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Polar RCX5
£321.00

The Polar RCX5 Heart Rate Monitor is a powerful training computer optimized for triathletes, runners and endurance athletes. The wrist top computer is comfortable and easy to wear and comes with everything you need to listen to your body while training and analyze your performance--before, during, and after your workout.

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Body measurement features:

  • Automatic age-based target zone – bpm / %- To help you train safely and effectively, the training computer determines your heart rate target zone limits automatically according to your age-based maximum heart rate (220 minus age). The limits are determined either in beats per minute (bpm), as a percentage (%) of your maximum heart rate, or as a heart rate reserve (% HRR). See also Maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) and Manual target zone.
  • Average and maximum heart rate of each lap
  • Average, minimum and maximum heart rate of training
  • Heart rate – bpm / %- Heart rate is the measurement of the work your heart does. Heart rate can be expressed as the number of beats per minute (bpm) or as a percentage (%) of your maximum heart rate.
  • HR-based target zones with visual and audible alarm- You can define your target zones for a training session based on heart rate to help define the right intensity. When you are out of the preset zones, the training computer will give a visual and audible alarm.
  • HRmax (age-based)- The highest number of heart beats per minute (bpm) during maximum physical exertion. For a rough estimate of your maximum heart rate, subtract your age from 220. HRmax is a useful tool for determining the intensity of training as intensity zones can be defined using HRmax. Some Polar products define maximum heart rate during the Polar Fitness Test, see also HRmax (Polar Fitness Test -based).
  • HRmax (Polar Fitness test-based)- Some Polar products predict your HRmax simultaneously with the Polar Fitness Test. This predicted HRmax value is more accurate than the age-based formula (220 minus age).
  • HRmax (user set)
  • Manual target zone – bpm / %- This feature enables you to define the target zone as you want and is suitable for your training. You can set the target zone for your training as beats per minute (bpm), as a percentage of your maximum heart rate, or as a percentage of your heart rate reserve (HRR%).
  • Polar Fitness Test- Polar Fitness Test measures your aerobic fitness at rest in just five minutes. The result, Polar OwnIndex, evaluates your maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max). With the Polar Fitness Test you can measure your aerobic fitness by yourself, automatically and without any exertion. All you need is your training computer. The Polar Fitness Test is as accurate in predicting the VO2max as any sub maximal fitness test. The test is based on heart rate and heart rate variability at rest and personal information.
  • Polar OwnCal – calorie expenditure with fat percentage- Polar OwnCal calculates the number of kilocalories expended during training. This feature allows you to follow the kilocalories expended during one training session and cumulative kilocalories expended during several training sessions. Some Polar products also estimate the fat-burning percentage (fat% on display), that is, kilocalories expended from fat during a workout which is expressed as a percentage of the total kilocalories burned.
  • Polar OwnCode (5kHz/2.4 GHz W.I.N.D.) - coded transmission
  • Polar sport zones- Polar sport zones provide an easy way to select and monitor the intensity of your training and to follow sport zones based training programs. 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 ZoneOptimizer - personalized sport zones- ZoneOptimizer adjusts personal sport zones for every training session based on your current physiological condition. This feature gives you the right heart rate zones depending on your physiological state at that exact moment, making sure that the you are always training at the right intensity.

CS cadence sensor W.I.N.D. features(Optional Accessory Required):

  • Bike settings – for two bicycles- You can define settings up to two to three bikes in your training computer. When you start training, you can select the bike with the correct settings for that particular training session.
  • Cadence – current, average and maximum- Your cycling cadence stands for your pedaling rate in revolutions per minute (rpm). Cadence is the central factor in improving cycling performance. A higher cadence reduces the force needed for each pedal stroke, and thus improves overall performance. Running cadence measures how many times your either right or left foot hits the ground in one minute. Running cadence is measured as steps per minute. With this feature you can sharpen your cadence and make your ground contact time shorter. This will help you to find a balance between leg power and leg speed.

CS cadence sensor W.I.N.D. features(Optional Accessory Required):

  • Autostart/stop- By activating Autostart/autostop feature, the cycling computer starts and stops training recording automatically when you start or stop pedaling.
  • Bike settings – for three bicycles- You can define settings up to two to three bikes in your training computer. When you start training, you can select the bike with the correct settings for that particular training session.

