Polar RCX5 Run Package Giveaway

There are many things in the world where one usually sits firmly in either one camp or another.  For example, a few of life’s great dividers:

Boxers or briefs
Hot dogs or hamburgers
Bow tie or straight tie
Coke or Pepsi
Mac or PC
Paper or Plastic
White bread or wheat bread

And for you folks hanging out around these parts, there’s probably the most famous of all:

…Garmin or Polar

While the great majority of giveaways to date here have been Garmin focused, I’m going to venture over to the other side and giveaway a bit of Polar goodness…the brand new Polar RCX5:


Late last week (after I had published my in depth review), Polar approached me about giving away a brand new RCX5 to y’all.  Initially they weren’t sure what I’d say, simply because I always buy my own giveaway prizes (you did know that, right?). 

But, there’s one caveat to my rule – which you may remember from the survey results back in March. I had asked whether or not you would be in favor of giveaways that were for hard to get items, in cases where the company supplied the item.  For example, the first time I did this was the Wahoo Fitness ANT+ enabled bike case, where I did a giveaway three weeks before the first units were available in the retail channel.  In the survey, you overwhelmingly wanted me to give these things away when possible.  By ‘overwhelming’ that would be 93.8% of you – or roughly twice the water temperature for the Boise 70.3 half-ironman I’m doing this weekend.


You’ll be getting the above box – literally, that specific box sitting on my turtle tank stand– which contains the Polar RCX5, an s3+ stride/footpod sensor (for measuring distance), and the Polar Wearlink Hybrid heart rate strap.  That’s the fancy strap that works with both the RCX5 as well as legacy workout equipment that can read HR.  No turtles are included, nor is the G5 GPS pod, in this giveaway.


All you’ve gotta do down below is tell me the answer to one of the following questions (not all of them):

Boxers or briefs
Hot dogs or hamburgers
Bow tie or straight tie
Coke or Pepsi
Mac or PC
Paper or Plastic
White Bread or wheat bread

Simple enough, right?

The entry period will run until Thursday June 9th, 2011 at 11:59PM Eastern Time, at which point I’ll close the entry period and randomly select a winner.  Like the all my giveaways there are no restrictions on where the goods go to – so no matter where in the world you are, I’ll send to you.  The winner will get a brand new Polar RCX5 Run Package (with HR strap and footpod).  It’ll be sent out Monday morning when I get back from Boise and you should have it a day or so later – or roughly ‘a long time’ ahead of everyone else waiting for their orders to get fulfilled.

(Note: If you’re active duty military and deployed and are unable to complete the entry method above, simply shoot me an e-mail and I’ll get ya entered in.  For those curious on how the giveaways work, here’s the deets. Thanks all!)


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  1. Coke! Is Pepsi still around just to fill in when no Coke is available and to remind everyone how nice Coke really is!?

  2. Absolutly Mac. Which led my to Gramin, because Polar doesn’t supply Mac software (at least for the older models, like the 720i which used IRda). Not that Garmin Training Center is top off the bill, but at least I can simply plug in the usb and get my data.

  3. Coke hands down

  4. Pepsi Max
    compression shorts

  5. kai

    Mac or PC?

    Mac of course! Can’t wait for OSX Lion!

  6. MAC! Any day and twice on Sundays… since 1987.


  7. COKE! As Pepsi is certainly not coke :)

  8. Mac

    Lorenzo Batman

  9. Wheat bread of course

  10. Boxers
    Hot dogs
    straight tie
    wheat bread


  11. boxers are way more comfortable imo

  12. Ssleung@Rogers.com

    Coke of course, more bite, less sugar

  13. So difficult to choose, I’ll have to go Mac.

  14. Roberta Salvador

    Wheat bread do they still even make white bread???

  15. Dan Kelly


    hmm, Garmin or Polar, I’ll let you know if I win :)

  16. How about swimming, cycling or running?


  17. Anonymous

    PAIN BLANC c est normal pour un frenchies en plus c est de belles dates pour nous le mois de juin
    c est le debarquement de Normandie par les boys americains
    a bientot

  18. Rob

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  19. Rob

    Got to be Mac

  20. White Bread shaped in a Baguette of course. Oui Monsieur!

  21. Mac. expensive but simple.
    I’m enjoying reading over your blog.

  22. Definitley boxers and Coke :)
    Great review btw

  23. briefs
    Hot dogs but also White Bread
    PC sure!
    Paper – think to Nature

  24. Boxers, Coke and PC, as for Garmin vs Polar I would say both :)

    Great review btw

  25. Hm,
    As a Swede i prefer

    Hot dogs
    Bow tie
    wheat bread

    Hope that your gr8 prize can be delivered to Sweden Europe,

    Fredrik Bergstrom

  26. Hm,
    As a Swede i prefer

    Hot dogs
    Bow tie
    wheat bread

    Hope that your gr8 prize can be delivered to Sweden Europe,

    Fredrik Bergstrom

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  28. Boxers baby… my boys need to breathe !

