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polar s710 vs xtrainer ?(8 posts)

polar s710 vs xtrainer ?trj
Aug 7, 2002 4:58 AM
I am returning to cycling and would like to upgrade my hrm.
are the sensors compatable between the two?
is the s710 much better than the xtrainer?
any additional info appreciated.
thanks in advance.T
re: polar s710 vs xtrainer ?Fez
Aug 7, 2002 5:22 AM
My Xtrainer+ uses coded transmission. So does the S710, so the chest straps are compatible. Look at the website for more info.

They both will do cycle features, altitude readings w/ optional attachment, but I think the 710 comes with an outside temp reading and the capability to add a power module.

If the Xtrainer still works, why bother?
Aug 7, 2002 8:33 AM

This isn't at all a flame so don't take it personally. But I do hate it when people answer questions about a product they do not have. A product they are just thinking about buying.

You were absolutely correct up until "They will both do cycle features." then your lack of experience with the product was shown. The altitude feature comes with the HRM and does NOT need an additional attachment, hence the reason it has temperature. Then it does have the capability to add a power module which has speed and cadence or just add speed and cadence seperately. The HRM comes with one speed sensor.

But back to the topic of the S710 vs. Xtrainer its completely up to you. A HRM is a HRM but if you want a lot more features I definitely recommend the S710 since I have been usiing it for the past 4 months.

Nick Corcoran
re: polar s710 vs xtrainer ?EricBH
Aug 7, 2002 5:24 AM
I own the Xtrainer and I've had an Xtrainer plus (storable / downloadable data). I can't speak to the s710 but, I am aware of the features. I guess the big question is: Do you want to be able to store, retrieve, and graph the data of the workout. If so, get the s710. If not save some money and get the Xtrainer. For me, the Xtrainer plus was way more data than I wanted (or had time to document). With the Xtrainer, I get and use (jot down) the ave / max Hr, ave speed, and miles - good enough for me.

The sensors are all compatible between the older Polars and the new s710.
The S710 is greatPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Aug 7, 2002 8:28 AM
I absolutely love it. With the altitude, speed, hr and optional cadence/power sensors its very cool. However, what makes it a million times better is the ability to upload the data to your computer in 5/15/60 secs increments.

In terms of comparing it to the x-trainer I cannot say but with most things the newer model is a lot superior to the old one. It has a smaller chest strap, VO2 max/HR max features that I love and then just the computer uploadability. Although if you go up from the S510 you have to buy a computer attachment for about $30 US. The S510 just uses sound.

The S710 is greatdivve
Aug 7, 2002 1:52 PM
I concur with Nick that the software is probably the nicest feature of the 710. It makes the data so much easier to manage and understand. Also, very nice is that you can program the HR monitor with your PC instead of having to push a dozen button combinations on the HR monitor itself.

The newer 710i and 720i can even communicate with your PC through a IrDA and your built-in IR port (if you have one). In addition the 720i has a metal casing. For the rest functionality of all models are the same. Regarding the 510, I don't find it worth a buy. The lack of memory capacity becomes a real annoyance (it only saves detailed data from the latest exercise).
The S710 is greattrj
Aug 7, 2002 4:57 PM
710i and 720i ? i dont see them on the website.since my friend is buying my xtrainer plus,can i use any of the spare sending units i have with the 7 series? thanks,T addr.?
The S710 is greatdivve
Aug 7, 2002 10:08 PM
The 710i and 720i are brand new. They aren't available in all countries yet. I think there's also a 520 with metal casing coming, for rest identical to the 510.

pic of 720i

Regarding your sending units, do you mean that thing where you stick your XTrainer on top of? I doubt it works with the 7 can always call Polar to verify. As far as I'm aware the 710 only communicates through the Polar serial or USB IR interface. The 710i and 720i can transmit and receive data using both the Polar IR interface or the built-in IR port of a PC.