Polar S625x

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Polar S625x

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I have had my S625x for nearly ten years during which time it has been used a great deal. An excellent bit of kit. Continue reading...
This was my secong HRM. In the short term a good machine. I did not like the polar trg interface as I prefer my own log. Data transfer was inconsistent then failed altogether. HR failed. LCD has started t Continue reading...
It's a great product and with the V5 software you can do a lot back home at the desk.
I use mine a lot but have had issues with the beeps, the speed at which the watch reacts to changes in my speed and how the Continue reading...
I've had mine for nearly 3 years of marathon training, so works for me. Am considering swapping for the newer RS800SD as the footpod is supposed to be better. Continue reading...
Excellent device that has given me control over my training. I would recommend it to anyone. Continue reading...


Was waiting for me this morning when I got to work.

Got it on my desk now.

Resisting the urge to play with it.

Can't believe I have already run today - 60 minutes as well, going to have to find the energy to go again now!!!!

Am I the first?

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 09:43

Me too! It's Christmas!

I've been off the road for a couple of months too but this morning I finally got the all clear from the physio to go running again. When I finally got to work, there was my 625!

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 10:11

how heavy is the foot pod?

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 10:14

Where from?

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 10:18

It doesn't say anything in the manual. Comparing it to my phone, I'd say it's a bit lighter. Maybe it's 60g or 2oz?

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 10:21

Mine came from www.sweatshop.co.uk

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 10:23

thanks. looking forward to your first reports...!

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 10:26

well if my wife can spend £200 on an ironing press without consulting me i think i can go and buy one of these.... right?

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 10:30

DT - have you got it going yet?

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 10:47

ed_m - sounds perfectly reasonable to me.

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 10:48

Haven't had chance yet. It took me ten minutes to work out how to put the battery in the footpod and then I realized I wasn't going to get any work done today if I carried on.

The worst thing of all is, I'm wearing slip-on shoes today so I can't strap the footpod on!

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 10:58

My training buddy ordered one yesterday also from Sweatshop mail order....not to be outdone I ordered one 10 minutes later ...... I hope you quoted your SAF number and got 10% off £237-00 + £3 postage

Damm Im just 2 weeks back from cycling the Alps and it would of been ideal on my 310 mile 29,000 feet accents

anybody want a well worn Polar M71Ti

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 11:37

Anybody know what the cycling sensors/ functions cost as an extra?

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 11:41

saf ?

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 11:42

The cadence and cycle speed are £35 each from wiggle. Tempting...

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 11:45

had a check on the Sweatshop website and I cannot see them. am I looking in the right place?

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 12:03

Scottish Athletic Federation ....there should be a English equivalent to claim your 10% discount

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 12:14

Now... Do I sell my timex to get one???

Reports on accuracy, battery life and reliability please...

Timex is good, is Polar better

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 12:23

Dt - how do I "open the battery cover carefully"??

I can't seem to get it apart, and the total lack of diagrams isn't helping.

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 13:04

david... no one can give you that yet.. they've only just arrived!

patience my boy.

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 13:31

being a bit cheeky here - blatantly posting about the company I work for...
but benny, the s625s are on the Sweatshop website in the Online catalogue, under the Running section, look at Speed Distance Monitors/Pedometers.

I haven't seen them yet! sob sob

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 13:33

to open the battery compartment...

undo the rubber strap at one end then take off the lace clip.

now get a screwdriver or something similar. the black top, with the red button on it, will come off if you lever it in the gap at the fat end. Now the whole of the fat end will slide off and reveal the yellow battery compartment inside. the whole yellow assembly slides out so you can put the battery in.

not obvious is it, but there doesn't seem to be anything in the manual.

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 13:41

phone them direct 0208 758 0044

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 13:46

I will not buy one.
I will not buy one.
I will not buy one.
I will not buy one.
I will not buy one.
I will not buy one.
I will not buy one.
I will not...
I will..

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 14:01

pity it wasnt an mp3 player too

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 14:08

Ok, no, I've done it - had to use a spoon to lever it off - absolutely petrified of breaking it, but had to be done.


Started reading the instructions, put my settings in, set up the footpod, really should be working.

Footpod heavier than I imagined it would be.
Wonder what it will be like to run with.
Hoping to find out soon :)

Also, wristwatch is very big, which I suppose shouldn't be a suprise - but I definately wouldn't want to be wearing it all the time.

Will give it a little go tonight and report back tomorrow.

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 14:35

How much is this in $?

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 15:51

$472 full price
$429 with 10% discount

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 16:11

we just got one in the delivery today oop here at Ss York!

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 16:52

Annajo, thanks got one ordered.

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 16:52

I was all set to order one of these.................then I saw the thread about Garmin Forerunners.......Hmmmmm they look pretty damn cool too........As soon as someone has experience of both my question would be S625X OR Forerunner and a cheaper HRM? I guess at least then you'd have one on each wrist for balance. At the moment I have nothing but I do Love gadgets. Any help in my decision making would be most appreciated.