Distance based interval(Optional Accessory Required):

  • Distance – training, lap, trip and total- Distance (km, mi) can be set and measured in several ways. Training distance tells you the distance traveled during a training session. Trip distance tells you the distance from the latest trip reset. Lap distance tells you the distance of one lap. Total distance is the distance accumulated since the last reset. Odometer tells you the cumulative distance which you cannot reset.
  • Race Pace- Race Pace allows you to set a target speed/pace for a certain distance. It then helps pacing the run or ride by showing the current speed/pace and by telling in time, how much you are behind or ahead of the set target.
  • Speed – current, average and maximum
  • Speed-based target zones with visual and audible alarm- You can define your target zones for a training session based on speed. When you are out of the preset zones, the training computer will give a visual and audible alarm.
  • SpeedPointer- SpeedPointer feature tells you your speed within set speed limits.

Data transfer

  • Compatible with Mac (Intel-based) via Polar DataLink
  • Compatible with PC via Polar DataLink
  • Compatible with polarpersonaltrainer.com via Polar DataLink

G3 GPS sensor W.I.N.D. features(Optional Accessory Required):

  • Distance based interval
  • Distance – training, lap, trip and total- Distance (km, mi) can be set and measured in several ways. Training distance tells you the distance traveled during a training session. Trip distance tells you the distance from the latest trip reset. Lap distance tells you the distance of one lap. Total distance is the distance accumulated since the last reset. Odometer tells you the cumulative distance which you cannot reset.
  • Race Pace- Race Pace allows you to set a target speed/pace for a certain distance. It then helps pacing the run or ride by showing the current speed/pace and by telling in time, how much you are behind or ahead of the set target.
  • Route mapping – opt. with polarpersonaltrainer.com web service
  • Running Index- Running Index is based on heart rate and speed data measured during the run. It gives daily information about your performance level, both aerobic fitness and running economy. Improvement in running efficiency indicates improved economy of running performance.
  • Speed/Pace – current, average and maximum- Speed (km/h or mi/h) is measured with GPS, footpod, stride sensor or cycling speed sensor. Pace (expressed as min/km or min/mile) stands for the rate of speed. Pace is usually used in running. By setting a target pace, you can follow how fast you need to run in order to reach a certain distance in a predefined time.
  • SpeedPointer- SpeedPointer feature tells you your speed within set speed limits.

G5 GPS sensor features (Optional Accessory Required):

  • Distance based interval
  • Distance – training, lap, trip and total- Distance (km, mi) can be set and measured in several ways. Training distance tells you the distance traveled during a training session. Trip distance tells you the distance from the latest trip reset. Lap distance tells you the distance of one lap. Total distance is the distance accumulated since the last reset. Odometer tells you the cumulative distance which you cannot reset.
  • Race Pace- Race Pace allows you to set a target speed/pace for a certain distance. It then helps pacing the run or ride by showing the current speed/pace and by telling in time, how much you are behind or ahead of the set target.
  • Route mapping – opt. with polarpersonaltrainer.com web service
  • Running Index- Running Index is based on heart rate and speed data measured during the run. It gives daily information about your performance level, both aerobic fitness and running economy. Improvement in running efficiency indicates improved economy of running performance.
  • Speed/Pace – current, average and maximum- Speed (km/h or mi/h) is measured with GPS, footpod, stride sensor or cycling speed sensor. Pace (expressed as min/km or min/mile) stands for the rate of speed. Pace is usually used in running. By setting a target pace, you can follow how fast you need to run in order to reach a certain distance in a predefined time.
  • Speed/Pace-based target zones with visual and audible alarm- You can define your target zones for a training session based on speed. When you are out of the preset zones, the training computer will give a visual and audible alarm.
  • SpeedPointer- SpeedPointer feature tells you your speed within set speed limits.

