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About Polar RC3

The Polar RC3 GPS with Heart Rate Sports Watch is ideal for recreational runners and cyclists who want integrated GPS with smart guidance.

Polar RC3 Features

  • Tracks your route, speed and distance using built-in GPS
  • Fitness Test - Tells you exactly how your fitness is developing
  • Running Index - Illustrates how your running performance is developing
  • Smart Calories - Know exactly how many calories you've burned
  • Training Benefit - Motivating feedback right after exercise
  • Back to start navigation
  • Speed/Pace - current, average and maximum
  • Distance - training, lap and total
  • Settings for two bicycles - for optional speed and cadence sensors
  • Full-featured heart rate monitoring
  • 99 training files with summary and weekly history
  • Full featured watch with dual time zones, 12/24 hour display and calendar
  • Backlight for low-light viewing
  • Slim and lightweight design, only 58 grams
  • Rechargeable battery, 12 hours in continuous use with GPS on
  • Allows you to share your training with your friends
  • Download to your Intel-based Mac or PC with included USB cable

Polar RC3 Specifications

Training computer: Battery type
250 mAH Li-Pol rechargeable battery
(The battery is not replaceable)
Training computer: Operating time
Up to 12 hours in continuous use with the GPS function on
Training computer: Operating temperature
-10 deg.C to +50 deg.C / 14 deg.F to 122 deg.F
Training computer: PMMA lens with hard coating in top surface, training computer body(ABS+GF)+TPU / (PC+ABS)+GF / (TPU+PC) +TPU / ABS+PC / Aluminum / Stainless steel
Wrist strap and buckle materials: Polyurethane (TPU) and stainless steel
Training computer: Watch accuracy
Better than ± 0.5 seconds / day at 25 deg.C / 77 deg.F temperature
Training computer: GPS accuracy
distance +/-2%, speed +/-2km/h
Training computer: Sample rate
1 sample/sec
Training computer: Accuracy
Heart rate monitor: ± 1% or 1 bpm, whichever larger. Definition applies to stable conditions
Training computer: Heart rate range
15-240 bpm
Training computer: Water resistance
Water proof IPX7
Training computer limit values 1
Maximum number of files: 99
Maximum time recorded to one file: 99 h 59 min 59 s
Maximum time recorded to files with different sensor combinations:
:Heart rate: 253 h
Heart rate + stride sensor: 52 h
Heart rate + GPS: 31 h
Heart rate + CS speed sensor: 63 h
Heart rate + CS cadence sensor: 139 h
Heart rate + stride sensor + GPS: 28 h
Heart rate + GPS+ CS speed sensor: 31 h
Heart rate + GPS + CS cadence sensor: 28 h
Training computer limit values 2
Heart rate + CS speed sensor + CS cadence sensor: 52 h
Heart rate + GPS + CS speed sensor + CS cadence sensor: 28 h
Stride sensor: 63 h
Stride sensor + GPS: 31 h
GPS: 35 h
GPS + CS speed sensor: 35 h
GPS + CS cadence sensor: 31 h
GPS+ CS speed sensor + CS cadence sensor: 31 h
CS speed sensor: 79 h
CS cadence sensor: 253 h
CS speed sensor + CS cadence sensor: 63 h
Training computer limit values 3
Maximum number of laps recorded in one training session: 99 h
Maximum number of automatic laps recorded in one training session: 99 h
Total distance: 99999.99 km / 99999.99 mi
Total duration: 9999 h 59 min 59 s
Total calories: 999 999 kcal
Total training files count: 65535
Battery life
1600 h
Battery type
Battery sealing ring
O-ring 20.0 x 0.90 Material Silicone
Operating temperature
-10 deg.C to +50 deg.C / 14 deg.F to 122 deg.F
Connector material
Strap material
38% Polyamide, 29% Polyurethane, 20% Elastane, 13% Polyester
Water resistance
30 m (Suitable for bathing and swimming)
System Requirements
Operating system: Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 or Mac OS X 10.5 (Intel) or newer

Polar RC3 Reviews

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(based on 10 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Reviewed by 10 customers


Great watch


from Bogota

I bought the monitor sinece 6 months and is easy the use and cofiguration, easy download the records and programming the monitor


Very satisfied with this ...


from Undisclosed

Very satisfied with this monitor. The watch is comfortable to wear. If I have a complaint and it is a minor one is that I sometimes hit the lap button when I want to resume the session after I have paused it.


