Polar S710 Heart Rate Monitor

DESCRIPTION

  • 50m water resistance
  • Target zone alarm
  • Backlight
  • Clock w/ alarm
  • Stopwatch
  • Interval training function
  • Recovery function
  • Lap times with heart rate
  • Max/Average heart rate of each lap
  • Tempurature
  • Downloads data to computer
  • Uploads data from computer
  • Cycling functions (average/max speed, odometer, total riding time)
  • Altimeter

  • USER REVIEWS

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    [Jul 18, 2003]
    Jim
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    3
    Strength:

    Track your data on your PC; Altitude encoding; software to track your progress; polar support rocks; stores up to 30 hours of data (with 15s polling; less with shorter interval).

    Weakness:

    Expenses. Loses session if transmitter is away from the unit for ~8 minutes. Plastic exterior.

    If you're seriously training, you should use an HRM. This model gives you altitude recording capability.

    [Aug 29, 2003]
    Eric Vos
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    1
    VALUE
    RATING
    2
    Strength:

    Lots of bells and whistles. Documentation is better than most but still hard. Software is good. Yet, the graphics and navagating is "old school." With all of the great graphics and programs out there function and form should have been better.

    Weakness:

    While the manual is better than most you better have some serious time to read it. Close to 100 pages. The watch has too many features. That is coming from a tech nut. Unlike other like products the read out is small and you are glancing to get info. They have crammed so much info on the display that it is hard to read while biking 20MPH. At any given point the display will be providing you with 4 readings. The wireless reception is for hell. It quits out on me at least once per three minutes. When I used the mount for the bike it was near impossible to keep a signal. I had to wear it on my wrist. How dumb is that? There were also readings which were impossible. Unless of course my heart rate jumped to 225 and I was doing 56MPH on my road bike. If this unit isn't defective then they should give up.

    During my third ride trying to use the watch I had this overwhelming desire to smash the little bugger with a large rock. The watch beeps every time the signal is lost from the wheel sensor. Thus, you get reminded continuously during your ride that the watch is unable to keep data from the wireless sensor on your wheel. We are talking every 30 to 45 seconds. I doubt I ever got more than 5 minutes during the two hour ride with a constant signal. Then when you look at the watch and it tells you your going 56 MPH and your heart is doing 225 bpm you know you have wasted close to $300. I had a Suunto Advizor and bought this b/c of the biking components. My favorite flaw was that no signal can be received when the unit is mounted on the handle bars. It works on the wrist but not on the provided mount. There must be some alloy or something on my bars which interferes with the signal. Since my setup is not exotic who knows why? I have read the 100 page manual three times in the hopes of getting better acquainted with the unit. I know it well and it still works for crap.

    I am running it with the IR USB on Windows 98 w/o any problems. The data gets through after two or three tries. The software’s looks is ten years old. With all of the great program designs and graphics you feel they should have gone the extra mile. One nice thing was I was able to get a person, rather quickly, at the company to help me with the driver for the USB. Not the most technical guy but we worked it out.

    In the end if this product isn’t defective the company should be flogged for selling the unit. I love their by-line....”Train Like the Pro’s.” I don’t think so.

    It pains me to leave this review b/c I wanted to love the product and spent close to 300 bucks on the unit, an extra sensor for my mountain bike and the USB IR. My Suunto Advizor didn’t have the bike interface or the software. Yet, at least I got data. I would seriously look to Ciclosport units. They are well priced and can’t be any worse than this.

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    [Jun 19, 2003]
    John
    Cross Country Rider

    OVERALL
    RATING
    3
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Works well, looks clean on the bike, holds alot of data

    Weakness:

    Bulky for a watch. Can be confusing to use.

    Good product, havnt tried the down load yet, hoping to find some palm software that will allow me to do this (any ideas anyone?)

    I fell that the own index for me is somewhat off, i just think i'm a little more fit then what it suggests i am.

    Kinda middleing ratings left because i've not gotten the entire chance i'd like to try the product, perhaps i'll update this later on.

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    [Jun 10, 2003]
    Matt Hayden
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Fantastic at recording data and east to download, does everything, no need for the standard computer

    Weakness:

    Anyone know how to analyse the data?
    Bulky

    Well worth buying.

    [Jun 02, 2003]
    bill mahoney
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Great overall monitor. Lots of functions, easy to use

    Weakness:

    USB interface on Windows XP

    Great HRM. Tried USB interface with varied results, and many reinstalls. Just purchased serial port interface, worked 1st no problems. Highly recommend this approach for Windows XP users.

