Polar RC3 GPS Black Sports Watch with Heart Rate 90051070

Polar RC3 GPS Black Sports Watch with Heart Rate 90051070

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Polar RC3 GPS Heart Rate Black Sports Watch 90051070

The Polar RC3 is a GPS-enabled watch that runners and cyclists can use to track their speed, distance and route during their training sessions. If users pair the device with a heart-rate monitor, they can use their heart-rate data to train more efficiently, and with the right intensity. The device is easy to use and inspiring, especially if you are training for an upcoming event, such as a race or marathon.

For runners — or even beginners with big training   goals, such as running a marathon — the Polar RC3 GPS watch can be a motivating addition to training routines. It can provide useful information to help you make the most out of each session, and the Polar personal trainer website gathers the information in an organized way.

The Polar RC3 GPS watch comes in black, Black, and orange. It is light and comfortable, and the design is sleeker than those of other sport watches, which tend to be quite bulky. The screen is very large and easy to read, and the five buttons surrounding the screen are easy to access while you're working out.

The heart-rate sensor attaches to an adjustable strap that goes around the chest. The sensor and the watch communicate wirelessly and in real time. Chest-strap sensors are generally more accurate than wrist-worn devices for measuring heart rate.

Although the Polar RC3 GPS can withstand water splashes, you can't wear it while bathing, which means swimmers can't use it to track data  during their workouts.

The Polar RC3 GPS watch comes with access to a free training website called Polar personal trainer. There, you can upload your training data for review, or create a training program for running or cycling and download it to your watch. The website and the watch communicate with each other using a program called Polar WebSync, which you can download to the watch from the personal training website. I found both the software and the website easy to navigate, with designs that were simple and intuitive.

The Polar RC3 watch uses GPS capability, so it measures the distance that you've run or cycled more precisely than regular activity monitors — such as fitness trackers — can. It's worth noting that the GPS only works if you train outside.

During a workout, the watch gives you quite a lot of information. You can toggle among eight screens, and each of them shows several pieces of your training data — for example, your real-time heart rate, distance covered and pace.

When you start to use the watch, you can take the Polar fitness test, which aims to gauge your current fitness level. The test measures your heart rate at rest and how much it varies during rest, and also uses information such as age, gender and weight to come up with a fitness score.

However, you should know that measuring heart rate is just one method for estimating one's level of aerobic fitness. The more precise method of determining aerobic fitness level requires the use of laboratory equipment to measure a person's oxygen uptake during strenuous exercise.

One feature of the watch that sets it apart from some other devices is that it shows you how much time during your workout you spent in each of five "sport zones," which range from very light to very hard activity based on your heart rate. The device also has an interesting option called ZoneOptimizer. When the option is turned on, the watch automatically measures the changes in your heart rate during the warm-up and determines your personal sport zones. Using all of these options can give you a wealth of data about your workout, but I can see how it could be overwhelming for more casual runners, who may be looking for a more streamlined picture of their runs.

The watch also allows you to "lock" into a sport zone. For example, if, for training purposes, you'd like to stay in sport zone 3, the watch sounds an alarm every time your heart rate falls out of the range of that zone.

The Polar Personal Trainer website acts as a diary for your training sessions and upcoming events, such as road races. It has a section where you can review your progress by comparing training results, such as distance covered, time spent in each sport zone and the duration of training sessions. The website has several useful calculators, such as a calorie calculator and daily calorie needs based on your information. You can also define new "challenges" for yourself and even share them publicly with other users

Tracks your route, speed and distance using built-in GPS

Shows GPS based altitude during and after training

Training Benefit gives you instant feedback after your session

Running Index scores your performance

Improves performance with endurance training programs, downloadable for free from polarpersonaltrainer.com

Compatible with Polar running and cycling sensors

Polar RC3 GPS Black Sports Watch with Heart Rate Features
  • Body measurement features -
  • Training features
  • Integrated GPS features
  • Recording features
  • Polarpersonaltrainer.com features
  • CS cadence sensor W.I.N.D. features
  • CS speed sensor W.I.N.D. features
  • s3/s3+ stride sensor features
  • Data transfer
  • Watch features

Body Measurment Features

  • HRmax (user set)
  • HRmax (age-based)
  • Polar Fitness Test
  • Polar OwnCode® (2.4 GHz W.I.N.D.) – coded transmission
  • Polar OwnCal® – calorie expenditure with fat percentage
  • Average and maximum heart rate of each lap
  • Average, minimum and maximum heart rate of training
  • Heart rate – bpm / %
  • Polar ZoneOptimizer - personalized sport zones
  • Polar sport zones
  • Training Benefit

Training Features

  • Interval trainer guided workouts – heart rate / pace / distance
  • Number of laps – 99
  • Sport Profiles (5 fixed sport profiles)
  • Graphical target zone indicator
  • Automatic lap recording
  • ZonePointer
  • ZoneLock

Integrated GPS Features

  • Back to start
  • Speed/Pace – current, average and maximum
  • Running Index
  • GPS based altitude
  • Distance – training, lap, and total
  • Route mapping – opt. with polarpersonaltrainer.com web service

Recording Features

  • Totals
  • Training files (with summaries) – 99
  • Weekly history

Polarpersonaltrainer.com Features

  • Training Load
  • Training diary
  • Training programs
  • Map view
  • Endurance programs
  • Advanced training analyzing

CS cadence sensor W.I.N.D. Features

  • Cadence – current, average and maximum

CS speed sensor W.I.N.D.Features

  • Speed – current, average and maximum
  • Autostart/stop
  • Bike settings – for two bicycles
  • Distance – training, lap, and total

s3/s3+ Stride Sensor Features

  • Speed/Pace – current, average and maximum
  • Running Index
  • Cadence – average and maximum
  • Average stride length
  • Distance – training, lap, and total

Watch Features

  • Backlight
  • Date and weekday indicator
  • Display text in English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish
  • Dual time zone
  • Button lock
  • Low battery indicator
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Battery life: 12h in continuous use with GPS on, 11 days when training 1h/day with GPS on
  • Time of day (12/24h) with alarm and snooze
  • Water resistant – IPX7

In The Box

  • Polar RC3 GPS with heart rate

    • Polar RC3 GPS training computer
    • Polar H3 heart rate sensor
    • USB cable
    • RC3 GPS Getting Started Guide
    • An extra Black strap in the RC3 GPS Black set


Polar RC3 GPS Black Sports Watch with Heart Rate Warranty

Polar Electro Oy/Polar Electro Inc. guarantees the original consumer/purchaser of this device that the product will be free from defects in material or workmanship for two (2) years from the date of purchase.

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