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Be sure you get what you order
on August 9, 2013
I am going to review the product in a second, but first a caveat: be sure that if you order the s3+ that what you get is the s3+ (the newest version of the footpod), not the old version (which doesn't work as well). I initially ordered through an Amazon 3rd party, a fitness and sports store, and though I definitely ordered the s3+, they sent me the s3 WIND. Not having seen either before, I didn't realize this, but I could tell the s3 WIND didn't work right with my watch (Polar RCX5). It was about 1/2 mile off out of the package, and even after I calibrated it twice on a track it was still about 1/4 mile off. So I sent it back and ordered directly from Amazon and--surprise--got a totally different package with an actual s3+ footpod that was only off by .03 miles out of the package. So buyer beware. Don't pay the same amount for the wrong product.
Information in this review about these products:
Polar S1 footpod
Polar S3+ footpod
Polar RCX5 watch
Polar datalink (USB drive)
My four stars is for the product, not the problematic seller I mentioned above.
I used an S1 footpod for years with my old Polar watch, and it was fantastic--I almost never calibrated it and it was very accurate, even after I moved it from one pair of shoes to another as I wore them out. Though both still worked all right after 6 or 7 years, I decided it was time for newer technology and upgraded both my watch and footpod. With the s3+, as someone else mentioned, you really need a marked track since the calibration can be off so slightly. Also be sure to walk or run at a steady pace when you calibrate; the s3+ seems to be more sensitive about that than the S1 was.
Both footpods come with the actual sensor, the shoe holder, and a battery. That was unclear to me when I purchased since all you see is the actual sensor in the photos here and elsewhere.
I was surprised how much smaller the s3+ is than the S1. I didn't really notice the weight of the S1, but it was a lot bulkier. I don't feel the s3+ at all, and it's a lot easier to stretch afterward if you can actually grab your foot rather than constantly grabbing the footpod. I had to teach my watch to recognize the s3+ by using the watch itself, because the USB packaged with the watch is useless -- my computers can't even see it (Windows 7). The s3+ also provides a lot more information to the watch (which is itself capable of receiving more information) than the S1 did, including stride length and cadence.
It's a little frustrating that Polar's technology doesn't sync with other, more common systems like Nike and especially the iPod/iPhone, but I've always liked my Polar products because I find them to be rugged and accurate. Finally, as another person mentioned, be aware that you can't use the GPS and the footpod simultaneously.