Track your place, pace

Gear Box

December 23, 2007|By Candus Thomson

Polar's RS800G3 training system ($500 list; polarusa.com) uses a wireless GPS unit and a heart rate chest strap to record performance data for a variety of outdoor sports from running and biking to paddling and cross-country skiing.

The GPS unit worked flawlessly in a variety of situations, including a mountain bike ride under heavy tree cover. Battery life for the unit is about 10 hours. The only complaint was how easy it was to accidentally hit the main button during exercise, thus starting the timer for another lap.

The RS800G3 also figures other elements into the workout analysis such as altitude, ascent, descent and pace.

The infrared interface between the watch and the computer is great, but we had problems with getting it to work with an older PC.

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