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The red/orange RC3 GPS Fitness Watch with Heart Rate Monitor from Polar is a wrist-worn digital fitness watch, GPS, and heart rate monitor with an easy-to-read backlit screen. The RC3 GPS helps create a training program based on your personal goals, and guides your training with heart-rate based recovery periods between exercises. The built-in GPS training computer provides speed and distance data, as well as route information at the Polar Personal Trainer website.
The RC3 GPS includes a Polar H3 coded transmitter that is worn around your chest to monitor your heart rate while exercising and resting. The transmitter wirelessly sends an encrypted ECG-accurate heart rate signal that can only be read by your RC3 GPS.
Using the included USB connection to plug the RC3 GPS into your internet-connected computer, you can gain access to the Polar Personal Trainer website, which allows you to keep a record of your workouts, track progress, access GPS information, and plot future workout programs. You can also enter your data into the site manually.
Guiding you to improve your running and cycling performance. These running and cycling programs include recommended warm-up, exercise, and cool-down phases for every training session. The programs are customized to your specific needs and fitness level. They optimize your endurance training by adapting and updating your training routines every four weeks. You can create these programs at the Polar Personal Training website and upload them to a compatible training computer
Tells you exactly how your fitness is developing. If you're looking to improve your fitness and want to keep up to date with how well you're doing, the smart Fitness Test will tell you exactly what you need to know in just five minutes. By regularly comparing your test results, you can see what progress you are making and how your fitness is improving
Illustrates how your running performance is developing. If you're looking to keep on top of your running performance you'll find this feature a big help. Regular use over time allows you to see how efficient your running is. Your Running Index score is calculated automatically after every run, based on your heart rate and from the speed data collected from your GPS or optional stride sensor. A higher reading indicates that you can run faster with less effort. In V800, this feature can also recognize if you're running uphill or downhill
Lets you know exactly how many calories you've burned. OwnCal calculates the number of calories expended during a training session based on your weight, height, age, gender, your individual maximum heart rate (HRmax) and how hard you're training
Motivating feedback that's delivered immediately after exercise is something we can all benefit from. So if you want to know the effect of different training sessions, this feature will tell you exactly what you need to know. You get a quick overview after each session. For more detailed feedback, you can either check your training file or go to the Polar Personal Trainer website for further in-depth analysis
Training Load and Recovery
Helps you find the perfect balance between rest and training. Shows you how much your training affected your body and how long it takes for you to recover. Continuous monitoring of training load and recovery will help you recognize personal limits, avoid over- or under training, and adjust training intensity and duration according to your daily and weekly targets
Ensures you always train at the right intensity. This feature ensures that you always train at the right intensity. Knowing how hard to train can be a challenge. By using ZoneOptimizer, you can get the exact training effect you're looking for as the feature adjusts your five heart rate training zones to match your body's current physiological condition
Body Measurement Features
Average and Maximum Heart Rate of Each Lap
Average and max rate per lap
Average, Minimum, and Maximum Heart Rate of Training
Average, min, and max rate while training
Heart Rate - bpm / %
Heart rate is the measurement of the work your heart does. Heart rate can be expressed as the number of beats per minute or as percentage of your maximum heart rate. Heart rate can also be expressed as a percentage of your heart rate reserve, meaning the difference between your resting heart rate and maximum heart rate (HRR = HRmax - HRrest). In Polar software or during strength training, heart rate can be displayed as a graphical trend
The highest number of heart beats per minute (bpm) during maximum physical exertion. For a rough estimate of your maximum heart rate, subtract your age from 220. HRmax is a useful tool for determining the intensity of training as intensity zones can be defined using HRmax. Some Polar products define maximum heart rate during the Polar Fitness Test, see also HRmax (Polar Fitness Test -based)
HRmax (User Set)
Max heart rate
Polar Fitness Test
Polar Fitness Test measures your aerobic fitness at rest in just five minutes. The result, Polar OwnIndex, evaluates your maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max). With the Polar Fitness Test you can measure your aerobic fitness by yourself, automatically and without any exertion. All you need is your training computer. The Polar Fitness Test is as accurate in predicting the VO2max as any sub maximal fitness test. The test is based on heart rate and heart rate variability at rest and personal information
Polar OwnCal calculates the number of kilocalories expended during training. This feature allows you to follow the kilocalories expended during one training session and cumulative kilocalories expended during several training sessions. Some Polar products also estimate the fat-burning percentage (fat% on display), that is, kilocalories expended from fat during a workout which is expressed as a percentage of the total kilocalories burned
Coded heart rate transmission automatically locks in a code to transmit your heart rate to the training computer. The training computer picks up your heart rate from your transmitter only. Coding significantly reduces interference from other training computers.
