Polar RC3 Integrated GPS Watch

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The Polar RC3 (with optional heart rate) is designed for the more recreational runner or cyclist who want GPS integrated with smart guidance.

Slim, sleek, Flat Panel heart rate monitor design looks great and keeps track of your current location no matter where your outdoor adventures may take you.



  • All in one GPS heart rate monitor tracks your speed, distance and route using the latest GPS technology (SiRFstar IV)
  • Slim and lightweight design with rechargeable battery (12 hours in continuous use with GPS activated)
  • Unique Polar Smart Coaching features such as Running Index and Training Benefit analyze your training
  • Shows GPS - based altitude during and after training
  • Compatible with running and cycling sensors plus polarpersonaltrainer.com, our free training diary where you can download endurance training programs

What's Included

  • RC3 Wrist Unit
  • USB Cable


    Body measurement features - when paired with Optional H3 Sensor - Heart Rate Version

    • Average and maximum heart rate of each lap
    • Average, minimum and maximum heart rate of training
    • Heart rate – bpm / % : Heart rate is the measurement of the work your heart does. Heart rate can be expressed as the number of beats per minute or as percentage of your maximum heart rate. Heart rate can also be expressed as a percentage of your heart rate reserve, meaning the difference between your resting heart rate and maximum heart rate (HRR = HRmax - HRrest). In Polar software or during strength training, heart rate can be displayed as a graphical trend.
    • HRmax (age-based) : The highest number of heart beats per minute (bpm) during maximum physical exertion. For a rough estimate of your maximum heart rate, subtract your age from 220. HRmax is a useful tool for determining the intensity of training as intensity zones can be defined using HRmax. Some Polar products define maximum heart rate during the Polar Fitness Test, see also HRmax (Polar Fitness Test -based).
    • HRmax (user set)
    • Polar Fitness Test : Polar Fitness Test measures your aerobic fitness at rest in just five minutes. The result, Polar OwnIndex, evaluates your maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max). With the Polar Fitness Test you can measure your aerobic fitness by yourself, automatically and without any exertion. All you need is your training computer. The Polar Fitness Test is as accurate in predicting the VO2max as any sub maximal fitness test. The test is based on heart rate and heart rate variability at rest and personal information.

      • Polar OwnCal – calorie expenditure with fat percentage : Polar OwnCal calculates the number of kilo calories expended during training. This feature allows you to follow the kilo calories expended during one training session and cumulative kilo calories expended during several training sessions. Some Polar products also estimate the fat-burning percentage (fat% on display), that is, kilo calories expended from fat during a workout which is expressed as a percentage of the total kilo calories burned.
      • Polar OwnCode (2.4 GHz W.I.N.D.) – coded transmission : Coded heart rate transmission automatically locks in a code to transmit your heart rate to the training computer. The training computer picks up your heart rate from your transmitter only. Coding significantly reduces interference from other training computers. The 2.4 GHz W.I.N.D transmission is disturbance-free from other electronic devices.
      • Polar sport zones : Polar sport zones provide an easy way to select and monitor the intensity of your training and to follow sport zones based training programs. 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 Zone Optimizer - personalized sport zones : Zone Optimizer adjusts personal sport zones for every training session based on your current physiological condition. This feature gives you the right heart rate zones depending on your physiological state at that exact moment, making sure that the you are always training at the right intensity.
      • Training benefit : The Training Benefit feature gives you instant feedback as text on your training computer after you finish your training session: first you get a short summary Benefit, and in the training result file there is a longer Benefit text. When you transfer your training result to polarpersonaltrainer.com, there is a more physiologically oriented Benefit explanation in the training result in your Diary. Training Benefit interprets the numeric data that your training computer records during your training session and explains what kind of effects the training session had on your body and fitness. The Training Benefit feature is available in certain training computers.


      s3/s3+ stride sensor features (Optional Accessory)

      • Average stride length : Stride length is the average length of one step, that is, the distance between your right and left foot contacting the ground. Runners adjust stride length to gather speed: stride length increases as speed increases. Yet one of the most common mistakes novice runners make is over-striding. The most efficient stride length is the natural one – the one that feels most comfortable.
      • Cadence – average and maximum
      • Distance – training, lap, and total
      • Running Index : Running Index is based on heart rate and speed data measured during the run. It gives daily information about your performance level, both aerobic fitness and running economy. Improvement in running efficiency indicates improved economy of running performance.
      • Speed/Pace – current, average and maximum
      • Speed (km/h or mi/h): Measured with GPS, footpod, stride sensor or cycling speed sensor. Pace (expressed as min/km or min/mile) stands for the rate of speed. Pace is usually used in running. By setting a target pace, you can follow how fast you need to run in order to reach a certain distance in a predefined time.

