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RS800CX and G3 GPS

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I've been looking at new HRM's and have been interested in the RS800CX for some time now. It doesn't seem as if there are that many reviews or posts on this model considering the length of time it's been out. Does anybody have any significant personal experience with this setup (RS800CX and G3 GPS)? Reliability? Durability? Speed of satellite acquisition? Relative satellite connectivity strength (woods, etc)...I've (subjectively) seen some GPS receivers retain signal more consistently than others.
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Anyone? I'm sorta lookin' too. Any comparisons would be helpful
sorry to hijack your thread...

anyone having trouble uploading their data from the 800cx to a Vista pc?

I like mine guys, but I have not used the GPS much yet. I have mostly used the cadence sensor and the device for running. I have not had the chance to convert my bikes to the 800cx stuff. I have all the Polar parts but I still use the Garmin 305 as well

I actually took this exact unit to Costa Rica on an extended vacation for 6 weeks and used it to MTB pretty much daily. Terrain varied from Wide open to lite tree cover. No full on Jungle as we were in Tamarindo. The unit performed perfectly. It took less than 1 minute to acquire a signal on start up and once locked on it never dropped the signal. The Polar software works great to upload rides and links right to Google earth which is very cool. If I had any complaint at all it would be the G3 transmitter eats batteries fairly quickly, maybe every 15-20hrs (just a guess). That is a very minor issue for sure and other than that it is a great unit and worked perfect.:thumbsup:
I've got the RS800CX with the G3 GPS and have been using it for sometime now. I really like it, but then, I'm used to Polar products, owning three of them and having used them as part of my sports science degree.

The GPS is amazingly quick to locate the satellites and get a fix - it's the quickest GPS device I own. It's great fun to load the traces onto Google Earth to see where you have been, although, I would warn you that it's not completely accurate but not far off. I find the altitude measurement tends to be the least accurate measure - much better to use the contour lines from a map - I use my satmap active10 to get that information.

I find the memory of the watch is plenty big enough and that's using it to record data every two seconds R-R. I find it is a very reliable piece of kit and it so much better now that you can change the batteries yourself, unlike the older Polar monitors.

The fitness test and optimizer are also useful features, even if the results can be a bit demoralising when you see how unfit you are!

Overall, I'd say go for it - it's a good bit of kit and well worth the money.
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