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  1. Jill @ Fitness, Health and Happiness
    August 7, 2013

    I have a HRM monitor but thinking about getting a different brand. Too many frustrations with my current one.
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  2. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    August 7, 2013

    I have used a HRM in the past but really, really don’t like wearing the strap – it made me feel like my breathing was being constricted or it would constantly fall down. BUT it does provide great data to work with. And FYI – my garmin HRM/watch takes some time to find a signal, usually at least a minute or two.
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    • Christine Yu
      August 10, 2013

      That honestly was my biggest worry about using a HRM but once I got it adjusted properly, I can’t tell that it’s there. I think I also figured out why my watch was taking so long to find a signal.
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  3. Linz @ Itz Linz
    August 7, 2013

    awesome! when i was running, i definitely enjoyed using a gps & heart rate monitor watch. i’ve never tried polar though – looks great!
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  4. Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
    August 7, 2013

    Thanks for the great review! I’ve never used a heart rate monitor or GPS, but the more I read about them, the more intrigued I become! It would be nice to know exactly how far & fast I’m running, although I wouldn’t wear it for all of my runs. Sometimes running is my way to escape data, so I don’t want to get hung up on the numbers on every run! Sure would be nice for tempo & long runs though!
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  5. lindsay
    August 7, 2013

    i agree, this strap fit me well and didn’t annoy me. In fact, i forgot it was there! Great review friend!
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  6. Kat
    August 7, 2013

    These watches look awesome and super functional
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  7. Miz
    August 7, 2013

    Ive learned never to say NOT FOR ME again after my pedometer experience.
    so I be a maybe :-)
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  8. Holly
    August 7, 2013

    I’m looking to purchase a watch, I haven’t considered Polar before because I didn’t think they were GPS watches. Now that I read your post, I’m going to look into this watch. Do you k ow off hand what the battery life is (hoping 5+hours)! Thanks for the post!
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    • Christine Yu
      August 7, 2013

      On the website, it says that you get 12h of continuous use with the GPS on. I haven’t run down the battery at all since I’ve used it. Also, when you sync the watch to your computer, it charges it too so depending on how often you sync, you may not run down your battery too quickly.
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  9. Coco
    August 7, 2013

    Does it take that long to find the signal everytime? Are you running in the city with tall buildings around? I have heard some people say their Garmin Forerunner 10 takes a while for a signal, but mine usually finds it right away and even when it’s slow it;s not more than a few minutes. Anyway, love all the data from the Polar! very cool
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    • Christine Yu
      August 7, 2013

      It kind of does take that long. I’m in Brooklyn so it’s pretty much brownstone buildings around me, not tall or anything. When it’s just me, it’s fine. When I went running with my husband, he got a bit impatient :-)
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    • itisme
      August 8, 2013

      The Garmin watches cache away info about your starting locations and uses that info to reduce the time it take to find satellites. I have the Polar RC3 GPS I think 5 minutes might be a stretch, its a couple of minutes.

  10. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast
    August 7, 2013

    Wow- I didn’t realize it had those smart training features. I really like the idea of it letting you know when you’re out of your ideal heart zone. I keep saying I’m going to use mine more, but a watch like this would be much more appealing than my chest strap!
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    • Christine Yu
      August 7, 2013

      So you do have to wear a chest strap. Sorry if that wasn’t clear. However, it surprisingly doesn’t bother me once I adjusted it correctly.
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  11. Natalie
    August 7, 2013

    I use the Polar FT4 when I lift and when I use the elliptical and/or treadmill. I am also a numbers nerd so I can totally relate. I am still working on staying in the ideal heart rate zone.
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  12. Kierston @candyfit
    August 7, 2013

    I have a Polar that I got a couple of years back! I used it a lot in the beginning…I haven’t brought it out in forever though…
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  13. Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family
    August 7, 2013

    I really like the looks of this watch. I love my Polar FT40 but something like this would be pretty awesome for outdoor running!

  14. Steph
    August 7, 2013

    Great review! I’m about to join the Polar family. I just purchased an older model watch and am so excited to test it out. I’m stalking for the UPS man regularly…
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  15. Tamara
    August 7, 2013

    My mind is blown that things like this exist – I live in another century, apparently. You give a very thoughtful review! I’m so obsessed with data and numbers that I wonder if I’d run into a tree because I’d keep looking at my wrist.
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  16. Elle
    August 7, 2013

    Really good comprehensive review. Thanks.

