Polar RCX5 GPS Watch
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- Watch and heart rate monitor is versatile and durable enough for any sporting activity; designed for triathletes, serious runners, and endurance athletes
- Unique sports profiles guarantee swift switch between sports; ZoneOptimizer coaches you to train at the right intensity, improving performance with downloadable endurance training programs
- Unit provides heart rate information even in water with comfortable hybrid transmitter; Race pace function helps you cross finish line in time
- Comes with RCX5 training computer, WearLink+ Hybrid transmitter, G5 GPS sensor, DataLink data transfer unit, RCX5 Getting Started Guide, and G5 GPS sensor User Manual
- Includes limited two-year manufacturer's warranty
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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.
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A couple of quibbles: the PDF booklet and the website are fairly scant on how to set up the device and not terribly well written. I find that making changes on the watch itself seems somewhat more intuitive than the old heart rate monitor, that said, one cannot do the setting up of the preferences on the computer/website and upload to the watch as best I can tell in any straight forward way. With my old heart rate monitor, one could start to see one's baseline heart rate before starting exercise or after finishing a run. As best I can tell, you can only see the heart rate when actually starting to track an exercise session. Not a huge deal, but for me I did like the ability to see my resting heart rate or how fast it took me to recover baseline heart rate post exercise.
Overall a dramatic improvement in performance with a smaller profile for the actual watch.
January 2013: I have now been using for 8 months. The monitor continues to perform well. Some items that people may want to consider: Many triathletes like to upload their information to third party apps such as Training Peaks or Strava. This watch is designed to upload somewhat "automatically" to Polar's own website/application for reviewing training data.Though the website is OK and has moderate functionality it does not allow for easy uploading of any data not captured with the Polar monitor and has limited functionality when compared with Training Peaks or Strava. 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. Many triathletes train with a power meter. Unless one uses Polar's power meter, one cannot include this data on the Polar website. Again, a separate application such as Training Peaks is far more useful for aggregating data from multiple sources. I do find the GPS somewhat finnicky about immediately locking into a GPS location, sometimes it is very quick and about 20 percent of the time it takes about 5-10 minutes to "lock on" resulting in incomplete data capture for speed.The watch itself and the HR monitor strap continue to perform well. Given the frustrations with the integration with third party applications and the less than intuitive instructions for exporting data, I would probably downgrade my original review from a 5 to 4 to 4.5
Im glad I came back.
Easier watch settings and sync. Good online software. Thinner, great display too. So far so good.
I think this product is really expensive, and i need more answers and dedication to solve my problem !