RC3 GPS
GPS Sports Watch

Slim Integrated GPS with Heart Rate Monitoring

A GPS sports watch for recreational runners and cyclists who want integrated GPS with smart guidance.

RC3 GPS
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At a glance

A GPS sports watch for recreational runners and cyclists who want integrated GPS with smart guidance.

  • Tracks your route, speed and distance using built-in GPS
  • Shows GPS based altitude during and after training
  • Training Benefit gives you instant feedback after your session
  • Running Index scores your performance
  • Improves performance with endurance training programs, downloadable for free from polarpersonaltrainer.com
  • Compatible with Polar running and cycling sensors
  • Rechargeable battery, 12h in continuous use with GPS on

Smart Coaching Features

  • Endurance Programmes

    Endurance Programmes

    Guiding you to improve your running and cycling performance

  • Fitness Test

    Fitness Test

    Tells you exactly how your fitness is developing.

  • Running Index

    Running Index

    Illustrates how your running performance is developing.

  • Smart Calories

    Smart Calories

    Lets you know exactly how many calories you’ve burned.

  • Training Benefit

    Training Benefit

    Motivating feedback straight after exercise.

  • Training Load and Recovery

    Training Load and Recovery

    Helps you find the perfect balance between rest and training.

  • ZoneOptimizer

    ZoneOptimizer

    Ensures you always train at the right intensity.

RC3 GPS Smart Coaching Features

  • Endurance Programmes

    Endurance Programmes

    Guiding you to improve your running and cycling performance

    These running and cycling programmes include recommended warm-up, exercise and cool-down phases for every training session. The programmes are customised to your specific needs and fitness level and optimise endurance training by adapting and updating your training routines every four weeks. You can create these programmes in polarpersonaltrainer.com and upload them to a compatible training computer.

  • Fitness Test

    Fitness Test

    Tells you exactly how your fitness is developing.

    If you’re looking to improve your fitness and want to keep up to date with how well you’re doing, the smart Fitness Test will tell you exactly what you need to know in just five minutes. By regularly comparing your test results, you can see what progress you are making and how your fitness is improving.

    What is aerobic (cardiovascular) fitness?How fit am I compared to the populationPolar Fitness Test and OwnIndex
  • Running Index

    Running Index

    Illustrates how your running performance is developing.

    If you’re looking to keep on top of your running performance you’ll find this feature a big help. Regular use over time allows you to see how efficient your running is. Your Running Index score is calculated automatically after every run, based on your heart rate and from the speed data collected from your GPS or stride sensor. A higher reading indicates that you can run faster with less effort. In V800, this feature can also recognise if you're running uphill or downhill.

    Running Index feature
  • Smart Calories

    Smart Calories

    Lets you know exactly how many calories you’ve burned.

    OwnCal is the most accurate calorie counter on the market. It calculates the number of calories expended during a training session based on your weight, height, age, gender, your individual maximum heart rate (HRmax) and how hard you’re training.

    OwnCalHow to create Polar STAR Training Program
  • Training Benefit

    Training Benefit

    Motivating feedback straight after exercise.

    Motivating feedback that’s delivered straight to you immediately after exercise is something we can all benefit from. So if you want to know the effect of different training sessions, this feature will tell you exactly what you need to know. You get a quick overview after each session, and for more detailed feedback, you can either check your training file or you can get further in-depth analysis at polarpersonaltrainer.com.

  • Training Load and Recovery

    Training Load and Recovery

    Helps you find the perfect balance between rest and training.

    Shows you how much your training affected your body and how long it takes for you to recover. Continuous monitoring of training load and recovery will help you recognise personal limits, avoid over- or undertraining, and adjust training intensity and duration according to your daily and weekly targets.

    Training Load in polarpersonaltrainer.com
  • ZoneOptimizer

    ZoneOptimizer

    Ensures you always train at the right intensity.

    This feature ensures that you always train at the right intensity. Knowing how hard to train can be a challenge. By using ZoneOptimizer, you can get the exact training effect you’re looking for as the feature adjusts your five heart rate training zones to perfectly match your body’s current physiological condition.

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User testimonials

"The new Polar RC3 GPS takes advantage of being an all in one product" -Will Greenwood

“Training has always been an important part of my life from my days as a professional rugby player and even now that I’ve retired. I use my Polar heart rate monitors all the time. The new Polar RC3 GPS takes advantage of being an all in one product with cutting edge heart rate functions and speed/distance capabilities which means I have no excuse not to reach my fitness goals. It is very user friendly, being slim and lightweight with a re-chargeable battery. I would recommend the Polar RC3 GPS to anybody who wants to get ahead and improve their fitness, whatever their sport!”