  29. Boxers or briefs?

    Boxer briefs of course. Cause when you’re indecisive you can just ride the fence.

  30. and my answer is: wheat bread

  31. mac – windows sucks

  32. paper i hate plastic

  33. mac since i can use the web interfac with the new garmin

  34. boxers and straight tie

  35. coke and coke and recoke

  36. mac – no blue screen

  37. polar or garmin? polar

  38. coke and mac and polar

  39. Please sir, may I have another Hot Dog?

  40. Mac. Period. You got blog press way to go! If I win I will blog about it too!

  41. coke
    wheat bread

  42. mac
    hot dog

  43. only wheat bread for me please and never soda of any kind, water is the beverage of choice here.

  44. mac
    wheat bread

  45. mac
    wheat bread
    hot dog

  46. mac
    wheat bread

  47. mac
    wheat bread

  48. Mac or PC:

    Mac…unless you’re my girlfriend and the first thing she said when she started up her MacBook Pro for the first time: “WHERE IS THE START MENU AND WHY CAN’T I RIGHT CLICK??”.

    Don’t worry, I fixed it for her :)


  49. JMD

    Boxers, coke, wheat bread!!

  50. Dimitri BE

    Boxers.. definitely.

  51. Pc,

  52. Hot Dogs… :) with mustard and relish.


  53. Thanks Ray!

    Mac (but work on PC) & no brief nor boxer: running short only ;o)

    Keep goin’

  54. Mac!
    All the way…!

  55. Anonymous

    hamburgers, straight tie, Pepsi, PC, Paper, wheat bread. Ray, thanks for your time, info, and reviews!
    D. Walker
    Walked at pol.net

  56. — Mac —

    Thats why I need the RCX5 so badly – it’s compatible!
    And also because living in South Africa the good stuff usually takes a while before it gets to us..

  57. Boxers, gotta let them breath.

  58. Dean-o

    Wheat bread – thinking that it is healthier (mind trick)

    Hot Dogs – easier to put down and more than one is always good (especially if chicago hot dogs)

  59. pc

    and neither for all the rest..

  60. Coke, coke, always coke! There’s magic in that there brew…

  61. Briefs, Hamburger, and a Coke

  62. Coke, coke, always coke. There’s magic in that there brew…

  63. Limegren

    Boxer Briefs: The comfort of boxers with the security of briefs.

    The best of both worlds :D

  64. Diet Cherry Pepsi
    Hot dogs
    wheat bread

  65. CKee T

    Coke, of course! :P

  66. Diet coke
    PC (Apple free since my ipod 2 gen)
    Great review

  67. Mac, because less time playing IT guy means more time for fun on the bike!

  68. Henrik_T

    Straight tie
    Wheat bread


  69. Boxer briefs
    Hot dogs or hamburgers (1 of each)
    Straight tie
    White Bread

  70. Boxers for the most part =)

  71. Mac – Plain and Simple.

    Oh, and Polar as well. Coming from an owner of a RS800CX, it’d be fun to test drive the new model.

  72. I used to be PC, but now I’m mac. I have always been boxers, if I wear any at all. Pepsi is great solo or mixed, but Coke must be mixed if it’s store-bought – fountain coke is ok solo, though. I know, I’m weird.

    I’ve always been Garmin, but if you send me that Polar, I’m sure I’ll change my mind quickly. :-)

  73. Bill1b


    Thanks for all your great and well written reviews


  74. Ann

    Boxers or Briefs (an option for none?)Hamburgers(dogs only@baseball games)
    Straight tie (bow tie too old)
    Coke Pepsi bad)
    PC (Never have used a MAC)
    Paper (Plastic bad)
    White Bread (Wheat makes me feel like I am dieting!)

  75. Ben Winterroth

    Mac, duh!

  76. Pepsi :-)

    (Just come back from a business trip to the US, and the Coke over there tastes better than the UK, but still not as good as Pepsi… no HFCS in the UK!)

  77. a

    coke with a hamburger while surfing on my mac in my boxers.

