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Q:

The Best Calorie-Counting Heart Rate Monitors: Polar RS800CX G5

I am looking for a reasonably priced heart rate monitor/watch that tracks calories burned. It should also be able survive water sports, like stand-up paddling, swimming, and flatwater kayaking.

A:OK—this one, maybe not so reasonable price-wise. But you sure get a lot!

I’m referring to Polar’s very slick RS800CX G5 ($600). It has it all: GPS sensor to track route, full heart rate and calorie-counting functions, easy connectivity to a computer with a USB cord, water-resistance to 165 feet, and much more. The high-end multi-sport pack comes with three sensors to cover any activity. Expensive, but if you really want a do-everything watch, this is it.

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