Polar RS400

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Polar RS400Review Facts

The RS400 an incredible heart rate monitor first and foremost. Not only does it allow HR monitoring, but has additional features such as Polar Own Code, Polar Own Optimizer, Polar Own Cal, Polar Sports Zone and more that make this model stand out. The Polar RS400 will monitor your heart rate for each lap you do, storing information with a summary review for you at the end of a training session. You also have the opportunity to work with a computerized personal training app called Polar OwnOptimizer, this will give you the motivation, strength, and support needed to get through each anticipated training session that you have planned.

Pros
  • Real time data tracking
  • Accurate heart rate monitoring
  • Three different settings to record training sessions in (free, basic, basic interval)
  • Pre-programmed work outs
  • Resting heart rate value
  • Can record staged exercises
  • Personalized alarm and sound settings
  • Display offered in night mode
  • User-friendly replaceable battery
Cons
  • Watch face may scratch easily with daily use
  • Wrist band may fit small even for average sized wrists
  • Numbers on display screen may be very small to read indoors
Heart Rate Monitoring

Heart Rate Monitoring

The Polar RS400 is an accurate and reliable heart rate monitor, measuring the amount of work your heart is doing during a training session. Heart rate can be relayed to you on the display screen as, beats per minute, and as a percentage of maximum heart rate. It can also be expressed as a percentage of heart rate reserve, which is the difference between your resting heart rate and your maximum heart rate. During a training session your heart rate can be displayed as a graph. An age-based heart rate option makes it easy to get started with this activity watch, having the ability to be programmed by age right from your first training session. For a more accurate way to predict your maximum heart rate will be through the Polar Fitness Test, this is done automatically during the fitness test.
GPS

GPS

Certain devices are programmed to receive locations, exact positions, and exact times, then store the data for usage. This is especially helpful to using the Polar RS400 when it comes to measuring speed. Your speed can be measured with GPS, footpod, and stride sensor. Speed can also be measured by cycling speed sensor. GPS enabled activity watch that gives you real time feedback data while on the move.
Notifications

Notifications

Setting an alarm can be an essential setting when it comes to planning training sessions and getting to them on time. You can choose to activate alarm settings to be automatically notified at a time/day of your choice. You may also receive an alert when recording storage has only 1 hour remaining, after which you may desire to upload your data onto your computer, into Polar ProTrainer 5. If you receive a message stating 'footpod calibration failed' then you need to reset the calibration. A battery low indication is going to display when your battery life has been depleted, this can display in colder climates, but will resolve on it's own after entering a warmer climate.
Personalization

Personalization

Upon receiving your heart rate monitor, you will first need to program the basic settings. This process takes you through entering personal information that is necessary for the watch to accurately calculate data feedback as well as monitor your heart rate. The information that you will need to enter upon first use includes but is not limited to; time, date, height, weight, and birthday. Throughout usage you will have the options to personalize certain settings such as programming exercises tailored to your goals.
Metrics and Analytics

Metrics and Analytics

Documenting a variety of types of exercises there are three different settings to record under while you exercise. The first being free mode, in this setting you can record any type of exercise with preset settings. Then there is also basic interval mode, this can be a moderate exercise lasting around 45 minutes or less in length. The last would be interval basic, which is where you can creating a repetition type training session that starts with a 15 minute warm up session along with cool downs for each repetition. If you would like to utilize Polar ProTrainer to create a more versatile exercise on your computer and transfer it onto your training watch you may do so. The pre-programmed exercise's make it easy to get started without creating a work out plan.
Real Time Data Tracking

Real Time Data Tracking

Alongside the GPS data feedback, this activity training watch is equipped with real time data tracking for all information collected during training sessions or runs. This concept for feedback is done by continuously updating information from moment to moment. This gives you accurate feedback for how heart rate is fluctuating during a training session. This also gives real data feedback about how hard the body is working, as well as the peaked heart rate time after a training session is complete.
Key Features

Key Features

Heart Rate Monitoring
• Personalized Data Feedback
• Polar OwnZone
• Polar Pro Trainer
GPS enabled
• Real Time Data Tracking
• Polar Sports zone
• Upload post summary data onto your computer
• Customize anticipated training sessions
• Heart Touch Sensor
• Heart rate display in graphical format
• Automatic lap recording
• Polar Fitness Test
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

The Polar RS400 is nothing short of an accurate heart rate monitor, and simply a great widget for enhancing and recording your training sessions. Polar OwnZone, Polar sports zone, and the versatile settings during training sessions make this a great running and any type of activity watch. It is easy to manage while on the go, indoors or outdoors. You can create your own activities on your computer to be monitored through the wrist watch.

The advanced personalized settings will make this watch suitable as a one user type of activity watch, always giving you accurate data for your physical body. The display screen along with the colors used are professional and able to match any workout attire. Whether you are looking to monitor your resting heart rate, or how hard your body is working on the move the Polar RS400 is a very smart purchase.