Polar’s RCX5 heart beat monitor is one of their higher end models and come at a price of less than $240 at Amazon. For this money you get a whole lot more than the intermediate features on some of their other models. If you are into more advanced data tracking and perform in regular competitive events, then this may well be the right choice for you.
Firstly, there is an optional GPS add-on which means that if you do decide to upgrade to GPS functionality in the future, you will not need to buy a completely new device. GPS is very handy as it allows you to track your performance to different routes you run. This means that if you want to trigger a certain average heart rate for your next run, you can look up which routes achieved this.
Fitness Test is a feature that monitors your exercise activity over time and keeps you updated about your progress. This is built directly into the watch and really helps you to stay motivated by giving you feedback about your fitness levels. With each workout and run more data is collected and used to make up your test score. Over time this becomes more reliable and it will really keep you motivated to improve your exercising.
The Running Index is a great function for runners that want to know how well their running performance is improving. Combined with a foot POD or GPS sensor, the watch measures speed, distance and heart rate to give you a score of your running performance. The higher this value is the faster you can run with less effort. Over time you will be able to figure out what kind of a score you need to be competitive with friends or at sporting events.
Endurance Programs are also built into the watch and help you train with warm-up, exercise and cool-down periods in every session. The programs are tailored to your performance and regularly updated. Additionally, this feature can be combined with polarpersonaltrainer.com to have more manual input into the programs. Essentially you will have a personal trainer right at your side to give you advice on how best to plan and execute your exercising.
The Polar RCX5 is also ideally suitable for triathletes as both the watch and sensor will function underwater. It will not track info about the number of strokes and other swimming related info, but you will get accurate readings of your heart rate under water. This really is helpful for both training and competitive events as you don’t have to worry about accuracy of data or damage to your equipment.
Available in red and black making it suitable for both men and women. So if you are very style conscious then you will have some flexibility with this watch.
Great range of advanced features to improve performance
Very large watch making it less desirable for many women
Some user report difficulty learning to make adjustments
Also take a look at this very handy comparison table that we have put together in order to make it easier to see the differences between all the different HRMs.