POLAR RS800cx – Review

As a Triathlete I enjoy nothing more than trawling though training data and as such I was delighted to receive the Polar RS800CX Run Heart Rate Monitor to review!
The monitor arrived with 2 main accessories:

  • The G3 GPS sensor (which is worn on your arm)
  • The WIND Heart Rate Transmitter (worn on your chest)
G3 GPS Sensor

First impressions:

The RS800CX appearance is quite stylish and could be worn easily for both training and also for casual use. (the watch fits snuggly under a shirt cuff). The watch is also comfortable to wear and is quite sleek in design, as opposed to some of the chunkier HR models which are on the market.

First Steps:

Before using the HR Monitor I had to first ‘teach’ (sync) both the GPS sensor and WIND sensor with the watch, which only took 1 minute. After that it was time to take the RS800CX for a test run!
I switched on the G3 GPS sensor and within 15 seconds it had found satelites and was ready to go! The route I choose was a 6 mile local loop which I regularily run. While running, the watch provided me with an array of data to choose from including Heart Rate, Pace (per kilometer or mile depending on preference), Altitude, calories burned, time elapsed and distance covered. The G3 Sensor took a few minutes to get used to, but after a short while it sat comfortably on my arm and I actually forgot that I was wearing it until I got home and went to change out of my gear.
The next step was to take the RS800CX and G3 with me on a 60k cycle. Again I was impressed with the performance of both the watch and the G3 Sensor, which never lost its’ signal despite my route taking me between hills, though wooded areas and a concrete underpass.

The RS800CX also comes with POLARS “Personal Trainer” software, which allows users to review their training data in different formats and views. In the next installment of this review I will give more detailed feedback on the performance of the RS800CX and G3 Sensor, as well as the accompanying software.
The G3 sensor also allows athletes to have their training route displayed on Google Earth, so that they can actually see the route which they followed.

In the next installment of this review I will also include some screen captures of this for you to view.
My Intial impressions are very positive and I am looking forward to taking the Polar RS800CX Run Heart Rate Monitor though it’s paces over the next few weeks!

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