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tallbird
Reviewed: 07 March 2006

REVOLUTIONISE YOUR TRAINING

Excellent software
Instantaneous pace
Accurate
No loss of signal anywhere, ever
Robust
Polar wearlink HR strap is excellent
Add Ons for bikes are brilliant
Watch is a bit large - but not too hideous
'Beep' could do with being a bit louder - or even better, a vibrating alarm option could be offered
Can suffer from some speed interference if running with others wearing the footpod
This is my best bit of kit ever, and despite paying top whack for it I have never regretted my choice.

I do a lot of running under trees which is why I originally chose this over the GPS systems, but having seen the performance of this compared with some of the GPS offerings, I'll stick with my accelerometer thanks!

It has totally revolutionised my training - the software lets me measure my programme, the watch lets me monitor how fast/hard/far - what more could you want?
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Performance:
5.0
Ease of use:
4.0
Value:
5.0

Dinesh Kaulgud
Reviewed: 07 March 2006

SUPERB PRODUCT

Can use it anywhere ie Gym, Outdoors, Trials, Mountains etc
Needs a technical bent of mind to use
Fantastic product. Worth having if you are a serious runner
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Performance:
5.0
Ease of use:
3.0
Value:
5.0

Joe Browns
Reviewed: 07 March 2006

GOOD, BUT NOT AS GOOD AS GPS

- No need to wait for GPS signal to catch
- Can be used in doors and out
- No need for calibration
- Large, clear display
- Large buttons
- Wearlink transmitter
- Could be too chunky on a small wrist
- Foot pod seems a little fragile
- Calibration required for best accuracy
It's nice to have the entire speed/distance/HRM all in one package without the need to be outdoors to use it. However, having to strap three seperate items on is not too great, and for the best accuracy, calibration is recommended.

Overall - recommended.
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Performance:
4.0
Ease of use:
3.0
Value:
3.0

pants Ants
Reviewed: 07 March 2006

IT AIN'T PRETTY, BUT IT WORKS

It isn't a GPS system, therefore:
- quick start up time (don't have to wait for satellite reception to lock);
- doesn't need a clear view of the sky so it works in the densest forests and the narrowest city streets with the tallest buildings I bet it would even work underground if you could find somewhere subterranean to run

- Accurate speed & distance monitoring (once calibrated)

- Most comfy heart rate monitor strap I have worn.
It isn't a GPS system, therefore:
- No pretty map output of your route
- Changes of pace really throw the distance calculation
- Needs calibration to measure distances accurately

- UGLY - Watch is very big and chunky. Foot-pod, though light and not uncomfortable to wear, is big, bulky and very obvious (The number of times some child has asked "Mummy/ Daddy, what is that big black thing on that man's shoe?")

- Advanced functions (e.g. intervals) difficult to use

- Have to buy a separate USB infrared port if your computer doesn't already have one

- Polar software not the prettiest interface/ most flexible.

- If you have more than one pair of shoes, the foot-pod has to be moved between them.
Anyone choosing a speed or distance monitor should carefully consider question of an accelerometer system (like the Polar) vs. a GPS system. The reason I made the choice of the Polar 625x rather than a GPS is that it better suited the type of running I wanted to do. Principally, the majority of my running is either in town (including some quite narrow streets with tall buildings) or on routes with a lot of tree cover. Both terrain where GPS systems really struggle with reception. It will be interesting to see whether the new Garmin GPS based systems (205 and 305) have really solved these issues.

As for the other aspects of the units performance - I have found the speed and distance to be very accurate once calibrated (+/- 0.1 miles over an 8 mile run), however the measurement takes a bit of time to catch up with quick changes of pace (great for steady training or races, less good for interval training).

My main bugbear (apart from the looks) is that the advanced functions are quite difficult to use - for example, I have completely given up on programming intervals, as the programming itself is difficult enough, but as I don't use them often, I forget how to progress from the warm up to start the interval session - I end up either changing the display options, setting a lap time or turning the timer off instead!

Overall, I'm pleased I bought the 625x. It has made a real difference to my training, whether helping me pace my runs, measure how far I have gone, but also remembering the key details of the workout for me to put in my training diary at a later date.

If you want to measure your speed and distance, don't want the disadvantages of a GPS system, and don't have unrealistic expectations that it will measure your interval efforts to the nearest metre, I would thoroughly recommend buying one.

In fact buy mine when I put it on Ebay after winning the competition to get one of those new good looking Garmin GPS systems!
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Performance:
4.0
Ease of use:
2.0
Value:
3.0

BIGMIKE
Reviewed: 07 March 2006

GREAT ALTERNATIVE TO A GPS SDM SYSYEM

Reasonably compact compared to some GPS models.
Can be used in cities, woods and indoors without losing monitoring ability.
Quality construction.
Very accurate even without calibration.
Plenty of timers and interval training aids.
Can be purchased for £140 these days!
Great software to help with post workout analysis
Theres a large manual to digest - this is a complicated bit of kit.
Can never be as purely accurate as a GPS based system.
Foot pod expensive to replace.
A fantastic product which enables you to accurately measure speed and distance for running or cycling. Not prone to the same inherent weaknesses as GPS systems (i.e. not brilliant in built up areas).
Great value now they can be bought for around £140.
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Performance:
4.0
Ease of use:
3.0
Value:
4.0

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