Posted: 17/06/2004 at 21:29

3legs I have a garmin foreruner and yes it is very good. i have however ordered the polar as i want something that does the hrm and speed on the one watch. if you decide on the forerunner let me know and i could pass it on.

Posted: 18/06/2004 at 09:19

Tallbird ...... whats the verdict. Its too late now It already in the post to me but Id like to know your first appraisal?

Posted: 18/06/2004 at 09:29


Now bearing in mind that I previously had a Polar A1 and a 50 lap stopwatch - everything about the S625x is a world of extra information.

So, the wrist unit is quite large - but not too big, even for my (reasonably) slender girl wrists - too big to wear all the time though.

The display is good - three lines - which you can customise depending on what you are doing and the information you want to see (HR, pace, distance, stop watch time, altitude, temperature, speed, etc.).

The HRM "wearlink" strap is ace - much more comfy than the old stylee.

You can set 5 exercise sets - to include intervals with warm up and cool down periods, set by time or heart rate. The intervals themselves can be set for distance as well as time or heart rate. You can also set limits with alerts for when you go outside them - these are both HR and pace.

The foot pod - once you manage to get the batteries in - fits nicely on your shoe, and although I thought it felt fairly heavy in my hand, you really can't notice it on your shoe (I think).

I haven't been for a 'proper' run with it yet (sorry, will do so over the weekend), but did run up and down my road a few times - and yes, it shows pace data which seems pretty reactive, and measured the distance to be what I had previously measured using accuroute - which is a good sign.

I am a bit worried that I will spend so much time looking at my watch and changing the displays to start with that I am going to run into a lamppost or something, but I'm sure I will get the hang of it.

It is quite complicated - getting it to do what you want can be a bit frustrating when you aren't sure which buttons to press - but again, I think that is user inexperience rather than a problem with the kit.

I have managed to upload and download information from/to my laptop - via the infra red link. This also takes a bit of figuring out, but looks like it will be a world of fun (if you like that kind of thing).

The exercise files that are stored while the stopwatch is running are incredible - it records allsorts of information at 5, 15 or 60 second intervals - which you can then use to draw graphs and things via the software. Quite amazing.

So, that's it.

I have to admit to wearing my HRM right now, sat at my desk - I monitored my HR for 15 minutes, and then drew a graph - suprisingly peaky :) I know, it's sad.

Hoping to get out for a run either tonight or tomorrow so will better be able to give some views after that.

First impressions though - it is going to be great!!

Posted: 18/06/2004 at 13:10

nice one, thanks Tallbird. Am getting very tempted!

Posted: 18/06/2004 at 13:40

Hmm, instead of working, I have spent this afternoon playing with my new toy.

I have discovered that the software that comes with the s625x appears to have had the new speed & distance features 'bolted onto' it - so that it doesn't really work that well.

You can set everything you need up on the watch (I am thinking mostly of the exercise sets), but it is a lot easier to do it on a computer - so I tried. It is fine if you just want to set HR based intervals or limits, as soon as you try distance or pace, it goes a bit mental. What it tells the watch is nonsense and it basically hopeless.

I have just emailed Polar to complain about it, but by all accounts they are pretty good at supplying updates for these things - so hopefully something will be along soon.

If anyone else has been more successful, I would love to hear about it.

Posted: 18/06/2004 at 15:30

You could just set up an exercise set using HR instead of speed/distance and then just adjust that phase on the watch manually. It should sync it back to the PC after you've done it so you can see what it looks like.

Posted: 18/06/2004 at 15:39

Some more news.

The foot pod weighs in at 78g with the battery in.

I took the gadget for a walk to the shops (still no running - tomorrow) and saved a file on the way there, while I was walking round the shop, and on the way back.

The interesting thing was that the distance shown on the wrist unit was 1.4km on the way there, and 1.1km on the way back - clearly I was quite peturbed by that.

However, when i downloaded the information to the software, that told me it was 1.2 km for each way - clearly much more realistic (and spot on compared with my Accuroute measuring). Now I don't know (maybe somebody else does) but it seems that the wrist unit does something different with the data than the software?? Maybe it is more basic processing or something?

Anyway, slapped the exercise programme in the software - plotted myself a graph of HR, speed, altitude - and there it all is, me climbing up the steps (Altitude up, HR up, speed down), me sprinting like a loony across Sainsbury's car park (HR up, speed up), me stopping at the pedestrian crossing waiting for the lights to change, me wandering round sainsbury's stopping to buy things (0.4km in there apparently!), the works - it is amazing!!

So, the only thing I now want to know is why the information on the wrist unit is different from what you see in the software from the same info - and how different is it?

Any thoughts? (other than, I want one now.......)

Posted: 18/06/2004 at 22:54

I imagine the processing of all the acceleromer and altitude data is quite processor intensive. Perhaps the CPU in the watch uses a simplified algorithm and it is processed fully when on the PC?

Posted: 19/06/2004 at 06:30

altitude ???

Posted: 19/06/2004 at 12:40

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