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Polar RS200 Heart Rate Monitor Watch

Polar RS200 heart rate monitor watchThe RS200 is an upgraded version of the popular RS100, which is Polar's basic entry-level heart rate monitor watch for runners. Among the extra functions is the ability to program your training based on differing heart rate limits.

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

The Polar RS200 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. 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.

With the optional 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.

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.

* Polar Sport Zones: Polar sport zones provides an easy way to select and monitor the intensity of your training and to follow Polar's 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.

The Best Running Tips website wrote:

The Polar RS200 is a bit more expensive than the Polar RS100 and delivers a little extra functionality. The extra thing you can do with this heart rate monitor is pre-program your training session with variable heart rate limits for certain amounts of time. Hmm, considering we spend most training sessions in one heart rate zone, this is not a very necessary addition.

According to Exercise Equipment Expert:

The Polar Rs 200 heart rate monitor is the base monitor I recommend for people who are more into running than cross training.

...The RS 200 is made for runners. It's not overly complicated but gets the job done of tracking basic workout functions and displays all the key information about your workout at a glance.

A cool feature...is that you can program the display to show you up to 3 different workout variables.

...One of the best features...is the 3 target zone alarms. With the zone alarms you'll know exactly how long you were training in each zone based on your V02 Max.

You can find more than 30 customer reviews at Amazon.com, most of them highly favorable. Here is an excerpt from one quite lengthy review:

If you're a recreational runner who runs to stay in shape like me. If you're a new runner, this works great too. If you're a super pro, I think this would work but you might want one of the Polar higher end watches - maybe the RS200sd with the foot module, or some of their really fancy (and expensive) stuff.

...I try to run a few times a week, love to travel a lot, love photography, love technology, try to be good to myself - and this watch is helping me get fit again.

I don't get paid for this in any way, I'm just anonymous, enjoy privacy but do like to share my experiences, and usually I only share my good ones and really hope it helps you make an informed decision. It does seem like running computers are getting much much better these days - I'm glad.

...I bought this from Amazon, next day delivery, had it in my warm hands 16 hours later, was running 16 hours 5 minutes later, very happy.

* Get the Latest Price on the Polar RS200 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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