  78. Mac and Polar….

  79. Paper, Hot Dogs!

  80. Boxers or briefs=Briefs all day
    Hot dogs or hamburgers= Hot dog pluezze
    Bow tie or straight tie= Im straight tyvm
    Coke or Pepsi= ouch depends;)
    Mac or PC= PC Deffo
    Paper or Plastic= paper
    White Bread or wheat bread= Wheat for me…

    Love ur blog and the INSANE give aways u have… keep up the good work

  81. Macs and Pepsi!

  82. Mac or PC ?

    Linux in any of its easy colors: debian, ubuntu, mandriva…

    It gives me some issues with tech stuff like garmin or polar, so I own a Mac and pc as well. And yes, I would pay for Sport Tracks under Linux…

    Thanks for your nice blog.

  83. briefs
    straight tie
    wheat bread

  84. briefs
    straight tie
    wheat bread

    Thanks Ray!

    – Sebastian

  85. Amir
    burgers under armor boxers and cold beer

  86. I don’t know so much about Polar, but very interested.

  87. Boxer briefs
    straight tie
    wheat bread

  88. Steph134

    Hamburger please! :)

  89. Macs, Boxers, and wheat!

  90. Jay

    Coke (but for diet, Pepsi)

    As always, thx for sharing the tech goodies w/ us!

  91. Anonymous

    Hot dogs and pc

    Martin Sanderhoff, Denmark

  92. Pat

    Mac and Pepsi

  93. Mac or PC: PC @ work, Mac @ home

  94. Pepsi – specifically Pepsi Max!!

  95. Wheat bread, naturally!

  96. J

    No coke. Pepsi

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  98. Small, tight and stream lined briefs, much like the RCX5

  99. No substitute for a good bow tie. In fact, might even negate the choosing between another of the conundrum. (Kidding!)

  100. luis_g

    Polar forever!

  101. Ok, I better try this again because for some reason it doesn’t look like my post made it in. So, boxerbriefs. As for Polar v. Garmin, whatever you want to give me Ray, that’s what I’ll use :-)

  102. Boxers
    straight tie
    White Bread

  103. WHEAT!!!

    My mom use to say all the time “The whiter the bread, the quicker your dead”

  104. Hello, The most important in this life is : waking up, breathing, wearing my shoes and running, running and running. Swiss water is so good, coca is not necessary!

    Best regards,

    Denis la Malice

  105. Hello, The most important in this life is : waking up, breathing, wearing my shoes and running, running and running. Swiss water is so good, coca is not necessary!

    Best regards,

    Denis la Malice

  106. Like this comment, “brief”

  107. Mac or PC? – Mac running Virtual PC!

  108. boxers or briefs…. Thong. :)

  109. Coke or Pepsi – I pick Coke everytime, of course :)

  110. One of everything (briefs excluded)

  111. Jon

    Coke and PC. The only ones that I have an opinion about.

  112. Jose P

    No tie
    Wheat bread

    Will this count as 7 entries? :oP

  113. Mac — so I sure hope that new Polar unit will work with it. :)

  114. It’ll be Pepsi – sure hoping this will give me an opportunity to try Polar once again since my loved xTrainer got smashed.

  115. Mac. Always and forever.

  116. Coke. Never understood why most restaurants can’t give you the choice between Pepsi and Coke. They have tons of wines. Why not offer both cola brands? They do taste different. And Coke wins :-)

    And Mac of course.

  117. I need to replace my old S625, and RCX5 is the best option! and Mac of course….

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  119. Lakpapak

    Briefs, hamburgers, straight tie, Coke, PC, Paper and wheat bread! Wow those are some interesting questions :) Oh please please please, let me win the Polar!!! :)

  120. Mac of course.

  121. Boxers
    straight tie
    Soda, neither Coke or Pepsi
    Mac or PC? Definitely both!
    White Bread or wheat bread? BAHHH!-> Carbohydrates are bad! Go Paleo ;-)

    and here is a bonus! Cats, no dogs! ;-)

  122. Hot dogs or hamburgers
    Hamburgers for me, with coke.

  123. Boxers
    Hamburger – In n Out!!!
    strait tie
    Paper bags

  124. wheat bread of course

  125. npoles91

    mac because I have to fix them less.

  126. Davide Mariani

    Definitely a Mac is great and compatible with the RCX5!


  127. Anonymous


    your reviews are awesome. keep em up.

  128. No underwear, Ray… None.

  129. papapito

    gah im a noob. disregard the anonymous post above.


    your reviews are awesome. keep em up.

