Polar Pacer Heart Rate Monitor

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Polar Pacer

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 20, 2003]
tyler weiss
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

none

Weakness:

inconsistent heartrate display;difficult to replace transmitter and watch batteries;outside interference plays havoc

This is my second HR monitor and I think it is a piece of junk. The display is erratic and inaccurate. My last HR monitor was a cardiosport,big as an old transistor radio and it broke in a crash. It worked pretty well and the battery was a cinch to change.I thought the Polar would be a step up.Was I wrong! The service from Polar has been nonexistent. I've tried conductive gels and it still stinks.Considering Polar is the most expensive on the market, I won't touch their trash again.

Similar Products Used:

cardiosport

[Dec 21, 2001]
John Philion
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Light weight, good display, clock feature, alarms, water proof

Weakness:

Difficult to get a reasonably priced replacement battery. Have to mail the watch 4,000 miles for battery replacement. Cost is very high about $45. The firm that replaces the battery says that you also have to buy another transmitter for the unit to work properly.

Battery doesn't last more than 12 months if you use it on a regular basis.

Worth buying if you can put up with the aggravation and expense of getting a replacement battery and transmitter every year.

Similar Products Used:

None

[Sep 20, 2000]
Radar
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Nice way to train a little smarter, comfortable, quality Polar name.

Weakness:

Not many features for the $$$, occasionally it shows a totally inaccurate reading.

I got this amazingly cheap at the Nashbar tent sale, and I wasn't even thinking about buying one until I saw it. Occasionally it shoes my HR is something like 230 when I'm just cruising downhill. Weird, but it's not often. My only other complaint is that most people are going to be paying $100+ for this, and only having time, current HR and time spent in target zone is a slim function list for a mid range monitor. I have seen "lesser" brand monitors that are half the price with more functions, like average heart rate and other features like a lap counter. I have heard that those show erratic readings much more often though, so it's a trade off. Do you want accuracy or features?

I'll give this a value rating of 3 because of the slim features, but overall of 4 because of the good quality.

Similar Products Used:

No other HR monitors, but various Cateye computers.

[Mar 26, 1998]
Rusty
cross-country rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING

Tried a few other brands, and the pacer doesn't jump around like they did.
A bit on the expensive side($250). The chest strap is a thow away item (@$120) after 2 years of use. Except for the chest stap it is excellent. Found it was an excelent training aid, as I dont have to run a set course.

[Nov 21, 2000]
Leonard Migliore
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Shows heart rate in big numbers. You can make it stop beeping. Shows total time at desired heart rate. Has no extraneous information.

Weakness:

Defaults to beeping when it starts up. Goes berserk under power lines.

A heart monitor is the most important tool in my conditioning program. The Pacer provides the information I need and nothing else (unless I want to know what time it is). The unit is comfortable and reliable. The folks at Mike's were right when they said "this one is all you need".

Similar Products Used:

None

[Jun 07, 2000]
John
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

Time spent in target zone.

Weakness:

Needs EKG cream for best results (like msot ther heart monitors)

I developed my own training program (by reading books on the subject) to improve my performance and this monitor was the key to achieve my goals (the time spent in the training zone is a good measure of the intensity of any given training). I wish I would have chosen a model that gives the average, as it is useful for other purposes. But this model works very well.

[Feb 04, 1999]
DEX
racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

Just started using a HRM again now I'm getting closer to 40! The pacer is easy to use provides the best features for the price. Workout time and zone is all that's needed. Reliable and robust. Five stars on price and features.

[Jun 06, 1998]
Ron Austin
weekend warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

I bought my PACER as part of a cardiac rehab program after suffering cardiac arrest at the age of 44. The blockages were cleared and it was time to get back in shape. I found the unit invaluable for maintaining my target heartrate while doing the rehab workouts. The unit agrees with the hospital equipment perfectly and gives me a level of confidence while working out at home that I would not otherwise have. I even wear it for lawnmowing and other activities.

[Oct 17, 1996]
Don
cross-country rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

Recently tried a Polar Pacer HRM. This is (I think) the second most economical model. I gives me all I really need to know; current bpm. I've been using it on a stationary bike (in a lab setting), so I don't know how the wireless transmitter performs under outdoors conditions. However, in the lab it worked like a gem. I had the opportunity to compare it to the good ol' method (count heart beats by pulse) and an EKG reading. The Polar unit was right on the ball. An excellent training device.

[Jan 23, 2001]
K WG
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Big display, can alternate with time;
Easy to set high/low settings (only 1 zone;
Beeps when you're out of the zone. Tells you total time in the zone. Strap is easily adjusted and I don't notice it when I ride.

Weakness:

Buttons are hard to press But I have the older style with recessed buttons not like the one pictured. I ride at night and the light only stays illuminated for 10 seconds and the buttons are hard to press through gloves in the dark.

Works wells. Has just enough features. Now that I'm training more seriously, it would be nice to have more zones to set. I only use it when I ride on my road bike. I haven't tried it mountain biking since the terrain is so varied it's too hard to keep a consistant rate.

Ride on.

Similar Products Used:

None

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