      CS cadence sensor W.I.N.D. features (Optional Accessory)

      • Bike settings – for two bicycles : You can define settings up to two to three bikes in your training computer. When you start training, you can select the bike with the correct settings for that particular training session.
      • Cadence – current, average and maximum : Your cycling cadence stands for your pedaling rate in revolutions per minute (rpm). Cadence is the central factor in improving cycling performance. A higher cadence reduces the force needed for each pedal stroke, and thus improves overall performance. Running cadence measures how many times your either right or left foot hits the ground in one minute. Running cadence is measured as steps per minute. With this feature you can sharpen your cadence and make your ground contact time shorter. This will help you to find a balance between leg power and leg speed.

      CS speed sensor W.I.N.D. features (Optional Accessory)
      • Autostart/stop : By activating Autostart/autostop feature, the cycling computer starts and stops training recording automatically when you start or stop pedaling.
      • Bike settings – for two bicycles : You can define settings up to two to three bikes in your training computer. When you start training, you can select the bike with the correct settings for that particular training session.
      • Distance – training, lap, and total : Distance (km, mi) can be set and measured in several ways. Training distance tells you the distance traveled during a training session. Trip distance tells you the distance from the latest trip reset. Lap distance tells you the distance of one lap. Total distance is the distance accumulated since the last reset. Odometer tells you the cumulative distance which you cannot reset.
      • Speed – current, average and maximum

      Data transfer

      • Compatible with Mac (Intel-based) via USB cable
      • Compatible with PC via USB cable
      • Compatible with polarpersonaltrainer.com via USB cable
      • Integrated GPS features
      • Altitude data via Google Maps – using the free polarpersonaltrainer.com web service
      • Route mapping – opt. with polarpersonaltrainer.com web service
      • Back to start
      • Distance – training, lap, and total
      • Running Index : Running Index is based on heart rate and speed data measured during the run. It gives daily information about your performance level, both aerobic fitness and running economy. Improvement in running efficiency indicates improved economy of running performance.
      • Speed/Pace – current, average and maximum
      • Polarpersonaltrainer.com features
      • Advanced training analyzing : You can easily analyze each of your training sessions in the training result view. In addition to many useful details about your training, the Curve illustrates graphically the data from the sensors that you used while training. Place your mouse cursor on the curve to see more details.
      • Endurance programs : The polarpersonaltrainer.com web service offers complete endurance training programs for running and cycling, including warm-up, work and cool-down phases for every session. Polar Endurance program is customized to every user’s needs and optimizes endurance training by adapting to the user’s training routines, updating the program every four weeks.
      • Map view

      Recording features

      • Totals : Totals includes your training data starting from the last reset enabling you to follow your long-term training.
      • Training files (with summaries) – 99
      • Weekly history : Weekly history gathers your weekly training data. By selecting a week, you can review your training data for the week.
      • Training features
      • Automatic lap recording : With this feature you can set your training computer to take laps based on preset distance, for example, every 1 km/mi.
      • Graphical target zone indicator : This feature points out graphically on the display the zone you are in during a training session helping you to stay on the desired intensity zone.
      • Interval trainer guided workouts – heart rate / pace / distance : Create interval guided workouts based on time, heart rate, speed/pace or distance guidance with up to three linked timers or distances and up to three target zones.
      • Number of laps – 99
      • Sport Profiles (5 fixed sport profiles)
      • ZoneLock : ZoneLock feature helps you to accumulate certain intensity. You can either lock a zone before a training session or during it by pressing a button when you are on the desired zone.
      • ZonePointer :ZonePointer is a visible and moving symbol on the training computer display indicating whether you are inside the pre-set target zone. This feature helps you to reach the desired intensity/pace/speed/cadence targets.

      Watch features

      • Backlight
      • Date and weekday indicator : Display text in English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish
      • Dual time zone
      • KeyLock : By activating KeyLock, training computer buttons are locked, and accidental presses do not cause problems, for instance, during training.
      • Low battery indicator
      • Rechargeable battery
      • Battery life: 12h in continuous use with GPS on, 11 days when training 1h/day with GPS on
      • Time of day: 12/24h with alarm and snooze
      • Water resistant – IPX7

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