Me and running – we kinda broke up for a little while. Me and running broke up so bad that I even gave it back the friendship bracelet made out of safety pins from old bibs.
Ask me to go running – or pretty much any physical activity, and this is the reaction you’d probably get:
I’ll be honest, the first few uses of this device were a bit rough. I was used to devices that were much more simplistic. In the beginning it was a little bit of information overload. But hey, that is what the user manual is for, right? Around my third use, I had this device down pat. So here’s some loves, and not so loves about the Polar RC3GPS:
- PRO: The chest strap is comfortable. No, really! It’s made of a very soft elastic and has a bra-strap style slider for easy adjustment. And the strap gets very long. So if you are a bigger person, no worries, it will fit!
- CON: I think that the clip that secures the strap is a little weak. It’s made out of very durable metal (steel?). Unfortunately though, it doesn’t seem to have enough ‘hook’ to it. There were a few times, during very vigorous activity, that the clip would come undone. I resolved this issue by tightening the strap to increase the tension on the hook. That seems to have resolved the problem for me but I’d love to see a more secure hook.
- CON: A little overwhelming for an unexperienced user.
- PRO: That you will get over it when you see all the cool stuff that it does! Seriously. Don’t be scared. It doesn’t hurt…unless you want it to. And then watch those calories BURN! BURN! BURN!
Also they have this handy video for new users:
- CON: The app that accompanies the product does not work with an iPhone 4, only 4s and 5. I had the super sadz over this.
Dear Polar: At&t is selling the iPhone 4 for 99 cents. For real. They are practically forcing people to use them. Please make your app compatible with the 4 and my heart rate will increase ten-fold and I will burn more calories and super love your product more. LYLAS!
- PRO: I can totally make do with the website until you get around to fulfilling the above request. Because the website, seriously, it kicks ass.
My verdict: Worth every flippin’ penny. Not only am I back to working out regularly, I’m working harder than ever. Between running and CrossFit Bootcamp, I’ve given this device a run for it’s money and it has not disappointed me yet. It tracks my mileage, heart rate, and calories accurately. It grades my performance in comparison to previous workouts. It allows for tracking of a variety of sports – not just running. And my favorite part by far is the amazing logs on the website and the personalized training plans.
So who wants to go burn 700 calories at CrossFit with me?
All opinions and experiences are my own.