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Sean Holt
Reviewed: 08 March 2006

VERY GOOD

easy to use
reliable
useful for all sports cycling and running and swimming and other aerobics sports
lightweight
testing is easy and was very close to sports physiology
still difficult to actually compare improvement as many factors ie weather previous training
very good if they could make a GPS aspect even better
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Performance:
4.0
Ease of use:
3.0
Value:
3.0

Fredrick Barker
Reviewed: 08 March 2006

TRULY VERSATILE.

Excellent for running and cycling. The best part is that you can purchase the basic kit for running, and if you want you can buy the accessories for cycling, offers a much better option for runners than the 7 or 8 series.
Conects to your PC and/or mobile phone, allows you to monitor your progress over time as well as on a daily basis.
It provides a lot of measurements and statistics which allow you to monitor your performance as well as your recovery through rest.
The foot pod is very sturdy and resists
You need to take a post graduate degree in order to operate it properly. It is not user friendly at all and may take you a good 2-3 weeks to learn how to use all the features. Of course, once you learn it you'll become addicted to it.
A major weakness is the thermometer/altimeter, you need to calibrate it everyday and with a slight change in pressure it goes bananas... a slight rain or excesive pressure changes can alter the altitude by up to 70 meters.
Although pricy, it offers a great value for the serious runner and leaves a window open for eventually going tri.
The chest strap is compatible with almost every treadmill. I would strongly recommend it.
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Performance:
5.0
Ease of use:
2.0
Value:
3.0

Maria Hardy
Reviewed: 08 March 2006

GREAT PIECE OF KIT FOR A TECHNO

Comprhensive piece of kit that does everything except clean your trainers
You need to be a techno to understand it and even get it callibrated in the first place then you need to have the manual handy for reference to get the best out of it. ugly chunky wrist unit.
Too complicated for my taste
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Performance:
4.0
Ease of use:
2.0
Value:
3.0

DrDan
Reviewed: 08 March 2006

GOOD BUT TECHNOCENTRIC

Plenty of functionality and relatively versatile. Good quality!
The user interface lacks in intuity. Coupled with the less than attractive design it feels like a product developed "by engineers, for engineers".
I am a computer engineer and it took me some time to understand how to use it 'properly' even though I have used other Polar products before.
A professional tool that require a bit of studying before use in order to avoid frustration and to fully exploit its potential. Does all what it claims to do and more! Provides good value for money. However, one always need to have the manual handy when using it.
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Performance:
4.0
Ease of use:
2.0
Value:
4.0

Brett Tricker
Reviewed: 08 March 2006

A RUNNING PARTNER IN A BOX

Fantastic free software and online training tools. Very easy to get going and start using those features. Foot Pod proved to be very accurate, less than 0.5% out on a 10k race. Although my particular software problems remain unresolved, the online technical support is very quick and thorough. I think my problems relate to my PC rather than the software.
No software for Apple Mac computers. IR interface not included in price. Can now self change the strap battery but cant change the watch battery yourself! If you don't mind the chunky styling this is a watch you could wear all day.
Having come back from injury minus a training partner I would not be without one of these. It provides instant motivation with the excellent software and progress tests. Need to address the Mac compatibilty as the new Garmin Forerunners will be the main competition and they are due to be Mac compatible.
Score breakdown



Performance:
4.0
Ease of use:
4.0
Value:
3.0

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