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Polar RS200SD Heart Rate Monitor Watch

Polar RS200SD heart rate monitor watchThe RS200SD has the same features as the RS200 - which itself is an upgraded version of the popular RS100, Polar's basic entry-level heart rate monitor watch for runners - with the addition of a separate foot pod. This attaches to your running shoe laces and measures your speed, distance and pace from the start of your training to the end.

You can find full specifications at the Polar website. Here are some details:

The Polar RS200sd wrist heart rate monitor helps you to easily and accurately measure your heart rate to help you get to just the right intensity or your exertion level. It's great for both beginning runners or more experienced runners preparing for competitions. With the included S1 foot pod, you'll be able to take advantage of the RS200's Speed and Distance functions, such as speed, distance and pace per kmph/mph, target pace (with alarms and differential), trip odometer, run distance, totals for mileage, calories and time training, and summaries for distance and speed/pace.

Use the Polar Sports Zones and the Event Countdown Timer to manage your training for that key running event. You can even upload your settings to your running computer and then download your workout files to the Polar Running Coach Web Service for analysis. The RS200 offers up to 16 exercise files with summaries, date and time, and total calorie expenditure. This model features a black and silver face and strap, but it also comes in red.

Heart rate monitoring includes maximum heart rate (fitness test-based and age-based), maximum/average of total exercise and of each lap (up to 99 laps), three target zones, and audible alarms. It also offers such timing features as time of day (12/24-hour display), dual time zone, day and date display, stopwatch, and alarm with snooze. It features an oversized display, easy to manipulate buttons while on the run, and a comfortable WearLink fabric transmitter.

It's a great choice for using in large groups, where other exercisers might be using wireless training gear that could interfere with your own signal. The RS200's coded transmission prevents crosstalk with other monitors so you'll get a personalized workout--even in a class environment.

It also includes the following exclusive Polar features:

* Polar Sport Zones: Polar sport zones provides an easy way to select and monitor the intensity of your training and to follow PolarÕs sport zones based training programs. The 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 OwnCal: This feature shows your energy expenditure during one exercise session as well as your accumulated kilocalories during several exercise sessions. You can set daily and weekly exercise goals in terms of calorie expenditure with the OwnCal feature. Because the OwnCal tracks both the energy expenditure during one exercise session and the accumulated kilocalories during a longer time e.g. one week, it helps in achieving both short term and long term goals.

* Polar OwnZone: This feature guides you through an appropriate warm-up routine and automatically determines a safe and effective exercise heart rate zone--your OwnZone--while taking into account your current physical condition.

A comprehensive review at PC Coach concluded:

If running is your primary or only sport, and you’d like speed and distance info while you run; if the price on the S625X is just too high, or you won’t miss the altimeter and the computer interface is not so important; if sleek and lightweight and simple are more important than in-depth data analysis – then the RS200sd is right for you.

Having the pace information along with heart rate while training is a really valuable thing. We have all learned that heart rates can be fickle depending on temperature and humidity and last night’s sleep. Adding pace to the mix brings some well-grounded reality to the whole training process.

I have used both GPS and footpod technology, and the advantages of the footpod are real: they always give you a number regardless of trees or tall buildings; they don’t suck batteries dry at an alarming rate or require you to remember to recharge them. This one does not require you to calibrate it, but if you want exceptional accuracy, you can.

I like the fact that Polar has done a good job with the design and the human interface. The screen and view options are terrific. It looks good and it feels great on the wrist. Perhaps best of all, they have put speed and distance on an equal footing with heart rate. The things you could do with time and heart rate in the past, like controlling your workout, setting limits and autolaps, can all be done with pace or distance now too.

Simply Fitness Gear.com wrote:

The Foot Pod uses sophisticated technology - an inertia controlled accelerometer - the same type of technology used in industrial robotics and aerospace positioning systems to detect speed and distance.

The Foot Pod is around 97% accurate without calibration or you can calibrate using your own gait to get closer to 100%. (This is a one-off process. After you have calibrated the Foot Pod the results are stored in the monitor).

...Great for serious runners, the RS200SD is one of the least expensive ways to get speed and distance along with already first-class Polar heart rate monitor functionality. As one review said "Not quite perfect, but pretty close"

According to the First 4 Shape website:

As an enthusiastic but novice runner I decided that it was time to invest in a Heart Rate Monitor that would help me with my training and track my progress. After much consideration I decided to buy the Polar RS200sd, as not only did this give me the heart rate monitor, stop watch and lap timer it also included the Polar S1 foot pod so I could monitor my distance.

I'm 100% satisfied with the Polar RS200sd Heart Rate Monitor and it has helped in many ways, by enabling to keep an accurate track of the training I've completed, how hard I was pushing myself whilst running and also by using the Polar training plans via the website I've had a plan which I can stick to. I would thoroughly recommend also the WearLink chest strap as this is very comfortable and you hardly know you're wearing it. My fitness levels and running speed have increased brilliantly since buying the heart rate monitor and I would recommend buying one to any regular runner from novice upwards. It's fantastic.

* Get the Latest Price on the Polar RS200SD Heart Rate Monitor Watch. Also, check out the Polar Store at Amazon.com for special offers and promotions, as well as user reviews and information on new products.

See also my Guide to Buying the Best Heart Rate Monitor.

Updated November 17th, 2009

 

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