Polar cs200 Heart Rate Monitors

2.82/5 (11 Reviews)


Product Description

heart rate monitor, cycling computer, cadence meter


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Kevy a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: April 14, 2012

Strengths:    Reasonably easy to attach sensors etc. Small size

Weaknesses:    Trying to use the buttons to scroll through functions or adjust on the bike is difficult. The cadence sensor stops on average once a month for a day or two. The most annoying thing about the computer is that mine seems to need 3 1/2 minutes of constant movement before the computer actually registers it as a ride and the pause function kicks in if you stop. I live in Auckland NZ and I amuse myself a lot with the fact I can ride 15km, having to stop at almost every intersection or set of lights and the computer still hasn't logged a single km yet because I haven't cycled consistently for 3 1/2 minutes.

Bottom Line:   
I've had mine for 3 years. It has performed pretty well in that time except for the weaknesses above which are a little annoying rather than majors. I just get the feeling I could have spent half the money on something else and got the same level of performance.

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Favorite Ride:   Kaukapapa Return via Peak Rd and Ridge Road

Price Paid:    $320.00

Similar Products Used:   El cheapo's which are still going strong

Bike Setup:   De Rosa Idol


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Jtibbitts a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2011

Strengths:    Easy to use. Many options

Weaknesses:    Unreliable---loses heart rate signal very often, with difficulty getting signal back. Gives wildly incorrect heart rate results when going downhill or into a strong wind. Chest strap SHOULD NOT be laundered.
Unresponsive product support.
No way to determine which of several batteries is going dead.


Bottom Line:   
The CS200 has not been reliable for me. I think my biggest complaint is that the heart rate signal is frequently interrupted with the monitor reading "0". It can happen at any time during a ride or training, and is often difficult to re-establish, usually requiring that the unit be turned off and on a few times. This makes it nearly useless for tracking your training fitness or statistics. Replacing batteries, repositioning the strap, wetting the strap more thoroughly dont seem to improve the problem. I also have had difficulties getting support from Polar, as they do not return calls or e-mails.

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Favorite Ride:   Marin County

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Nashbar



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by dhtucker4 a Recreational Rider

Date Reviewed: July 28, 2011

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    About everything

Bottom Line:   
The Polar CS200 is the WORST Bike Computer I have ever used.

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Price Paid:    $99.00

Purchased At:   Performance

Similar Products Used:   Cateye Wireless, Paramount, FlightDeck

Bike Setup:   Airborne Manhattan Transfer, with 10-speed Campagnolo Chorus (Zipp 300 crankset), Mavic Kysrium SSC SL wheels, Deda classic bars, Thomson seatpost.


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by tferguso a Commuter

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2010

Strengths:    I liked the strap.

Weaknesses:    See review - the unit didn't track my heart rate accurately

Bottom Line:   
You'll find this same review under the CS200cad, which is the unit I actually owned. But this review applies to both, since it's the same base unit.

I used this monitor for about a year, until I got my Garmin Edge. The main problem I had with the Polar product was it's inability to accurately track my heart rate. It would fluctuate (while I was riding) from ~55 to ~220. It almost seemed as if it were measuring 1/2 my heart rate, or double my heart rate. It would sporadically jump from what I thought was about right (120-150 bpm) to around half that number, then stay there for a while, then go back to the range I expected. Then jump to around twice the bpm, then back down. I don't mean to say that it continuously did this. It would also track my heart rate accurately (or, at least in a reasonable range) for some periods. But the periods of inaccuracy were substantial, like 20 to 30% of my ride (usually 1-2 hrs of riding, so 15 to 40 min of incorrect readings). Enough so that I ignored all the results dependent on heart rate.

I was surprised by this - I think Polar is in the business of tracking heart rates. I thought their parent company made health care equipment?? I tried everything I could think of to correct the problem. New batteries, making sure the contact was good (moist) on the strap, limiting distance from strap to the unit, etc. Nothing helped.

Anyway, suffice it to say that my Garmin Edge 305 (which I've used for 4 years now, usually 5-10 times per week), has never had any of these issues.

I tried to Craig's List the CS200 a while back, but to no avail. I just tossed it out - an expensive experiment.

I liked the Polar's chest strap more than the Garmin's. That's why I gave the unit 2 stars instead of one. I wish I could use it's strap with the Edge.

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Similar Products Used:   Garmin Edge 305

Bike Setup:   several different bikes


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by jhannah a Triathlete

Date Reviewed: July 15, 2009

Weaknesses:    Short lifespan

Bottom Line:   
Works well (at least it did); the soft fabric heart rate monitor is reasonably comfortable. However, Polar products seem to die after about 18-24 months. I have a drawer full of their nonfunctioning units.

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Favorite Ride:   Bif Sur

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   LBS




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polar cs200 cad help

im looking for some help from anyone who has had one or does have one. i just bought my heart rate monitor and would like to upload my info to polarpersonal trainer. it says you need a soundcard and microphone. will onboard sound work as long you have a microphone? i was looking at getting a chea ... Read More »

polar cs200 cadence problem

Hi every body I have purchased a polar cs 200 cad 2months ago.Suddenly does not work the cadence meter.I checked the position of the sensor the magnet and every thing seems ok.I suppose the problem might be the battery but I can open the sensor to replace it and the local representative is far.Does ... Read More »

Anyone have a Polar Cs200 or 400 they arent using

Looking to get a dedicated computer for my other bike. I currently have the Cs300 (Watch) and want one fixed to the bike, not a huge fan of the watch mount on the bike. I have the strap and sensors and mounts, I just need the actual computer. Anybody have one lying around they aren't using? I wi ... Read More »

Cyclocomputers: Polar CS200 vs. Garmen 305

I'm in the market for a new, multifunction computer. I'm not a big fan of cadence so the real question becomes, which of these two hr monitor/computers will work best? I don't need a lot of complicated training plans or any of that extra junk. I might be interested in gps, but I get the impressio ... Read More »

Death of CS200 cadence sensor.

My CS200 cadence sensor is having [I]issues[/I]. After 18 months faultless operation it has stop working only return to life momently for a few seconds pre ride, then stopping again. The manual say it should have battery life of 3500 hours. Certainly haven't that time on the bike. Is possible to ... Read More »

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