Polar RS200 Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Red)

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Product Description

Monitor the intensity of your workouts using Polar"s Sport Zone program and create personalized training sessions using the Interval Trainer. Event Countdown Timer counts down the days to your next running event so you stay motivated. Download your stats to the Polar Running Coach Web Service for complete analysis.

In order to reach your fitness goals, you need to exercise at the right intensity. Designed for goal-oriented runners, the Polar RS200 wrist heart rate monitor helps you to easily and accurately measure your heart rate to help you get to just the right intensity or your exertion level. It's great for both beginning runners or more experienced runners preparing for competitions. Use the Polar Sports Zones and the Event Countdown Timer to manage your training for that key running event. You can even upload your settings to your running computer and then download your workout files to the Polar Running Coach Web Service for analysis. The RS200 offers up to 16 exercise files with summaries, date and time, and total calorie expenditure. This model features a red and gray face and strap, but it also comes in black.

With the optional S1 foot pod, you'll be able to take advantage of the RS200's Speed and Distance functions, such as speed, distance and pace per kmph/mph, target pace (with alarms and differential), trip odometer, run distance, totals for mileage, calories and time training, and summaries for distance and speed/pace.

Heart rate monitoring includes maximum heart rate (fitness test-based and age-based), maximum/average of total exercise and of each lap (up to 99 laps), and three target zones, and audible alarms. It also offers such timing features as time of day (12/24-hour display), dual time zone, day and date display, stopwatch, and alarm with snooze. It features an oversized display, easy to manipulate buttons while on the run, and a comfortable WearLink fabric transmitter.

It's a great choice for using in large groups, where other exercisers might be using wireless training gear that could interfere with your own signal. The RS100's coded transmission prevents crosstalk with other monitors so you'll get a personalized workout--even in a class environment. It also includes the following exclusive Polar features:

  • Polar Sport Zones: Polar sport zones provides an easy way to select and monitor the intensity of your training and to follow Polar?s sport zones based training programs. The training is divided into five zones based on percentages of your maximum heart rate: very light (50-60%HRmax), light (60-70% HRmax), moderate (70-80%HRmax), hard (80-90% HRmax) and maximum (90-100% HRmax).
  • Polar OwnCal: This feature shows your energy expenditure during one exercise session as well as your accumulated kilocalories during several exercise sessions. You can set daily and weekly exercise goals in terms of calorie expenditure with the OwnCal feature. Because the OwnCal tracks both the energy expenditure during one exercise session and the accumulated kilocalories during a longer time e.g. one week, it helps in achieving both short term and long term goals.
  • Polar OwnZone: This feature guides you through an appropriate warm-up routine and automatically determines a safe and effective exercise heart rate zone--your OwnZone--while taking into account your current physical condition.

Manufacturer's Warranty
The original purchaser of this heart rate monitor is backed by a limited warranty that states that this product that the product will be free from defects in material or workmanship for two years from the date of purchase.

Polar heart rate monitors are precision instruments; consumers are not advised to change their own battery. Polar recommends that all service be done by an authorized Polar Service Center which will include a warranty for 90 days on repairs and 6 months for batteries.

About Polar
The first EKG accurate wireless heart rate monitor was invented by Polar back in 1977 as a training tool for the Finnish National Cross Country Ski Team. The concept of "intensity training" by heart rate swept the athletic world in the eighties. By the 1990s, individuals were looking to heart rate monitors not only for performance training needs, but also for achieving everyday fitness goals. Today, the same concept of heart rate training is being used by world-class athletes as well as everyday people trying to lose weight. Polar is the leading brand among consumers, coaches, and personal trainers worldwide and the company is committed to not only producing the best products, but also being the leading educator on the benefits of heart rate based exercise.

