Yesterday Polar posted few pictured of RCX5 on their US Facebook page (one enclosed below - thank to Polar). The unit has great design pretty much in line with the CS500 cycling computer. It looks very clean and with oversize display it looks like a great improvement.
Today Polar posted press release highlighting the key features of the RCX5 unit:
- New Zone Optimizer feature to help fine tune the training to current level of stress/recovery status
- Hybrid HR belt allowing to capture HR data in water (also should work with
- Sport specific parameters and personal settings - I assume this will be HR zones, sensor selection per sport
- One button switch between the sport profiles
- Smaller GPS sensor (G5) with re-chargable battery - via mini USB
- Improved S3+ sensor - new cradle to hold on the shoe laces, improved accuracy
- Compatibility with existing WIND sensors (though no word on power capture)
- Planned upgrades to the polarpersonaltrainer.com site including training load (is this TSS?) and support for personal training programs
Few things I hope to answer once I get my hands on this unit (which I hope will be in week or so):
- Integration with 3rd party training sites and software like TrainingPeaks.com or FirstBeat Athlete
- How easy / difficult it is to move from PPT5 to Polar site - what we gain/lose with this transition
- Support for legacy sensors - e.g. older S3, G3 and cycling sensors
- Ease of transition between sports - should not be a problem with weekly brick sessions or multiple brick sessions
- Do we still have the strong planning functions we used to have in PPT5
- How does the S3/S3+ work with G5
- Any new features the watch offers we have not seen in RS800cx
- Accuracy of G5 in real life training conditions - woods, tall buildings, etc.
- Real life test of HR during swimming - well back to looking geeky in the pool
- Data transfer with the new Polar Link technogy
- Using PC and Mac with the unit
If you have additional questions let me know and I'll make sure to test them out. Well assuming I have access to all the pieces required. If you send me question like this: How easy is it to mount the unit on Vision tri-bars I'll have hard time answering that unless you send me your tri bars as well ;-).