off the exceptional Polar RS800CX Heart Rate
Monitor at Amazon.co.uk
The Finnish wizards at Polar
have come up with a GPS watch for the elite athlete
that tackles all the Garmins we have reviewed here head on, both in terms
of functionality and style. The great news is that Amazon are
currently offering a generous 30% discount off the
usual marked price of the Polar RS800CX.
The RS800X comes in 4 different
versions - Basic , Multi-Sport (RS800X Multi), Running
(RS800X Run) and Biking (RS800X Bike). The RS800X
strengths are in its versatility and customisation to
fit the individual.
The basic watch comes with a heart
rate monitor built in and you can add other equipment
such as a GPS sensor, bike speed sensors, pedaling cadence sensors, and even handlebar mounts. The
design of the RS800CX means it comes in smaller than
models from Garmin, and is similar in size to the
The myriad of extras and
technical learning curve may make this device slight
overkill for the recreational runner but if you are
into your stats this device excels - it's like having
your very own coach both on your run and more
noticeably at your computer after your run. A truly
exceptional device for the serious athlete and a real
bargain, so get yours while the discount lasts!
Pros: Feels and looks a bit more like
a watch, lots of customisation options,
optional GPS unit includes cadence data, heart rate
GPS not standard, add-ons need to be purchased
be slow to pick up GPS signal.
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