Polarpersonaltrainer.com features:

  • Advanced training analyzing- You can easily analyze each of your training sessions in the training result view. In addition to many useful details about your training, the Curve illustrates graphically the data from the sensors that you used while training. Place your mouse cursor on the curve to see more details.
  • Endurance programs- The polarpersonaltrainer.com web service offers complete endurance training programs for running and cycling, including warm-up, work and cool-down phases for every session. Polar Endurance program is customized to every user’s needs and optimizes endurance training by adapting to the user’s training routines, updating the program every four weeks.
  • Map view – optional with GPS sensor- When you use a GPS sensor you get a map view of your training route. On the map you can examine your training data in further detail.
  • Training computer settings- You can edit your training computer settings with the WebSync software.
  • Training diary- Diary is available in Polar software. When you transfer training results from your training computer to your Diary, you can easily follow up your training as well as plan your future training sessions. You can choose to see your training sessions in a Month or Week view, along with a Month or Week summary.
  • Training Load- This feature is available in Polar software. When you transfer training results from your training computer to polarpersonaltrainer.com, you can follow your training load and recovery in the training diary. Continuous monitoring of training load and recovery will help you recognize personal limits, avoid over- or undertraining, and adjust training intensity and duration according to your daily and weekly targets.
  • Training programs- The polarpersonaltrainer.com web service offers training programs for running, cycling, outdoor sports, and general fitness, for instance. The training program creates training targets which appear in your Diary. You can customize the program according your current fitness level.

Recording features:

  • Adjustable recording rate – 1s, 2s, 5s, 15s, or 60s- The samples of your heart rate, speed, cycling cadence, power and altitude are stored either in 1, 2, 5, 15 or 60 second intervals. A longer interval gives you more recording time, while a shorter interval allows you to record more detailed data. A shorter recording rate uses the memory of the training computer up more rapidly, but enables more accurate data analysis using Polar software.
  • Memory left indication
  • Totals- Totals includes your training data starting from the last reset enabling you to follow your long-term training.
  • Training files (with summaries) – 99
  • Weekly history- Weekly history gathers your weekly training data. By selecting a week, you can review your training data for the week.

s3/s3+ stride sensor features (Optional Accessory Required):

  • Average stride length- Stride length is the average length of one step, that is, the distance between your right and left foot contacting the ground. Runners adjust stride length to gather speed: stride length increases as speed increases. Yet one of the most common mistakes novice runners make is over-striding. The most efficient stride length is the natural one – the one that feels most comfortable.
  • Cadence – current, average and maximum- Your cycling cadence stands for your pedaling rate in revolutions per minute (rpm). Cadence is the central factor in improving cycling performance. A higher cadence reduces the force needed for each pedal stroke, and thus improves overall performance. Running cadence measures how many times your either right or left foot hits the ground in one minute. Running cadence is measured as steps per minute. With this feature you can sharpen your cadence and make your ground contact time shorter. This will help you to find a balance between leg power and leg speed.
  • Distance – training, lap, trip and total- Distance (km, mi) can be set and measured in several ways. Training distance tells you the distance traveled during a training session. Trip distance tells you the distance from the latest trip reset. Lap distance tells you the distance of one lap. Total distance is the distance accumulated since the last reset. Odometer tells you the cumulative distance which you cannot reset.
  • Race Pace- Race Pace allows you to set a target speed/pace for a certain distance. It then helps pacing the run or ride by showing the current speed/pace and by telling in time, how much you are behind or ahead of the set target.
  • Running Index- Running Index is based on heart rate and speed data measured during the run. It gives daily information about your performance level, both aerobic fitness and running economy. Improvement in running efficiency indicates improved economy of running performance.
  • Speed/Pace – current, average and maximum- Speed (km/h or mi/h) is measured with GPS, footpod, stride sensor or cycling speed sensor. Pace (expressed as min/km or min/mile) stands for the rate of speed. Pace is usually used in running. By setting a target pace, you can follow how fast you need to run in order to reach a certain distance in a predefined time.
  • Speed/Pace-based target zones with visual and audible alarm- You can define your target zones for a training session based on speed. When you are out of the preset zones, the training computer will give a visual and audible alarm.

Training features:

