Polar A3 Heart Rate Monitor

3.29/5 (7 Reviews)


Product Description

  • Large easy-to-read display
  • Personal target heart rate zones
  • Manual and automatic heart rate limit settings
  • Heart rate Zone Pointer with alarm function
  • Fitness bullets
  • Shows your heart rate, exercising time and average heart rate


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    Reviews 1 - 7 (7 Reviews Total)

    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Allison a Racer from Newfoundland

    Date Reviewed: May 14, 2003

    Strengths:    some memory capacity
    allows you to train in a specific zone


    Weaknesses:    the receiver blanks out from time to time and i'm not sure why

    Bottom Line:   
    I never go out for a ride, run, or xc ski without my hrm. I worship it,even if it freaks out sometimes. It definately helps me get the most out of my training. I choose the a3 over the a5 because the difference in price wasn't large. I'd recommend it for anybody who wants to get faster.

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    Duration Product Used:   6 months

    Purchased At:   Running Room

    Bike Setup:   Giant 860

    Overall Rating:2
    Value Rating:2
    Submitted by jerome saucier a Racer from Montreal

    Date Reviewed: December 26, 2002

    Strengths:    Simple, easy to use, Big number, simple basic training information but enough for my neads

    Weaknesses:    The !"/$%? vendor told me that my cordless Cateye computer would not interfer with the signal of the A3 - Of course it did so i have to go back and they don't let me have my money back know, I have to buy there another more expensive heart rate monitor. (I'll go for the Protrainer XT because it is the cheapest with the "no interferences" feature.

    Bottom Line:   
    Go for it if you don't already have a cyclocomputer that will make it go nuts.

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    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $85.00

    Purchased At:   Courir


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by ilakano a Cross Country Rider from Walnut Creek, CA

    Date Reviewed: November 20, 2002

    Strengths:    Got a deal on this at REI. I like to use on hard rides to gauge my fitness and for the trainer or spinning class to make sure I'm getting a workout. It's simple and if it breaks, I won't go into convulsions that the techno geeks do when their 200 dollar monitor doesn't work.

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    A simple tool for cyclists/mountain bikers more interested in riding than evaluating data.

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    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $35.00

    Purchased At:   REI

    Similar Products Used:   N/A

    Bike Setup:   N/A

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:3
    Submitted by Frankinator a Weekend Warrior from Sand Dog CA

    Date Reviewed: October 5, 2002

    Strengths:    Very intuitive set up. Simple operation. Multi display gives constant HR info (by linear gauge) and other info (TOD, exercise time, %).

    Weaknesses:    Setting the time requires you to go through a bunch of steps (easy to follow but long on procedure). But you only have to do it once.

    Bottom Line:   
    I DON'T use this for riding. This is my running HR. It works great. Gives me the info I need. I sometimes miss the lack of a chronograph function. Other than that, it's perfect for my needs.

    3 Chilis because it's pretty pricey (like most POLAR products)

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    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $80.00

    Purchased At:   Hong Kong Navy Fleet Landing

    Similar Products Used:   None

    Bike Setup:   Irrelevant but it's a $4000 steel hardtail if you must know.

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by William a Weekend Warrior from Leeds .UK

    Date Reviewed: June 4, 2002

    Strengths:    Price,seems well made ease of use once set up

    Weaknesses:    none to speak of

    Bottom Line:   
    Good value , all i really needed, to keep me riding within my limits.Its been used for about a year now and not a problem with it.

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    Favorite Trail:   will.wombat@ntlworld.com

    Duration Product Used:   1 Year

    Price Paid:    $70.00

    Bike Setup:   Iron horse G Spot

    Overall Rating:3
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Tony a Cross Country Rider from Newcastle Ca.

    Date Reviewed: May 14, 2002

    Strengths:    East to set up. Easy to use. Basic monitor.Nothing you don't need.low price.

    Weaknesses:    Basic monitor. No max heart rate data.

    Bottom Line:   
    This is a basic heart monitor with minimal data recording info. it is good if you are tyring to stay in a set zone, but it does not have some features that an anal techno-wanker type might desire. if you dont want to spend a lot of time setting it up this is for you. if you want to spend more time pushing buttons and staring at the display than you do riding, this is not for you. It does not down load colorful flow charts with useless info to your PC, but it can help you train in target zones that you can set.

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    Favorite Trail:   dirty

    Duration Product Used:   3 months

    Price Paid:    $50.00

    Purchased At:   Cambria Bicycle Emporium

    Similar Products Used:   none

    Bike Setup:   road and mountain

    Overall Rating:1
    Value Rating:1
    Submitted by Mitchell s a Cross Country Rider from Gold Coast

    Date Reviewed: March 29, 2002

    Strengths:    Didn't work right out of the box.

    Bottom Line:   
    Getting a full refund as this is my second HRM (other a cardiosport) and the display just freaked out with all characters on. Went normal until you just about finished setting the time, then blam... back to freaking out. What a piece of sh@!.

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    Favorite Trail:   Nerang State Forest

    Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

    Price Paid:    $90.00

    Purchased At:   Rebel Sport


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