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Is a $250 (S-510) HRM worth it?(6 posts)

Is a $250 (S-510) HRM worth it?vanzutas
Oct 24, 2001 1:36 PM
I had a cheap HRM and it stopped working. now I want something that I can really track my exercise with. my question is, Is the Polar s-510 really as cool as it seems to me?
Does the computer software do any more than me just writing the stuff down in a notebook?
Can I program a workout into the HRM including times and zones so that the HRM actually tells me what to do?
Can I Program it from the computer or does it have to be done by the head unit?
Does it save speed information and cadence information (sith the additional unit) and coorelate that with my heartrate throughout the ride?
How many data points does it save, meaning if I go out for two hours does it save every 5 seconds, every minute, 5 minutes.....?
I am young, I race, I want to race more (Bike and tri) and get better results.

Thanks,
Adam
Yes to all!grzy
Oct 24, 2001 3:19 PM
I'm running the S710 and it is one amazing piece of equipment and easy to use. You can set the thing up to do what ever you want, pick the measurement interval, track all your info and then load it up to analyze on the computer via the IR link. This same link allows you to send data to the watch and set it up exactly how you want it or you can become a button pushing fiend. The new OS is so much more intuitive than anything else. I used to run the old Accurex (sqaure design), but finally killed it D-E-A-D. The 510 has a few less features than the 710, but for serious training and racing you really need to run a device that will log the data (you get to pick the sample rate 5, 15, or 60 sec.). I may never get the Power Option, but like the cadence, speed, and altitude all tied in with HR. Plus it accumulates stuff and captures the peaks all in a nice graphical display. It keeps a calendar and all sorts of stats. You can run a fitness test and do interval training. The new IR interface is really much better than previous sonic system. It's way cool to be wireless and have all of the info avaible on your watch. You can even keep multiple workout plans and multiple session data.

I'd say this is one serious peice of equipment from the industry leader. I was a bit down on them after my Accurex died and was considering Sports Instruments and others. Very glad I stuck with Polar and recently their customer service has been excellent.
re: Is a $250 (S-510) HRM worth it?Ed5
Oct 24, 2001 8:32 PM
I have the S510 monitor and I have to say that I am not impressed with the software. You can't get to the raw data and put into Excel or any other program where you could combine ride data. Its nice having the data that it does give though. I think I bought mine for $239 and it was from omega3bar.com (or something like that). The service was excellent. Also try excelsports.com.
YepDuane Gran
Oct 25, 2001 5:04 AM
I have the 710 and the software is very good. I write software by profession and think most stuff out there sucks, so this is a big compliment. It is a shame that Polar doesn't make a better sale of the software on their web site, because it is very cool. Check out a page I put together detailing one of my favorite climbs:

http://www.SolarisCentral.org/cycling/

Enjoy!
Yepspincity
Oct 25, 2001 5:34 AM
I also have the S710 and like the software that it came with. You can pick one up from egeneralmedical.com for $259. For the small price difference between the 510 and the 710 your better off with the 710 as it comes with a better software package.
Thats a great price...vanzutas
Oct 25, 2001 6:59 AM
But they don't seem to list the 710 anymore just the 510. I didn't realize there was a difference in the software. I thought I would be able to get away with the 510 but it seems like I will have to go all out.