  17. Kim
    August 7, 2013

    Great review – I’m still wanting one but I have been looking into strapless heart rate monitors. So far I’ve found one that looks like a good possibility but it doesn’t have all of the features of the Polar RC3 so I haven’t decided which way to go.
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  18. GiGi Eats Celebrities
    August 7, 2013

    Man, I remember when heart rate monitors needed to be strapped around your chest, and they were crazy old school, lol!!! Now I just “rely” on the machine I am working out on if I want to know my heart rate…. Not that reliable but hey, it’s within a range I guess???
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  19. Jody – Fit at 55
    August 7, 2013

    I have no gadgets but I don’t run to measure my time or pace so.. but it would be interesting to have & check it out.. :)
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  20. Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly’s
    August 7, 2013

    great review! I have a polar HR monitor but that is it. I’d love something like this for training, somedays I feel like I might have pushed myself too hard and I pay for it later, and sometimes I feel like maybe I didn’t give it quite enough.
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  21. Leah Davidson
    August 7, 2013

    Who knew gadgets like this existed? Not me. Looks pretty neat – thanks for the thorough review!
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  22. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta
    August 7, 2013

    I have a Polar HRM and an old Garmin GPS. It would be nice to have them both in one (I think I look a little silly pressing buttons on two different gadgets!).

    Five minutes does seem like a long time to find a satellite if it is doing it each time. My Garmin usually takes less that 30 seconds unless I have traveled quite a ways from where I last used it.

    To save time I would turn it on while you’re getting ready and put it by a window. Then it should be ready for you when you are.
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    • Christine Yu
      August 10, 2013

      Thanks Debbie. A couple of people mentioned that I should put it by the window before I leave the house and it makes a huge difference. It is ready when I am now :-)
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  23. Katie
    August 7, 2013

    Man…the polar brand just has some awesome watches!! I’m drooling over the RCX5, the triathlon watch. It’s so freakin awesome. This one looks pretty sweet too
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  24. Tobi
    August 8, 2013

    I have the slighlty older model, the Polar RCX3 GPS… I’m using it for over a year now and i’m very happy with it! I’ve reached my goals that i’ve set and now after reading your review, I’m happy that I’ve got the GPS module separated from the watch itself… Before I start running I just put the GPS module outside for a minute, grab my drink and strap and when I get outside, the GPS already has connection! It doesn’t take longer than a minute or two tops… Nice review and I would recommend every body that is thinking of buying an HRM to do so, it really helps with training!

    • Christine Yu
      August 10, 2013

      Thanks Tobi! I think that I figured out why it’s taking so long for the GPS to locate the signal – I kept moving and swinging my arms around while it was trying to locate the satellite. Now I do put it on my windowsill while I finish getting ready and now I don’t have to wait.
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  25. jenn @ runnderlust
    August 8, 2013

    runners are so type A, surprised it took ya this long to decide you wanted one! ;-)
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    • Christine Yu
      August 10, 2013

      I know! I shied away from getting on previously because I was afraid I was going to obsess about the numbers.
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  26. allie
    August 8, 2013

    welcome to the wonderful world of running data!! I LOVE my GPS watch but I never really download all the info. I like to see my time, pace and distance when I’m done with my run and then I turn it off and move on. I try to have a healthy relationship with it…but I do feel naked (and free?) when I run without it:-)
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  27. itisme
    August 8, 2013

    Shouldn’t you know something about other watches if you are going to write a review? Isn’t it a little biased that your friend from polar gave it to you? And isn’t 3 weeks way to short to have opinions about product? I hate to break it to you but, people Garmin Forerunner 210 with heart monitor AND PEDOMETER, allowing measuring of cadence, for the same price as the RC3 GPS.

    https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/into-sports/running/forerunner-210/prod83280.html

    • Christine Yu
      August 10, 2013

      This review is based on the time and experience that I’ve had wearing and using the watch thus far and I didn’t say that I recommend this watch over all others. I’m sure that my opinion may change over time and if it does, I will be sure to update the review and mention it as well. I always clearly state whether or not I received a product free of charge or if the post was sponsored by a company and I always provide my honest opinion here on the blog – positive or negative, free product or if I purchased the product myself. Thanks for the recommendation for the Garmin. I will look into that too.
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  28. Neme
    November 10, 2013

    The PC3 GPS is FALLING APART! The plastic is un glueing right beside the screen just after 3 months of light use!!!!)
    And polar customer service and repair shops don’t care!

    here are more similar complains:
    http://www.amazon.com/RC3-GPS-with-Heart-Rate/product-reviews/B0089OYZQ4/ref=cm_cr_pr_btm_link_1?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&sortBy=byRankDescending

    Don’t buy this watch!!!

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