  • Wrist-style heart rate monitor and stopwatch in red geared for runners
  • With optional S1 footpad, take advantage of the RS200's Speed and Distance functions
  • Polar's OwnZone helps determine an individual exercise zone; calorie counter and goal management
  • OwnCal feature shows your energy expenditure during one exercise session and accumulated expenditure
  • Dual time zone, alarm with snooze, and water resistance to 50 meters

Customer Reviews:

  • Everything you want in a heart rate monitor
    THe watch is easy to use and the chest strap is much improved over a Polar strap that I had with a prior model (more than 10 years ago). Polar's wide acceptance in the market is great because the monitor connects with some treadmills I use so that I can use it to drive the treadmill to leave my heart rate in target zones. My trainer has a Polar watch and she can monitor my heart rate when we're working. Finally, the watch's download capability is easy to use so I can keep a log of workouts on Polar's dedicated website. Nothing to complain about here....more info
  • Great little tool!
    I have used a polar heart rate monitor for my running/fitness walking in the past (Accurex), and I really appreciate the new straps (sooo much more comfortable!) and some of the features that are provided. The user-changeable battery is definitely a plus, and the weblink feature is kind of fun, although I can't seem to get my personal goals to stay programmed as a comparison for my actual sessions. That's not why I purchased this watch, so it's not a big deal, but I wish Polar would make it more consistent/reliable.

    I have been using my monitor on an almost daily basis in the gym and on the street, and haven't had ANY difficulties (yet?) but I do wish Polar would make a watch that wasn't quite so bulky or cheap-looking that still has all of the features (for women anyway) - the face of this one alone practically fits across my entire wrist. It really is time to bring these little babies into the 21st century!

    All in all, I am very happy with my purchase, and had no problems setting the features and settings to fit my needs (go to the Polar website to see a series of video clips that will actually walk you through the whole process...) I viewed the clips while waiting for Amazon to ship (by the way - VERY slow shipping!) and by the time I received my unit, I was able to walk right through the steps and get out the door to try this little baby out, and was very happy indeed. ...more info
  • athletic polar rs200 heart monitor
    I found the product as described to be. One function unique is a VO2 calculation of fitness. Personal settings are more than basic and some are automatically recorded after performing fitness test if that option is selected. I was disappointed with workout history data as it is primarily designed for runners. I use a powerbike with varying stress periods and while various work zones are indicated it would be necesary to review other data to relate the graph to heart rate numbers. All in all it is a powerful fitness tool. I lost the transmitter while travelling and ordered another chest strap for $50. The monitor recognized the new coded transmitter with no problem. Accurate and I also noted that exercise equipment will pick up the transmitter and report out on excersize machines with heart rate info....more info
  • Very cheap product
    I have owned older Polar hear rate monitors, my favorite was the S210. Is really cheaply made, belt is integrated into the watch, which is a very bad design, since the belt will be worn out with a year of usage. Overall, I think Polar products have gotten worse over the years. I am glad to see competitor like Garmin with much better products capturing the market they deserve....more info
  • effective
    I have always done cardio but with very little results. Being better able to target heart rates using this watch has been very effective in helping reduce weight and increase my general health. Buttons on the side have a tendency to come off....more info
  • So far so good
    Like any Polar product, this heart rate monitor works great. It accurately reads my heart rate and has enough features and sub menus to keep even the nerdiest occupied. My only real complaint is the sheer complexity of the sub menus. I accidentally pressed one button too long and it changed the display to something that wasn't useful for me (two lines of data instead of three). I fiddled with it for a couple workout sessions until I finally gave in and opened the manual. After digging through the manual for 15 minutes, I figured out what I did. Not the end of the world, but it gives some indication of the complexity of the menus. I could have gone for something a bit simpler and still been happy. Overall I would still recommend this product. ...more info
  • Very useful product with minor interface flaws
    I got this watch to help me quantify the workload for my roadwork. It was replacing the Polar F-11, which I was very happy with. The functionality of this watch is even better than the F-11. It retains the interesting though not particularly useful "test" feature for estimating your VO2max, and retains the OwnZone calculation, both of which simplify use somewhat. It then adds the ability to define your own multiple heart rate zones to your own specification, and then define your own exercise protocols based on those zones. I find this invaluable for keeping my workouts on track. It provides just enough flexibility for me to define recovery walks, interval sessions, and so on, without having to do a lot of planning and configuration for each session.

    The weaknesses of this product are quirks of the interface. First of all, the buttons have a very cheap feel to them. This is not really a problem since htey haven't broken yet, but it is disconcerting everytime you go to push a button. Second, I found the interface difficult to use for some things. I often forget the sequence I should use to start a particular kind of session, or get a particular kind of display during the workout. I think the more commonly used functions could be made easier to use, and the less commonly used ones more complex instead. Things like starting a particular kind of workout should be much easier to do and require less experience and practice. That aspect is distracting.

