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Polar RS800sd Running Computer - Polar RS800sd Running Computer
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5star  With the watch, I can't wait for my next run
James -

I've previously owned the Timex Bodylink System with GPS. I've been looking to change to a footpod system because of problems with GPS interference (tall buildings, trees, clouds, and the like).
The Polar RS800sd with the S3 sensor has been an answer to that prayer.
The HRM is nearly flawless, and S3 sensor has been extremely accurate and consistent. I've calibrated it three times on a track and have gotten a calibration factor of around .994 each time!
You need to have an IR sensor to get full functionality of the watch. But now, I'm using the ProTrainer software to track fitness and progress of my running performance using the Polar Running Index. This is cool feature that comes with the S3 sensor and an awesome training tool.
I've had a couple of problems that have all been solved by reading the manual.
1) lost s3 sensor. solution: replace the S3 battery, clear the S sensors and reset (teach) on the watch
2) Frozen display. solution: reset the watch (push all buttons for 4 sec, or something like that), re-enter personal info and re-synch with software.
3) Problems connecting with IR sensor. solution: reboot the computer or plug IR sensor into a new USB port.

I've seen no problems with data dropouts or erratic behavior from the S3 sensor or any other unresolved problems in the 3 months I've owned it. If it works, it is the best running tool out there. I'm sorry to hear that others have had problems with the watch and Polar's spotty customer service. I'm hoping to keep my trouble-free streak alive.
When I got mine RS800sd I was ready to go out and run the same night (well I ran the next morning in sub-zero temperature and really enjoyed the run). Since then I have used this watch to plan, train adn successfully complete my first 10k race and today I'm just few hours away from running my first half marathon. I have been using this watch for over 3 and half months and I'm very happy with it. Before this watch I had Polar S625X with S1 foot pod (I still keep it for triathlon training) and Polar S120. I used one of the basic Nike HRMs, but I have returned it after a week as it was too basic for my needs.


Now back to the RS800sd and the things that I really like:

1. Ability to design your own training plan in the Polar software, upload it to the watch and trace my progress in both the watch and the software on my PC. The training run could be fairly complex and have various target HR zones and pace. I love this feature for combined interval runs or tempo/interval runs.

2. Great and very acurate HR reading. The HR strap is the most comfortable one I ever used - it is fabric not plastic and that is very nice especially for long runs.

3. Very acurate distance reading on both treadmill and outside. It took me a while to figure out how to set the calibration factor for individual exercises. Before I figured that out my readings were around 10% off - maybe explanation of some problems other reviewers claimed to have. And no this watch is not less acurate that Nike+ sensor. I use both most of the time and the watch is maximum of 0.2 mi off on a 10 mi run on a treadmill whereas the Nike+ sensor is easily 1.5 - 2 mi off (even after repeated calibration).

4. I like that I can lock the watch and still switch on the backlight when I need it. This prevents me from accidentally switching on the run mode which could happen quite easily with the big red button on the watch face. I practically do not take the watch off the whole day - it goes nicely with my office wardrobe, during running and even during the night I do not take it off. I have alarm in reach all the time and the lock prevents me from starting a run even when I sleep.

5. I love the ability to configure the information shown on individual displays for the run. I re-configured the default settings to see only the data I'm interested in. Great feature if you need different setup of the screen for your run.

6. Uploading to the PC is a breeze and the Polar software is fairly good (I still miss some features and better customization of graphs as you can see in the text later)

7. I use the watch together with trainingpeaks site and love the way it helps me keep track of my training.

I recommend everyone to look at the RS400 model as you may find it good enough for your need and save youself some money. RS200 could be an alternative as well.

I still own the S625X with S1 sensor and the watch is less acurate than RS800sd especially in interval training. But the acuracy is good enough for most long distance running. If you do not do much track or treadmill interval training you may be happy with the 625 model.

Few things Polar could improve on this watch:

1. Documentation - it is very short and not as good as documentation I got with other Polar products. I wonder why this great product with many functions comes with very basic manual. I can see that some people may have problems with the watch if the manual is short on discussing details.

2. Polar software - it could be improved in terms of what it helps you monitor. I would not mind additional features to monitor how many miles i logged on the pair of shoes I use, ability to see my planned heart rate in the recorded results of the exercise (it should be easy to produce - hey I have the training plan and the exercise result how difficult is it to overlay one over another). I think I can come up with few more improvements, but there is no major problem with the software. I just wish it would do some more things for me (something trainingpeaks site offers me).

Overall I'm very happy with this watch and recommend it to every serious runner (even non-professional like me).

