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Polar S210(4 posts)

Polar S210netso
Dec 11, 2002 6:27 AM
I just got a Polar S210 for my wife and me. Before I read all the information that came with the unit, I would like to hear from all of you that have this unit. What are its strengths? what are its weaknesses? How do you like it?
re: Polar S210weiwentg
Dec 11, 2002 7:27 AM
I like the fitness test and the multiple alarms. on my unit, the stop button does not always register when I press it. in hindsight I'd have got something cheaper, but I did get a reasonably good deal on mine ($120 from ebay).
weaknesses would mainly include the complexity; I don't necessarily need all that complexity. yes, I did get it anyway.
re: Polar S210Fez
Dec 11, 2002 8:35 AM
I like the Polar S series because of the 3 line displays. You can see heart rate, stopwatch, and time of day all at once.

I have used simpler, no-frills models, but they have one or two line displays at most and I don't like to push buttons in order to scroll thru functions while I am cycling or running.

The S210 is nice - probably has more features than you need. THe fitness test is nice, but you're ok if you already know your max HR and Vo2 figures.
re: Polar S210bm
Dec 11, 2002 4:48 PM
i have the 410, which is the 210 with upload capability. i think the watch is great. was complicated at first, but got the hang of it.

i am a racing cyclist and triathlete, so i use nearly all the functions like interval timing and hr limits. in fact, i wish i had enough money (and years of experience) to upgrade to the 710 with the temperature gauge and altitude meters.

the one basic thing that the 210 and 410 do not feature, is the cycling measurements. i already had the cateye astrale, so i didn't need the cycling stuff. . . but it would be nice to be able to upload ALL the data from a ride . . . to see a certain speed @ a certain altitude @ a certain HR.

bought my 410 off ebay for a $105 + s/h. lucked out i guess. but you could get a 210 for as low as $125 or so.