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Polar RS800 Heart Rate Monitor Watch

by Polar

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  • Wrist-style heart rate monitor and stopwatch geared for elite level athletes and coaches
  • With optionally available S3 Stride Sensor, receive highly consistent and accurate speed/pace, distance and cadence data
  • Polar WearLink W.I.N.D. transmitter with 2.4 GHz disturbance-free transmission
  • Includes Polar Protrainer 5 training, planning and analyzing software
  • Dual time zone, alarm with snooze, and water resistance to 50 meters


Product Description

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Designed for elite-level training, the Polar RS800 wrist heart rate monitor a complete system for planning, monitoring and analyzing your training. It includes the comfortable textile Polar WearLink W.I.N.D. transmitter with 2.4 GHz disturbance-free transmission from all other electronic devices. It comes with Polar's ProTrainer 5 software--the most advanced and dynamic training, planning and analyzing software on the market. Easily prepare a detailed training program and transfer your daily training plan to the RS800 via a wireless infrared connection. It also features a built-in altimeter for recording altitude and ascent for route profile and total meters climbed.

And when used in conjunction with the optionally available Polar S3 Stride Sensor, you'll receive highly consistent and accurate speed/pace, distance and cadence data via its nano technology. It incorporates Polar's W.I.N.D. technology, offers water resistance and a user replaceable battery, and is fully compatible with the Adidas AdiStar Fusion running shoe.

Heart rate monitoring includes maximum heart rate (fitness test-based and age-based), maximum/average of total exercise and of each lap (up to 99 laps), three target zones, and audible alarms. It also offers such timing features as time of day (12/24-hour display), dual time zone, day and date display, stopwatch, and alarm with snooze. It also includes the following exclusive Polar features:

  • Polar Sport Zones: Polar sport zones provides an easy way to select and monitor the intensity of your training and to follow Polar's sport zones based training programs. The training is divided into five zones based on percentages of your maximum heart rate: very light (50-60%HRmax), light (60-70% HRmax), moderate (70-80%HRmax), hard (80-90% HRmax) and maximum (90-100% HRmax).
  • Polar OwnCal: This feature shows your energy expenditure during one exercise session as well as your accumulated kilocalories during several exercise sessions. You can set daily and weekly exercise goals in terms of calorie expenditure with the OwnCal feature. Because the OwnCal tracks both the energy expenditure during one exercise session and the accumulated kilocalories during a longer time e.g. one week, it helps in achieving both short term and long term goals.
  • Polar OwnZone: This feature guides you through an appropriate warm-up routine and automatically determines a safe and effective exercise heart rate zone--your OwnZone--while taking into account your current physical condition.
  • R-R Intervals / Online HR Variability: Measures heart beat intervals and reflects autonomic nervous system in heartbeat regulation. The R-R interval measurement is most useful at rest and at low intensities. Relaxation rate indicates the state of your physical recovery.

Manufacturer's Warranty
The original purchaser of this heart rate monitor is backed by a limited warranty that states that this product that the product will be free from defects in material or workmanship for two years from the date of purchase.

Note:
Polar heart rate monitors are precision instruments; consumers are not advised to change their own battery. Polar recommends that all service be done by an authorized Polar Service Center which will include a warranty for 90 days on repairs and 6 months for batteries.

About Polar
The first EKG accurate wireless heart rate monitor was invented by Polar back in 1977 as a training tool for the Finnish National Cross Country Ski Team. The concept of "intensity training" by heart rate swept the athletic world in the eighties. By the 1990s, individuals were looking to heart rate monitors not only for performance training needs, but also for achieving everyday fitness goals. Today, the same concept of heart rate training is being used by world-class athletes as well as everyday people trying to lose weight. Polar is the leading brand among consumers, coaches, and personal trainers worldwide and the company is committed to not only producing the best products, but also being the leading educator on the benefits of heart rate based exercise.

Product Description

The RS800 is designed for the elite level endurance athletes and coach. The new WearLink W.I.N.D. transmitter with 2.4 GHz transmission is disturbance free of all other electronic devises. Analyze training data with the new ProTrainer 5, avoid overtraining with OwnOptimizer, track fitness improvements with OwnIndex, and much more.

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000IV2SIS
  • Item model number: 90026373
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Customer Reviews

IR transfer simply doesn't work on the Mac.
Charles H. Megnin
Polar refuses to address this, they ignore it in their forums and will not answer emails.
Lyle Mcdonald
Finally after about 6 months the batter in the watch died.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lyle Mcdonald on July 17, 2008
I have used Polar Heart rate monitors for years and, having become interested in tracking heart rate variability choose to purchase the RS800 so that I could do the analysis.

I'd note that I had the same problem as the other reviewer with Watchsavings, who did not include the IR interface (they claim that Amazon mis-listed the product).

While the watch has excellent features and an easy interface, there's a major problem: the infrared transmission system (used to transfer the data into the computer software) crapped out after 3 weeks and completely stopped working.

Looking over the web, this is not an isolated incident. People are reporting that they get data off the watch for a day or two, a week or two, one friend I have who bought one never go a single piece of data off his watch. I contacted a local running store and their employee told me that she had an identical problem, the watch stopped transferring data after 2 weeks. Polar kept telling her that the problem was on her end until she returned it for a refund.

Polar refuses to address this, they ignore it in their forums and will not answer emails.

This is unacceptable, the features of the watch (namely the heart rate variability) are contingent on getting the data transferred to the computer. That Polar refuses to admit or deal with the problem only makes it worse.

Given that other products can readily make a physical USB interface work, there's no reason for Polar to have gone this route and used a technology that is clearly faulty. This is one top of the fact that Polar decided to use a non-standard USB driver for Windows.

I have since replaced the Polar with the SuuntoT6 which went with a physical (clip) USB interface. While their software is not as good as Polar's at least I can get the data off of the watch.

I will NEVER purchase another Polar product.

Lyle
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nisey on February 4, 2008
This watch is perfect!! You can create your own program either with the software or in the watch directly. I did extensive research and this is the best value I found. The watch is well made and I have had no glitch or funny readings as with some of the cheaper watches I have tried like the Mio or Polar's lower brands without coded belt. Speaking of which, the coded belt is comfortable and I have gotten zero interference from all the equipment in the gym or anyone else's hrm. My friends have had this problem with other brands. I spent about 1 1/2 hours reading the manual and playing around and I pretty much can navigate around in the menu with my eyes closed. Best deal I found was from a company which had free shipping and free IRD device..which you need if you want to view your session in the software. I paid $369.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charles H. Megnin on March 12, 2011
I have owned this HRM for almost three years, used it frequently at first, sporadically after a few months.
With several LEDs now dead, it is largely unusable.

In principle, this is a great HRM, with an extensive range of functions.

However, in addition to the poor durability of this expensive device, the following quirks make this a poor choice for a
useful HRM:

* Many functions are buried deep. Combine this with an unintuitive user interface and making use of the functions is a pain without memorizing a sequence of clicks.
* The watch requires applying significant pressure on the buttons, making surfing the levels of functionality challenging during a work out. I gave up after a few months and ended up simply using the heart rate function (not a great deal at close to $400).
* IR transfer simply doesn't work on the Mac.
* The groove on the plastic battery case gets easily frayed, making it increasingly difficult to change the batteries. I now need a 1" wide screwdriver - not a big deal but another annoyance.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By markluck on September 15, 2008
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I had to work through three of these before I got one that functioned for any period of time. First one quit second time in pool, second one band fell off. Then, after a year, moisture got inside the cover on the third just as I started to like it. I sold it after that. Three was enough.
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