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POLAR RCX3 Bike Heart Rate Monitor
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Description
For recreational runners and cyclists who want smart guidance while preparing for an event.

Highlights:
- Training Benefit gives you instant feedback after your session
- Helps you train at the right intensity with personal sport zones
- Running Index scores your performance
- Tracks your route, speed and distance with the optional GPS sensor

Smart Coaching Features:
- Training Benefit: Motivating feedback straight after exercise
- Fitness Test: Tells you exactly how your fitness is developing
- Training Load: Helps you find the perfect balance between rest and training
- ZoneOptimizer: Ensures you always train at the right intensity
- Running Index: Illustrates how your running performance is developing
- Smart Calories: Lets you know exactly how many calories you've burned


Body measurement features:
- Average and maximum heart rate of each lap
- Average and maximum heart rate of training
- Heart rate - bpm / %
Heart rate is the measurement of the work your heart does. Heart rate can be expressed as the number of beats per minute (bpm) or as a percentage (%) of your maximum heart rate.
- HRmax (age-based)
The highest number of heart beats per minute (bpm) during maximum physical exertion. For a rough estimate of your maximum heart rate, subtract your age from 220. HRmax is a useful tool for determining the intensity of training as intensity zones can be defined using HRmax. Some Polar products define maximum heart rate during the Polar Fitness Test, see also HRmax (Polar Fitness Test -based).
- HRmax (user set)
- Polar Fitness Test
Polar Fitness Test measures your aerobic fitness at rest in just five minutes. The result, Polar OwnIndex, evaluates your maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max). With the Polar Fitness Test you can measure your aerobic fitness by yourself, automatically and without any exertion. All you need is your training computer. The Polar Fitness Test is as accurate in predicting the VO2max as any sub maximal fitness test. The test is based on heart rate and heart rate variability at rest and personal information.
- Polar OwnCal - calorie expenditure with fat percentage
Polar OwnCal calculates the number of kilocalories expended during training. This feature allows you to follow the kilocalories expended during one training session and cumulative kilocalories expended during several training sessions. The RCX3 also estimates the fat-burning percentage (fat% on display), that is, kilocalories expended from fat during a workout which is expressed as a percentage of the total kilocalories burned.
- Polar OwnCode (2.4 GHz W.I.N.D.) - coded transmission
Coded heart rate transmission automatically locks in a code to transmit your heart rate to the training computer. The training computer picks up your heart rate from your transmitter only. Coding significantly reduces interference from other training computers. The 2.4 GHz W.I.N.D transmission is disturbance-free from other electronic devices.
- Polar sport zones
Polar sport zones provide an easy way to select and monitor the intensity of your training and to follow sport zones based training programs. 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 ZoneOptimizer - personalized sport zones
ZoneOptimizer adjusts personal sport zones for every training session based on your current physiological condition. This feature gives you the right heart rate zones depending on your physiological state at that exact moment, making sure that the you are always training at the right intensity.
- Training benefit
The Training Benefit feature gives you instant feedback as text on your training computer after you finish your training session: first you get a short summary Benefit, and in the training result file there is a longer Benefit text. When you transfer your training result to polarpersonaltrainer.com, there is a more physiologically oriented Benefit explanation in the training result in your Diary. Training Benefit interprets the numeric data that your training computer records during your training session and explains what kind of effects the training session had on your body and fitness. The Training Benefit feature is available in certain training computers.

CS cadence sensor W.I.N.D. features:
- Bike settings - for two bicycles
You can define settings up to two to three bikes in your training computer. When you start training, you can select the bike with the correct settings for that particular training session.
- Cadence - current, average and maximum
Your cycling cadence stands for your pedaling rate in revolutions per minute (rpm). Cadence is the central factor in improving cycling performance. A higher cadence reduces the force needed for each pedal stroke, and thus improves overall performance. Running cadence measures how many times your either right or left foot hits the ground in one minute. Running cadence is measured as steps per minute. With this feature you can sharpen your cadence and make your ground contact time shorter. This will help you to find a balance between leg power and leg speed.

CS speed sensor W.I.N.D. features:
- Autostart/stop
- Bike settings - for two bicycles
- Distance - training, lap, trip and total
- Speed - current, average and maximum

Data transfer:
- Compatible with Mac (Intel-based) and PC via Polar DataLink
- Compatible with polarpersonaltrainer.com - optional with Polar DataLink

G3 GPS sensor W.I.N.D. features (with optional G3 GPS sensor):
- Distance - training, lap, trip and total
- Route mapping ??" optional with polarpersonaltrainer.com web service
- Running Index
Running Index is based on heart rate and speed data measured during the run. It gives daily information about your performance level, both aerobic fitness and running economy. Improvement in running efficiency indicates improved economy of running performance.
- Speed/Pace - current, average and maximum

G5 GPS sensor features (with optional G5 GPS sensor):
- Distance - training, lap, and total
Distance (km, miles)
- Route mapping - optional with polarpersonaltrainer.com web service
- Running Index
- Speed/Pace - current, average and maximum

Polarpersonaltrainer.com features
- Advanced training analyzing
You can easily analyze each of your training sessions in the training result view. In addition to many useful details about your training, the Curve illustrates graphically the data from the sensors that you used while training.
- Map view - optional with GPS sensor
When you use a GPS sensor you get a map view of your training route. On the map you can examine your training data in further detail.
- Training diary
Diary is available in Polar software. When you transfer training results from your training computer to your Diary, you can easily follow up your training as well as plan your future training sessions. You can choose to see your training sessions in a Month or Week view, along with a Month or Week summary.
- Training Load
This feature is available in Polar software. When you transfer training results from your training computer to polarpersonaltrainer.com, you can follow your training load and recovery in the training diary. Continuous monitoring of training load and recovery will help you recognize personal limits, avoid over- or undertraining, and adjust training intensity and duration according to your daily and weekly targets.
- Training programs
The polarpersonaltrainer.com web service offers training programs for running, cycling, outdoor sports, and general fitness, for instance. The training program creates training targets which appear in your Diary. You can customize the program according your current fitness level.

