For athletes, a heart rate monitor--and then some
Polar introduces the RS800cx heart rate monitor just before the New York City marathon.
If you're a hard-core runner, it's a good idea to have the right tools at your disposal to maximize your training. In anticipation of the New York City Marathon Sunday, Polar a maker of portable fitness electronics, is now selling the RS800CX heart rate monitor. This is an updated version of the we covered last year.
The three major new features include:
- GPS mapping: Routes are color-coded for "heart rate zones," and can be viewed on Google Earth with Polar's ProTrainer 5 Software
- Compatibility with Polar's speed and cadence cycling sensors
- Ability to combine multisport workouts into one training file
It doesn't do as much, but most of us don't need that much. I especially like how it tells you the optimal amount of time to rest between sets. As my life stands now, I wouldn't cough up money for these though. The RS800cx is available starting at $500. The FT60 and FT80 can be found for $240 and $350 respectively.
Check out the movie of the FT60and FT80 below (try to ignore the fitness people's banter though).