Polar Protrainer Heart Rate Monitor

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Polar Protrainer

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 18, 1999]
marco1
Cross-Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

+Combination of cycling computer and heart rate monitor
+heart rate monitor part works ok

Weakness:

-speed sensor updates are very slow
-for racing only: older models which I have (pre '99) stop measuring after 3 minutes pause)
-the speed sensor is probably biggest out there and spoke magnets are either heavy or flimsy models

3 minute limit is no good, after period of inactivity the training must be re-started which in turn zaps your current mileage for the ride... This has been fixed in later models but they have not changed my unit so far.
Maybe the product would deserve 4 star but because of their customer it's only 2 flaming carrots ;)

[Apr 05, 1996]
Francis
Norba racer

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING



This device convinced me of the value of a Heart Rate Monitor both as a training and a competition device. It helped me to improve my performance by giving me an 'RPM meter' for my engine. A couple things I noticed with this monitor is that it's useless on my wrist... it has to be on the handlebar and it doesn't really work until the sensor is damp. So I either have to wet the chest strap or start sweating real quick. The chest strap is ok but not that comfortable since I have to tighten it enough to prevent it from falling to my stomach during the downhills. The high and low target zones are really key to interval and sprint training. The monitor also gives my indoor trainer rides similar intensity to actual rides. The buttons on my first one konked out but Perforamance Bikes replaced it with a new one.

[Oct 20, 2000]
Matt Meyer
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

-numerous functions
-data recall

Weakness:

-very unreliable HR detection, even when the electrodes are moistened before the ride
-during a rest stop, the unit stops measuring HR after 5 min, and you can't start it again without losing all data from the first half of the ride
-if you stop the stopwatch, again, after 5 min. it will reset back to "time of day" mode, whereby if the watch inadvertently comes near the belt, the "autostart" function kicks in and you lose all your data.
-customer service is terrible, they treat you like you're an idiot, and that nothing is their fault
-poor battery life
-no average HR for laps, instead, it gives the HR at the end of the lap - what is that supposed to be good for?
-price, especially compared with what you get from other companies

I've had this unit for 2 years and learned it inside and out. It is just too unreliable and has too many problems to be a useful training tool. For serious training I would forget Polar altogether, and recommend one of the models from Ciclosport, like the HAC 3 or HAC 4 (check out their website), where you get full cycling computer & HRM functions, altitude, PC download, and even power output - more functions than the best Polar, and for a fraction of the price.

Similar Products Used:

none

[May 16, 1999]
Oliver
Racer

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Strength:

I have the protrainer xt
is a great tool for training
can record laps easily for analyzing
quicker response than older models
cool blue color
many options for training

Weakness:

must read manual to fully use

Mates bike functions with heartrate functions. Useful for laps and analyzing a workout.
Super reliable especially with coded transmitter. Fast HR response. Every new Polar model is better than older models- must be new hardware. A good investment for serious training. Wireless speed sensor is convenient and even works with the rear wheel on a trainer.

Similar Products Used:

older protrainer nv-5/99 performance has 'em cheap

[Dec 07, 1998]
Jesus K. Levy
weekend warrior

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING

Features are great. Price is a bit too much for the quality. Big problems with transmission lines or other electric interference.Monitors are becoming so popular here that signal mixing is becoming a real pain. My next one will be a coded signal monitor.Other than that, performance is OK. 3 flaming chillis for this one.

[Aug 04, 1998]
Justin
cross-country rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING

Didn't really like this HRM. Doesn't save info, and the info that you thought you could recall without having to press a reset button actually resetted. Also, transmission wires have a big effect on this watch unlike the coded models. I would get either of the two higher end models above this one or if you just need something simple, get the cheapest one. This one is definitely not worth the money.

[Jun 06, 1998]
Clarke Clingenpeel
racer

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING

This is the second Polar Heart Rate Monitor I have owned. I bought this one for the memory functions, when I started to train more seriously. The product does have good features, but it is not very durable. The LCD screen started to fade after about a year and a half (out of warranty). Also, you have to send it back to the factory to get the battery replaced. The xtrainer cost too much money not to be more durable and I am way too busy to worry about packing it up and sending away for a battery. Although the functions the product has and the ease of use (compared to other monitors) is good, I would not buy another, due to the cost, durability, and aggrevation for battery replacement. There a alot cheaper (1/4 the price) monitors out there with memory fucntions and most of the bells and whistles (how many people really need a lap timer). I have a heart rate monitor for 3 years to train (road and mountain) and believe the real functions needed are an upper and lower limit, time spent above, in, below, zone, and possibly average heart rate. A stopwatch is also useful when doing timed intervals, but most cyclo computers have a timer. A heart rate monitor is an invaluable tool to help with training (much more useful than a cyclo computer), however, I would not recommend any polar. I don't mind paying more for a brand name if it's worth it, but Polar is not.

[Mar 01, 1998]
Chris Cuylle
cross-country rider

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING

Replaced a Vetta VHR-50 with this and it's 200% better. It takes some getting used to on how to set and use it because the instruction booklet is badly translated from Swedish to English. The monitor itself works great!
I'm getting so keen at using it, my next purchase will be a HR monitor that i can interface with my PC. Overall I'm very happy.

[Dec 14, 1996]
LLoyd S. Raines
racer

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING

I've had the protrainer for seven months and I'm quite pleased with its performance. It's the second pulse monitor I've bought (the other one was junk). I take it on 95% of my workouts and sometimes in races. I don't recommend using it during races though, because there's a tendency to hold back too much. I've read extensively about pulse monitor training and I'm surprised that most world class atheletes don't use them. I'm not sure why, but they may not be pleased with the results.
I know that when the batteries on my monitor die, I'll throw the watch against the wall. I've seen the very steep price on replacing batteries. I can't wait until a watch is designed to monitor the pulse directly off the wrist instead of over the chest.

[Nov 22, 1996]
ben
cross-country rider

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING

i just recently purchased the protrainer nv model. get this, i have been using a seiko pulsemeter for the past ten years, so i finally decided to get a new heart rate moniter. the protrainer is great. i am not used to all the features that this model has to offer. i am not sure if i need any of these gizmo's, though they are neat little toys that may motivate some individuals. i never work out without a heart rate moniter and would advise everyone, regardless of their present fitness level, to use one for efficiency as well as safety. the greatest difference and best feature of the polar when compared to my seiko is the wireless transmitter. man, technology is great.

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