Polar RC3 Versus Timex Run Trainer 2.0 Test at HRWC

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Polar RC3 and Timex Run Trainer 2.0 are two of the nicer GPS watches introduced in the past six months according to the Heart Rate Watch Company.

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Timex Run Trainer 2.0 Definitely HRWC's Favorite New Running Watch Introduction For 2013

They are both great running watches but the Polar RC3 holds the edge for cyclists, while the Timex Run trainer 2.0 holds the edge for runners

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Polar RC3, Polar's first-ever integrated GPS watch, and the Timex Run Trainer 2.0 have been side-by-side tested by the Heart Rate Watch Company recently as a test of two of the best new GPS watches.

"These are two of the best new GPS based products released in the past six to 12 months with the Timex Run Trainer 2.0 having just arrived in the past few weeks," says Rusty Squire, President of the Heart Rate Watch Company. He adds, "They are both great running watches but the Polar RC3 holds the edge for cyclists, while the Timex Run trainer 2.0 holds the edge for runners."

Bike Versus Run Versus Everything Else

Where the evaluation gets tricky with these two watches is not the side-by-side run comparison but in the cycling and other sports feature category. "The Timex Run Trainer 2.0 is without even a question the better running watch, the vibration alerts and the whole package is impressive," says Squire.

The Polar RC3 is the better duathlon watch for the run and bike crowd because of its features and time orientation toward both minutes per mile and miles per hour according to Squire. "We admit this is a bit of an apples to oranges comparison but since normal, everyday people do these types of comparisons it is valuable to the extent that it helps explain this to the buying public," says Squire.

In the bike the Polar RC3 will connect to a Polar WIND cadence sensor. The Timex could be used to bike but solely for distance and heart rate which most serious cyclists won't consider adequate according to Squire. Cycling watches are a different animal and require different metrics.

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"The Timex Run Trainer 2.0 is probably one of the finest GPS running watches to come along in a long time but it is just that, a specialists watch for running," says Squire. He adds, "The Polar RC3 is more of a generalists watch for the multi-sport types that cross-train a lot between run, bike and other outdoor sports."

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