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Polar RCX3 RUN Heart Rate Monitor
- Designed with recreational users in mind and those preparing for some running events
- Training benefit gives you instant feedback after your session
- Helps you train at the right intensity with personal sport zones
- Improves performance with endurance training programs
- Compatible with Polar running, cycling and GPS sensors
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|Collection||—||Beurer PM25||autumn-winter 16||Garmin Vivo||Garmin XT||Garmin Vivo|
|Item Dimensions||10.01 x 15.01 x 10.01 cm||1 x 1 x 1 cm||3.73 x 27 x 1.19 cm||4.09 x 0.79 x 25.68 cm||4.83 x 1.27 x 5.59 cm||3.05 x 22.61 x 1.27 cm|
|Item Weight||200 grams||122 grams||45 grams||38 grams||59 grams||45 grams|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||1 Watt Hours||0.66 Watt Hours||0.7 Watt Hours||0.04 Watt Hours||0.1 Watt Hours||0.8 Watt Hours|
|Size||—||One Size||Large Strap||One||One Size||XL (16.2cm-22.5cm)|
|Style||—||Wrist Based Heart Rate Monitor||Music + Headphones||Vivoactive standard||Forerunner With Heart Rate Monitor||EU Model|
The Polar RCX3 RUN heart rate monitor has been designed with recreational users in mind and those preparing for some running events. It provides instant feedback on each training session and helps the user train at the optimal intensity. The Polar RCX3 training computer is supplied together with other devices that include: Polar WearLink®+ transmitter W.I.N.D, Polar s3+ stride sensor and Polar DataLink data transfer unit. The set also includes the RCX3 getting started guide and s3+ stride sensor user manual. The Polar RCX3 RUN allows for measuring average and maximum heart rate of each lap, average, minimum and maximum heart rate of training and even the highest number of heart beats per minute (bpm) during maximum physical exertion (HRmax) which is useful for determining the intensity of training. It also enables measuring the user's aerobic fitness at rest in merely five minutes. The s3/s3+ stride sensor enables measuring average stride length (length of one step), distance (training, lap, trip and total) as well as speed/pace and Running Index that gives daily information about the performance level, aerobic fitness and running economy. The WearLink®+ transmitter W.I.N.D. is the latest generation of Polar's proprietary heart rate sensing device equipped with a soft textile chest strap. It utilises wireless transmission technology with minimal interference. Whereas the DataLink enables easy wireless data transfer between the training computer and polarpersonaltrainer.com (optional). This great device can be plugged to any USB port on a Mac or PC and detect the training computer in the room.
Top customer reviews
It shows pace and heart rate when linked with the supplied footpod. It does need a bit of calibration to improve accuracy.
It let's me download the data to the polar website to give me an overview of my training. It makes me want to go out and train to see if I can improve my running index.
There is option to add more sensors later if I decide to include cycling or even a gps.
The foot pod also enables you to gauge your performance in terms of stride length, etc., so you can see in this way too how you are improving.
The training programs downloaded from the web are very good. In my case it's handy to stop myself from over-training or pushing too hard too often -- all heart ranges are important. Just because I can spend an hour at 165 to 180 bpm, that doesn't mean it's a good idea (and I'm not as young as I used to be).
The batteries in the watch and foot pod seem to last well and are easily replaceable. The backlight is 'just enough', and only that, but it does save battery.
If you are a beginner and think this is out of your league, I would consider it anyway depending on the purchase price and the difference between the cheaper model you are considering. It will save you from wanting to upgrade later, and this does all you need without being over the top. The foot pod does add the element of distance run, and stride speed and length, and the usb wireless connectivity is very handy -- these two units would cost you something to buy separately.
Do get yourself a training program, it's part of the expertise value of this Polar product. All your info is easily accessible on the web, so you can see how you're doing in all kinds of ways -- distances, times, efficiency, fitness, calories, approx. fat calories... If you are starting out, take it easy: if you can't keep your heart rate down to a particular zone, either continue anyway if you're just a few beats over, or mix jogging and walking -- you'll soon improve, in two or three months you'll be going quite happily. Not over-doing it can speed your progress.
For a balanced review, I'm trying to think of something to criticize, but nothing really stands out.
The software is good. The only gripes I have are that it won't let you create sports and sync to the unit, they upload as 'other' and then you have to correct in the software online) and that the online software doesn't remember things like your preferred calendar view. If they did an iphone/Android app (why not polar??) then it would be top class. They do one that links direct to an HRM strap but not PPT online
The only downside to this watch is the lack of integrated GPS, it comes in a separate unit (not included). For me this is actually a good thing as mostly I don't want GPS (use indoors) and the footpod is very accurate. It also means the battery last months (instead of days) and the unit is much more slimline than say the RC3 model.
Anyway, after 5 years running It's my first Polar HRM (before SIGMA and GARMIN), and now i'm learning to train!! My previous devices just gave data, but Polar teach you how to do it (intensity, frequency, rest time...). Impressed with all the useful data on [...]
Really happy with it; I just would upgrade to RCX5 because of 2 minor features: actual cadence and possibility to personalize the data in the screen (GARMIN FR305 had it)
1 star missing for the 2 following reasons:
- advices after run are quite repetitive
- sync with the computer can be difficult sometimes
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