Read reviews and you’ll find that the Polar line tops many or at least makes its way to the top-five every time. You have heard of Mio, Adidas, and Garmin: maybe Polar is a new name to those who have not been working out for long. Read below to find out why athletes and consumer watchdogs favor Polar heart rate monitors.

About Polar

This firm has been around since 1977 making heart rate monitors and improving their technology.

They are well known in the fitness industry, keeping up with increasing knowledge of the science of fitness and innovations that make data accessible to the individual without scientific or medical training.

Their audience is made up of enthusiasts, people who desire a fitter lifestyle, and professionals. It is easy to see why the company is a top-dog in the industry: they have been doing this for a long time.

The Polar RS300X

The only down side to the Polar RS300X is that instead of a replaceable battery, they include one that can’t be taken out. Recharge it until the cell dies then you have to send your watch to Polar for servicing.

But there are loads of retail locations and many service providers available to help clients. The built-in cell is a negative feature yet it is also a positive in one respect.

Fewer moving parts (battery doors, for instance) create a more resilient product. Seams let in water and debris that can wreck your high-tech, costly watch.

Personal Fitness Plan

Customize the RS300X to track personal fitness goals whether you run or cycle; hike or kayak. Become stronger more quickly by creating a program suited to your expectations and needs. These could be personal goals or you might need to create precise training parameters prior to a competition. Polar will help you.

Track Data

Track your heart rate, calories, times, how long you worked out, and how much ground you covered (laps, trail distance, etc.) Use the training mode to see heart rate as the feature figure.

Use this as a regular watch at other times. Store data regarding your HR, laps, etc. and also personal information which helps you to assess how intensely you should be working out and what the data means for you as an individual.

For example, heart rate targets differ depending on your age, weight, and so on. Record these details and more. Swim with the Polar RS300X which can be used safely at 50M, or maybe scrubbing down after a dirty trail run.

Upgrade for GPS

This is not a GPS watch. For that you can do one of two things: buy a Garmin Heart Rate watch for long-distance runs, cross-country cycling, etc.; or upgrade the watch for a bit more money. It’s backlit too, so if your workout runs into the evening, keep monitoring details as usual.

Polar FT7

A Polar FT7 HR wrist watch contains many features familiar from the RS300X. There’s the backlighting, a low-battery signal, great display, and non-replaceable battery lasting about a year. T

his one, however, comes with a comfortable chest strap. Watch your fitness change for the better with an online upload option requiring Polar FlowLink or use the device itself to keep an eye on your progress.

There is memory capacity for 99 laps enabling long-term progress reports and monitoring, the kind you need if your goal is to improve slowly.