Polar Sport Zones
Polar sport zones provide an easy way to select and monitor the intensity of your training and to follow sport zones based training programs. Training is divided into five zones based on percentages of your maximum heart rate: very light (50-60%HRmax), light (60-70%HRmax), moderate (70-80%HRmax), hard (80-90%HRmax) and maximum (90-100%HRmax)
ZoneOptimizer adjusts personal sport zones for every training session based on your current physiological condition. This feature gives you the right heart rate zones depending on your physiological state at that exact moment, making sure that the you are always training at the right intensity
This feature will tell you the effect of different training sessions. You get a quick overview after each session, and for more detailed feedback, you can either check your training file or get further in-depth analysis at Polar web services.
Compatible with Mac (Intel-Based) via USB Cable
Compatible with PC via USB Cable
Compatible with Polar Personal Trainer Website via USB Cable
Integrated GPS Features
Altitude Data via Google Maps - Using the free Polar Personal Trainer web service
Route mapping - Optional with Polar Personal Trainer web service
Back to start
Distance - training, lap, and total
Running Index is based on heart rate and speed data measured during the run. It gives daily information about your performance level, both aerobic fitness and running economy. Improvement in running efficiency indicates improved economy of running performance
Speed/Pace - Current, Average and Maximum
Polar Personal Training Website Features
Advanced Training Analyzing
You can easily analyze each of your training sessions in the training result view. In addition to many useful details about your training, the Curve illustrates graphically the data from the sensors that you used while training. Place your mouse cursor on the curve to see more details
The Polar Personal Training web service offers complete endurance training programs for running and cycling, including warm-up, work and cool-down phases for every session. Polar Endurance program is customized to every user's needs and optimizes endurance training by adapting to the user's training routines, updating the program every four weeks
Totals includes your training data starting from the last reset enabling you to follow your long-term training
Training Files (with Summaries) - 99
Keep up to 99 training files and summaries
Weekly history gathers your weekly training data. By selecting a week, you can review your training data for the week
Automatic Lap Recording
With this feature you can set your training computer to take laps based on preset distance, for example, every 1 km/mi
Graphical Target Zone Indicator
This feature points out graphically on the display the zone you are in during a training session helping you to stay on the desired intensity zone
Create interval guided workouts based on time, heart rate, speed/pace or distance guidance with up to three linked timers or distances and up to three target zones
Number of Laps - 99
Sport Profiles (5 Fixed Sport Profiles)
ZoneLock feature helps you to accumulate certain intensity. You can either lock a zone before a training session or during it by pressing a button when you are on the desired zone
ZonePointer is a visible and moving symbol on the training computer display indicating whether you are inside the pre-set target zone. This feature helps you to reach the desired intensity/pace/speed/cadence targets
Date and weekday indicator
Display text in English, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish
Dual time zone
Button Lock - By activating Button Lock, training computer buttons are locked, and accidental presses do not cause problems, for instance, during training
Low battery indicator
Battery life: 12h in continuous use with GPS on, 11 days when training 1h/day with GPS on
Time of day (12/24h) with alarm and snooze
Water resistant to IPX7 standard
In the Box
Polar RC3 GPS Fitness Watch with Heart Rate Monitor (Red/Orange)