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Polar RCX5 GPS Watch

by Polar
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Price: $269.00 - $605.02
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  • Polar RCX5 training computer
  • Polar WearLink�+ Hybrid transmitter
  • Polar G5 GPS sensor
  • Polar DataLink data transfer unit
  • RCX5 Getting Started Guide, G5 GPS sensor User Manual

$269.00 - $605.02

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Polar RCX5 GPS Watch + Polar Universal Bike Mount For Wrist Unit + Polar Cadence Sensor W.I.N.D.
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Product Description

Monitor Heart Rate for Superior Performance For triathletes and endurance athletes looking for better performance. At a glance: Allows you to create your own sport profiles and quickly switch between them ZoneOptimizer personalizes your sport zones during your warm-up Improves performance with endurance training programs, downloadable for free from polarpersonaltrainer.com with the Polar DataLink Provides heart rate even in water with a comfortable hybrid transmitter * Compatible with Polar running, cycling and GPS sensors Up to 8-11 months of battery life * If you're swimming in salt water or highly chlorinated water, Polar recommend that you use the T31 coded transmitter. Smart Coaching Features: Endurance Programs: Guiding you to improve your running and cycling performance. Fitness Test: Tells you exactly how your fitness is developing. Running Index: Illustrates how your running performance is developing. Smart Calories: Lets you know exactly how many calories you've burned. Training Load: Helps you find the perfect balance between rest and training. ZoneOptimizer: Ensures you always train at the right intensity.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B005LH3GMG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,850 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

Much better than before models.
mgarcia
Though one can export data files from the Polar website or upload data files downloaded from the watch, neither process is at all friendly or intuitive.
Peter Lundeen
I love the GPS when I run or bike outside.
Darrin Wightman

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By ericimp on July 24, 2012
Color Name: RedSize Name: Multi-Sport Verified Purchase
I was a big fan of HR training before GPS enabled watches/hr monitors entered the market. May last HR monitor was a Polar s710 (i believe) and that was a looooooong time ago. For the past 8 years i have just trained for fitness and weight management and am happy with just a plain watch to monitor how long i have been doing an activity and my perceived effort to put me in a safe zone of exercising but not straining.

I recently signed up for a long distance tri race and had to put some direction on my training to ensure that i will be able to finish the event in the prescribed time, hence I decided to once again look for a reliable HR watch. After asking around, I was inclined to get a Garmin (305/310xt) but seeing how bulky it was-- i was turned off.

I searched the net and found a very useful site that reviewed in details the different training watches ([...]).

I went with the Polar RCX5 because of the following reasons:
- size and look (and yes, i have gotten compliments on how good the watch looks when worn casually)
- battery life (both watch and GPS unit)
- ability to train with hr, pace, distance, etc
- using only 1 equipment for all tri activities (swim, bike and run)
- ease of use

i am very pleased i decided on Polar RCX5 instead of the other watches. This is my first GPS training equipment, I am not inclined to over analyze what I do/train-- i just need it simple but guiding my training in the right direction. This watch has given me that and more.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mishele on January 13, 2012
This is my third Polar HR product in 10 years, and I bought it to replace a 265X (okay, only the heart rate transmitter was acting up, but still). I got the foot pod and the gps sensor because I run indoors (treadmill and indoor track) and outdoors, and from the comprehensive review from blogger DC Rainmaker, it sounded like the foot pod wasn't a piece of crap as it was with the 265. I'll review everything separately:
The watch: It's lovely. I'm a woman, but I so love the low profile and easy-to-read face that I often find myself wearing this even when I'm not exercising. For me, that's a Polar first. There are 5 training views you can choose from while you're working out; each has a different combination of pace, distance, heart rate, avg heart rate, avg heart rate, time, elapsed time, lap time, etc. You can't customize these, but come on--there's 5. You can find your favorite. I tend to toggle between two, but the watch buttons are as responsive as you'd expect from a watch this price, so it's not an issue.

Foot pod: I had some difficulty in calibrating this accurately the first time, but it could've been because I was impatient and ran an unmarked mile course. It was way off. Once I recalibrated, I found this to be pretty accurate, though not 100% on with the gps unit--maybe 2-4% difference when I wear them both at the same time. Unlike the GPS-crazed, I'm not sold on GPS accuracy, so I'm not sure this is damning evidence of my calibration or the foot pod, or just the GPS. At any rate, you really can't complain about 2% variation. This foot pod is light and comfortable. While it takes one of the fancy flat batteries rather than standard ones, it's a heck of a lot lighter than the hold S1 foot pod, and I use it regularly (again, unlike the S1).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By francisco javier escobar on November 25, 2011
Color Name: BlackSize Name: 0000
I Swim 4 day a week, and the weekend,Saturday is for Jogging, and Sunday is for my bike, I compare this product with the garmin 910, and for me the polar it's much better than the other for one reason, you can check you heart in the water, with the garmin only you can count the strokes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ramon Alejandro Insua on June 21, 2013
Color Name: BlackSize Name: 0000 Verified Purchase
I'm mostly a runner and I'm really into biofeedback. I was torn between the RCX5, the RS800CX and the Garmin Forerunner 610. After careful consideration decided to go for the RCX5 based mostly on the fact that it had a better price and was less conspicuous. I'm very happy I did. The RCX5 does what it says in the tin and more. I never thought I would be planning my trainings beforehand but I now find myself planning a week ahead just for the fun of it. I design my runs myself based on the events (work/stress related) of the week at polarpersonaltrainer.com, sync them to the RCX5 and after reading Phil Maffetone's "The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing" my runs include a warm up, cool down and a very specific HR range according to a totally different formula based on my current fitness/health. The RCX5 has been perfect for this (I didn't intend to use it this way when I bought it since I hadn't read the book I mentioned). The GPS works like a charm. Never lost it's signal even running in really fowl weather and under dense tree cover. The HR strap is super comfortable, never any issues. It syncs really fast with my pc (Windows XP). The armband for the G5 GPS unit is quite comfortable. I'm not quite fond of armbands because they draw attention and are sometimes annoying, specially if you are running sleeveless under heavy sun (there will be a mark). There's a clip to attach the G5 GPS to your shorts that you can order separately. Since it's really little it wouldn't bother anyone, but the armband it's so comfortable you forget it's there. Also the RCX5 has a "reminder" you can set at a given interval of time or distance. I set it to remind me to drink every 15 minutes.Read more ›
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