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Polar RC3 GPS Sports Watch

RRP: $299.95
$279.95 (You save $20.00)


Polar RC3 GPS Sports Watch

Polar RC3 GPS combines built-in GPS for pace and distance data, a 12-hour battery life and Smart Coaching features to enhance your training, all in a sleek watch design. Automatic Lap take hands-free splits, Running Index calculates your run economy and the Back To Start feature can help you navigate home if needed. After workouts, load your data to Polar's online site to analyze, view your routes and even share with friends.

What's in the Box

Polar RC3 GPS without heart rate

  • Polar RC3 GPS training computer
  • USB cable
  • RC3 GPS Getting Started Guide

Polar RC3 GPS with heart rate

  • Polar RC3 GPS training computer
  • Polar H3 heart rate sensor
  • USB cable
  • RC3 GPS Getting Started Guide


  • Polar RC3 GPS training computer
  • Polar H3 heart rate sensor
  • Polar CS cadence sensor W.I.N.D.
  • USB cable
  • Universal Bike Mount
  • RC3 GPS Getting Started Guide
  • CS cadence sensor W.I.N.D. User Manual

 Specifications & Warranty

Polar RC3 GPS Sports Watch Features

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

Body measurement features

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 kilocalories expended during training. This feature allows you to follow the kilocalories expended during one training session and cumulative kilocalories expended during several training sessions. Some Polar products also estimate the fat-burning percentage (fat% on display), that is, kilocalories expended from fat during a workout which is expressed as a percentage of the total kilocalories 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 zaones 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 ZoneOptimizer - personalized sport zones ZoneOptimizer 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.
Data Transfer Compatibility Compatible with Mac (Intel-based) via USB cable, Compatible with PC via USB cable, and Compatible with polarpersonaltrainer.com via USB cable

Integrated GPS features

Altitude Altitude data via Google Maps – using the free polarpersonaltrainer.com web service
Route Route mapping – opt. with polarpersonaltrainer.com web service & Back to start
Distance Training, lap, and total distances
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 Yes

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
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 Yes
Date and weekday indicator Yes
Display text LanguageS English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish
Dual time zone Yes
KeyLock By activating KeyLock, training computer buttons are locked, and accidental presses do not cause problems, for instance, during training.
Low battery indicator Yes
Rechargeable battery Yes
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



Manufacturer’s Warranty

2 Years

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