  130. Coke or Pepsi?
    What about Red Bull Cola -> far better!

    PC of corse

    Hamburger or HotDog? I love both

  131. Boxers
    Bow tie
    Wheat bread

  132. Boxers while using my PC

  133. Boxer briefs actually
    Burgers…juciness is awesomeness!
    No tie…damn the Man!
    Bring my own bag
    Sweet Wheat

  134. Boxers for me, briefs for her (and what are ‘boxer briefs’?)

  135. PB

    wheat bread most definitely, thx for asking :D

  136. running in only my Boxers
    by the hamburgers shop
    I spied a manager in a straight tie
    drinking a Pepsi
    I immediately went home to join this contest on my Mac eating a sandwich on
    wheat bread

  137. Sky

    Mac! Coke! (I am a less opinionated on the other matters)

  138. coke and if there is no coke gatorade

  139. coke and polar rcx5

  140. well…i must say paper – plastic sucks

  141. straight tie and boxers

  142. coke
    wheat bread

  143. hot dogs in the morning
    hamburgers in the afternoon

  144. coke and orange juice

  145. hum….
    wheat bread with jam

  146. coke – pepsi sucks

  147. wheat bread with paté

  148. mac
    hot dog

  149. Mac simple enough. Not because i believe in the “security” of Mac OS X over Windows…but because the Mac platform is more stable. Windows 7 over a PC…crash or hang. Windows 7 on a Mac…pure bliss!

  150. coke coke and re-coke

  151. mac and hot dogs

  152. mac and polar!!

  153. coke and polar!!

  154. hot mac and wheat dog

  155. Boxers or briefs: Commando
    Hot dogs or hamburgers: Hamburger
    Bow tie or straight tie: Never had to
    Coke or Pepsi: Coke
    Mac or PC: Linux
    Paper or Plastic: Paper bag for tall cans or PBR, plastic for foods.

  156. wheat breaad
    hot dog

  157. hot dog made of wheat bread with a sip of coke

  158. boxer breifs
    str8 tie but i want some bow ti’s
    ice tee
    either one
    plastic cuz i dgaf

  159. coke
    wheat bread
    hot dog
    straight tie

  160. coke and coke
    mac and mac
    hot and dog

  161. coke
    wheat bread
    hot dog

  162. depends on the day but coke

  163. coke is better for runners

  164. paper is better for the environment

  165. Wheat bread, whole grain of course.

  166. Jamie Baker

    Hamburger on wheat!

  167. mac
    wheat bread

  168. boxer and straight tie

  169. Coke – Pepsi sucks!

  170. Coke, and that would be the original formula of course. None of that New crap they tried to pass off years ago.

  171. HugoBendt

    Not so simple, but I’d go Bow Tie. Traditional. Respectable. Confident.

  172. Mac.

    Brian in Little Rock

  173. Coke all the way. There’s no better pick up then a nice ice cold flat coke mid way through a hammer fest.

  174. PC


    I would love this “watch”


  175. Hamburger


    I would love this “watch”!

  176. wilyum

    2 thumbs up & hands down for a Mac.

  177. Gotta agree boxer-briefs, best of both worlds.
    PC for work and MAC for the fun stuff.
    Coke goes better than Pepsi with Jack.

    Good luck in Boise.

  178. Mac not to get confussed with the Big Mac.

  179. Boxers or Briefs?

    Deafinatly briefs, if one is to be trendy and wear skinny jeans than you CANT wair boxers. Plus I think spending my life in lycra means I am used to a…..well…lack of freedom down there

  180. Boxers of course….free your b*lls and your mind will follow!!

    Greetings from Argentina

  181. Mr. Null

    Boxer Briefs and x86 rules

    Thank you for the great reviews!

  182. Pat

    Coke or Pepsi: Coke until the release of New Coke, but I always preferred Peach Nehi. Now I don’t drink soda unless I’m desperate. I do drink a bit of espresso…

  183. Mac.. mac.. and a Bigger MAC please

  184. Hamburgers!

    Thanks for the giveaway, too.

  185. Boxers, Hamburgers, Straight Tie, Coke, Mac, Paper, Wheat bread! Great giveaway!

  186. Boxers, Pepsi and PC are the important ones here. And wood instead of plastic, maybe? :)

  187. Neil


  188. Straight tie! A bow tie needs a special kind of person to wear it. So generally a straight tie is best!

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  190. Tim

    Coke or Pepsi? Neither – water
    Bow tie or straight – straight, but only if I have to
    Paper or plastic – both
    PC, hamburger, briefs, wheat

  191. Mac, with wheat brad IN a bow tie! No coke, please!

  192. White Bread, there’s only so much healthy I can take.

  193. I agree with Shaun. When you got a Mac, you can’t go back to Pc. I switched 2 years ago and i am so happy to be on Mac !

