Polar RS300x and Footpod S1 Review
byon 05-07-2012 at 10:00 AM (2526 Views)
Since i have been actively doing sports for fitness and health reasons, basic tools such as heart rate monitor and such has been a "good to have" gadget to help monitor the training or races. The simple heart rate monitor are able to tell how much you have stressed yourself in races and could be a lifesaver or early warning device if you are not aware of your actual health condition. It takes a strong sport person to admit that they are not well. For those in denial, the fast beeping on the HRM will remind that they are not robots ;-)
I have used previously, up to 4 different type of HRM. Most costing about RM100 to RM150, bought at a bargain. The decision to finally invest in something a bit more hardy and able to measure pace and distance. I was considering either a Suunto or a Polar. Being an outdoor person, Suunto was the first choice except that it is way more expensive for a basic unit. Polar was driven by the fact that it is proven with these activities and widely used by a lot of friends. Then came the decision on which model, which the then almost top of the range RS300x came to mind. So this is a very delayed review - after using the unit from August 2010
Basically, the unit that i purchase with Wifey (yes, we bought two) comes with the Watch, the HR module and the S1 footpod to measure distance and pace.
Still with the original box. Like new.
We purchase the unit on August 24, 2010. It has been in service since then.
Everything inside, including the strap that hold the HR strap and the screen protector!
I still have the watch screen protector that can be used to cover it again. If not because the color ain't too orange-y like the first time, this watch could had passed off for new.
Warranty is over, but never did needed anyway
Scratch freeI have just recently changed the battery for the watch even though it is not due yet. It was done for Bali marathon so i will not have my watch dying on me when i need it most.
Starting and ending the exercise is as simple as pressing the Red and lower left button. You can retrieve all your workout on the watch or if you can separately purchase a communicating device known as the Polar flowlink to download your workout and put it online.
Scanning for HR module and Footpod
Here is an example of the log tracked for my Bali Marathon
File with a filing cabinet. :D
The watch has an information that tracks the total number of workout, distance, calories and other good to know, but not crucial information for the number-nannies out there.
Shows the date of the workout. The bargraph is the HR record in general
Ran a total of 721km since 24 August 2010. But that is not included those i did not use the footpod
If you want to erase them all, you can. It is all in the watch.
86 exercises done since.
The Polar system has the function for you to utilise or to add in new exercises for your own customization. As not everyone are build the same, having something based on our own ability would be good. That way, you can chart your fitness from the beginning.
But why would anyone wants to do that?
Having a footpod allows tracking even when you are under canopy - the weakness of most GPS watches where the signal will be lost if you are under semi-dense jungle.
1. There is a unit of Polar RS300X, same color, February 2010 is up for sale as well It belongs to a good friend that too, has recently upgraded to the Garmin Forerunner 910XT. Unit as good condition as mine. Asking price RM450.Priority sale.
2. I have got myself an upgrade by getting the Garmin Forerunner 910XT. Therefore, this calibrated unit (as accurate as GPS) is up for sale. Unit is as is and as seen per the above photos. I have changed the batteries in the watch, the pod and the HR module. Also, the O-ring on the footpod has been replaced and i can throw in one extra FOC. Asking price RM480.
Both watches come with technical back up by me. :)
Some of you might be waiting for my Borneo International Marathon report. Please wait up and bear with me as i will be busy with work today and will get it sorted by Wednesday, latest.http://feeds.feedburner.com/Tristupecom