. The Orthostatic Test is an easy and reliable test to determine your current condition. It shows how your heart rate responds to training and factors such as stress and illness. By repeating the test regularly, you'll learn what to expect with your heart rate and what can affect it. You can then adjust your training to allow your body to recover when it needs it. The training load and recovery shows you how much your training affected your body and how long it takes for you to recover. Continuous monitoring of training load and recovery will help you recognise personal limits. Ultimately, all of the information collected by the Polar CS600X can be uploaded to polarpersonaltrainer.com for more comprehensive analysis that can be accessed anytime, anywhere.
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1. Compact unit without strap, useful for placing on machines and seeing real-time HR (rather than having it on a strap hard to see when rowing for example and running).
2. Displays AVERAGE HR in real-time (extremely useful feature for HR based Intervals over a time period)
3. W.I.N.D strap whilst not compatible with machines is FAR better in reliability (and distance) than a traditional wearlink and suffers almost zero dropouts/inaccurate readings.
4. 1 sec accuracy and R-R measurements.
1. Graph view can only show real-time HR trend. And Display #2 on graph view is useless for those that don't use it as a cycle computer.
Overall: Superb for Serious Cardio at the Gym although it is of course not designed as such.
Previous Polar experience: S610i, S810, RS400.
Easy to use; unbelievably versatile.
I do long distance cycling so advantages for me are:
**Excellent battery life (Unit takes 2 X CR2354, 3v lithium batteries) had unit for 1 year, 485 hrs worth of use; still going strong!
**Change the info on screen AND changing the amount of screens you want to view data; i.e. use it on my turbo, trainer bike, road bike & mtb)
**Changing the recording times i.e. 1, 2, 5, 15 or 60 seconds. (Recently did 600 km ride, 34 hrs at 5 secs recording with 34% space left)
**Can be put in the pocket & will still record (I do this when going into shop to buy food but still want to record my time)
**Easy to program using software (Being able to see miles, kms or time counting down is a great use)
#Have to buy extra sensors which although when bought separately does add up but saves on unit battery life & data recording space;
#Back light isn't great at night better off using a headtorch
#Polar website only has FAQ to assist & the PDF you download (for free) is too basic. Neither do the unit justice.
Finally this is only a snipit of what the units capable of but needless too say I've ridden with other cyclists who use Garmin & they're always complaining about the units running out of power or the GPS not working when under trees etc..
But well worth the money!
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