"It's definitely encouraging me to go out and do more running" -David Bostelmann, Polar Track Down Competition Winner, London

"I'm very much enjoying the watch and wear it pretty much everyday for my daily cycling commute and for every run. In fact I often just wear it through the day!

The best bits for me are:
- very simple synchronizing to polar personal trainer, which is a nice interface and extremely handy to be able to view from any pc.
- the lightweight design.
- simplicity of use but with loads of features
- and obviously the GPS is fantastic. It does sometimes take a while to find the location, but it has not yet dropped out once connected.
- the heart rate monitor is so useful to evaluate runs and how my training is improving (or not!)."

"I've been amazed at just how accurate it is" -Ben Rowntree, Polar Track Down Competition Winner, London

"I am absolutely loving the new RC3 GPS its such a good training tool. I've used it on several occasions now both running and cycling and I've been amazed at just how accurate it is, especially down in Devon where you often find yourself running in the back of beyond and it still keeps track of my positioning! A thoroughly brilliant piece of kit, thank you so much once again!"

"The RC3 is Polar's best monitor" -www.fitfaqs.co.uk - Nov 12

“To sum it up - The RC3 is Polar's best monitor. There are others which are cheaper and others which may suit some runners better, but for anyone thinking of training for a half or full marathon I think you'd do well to find a better value heart rate monitor than the RC3.”

http://www.fitfaqs.co.uk/questions/running-and-marathon-faqs/polarrc3/

"This could just be the most accomplished heart rate monitor to date" -Athletics Weekly - Dec 12

"This could just be the most accomplished heart rate monitor to date. From the market leaders in heart-rate monitors, this model is their first to feature GPS functionality built in to the watch, It’s one of the smallest and lightest GPS watches around."

"The training partner who can monitor your every work-out" -GQ Magazine - Jan 13

"Polar’s new all-in-one RC3 GPS is the training partner who can monitor your every work-out, give you instant feedback on your performance, advise you on your athletic efficiency and analyse your training data to maximise your fitness."

"Well worth the investment" -Men's Running - Feb 13

"The RC3 GPS, like the earlier RCX3, fulfils every heart rate and GPS function a runner could need, but now in a far more convenient package. Tech should do its job simply and intuitively, which the RC3 does with its straightforward functionality and sufficient data to keep you training effectively."

"Looking for an on-the-wrist computer that tells you virtually everything? Look no further than the Polar RC3" -Athletics Weekly - June 13

"Polar has just launched a new model to add to its already extensive range of sports watches. The RC3 GPS HR training computer combines the latest GPS technology with "smart coaching" and heart rate features to give the athlete a monitor that leaves nothing to chance."

"With an integrated GPS, this watch provides all the feedback you need to check and improve your fitness, speed and efficiency." -Trail Zone - May 13

"With an integrated GPS, this watch provides all the feedback you need to check and improve your fitness, speed and efficiency."

“Given that this is Polar’s first attempt at a sports watch with integrated GPS, the RC3 GPS is a very nice device. It’s well designed, comfortable to wear and relatively slim on your arm.” -fittechnica.co.uk - May 13

"The GPS lock if fast and the reporting is accurate. The RC3 GPS played nicely with all my other polar WIND sensors too."

"Most definitely one of the most comprehensive units on the market" -James Ellis

"Most definitely one of the most comprehensive units on the market"

"Thoroughly intuitive and fabulous longevity in both battery and data usage application" -therunningbug.co.uk

"A professional unit that stands out from the recreational runners standard GPS units. Thoroughly intuitive and fabulous longevity in both battery and data usage application.

First impressions count when it comes to GPS units as, let’s face it, there’s a lot of competition for your attention in the market. The Polar RC3 really grabbed me by looking less like a wristwatch and more like something you could see being used by a sports coach. This isn’t to say it’s a complicated ‘bells and whistles’ unit, in fact it’s incredibly easy to get to grips with (passed the no need for instructions book test) and when accessing logged runs and data, it’s pretty much as easy as plug and play.

The battery life was excellent, despite me testing it quite thoroughly over a couple of days and the GPS never once went out of range. The heart rate monitor wasn’t the most comfortable I’ve ever tried but it certainly didn’t chafe or hamper movement. The app functionality was superb too, especially when setting up data analysis for training planning, I’m beginning to wonder how I ever did without it."

"Great for running" -220 Triathlon - Jan 14

"The RC3 is a big step for HRM pioneers Polar"

Polar RC3 GPS with heart rate
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  • Polar H3 heart rate sensor
  • USB cable
  • RC3 GPS Getting Started Guide
  • An extra blue strap in the RC3 GPS Blue set
Polar RC3 GPS without heart rate
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  • USB cable
  • RC3 GPS Getting Started Guide
Polar RC3 GPS BIKE
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  • Polar H3 heart rate sensor
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  • USB cable
  • Universal Bike Mount
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