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    Polar Accurex Plus

    [Jan 17, 2002]
    Mikael
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    This HRM has it all. If you want to be scientific about it, this is the watch. Lots of features and memory. Easy to use, and very nice userinterface. Downloading your data to your pc is a breeze.

    Weakness:

    Big watch - but it has to be that way in order to read all the information of the display.
    The big red start button cracked after 3 months but was replaced while waiting. The button is still sometimes slow getting back into initial position after pressing it.

    This is a great product. It has the quality Polar feel and all the features you can find in any similar product on the market. But nothing comes close. The altitude and temperature measuring works best on your bike not on your wrist.
    They have improved the features of the Polar X-trainer and addede a lot of new ones.
    You have to buy the interface if you use anything older tha windows 95 (who dosn't) - not sure if it works with Mac.

    Buy this product if you want to analyse your training and use som quality time on the PC. But be carefull not to use to much time with the pc - go ride instead.

    Similar Products Used:

    Polar Vantage, Acurex plus, X-trainer.

    [Jan 11, 2002]
    Tommy

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    Tons 'o fun data. Generates cool graphs. All the info I want on my handlebar, then in my computer. Very entertaining. Nice graphing and training log software included. Fairly easy to set up and use. No ugly wires. Electrodes taste great when you lick them.

    Weakness:

    None of the seperate parts seem designed to work together. The data wand doesn't sit well on the reciever wrist band. The reciever doesn't fit all that well on the handlebar mount. Also, the speed and cadence sensors stick way out at ackward angles from the bike. Also, they should make the reciever IR work directly with computer IR ports rather than making us buy a $40 com port wand.

    I've been using the S-710 for a month, and it makes dreary winter base training much less boring. Looking at the graphs after a ride lets you know what you really did. You see things like where you couldn't keep your cadence up on a climb. The included software makes it easy to keep a comprehensive training log. This thing is gonna be even more fun and useful when the real riding starts this year.

    Note that NiteRider Digital headlights swamp the chest transmitter signal so that HR doesn't register. HID lights don't do this. Also, a friend with one of these needs Ba-Bump creme to make his work.

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    [Dec 12, 2003]
    John
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    - Has been very reliable so far.
    - Extremely valuable when combined with the Power Output kit
    - Software is ok and there are alternatives out there, even for my Pocket PC (check out MySportTraining.com)
    - Definitely helped improve my fitness

    Weakness:

    - The watch battery (CR2356) is hard to find (not to Polar's fault though)
    - Occasional spurious data
    - Connection shuts down if I am far from the monitor for a few minutes

    A must have for anyone serious about training. There is nothing on the market that comes close to it. It's pricey with the Power Output kit, but serious cycling takes commitment anyway. I not once regretted the purchase and in fact, I'm still amazed at how much this little watch can get so much data. To download in my Pocket PC right after the workout is the blessing.

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    S510. I upgraded to the S710 because of the better sample granularity (5 sec), the extra goodies (altitude, etc.) and the Output Power kit.

    [Jan 23, 2004]
    Jorin
    Racer

    OVERALL
    RATING
    5
    VALUE
    RATING
    5
    Strength:

    Lots of features, computer download, and power reading abilities.

    Weakness:

    Lots of features. READ THE MANUAL. Trust me...

    A solid heart rate monitor. I have had only a couple of wacky readings due to interference. The computer download ability is a nice addition, as it allows for lots of analysis of ride data. 1 year, no problems. Just bought the power sensor...

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    Polar S-410, Polar A5, Sports Instruments (entry level.)

    [Apr 13, 2004]
    Eric Vos
    Weekend Warrior

    OVERALL
    RATING
    4
    VALUE
    RATING
    4
    Strength:

    This is a correction from my earlier review. The product is good for the gym and for the bike. The data is great.

    Weakness:

    Small read out for a bike ride. You really don't want to be looking for data when your riding 25mph

    I wrote a horrific review when I first got the unit. See above. As it turned out I was riding under high voltage wires for most of the 30 mile path. The ride is situated along an electric train path. Thus, the read out went wild on me. I thought it was the unit and it turned out it was the electric interf. from the overhead wires. Odd but true. I now know not to use the unit on that ride. Otherwise, I love the unit. I have been confined to a gym for the Winter and I still love to wear the watch. Another great feature is many cardio machines at the gym pick up the pulse from the chest belt and read out on the machine your on and the watch. I'm looking forward to spring and summer when I get back on my litespeed. I feel bad about the earlier review but I had no idea the overhead eletrical wires would make the unit go nutty.

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