5star  RS800SD great watch that motivates me to run
Jan - PA

I'm amazed at the number of problems other reviewers are claiming to have with this watch. I have it since last Christmas and got it as a present. This is probably the best watch for running training there currentky is on the market. Bear with me and read further to learn why I believe this.

When I got mine RS800sd I was ready to go out and run the same night (well I ran the next morning in sub-zero temperature and really enjoyed the run). Since then I have used this watch to plan, train adn successfully complete my first 10k race and today I'm just few hours away from running my first half marathon. I have been using this watch for over 3 and half months and I'm very happy with it. Before this watch I had Polar S625X with S1 foot pod (I still keep it for triathlon training) and Polar S120. I used one of the basic Nike HRMs, but I have returned it after a week as it was too basic for my needs.


Now back to the RS800sd and the things that I really like:

1. Ability to design your own training plan in the Polar software, upload it to the watch and trace my progress in both the watch and the software on my PC. The training run could be fairly complex and have various target HR zones and pace. I love this feature for combined interval runs or tempo/interval runs.

2. Great and very acurate HR reading. The HR strap is the most comfortable one I ever used - it is fabric not plastic and that is very nice especially for long runs.

3. Very acurate distance reading on both treadmill and outside. It took me a while to figure out how to set the calibration factor for individual exercises. Before I figured that out my readings were around 10% off - maybe explanation of some problems other reviewers claimed to have. And no this watch is not less acurate that Nike+ sensor. I use both most of the time and the watch is maximum of 0.2 mi off on a 10 mi run on a treadmill whereas the Nike+ sensor is easily 1.5 - 2 mi off (even after repeated calibration).

4. I like that I can lock the watch and still switch on the backlight when I need it. This prevents me from accidentally switching on the run mode which could happen quite easily with the big red button on the watch face. I practically do not take the watch off the whole day - it goes nicely with my office wardrobe, during running and even during the night I do not take it off. I have alarm in reach all the time and the lock prevents me from starting a run even when I sleep.

5. I love the ability to configure the information shown on individual displays for the run. I re-configured the default settings to see only the data I'm interested in. Great feature if you need different setup of the screen for your run.

6. Uploading to the PC is a breeze and the Polar software is fairly good (I still miss some features and better customization of graphs as you can see in the text later)

7. I use the watch together with trainingpeaks site and love the way it helps me keep track of my training.

I recommend everyone to look at the RS400 model as you may find it good enough for your need and save youself some money. RS200 could be an alternative as well.

I still own the S625X with S1 sensor and the watch is less acurate than RS800sd especially in interval training. But the acuracy is good enough for most long distance running. If you do not do much track or treadmill interval training you may be happy with the 625 model.

Few things Polar could improve on this watch:

1. Documentation - it is very short and not as good as documentation I got with other Polar products. I wonder why this great product with many functions comes with very basic manual. I can see that some people may have problems with the watch if the manual is short on discussing details.

2. Polar software - it could be improved in terms of what it helps you monitor. I would not mind additional features to monitor how many miles i logged on the pair of shoes I use, ability to see my planned heart rate in the recorded results of the exercise (it should be easy to produce - hey I have the training plan and the exercise result how difficult is it to overlay one over another). I think I can come up with few more improvements, but there is no major problem with the software. I just wish it would do some more things for me (something trainingpeaks site offers me).

Overall I'm very happy with this watch and recommend it to every serious runner (even non-professional like me).

5star  Polar RS800SD "League of it's Own"
Rick - Houston

I recently traded up from the Polar RS200SD to the RS800SD and I must say I really like this running computer. If you are a serious runner that likes to analyze what you are doing then you can't beat this system. Beings I have been a Polar fan and used there products the RS800SD was very easy to set up and calibrate. Even if its the first time owning a Polar it is very easy to follow along during the programming steps. I have read several reviews where people said this system was a big waste but I totally disagree. Any system you buy will not be 100% accurate and you need to realize that when buying. If you take the time and calibrate this unit you can get it really close to 100%. When compared to a Garmin GPS I believe they are just as or even more accurate but you get so many more features. It is just a matter of preference and what you are willing to spend. All I can say is I have and always will be a Polar fan and I highly recommend the RS800SD if you can afford it. If you don't need all the bells and whistles that the 800 gives you then take a good look at the RS200SD. Like I said I had that one prior to the 800 and I never had a problem with it for over two years except for maybe two reboots.

5star  Great tool for my running
Jason - NY

I purchased this to improve my running performance, and it has. I am able to see my pace, cadence, heart rate, and distance (among other things) on the wrist unit. The immediate feedback keeps me from going out too fast and running out of steam at the end of my run. The cadence has been the most helpful feedback, and to me it was worth the investment.

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