Recording features:
- Totals
Totals includes your training data starting from the last reset enabling you to follow your long-term training.
- Training files (with summaries) - 99
- Weekly history
Weekly history gathers your weekly training data. By selecting a week, you can review your training data for the week.

Training features:
- Number of laps - 99
- Sport Profiles (4 fixed sport profiles)
There is one profile for running, two for cycling, and one for other sports. In each profile you can activate the sensors that you want to use with that sport. There is a specific selection of sensors available for each profile.
- Graphical target zone indicator
This feature points out graphically on the display the zone you are in during a training session helping you to stay on the desired intensity zone.
- Automatic lap recording
With this feature you can set your training computer to take laps based on preset distance, for example, every 1 km/mi.
- ZonePointer
ZonePointer is a visible and moving symbol on the training computer display indicating whether you are inside the pre-set target zone. This feature helps you to reach the desired intensity/pace/speed/cadence targets.
- Training computer settings
You can edit your training computer settings with the WebSync software.
- ZoneLock
ZoneLock feature helps you to accumulate certain intensity. You can either lock a zone before a training session or during it by pressing a button when you are on the desired zone.

s3/s3+ stride sensor features:
- Speed/Pace - current, average and maximum
- Running Index
- Average stride length
Stride length is the average length of one step, that is, the distance between your right and left foot contacting the ground. Runners adjust stride length to gather speed: stride length increases as speed increases. Yet one of the most common mistakes novice runners make is over-striding. The most efficient stride length is the natural one - the one that feels most comfortable.
- Cadence - current, average and maximum
- Distance - training, lap, trip 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
- KeyLock
By activating KeyLock, training computer buttons are locked, and accidental presses do not cause problems, for instance, during training.
- Time of day (12/24h) with alarm and snooze
- Low battery indicator
- User replaceable battery
- Water resistant - 30m


In the box:
- Polar RCX3 training computer
- Polar H3 heart rate sensor
- Polar CS speed sensor W.I.N.D.
- Universal Bike Mount
- RCX3 Getting Started Guide
- CS speed sensor W.I.N.D. User Manual


Polar RCX3 GPS review, Bike Magic (see [url=http://bikemagic.com/accessories/polar-rcx3-gps-training-watch-review.html#T0jbtO8WkkSWjPJs.97]here[/url]):
"The RCX3 from Polar is the Finnish company's latest GPS enabled watch, sitting below the more expensive RCX5 in the range. It's a good looking watch with a very slim profile that includes a heart rate strap for monitoring your activity level and a [separately available] GPS module for tracking your speed and route.
Polar is one of the most recognisable names in the heart rate monitor business; for many athletes they are the go-to choice.
Data is well presented on the large screen which boasts good contrast and clarity. Four tactile buttons are arranged around the slim case with one round red button just below the screen. This is your ‘enter' button; the two buttons on the right side cycle up and down through the various menu screens. The bottom left button takes you back a level and the top left button activates the light.
When you're riding you have the choice of four training screens that present the various data at your disposal. The cycling mode (you can switch between that and running) makes sure everything is in miles per hour and not minutes per mile. They've managed to avoid cluttering each of the training pages with too much training data so that at a glance you can see precisely how you're doing. You can't adjust what is displayed on each of the training pages however.
Polar include a couple of useful heart rate features. A Zone Optimiser that automatically adjusts the heart rate zone for a ride or interval session by taking into account your currently level of fatigue, recovery or hydration. It's a feature unique to Polar and ensures you're not training too hard when you're resting. If basically acts like a coach telling you when you should be taking it a bit easier or going harder. The Fitness Test is another neat feature that lets you measure your current fitness level with a five minute test.
Uploading your ride data to Polar's PolarPersonalTrainer.com website is easy enough using the supplied wireless USB stick. Once there, the Training Load feature analyses your ride and tells you how much time you need for recovery. Again, like the Zone Optimiser, it's akin to having a coach look at your data. This all makes it very easy, certainly easier than other watches, to get the most from your training rides and know when you're good to go out again.
The RCX3 can be bought on its own for £184.50 or with the GPS module we've tested here for £259.50. Polar sell a bike-specific package which includes a handy handlebar mount, if you want to see your data when you're riding.

Verdict:
The RCX3 will appeal to multi-sport people as much as it will to those who only ride bikes. If you want to get serious about your riding and want to use heart rate data to track your progress and accurately scrutinise ever ride, the RCX3 is for you."

As with any product, specification is subject to change without prior notification. You are advised to confirm current specification before buying.
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