  • Automatic lap recording- With this feature you can set your training computer to take laps based on preset distance, for example, every 1 km/mi.
  • Display zoom- Display zoom feature allows you to zoom in information on the display during training.
  • Graphical target zone indicator- This feature points out graphically on the display the zone you are in during a training session helping you to stay on the desired intensity zone.
  • HeartTouch – button-free operation of wrist unit- When HeartTouch is on, different training information during training can be accessed without pressing buttons, for instance, when gloves make pressing buttons difficult, by bringing your training computer close to your transmitter.
  • Interval trainer guided workouts – heart rate / pace / distance- Create interval guided workouts based on time, heart rate, speed/pace or distance guidance with up to three linked timers or distances and up to three target zones.
  • Number of laps – 99
  • Sport Profiles- Sport Profiles provide true multisport support with a swift switch between different sports during training. This feature allows the training computer to modify all sport-specific settings and detect the needed sensors automatically, so you will not lose any time or training data. With just a few button presses, you can change from one sport to another, for example in triathlon.
  • User configurable displays – all lines- This feature allows you to configure training computer displays to show the information that you need during your training session. Configure the displays either in the training computer or in ProTrainer 5 software.
  • ZoneLock- ZoneLock feature helps you to accumulate certain intensity. You can either lock a zone before a training session or during it by pressing a button when you are on the desired zone.
  • ZonePointer- ZonePointer is a visible and moving symbol on the training computer display indicating whether you are inside the pre-set target zone. This feature helps you to reach the desired intensity/pace/speed/cadence targets.

 

Additional Information

Additional Information

Brand Polar
Available Outside the UK? Yes
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In the Box

Whats in the box

  • Polar RCX5 training computer
  • Polar WearLink+ Hybrid transmitter
  • Polar G5 GPS sensor
  • Polar DataLink data transfer unit
  • RCX5 Getting Started Guide, G5 GPS sensor User Manual
Specifications

Training computer

Battery life:

Average 8-11 months (if you train on average 1h/day, 7 days/week)

Battery type:

CR 2032

Battery sealing ring:

EPDM O-ring 24.30 x 0.8 mm (No need to change during battery replacement, if sealing ring is not damaged.)

Operating temperature:

-10 °C to +50 °C / 14 °F to 122 °F

Training computer materials:

PMMA lens with hard coating in top surface, training computer body ABS+GF metal parts stainless steel

Wrist strap and buckle materials:

Polyurethane (TPU) and stainless steel

Watch accuracy:

Better than ± 0.5 seconds / day at 25 °C / 77 °F temperature.

Accuracy of heart rate monitor:

± 1% or 1 bpm, whichever larger. Definition applies to stable conditions.

Heart rate measuring range:

15-240

Current speed display range:

0-127 km/h or 0-75 mph

Water resistance:

30 m (Suitable for bathing and swimming)

Training computer limit values

Maximum number of files:

99

Maximum number of training sessions in multisport file:

99

Maximum time recorded to file:

99 h 59 min 59 s

Maximum number of laps:

99

Maximum number of laps in multi sport sessions:

99 per sport

Total distance:

999 999 km / 621370 mi

Total duration:

9999h 59 min 59 s

Total calories:

999 999 kcal

Total training files count:

9999

Transmitter

Battery life of WearLink®+ Hybrid transmitter:

600 hours of use

Battery type:

CR2025

Battery sealing ring:

O-ring 20.0 x 1.0, material silicone

Operating temperature:

-10 °C to +40 °C / 14 °F to 104 °F

Connector material:

Polyamide

Strap material:

Polyurethane/Polyamide/Polyester/Elastane/Nylon

Water resistance:

30 m (Suitable for bathing and swimming)

The Polar RCX5 training computer applies the following patented technologies, among others:

  • OwnIndex® technology for fitness test.

  • OwnCal® personal calorie calculation.

  • OwnZone® assessment for determining personal target heart rate limits for the day.

  • OwnCode® technology for wireless data transmission.

  • WearLink® technology for heart rate measurement.

Polar WebSync Software and Polar DataLink™

System Requirements:

Operating system: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 or Intel Mac OS X 10.5 or newer

Internet connection

Free USB port for DataLink

Water resistance

Water resistance of Polar products is tested according to International IEC 60529 IPX7 (1m, 30min, 20ºC). Products are divided into four different categories according to water resistance. Check the back of your Polar product for the water resistance category and compare it to the chart below. Please note that these definitions do not necessarily apply to products of other manufacturers.

 

Marking on case back

Water resistant characteristics

Water resistant IPX7

Not suitable for bathing or swimming. Protected against wash splashes and raindrops. Do not wash with a pressure washer.

Water resistant

Not suitable for swimming. Protected against wash splashes, sweat, raindrops etc. Do not wash with a pressure washer.

Water resistant 30 m/50 m

Suitable for bathing and swimming

Water resistant 100 m

Suitable for swimming and snorkeling (without air tanks)