    Overall, this is the best training monitor I've had so far (it is my fourth HR monitor from Polar). I tend to buy new ones every couple of years rather than going through the hassle of shipping it back to have the batteries replaced. For my purposes, I would much rather the batteries be replaceable locally, but that's a complaint about Polar, not about the product.

    I recommend this product for anyone who wants to be able to quantify their workout intensity more effectively. I also recommend using Friel's heart rate zone recommendations from "Total Heart Rate Training" rather tha using the default zones that come with the monitor. Total Heart Rate Training: Customize and Maximize Your Workout Using a Heart Rate Monitor...more info
  • Good product!
    After a month or so of heavily usage (I had chance to jog a lot lately), I can say that I'm satisfied with this watch (it is my first hear monitor). It looks like it is accurate (I tested it) and simple to use. I had to get familiar with terms (zones, ownzone...) but after reading the instructions (I think you have to) it becomes easy. I'm not using all the functionalities that this watch has, but I like the fact that you can create your custom exercises (playing with the zones) and the log of the exercises is showing a lot of info. Sometimes the buttons are a little unresponsive, but nothing major when you get used to it.
    In general I think this is a good product that as more than just the basic functionalities. I would consider it as middle range....more info
  • Solid Heart Rate Monitor - Watch is OK, Comfort Strap is the Best Part
    I run about 30 miles a week - everything from distance runs (marathon training) to speed workouts at the track. I wanted a heart rate monitor that was easy to use and, most importantly, comfortable over a long distance. I don't care about having the best, most expensive model - I just wanted a reliable, comfortable product.

    I read somewhere that Polar has the best heart rate technology - most comfortable & flexible chest strap, etc., while Timex has superior watches. Having trained with my trusty Timex IronMan for about 5 years, and now with Polar for the past few months, I think this is definitely the case.

    The Polar chest strap is very comfortable, even over decently long distances (13 miles so far). I have tried my husband's Timex strap as well - and it is fine, but significantly less comfortable than the Polar. I definitely give the Polar chest strap 5 stars.

    The Polar watch - or "running computer" - is fine, but compared to the Timex's design, it is much harder to do anything other than basic functions. I'm not naturally a directions person anyway, but this manual seemed especially confusing - you have to flip around a lot between different sections to try to figure things out - and ultimately I found it easier to just hit all the buttons and see what they did. :-) So from a design perspective, I would give the Polar watch a 3 (Timex IronMan would be a 5).