After 8 Months


from Undisclosed

I've had 2 other Polar's including one of the first ones offered and an RS200 I still own. After 8 months of using my RC3GPS all the time here's my assessment: Good: features, accuracy, size, battery life (contradicts other accounts but mine has been going strong); gray face easy to read Not as Good: GPS lock takes about 2 minutes where I live on a tree lined driveway at 8,300 ft about sea level; can't customize the screens (minor as there are enough screens/info. to satisfy my needs; light not so bright as my aging eyes that need help ;)


Doesn't last


from Phoenix, AZ, United States

Sent it back within 6 months due to not syncing with GPS and chewing through battery life. They found it defective. Within 9 months of the new set, the same EXACT thing is happening. When you send it in for warranty work--it takes 6 weeks or more, which is a long time to go without your gadgets. I'm going to look at another model or brand even though I have been a Polar loyalist for over a decade.


Dead after 6 months


from San D

This is the fourth Polar watch I've owned, and the fourth to break. I had high hopes after two broken M91ti's and one faulty FT80, but after 6 months my RC3 died too. A friend of mine also purchased RC3 after my recommendation and his died shortly after mine. My guess is the charging connector on the watch. Overall I am very dissatisfied with Polar Hear Rate Monitors.


Great For What it was Intended For


from Houston, TX, United States

I have "upped" my game with the RC3 GPS. I use it with the polarpersonaltrainer.com website to track all my workouts. the website allows me to visually see when I have over-trained and need a day off. I use the RC3 GPS for cycling, running, walking and weight lifting. It sync's immediately with the H3 HMS but is a little slow sync'ing with the GPS. The only drawback is the 5 predefined workout zones that cannot be changed or edited. I work out religiously and have a very low resting heartbeat and a high max heartbeat. When I wear the watch and HMS for a 3 mile walk, I have a hard time getting my heart rate up to the minimum rate for zone 1. As a consequence I can do a recover walk 3 or 4 miles and when I download the data the software gives me some bogus training load of 6 or some other single digit when I know I walked as hard as I could and the value should at least be in the 40's or 50's. And you cannot edit the workout types. your stuck with (1) running, (2) two cycling profiles, and (3) two "other sport" profiles. Iw would be nice to be able to edit the profiles as long as the workout zone min/max heartbeats. If this is critical to you I would recommend the RCX5 GPS, but it is way more expensive. Despite this I have learned "workarounds" to the above and really love the RC3 GPS.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Poor quality watch


from Singapore

Been using the RC3 for about 6 months, the watch is slow in detecting GPS signals, which at times take more than 10 mins. And recently, the watch started to drain battery, at fully charged, the battery lasted 2 days on the 'watch mode'.

(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome Training Computer


from Indiana, United States

I've used the RC3 GPS for one year. During that time I have used it while running, hiking, and cycling in cities on roads and trails while climbing mountains. Yes, its broad range of features makes it a very useful tool. I love that it picks up satellites within seconds after first using it in a location. And the battery life (12-13 hrs) allows me to play or race all day and still have a complete map when I download the data to polarpersonaltrainer.com. I especially appreciate what I deem the most important feature of the RC3 - that I can completely and accurately analyze the heart rate data using the polarpersonaltrainer.com. software.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)




from Miami, FL, United States

Been using for 3 months very easy to use great features like interrelated GPS. Light weight and not very bulky. I also like the polar trainer web page helps you understand in detail work outs and hoe to recover your body.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Great addition to the Polar Line-up


from Clearwater, FL

I have been running with the unit since it came out. It has the quickest satellite capture rate and even when I am indoors, which allows be less time in adverse weather conditions outside before starting my run. With the fitness testing it gives me the most accurate calorie burn. In addition, my using polarpersonaltrainer.com I can set up my training runs based on distance/pace/heart rate or time. I have found this indispensable while training for half marathons and marathons. Thanks to Polar I have a reliable unit to train with.

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