With just the basics or all this kit combined, you’re all set to train and upload your workouts to the Polar Personal Trainer website and view or share your cadence, heart rate and a wealth of information.
Uploading to the site is easier than any sport watch we have used. The USB stick recognised the watch and started uploading new data straight away and was free from the software install errors and aborted uploads we have experienced with the Garmin models, and free from the USB connectivity issues of the Nike Sportwatch.
Once you’re logged in, there is a focus on training as well as analysis and you can set yourself goals as part of a fitness regime.
As you can see from one of our test runs, there are plenty of statistics and you can share your individual runs with your friends via email or social networking sites including Facebook and Twitter.
We were disappointed at not being able to zoom in to the extent you can on the Garmin service, so we couldn’t conduct our customary “wiggle test” in which we strafe down a street from side to site in order to test the accuracy of the GPS tracking. On a monitor set at 1920×1200, we could zoom into the Garmin Connect so the span of the screen covered 55m of road. On the Polar site, the maximum width covered a wider area of 2.3 miles across, which didn’t provide much detail although it was fine for a overview of the route.
We found a slight GPS variance between the Garmin Forerunner and the Polar G5 unit on longer runs. Tested over a half marathon, the RCX5 gifted us an advantage over the distance, which the Polar product said we ran 35 seconds faster than its rival at 1:54:20, although it’s hard to say which one was right. We’d like to think it was the faster time, and as flattery will get you everywhere, we’re happy to further sing the praises of the Polar, which handles mutli-sport training better than any of its rivals.