    So, the Polar is a good buy and performs as expected. From a comfort standpoint it can't be beat, and I have gotten used to the watch (though I would support sending its designers back to the drawing board and telling them to do more usability testing next time). ...more info
  • polar
    works good as a heart monitor, it does require the foot pod for full function, which for the price just get a nike Ipod much cheaper for distance and pace, and it does need special equipment to connect to the internet site....more info
  • Good performance, easy interface.
    I have been using this HR Monitor for about 6 weeks and I like it quite a bit. the interface is easy I haven't had any problems with the watch talking to the strap via a wireless connection, no interference or something like that. It tracks the work outs over time which is nice. Overall I would recommend this to a friend. ...more info
  • Low quality build and bad interface, but does what it says
    My running store only carried the Polar brand so I went with this model. It does work, though it came with a battery that only had 5% left and I had to replace it. I design user interfaces for a living and a lot of watches are bad, but it has one of the worst user interfaces I have ever seen. The states and modes are confusing and the usage of the "screen" pixels is incredibly wasteful and confusing. The feel of the watch itself feels cheap and the buttons are flimsy. It does what it says, but using the feature set is complicated beyond the basic start running function. As with most products, the manual is just as confusing and poorly laid out. It IS accurate though and does what it says. I am much happier with my hiking watch from Highgear though....more info
  • effective
    I have always done cardio but with very little results. Being better able to target heart rates using this watch has been very effective in helping reduce weight and increase my general health. Buttons on the side have a tendency to come off....more info
  • Excellent Heart rate monitor
    Purchased the Polar Rs 200 and love it. I am new to running and it greatly assists my workouts. The chest strap is compatible with my gym's cardio equipment so it makes it easy to monitor my training sessions. Highly recommend this Polar product. I plan to add the foot pod shortly to better my 5k/10k training for events later this year....more info
  • **Avoid RS 2000- Worst Runners Nightmare**
    Have always been a fan of Polar products untill I bought the RS.
    I have used for more than a year now the RS 200 and it has been a "nightmare" so far, with 3 times to warranty repair centers with out any solution and a lot of patience and time.
    Apart from sync problems, the main issue is that the monitor freezes sudenly in the middle of your workout. And all previous and current data and workout information is lost. You have to start from day zero.
    I wish the customer care service was better and did solve the problems, but they keep saying that they do not know what is happening. It is a shame for Polar company. I am looking for another brand right now.
    Best Regards
    AFAP...more info
  • Excellent HRM
    I bought this to replace the Polar F11 I had for a few years before. Even though the F11 is more expensive, this has more features which makes it more fun to use. I've yet to get the foot pod but that's not far off. People complained about the buttons but they feel just like the ones on my old F11 so I'm not sure what the deal is. The extra button on the top is very useful when doing manual laps. If I broke the one I bought, I would definately buy another one....more info
  • I love it!!!
    It was just as told!! I really love it and very simple to use. Has given me no trouble. i would tell all of my friends to buy, it;s great!...more info
  • A lot of information, but not complicated
    This watch is working very well for me. I really like looking at my statistics after a workout. There is a lot of information available through this watch, but it is not complicated to understand or navigate. I wish that Polar offered a female-sized version of this watch; it's a bit chunky for a female wrist....more info
  • RS200 is Fine - Avoid the Footpod
    I've found that the watch and heart rate strap works well although you'll struggle with the learning curve and the extremely poor manual. At all costs, avoid the foot pod. I bought this to track my pace while running and found it was initially very inaccurate (off by 25% or more) and after a few runs it stopped working altogether....more info
  • So far so good
    Like any Polar product, this heart rate monitor works great. It accurately reads my heart rate and has enough features and sub menus to keep even the nerdiest occupied. My only real complaint is the sheer complexity of the sub menus. I accidentally pressed one button too long and it changed the display to something that wasn't useful for me (two lines of data instead of three). I fiddled with it for a couple workout sessions until I finally gave in and opened the manual. After digging through the manual for 15 minutes, I figured out what I did. Not the end of the world, but it gives some indication of the complexity of the menus. I could have gone for something a bit simpler and still been happy. Overall I would still recommend this product. ...more info
  • heart rate monitor
    This product works great and does everything that I need it to do. Only complaint is the display, I wish it would keep the display that you used the last time you worked out so I dont have to keep changing it. Workout records are little challenging to find all your information until you can remember where everything is within your workout report. Would like to get the foot pod if it wasnt so darn exspensive....more info
  • run for your life.
    this product allows you to accurately measure your heart rate and is great for receiving quick, needed, health advice....more info
  • Improved my workout
    When I use the heart rate monitor, I get much better weight loss and more calories burnt. I still can't get the software to work with the computer as it uses audio signal to connect to the computer. A bit of a pain really. Nonetheless, the summary on the watch itself is informative enough. I use it to keep track of my heart rate so don't really need to connect to the computer. It would be good though if I had that option....more info
  • Pretty awesome device!
    I was recommended this device by my instructor at a local fitness center. Though he was trying to peddle me the ware sold by that center, I found this on Amazon for about $40 cheaper. This is an awesome device, and very compact. Though I have been a user for only a month, I find its capability, user design and benefit quite high. The online interface, and especially the method to synch data (sonic sync - or transferring data by converting it into sound signals and then using the computer's microphone to listen to the device and interpret the data) is pretty awesome - in fact I have not seen this in any (in my experience) other human-computer interface - except R2D2 perhaps. The data transfer can be a bit buggy since ambient noise can influence the signal, but overall - pretty cool!
    I like the fact that I can program my exercise zones in and then use my instructor defined program completely to ensure a complete workout.
    The only thing I miss is a bicycle mount - so that I dont have to get my hands off the handle bar everytime I need to check my performance...
    But all in all - great buy! ...more info
  • Accurate Heart rate monitor
    Accurate and an important part of my routine, it calculates everything I need to account for my work out. It works with both gym's I work out in equipment I use; from elliptical to the stair master. It is calibrated for use with my body weight index, and heart rate and it gives me the greatest accuracy for my work out. I highly recommend anyone who both works out in the gym and jogging. I do not have the foot accessory for this, but will invest in it later on....more info