  194. Forging a MacBook aluminum case requires intricate design an high precision and so does the perfect workout schedule. Can’t wait for the RCX5

  195. MrT

    Burger and coke, always a good way spoil oneselves


  196. Ole

    wheat bread of course.
    But you miss one:
    Beer or beer

    thanks for your excellent reviews

  197. Mac and Diet Coke – all the way, baby!

  198. As I see it only boxer briefs will do. They have the perfect amount of support.

  199. mac – windows sucks

  200. paper – i hate plastic it pollutes the sea

  201. wheat bread hot dog

  202. boxers and straight tie

  203. mac
    wheat bread
    straight tie
    hot dog

  204. coke coke and more coke

  205. Hamburger yum, hotdog yuk.

  206. Brian Baran


  207. as always, Great Review!

    Garmin of Polar: Both Coach.

    Haven’t completely retired the Polar.

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  209. Brian L @ 72764


  210. Hamburger

    Good luck in Boise!

  211. Ik

    Hot dogs in white bread with Pepsi,
    and hamburgers in wheat bread with Coke.

  212. hot dog made of wheat bread with a sip of coke

  213. coke and coke
    mac and mac
    hot and dog

  214. paper – i hate plastic it pollutes the sea

  215. Rob

    Coke is it!


  216. Coke, ice cold Coke…

  217. Pepsi and Wheat Bread!

  218. hot dog in wheat bread

  219. coke
    adventure race

  220. coke in wheat bread

  221. Straight tie for sure.

  222. coke and hot dogs

  223. rw

    Nothing like a hamburger on wheat bread with an ice cold Coca-Cola in my boxers whilst surfing on my Mac

  224. coke, on my boxers, surfing on my mac!

  225. Hamburger. Hot dog people are weird.

  226. Briefs…although living in sunny SA, boardshorts are good!

  227. Coke in Africa

  228. hamburger, coke and PC (sounds like an interesting movie title

  229. boxerbriefs
    Coke – or water
    Paper- suppoer Canadian Pulp & Paper!
    No bread go gluten free

    I’ll wait to answer Garmin vs Polar

  230. Mac! They’re so shiny…..

  231. Mac, Pepsi, & hamburgers.

    Mike S.

  232. mac
    wheat bread

  233. hot mac and wheat dog

  234. white vs wheat – neither gluten free.

  235. Hot Dogs. All beef and kosher.

  236. Real Coke! As in Coke made with sugar not high fructose corn syrup. Available in the US as “Mexican Coke”.

  237. Mac, Coke, Brief, Hamburger

  238. Hot dogs – but not a “Weiner”.

  239. PC

    I have been told I am not cool enough to use a mac!

  240. Rowan

    MAC & Pepsi


  241. I love 15-Grain wheat bread! :)


  242. Boxers…gotta breath. Spend enough time in tight stuff.

  243. Vladimir Aronsky

    wheat bread!

  244. Ihsan

    Burgers every time.

    And good luck at Boise 70.3


  245. PC and hot dogs

  246. I would chose a hamburger over a hotdog any day

  247. before the edge 800 I hadand still have a Polar so for me it is Garmin AND Polar

    thanks for another great giveaway

  248. coke
    wheat bread

  249. Hamburgers. With bacon of course.

  250. Jim

    PC. Straight Tie. Hamburger. Boxers.

    No longer drink soda, but when I did: Pepsi.

  251. coke
    paper – plastic sucks

  252. Hot dogs
    straight tie
    wheat bread

  253. iOS, Mac OS, Coke…

  254. coke just taste better

  255. coke just taste better:)

  256. Joe

    burgers, definitely!

  257. no tie (jeans and a sport coat)

  258. no tie (jeans and a sport coat)

  259. Boxers
    Straight tie
    White bread

  260. MMB


    Coke, Mac, Paper :)

  261. Coke! Diet though. :)

  262. Boxer or Briefs — Boxers
    White Bread or wheat bread — wheat bread

  263. so far Garmin but willing to give polar a try. The new RCX5 looks sweet

  264. awo

    Wheat bread!

  265. Burgers all the way!!!

  266. doubleA334

    White or Wheat?? It’s all about the gluten-free break to this guy! Multi-grain, to be exact :)

  267. Coke and Hot Dogs, and the Polar RCX5!!!!

  268. Coke and wheat bread

  269. Ben

    Neither boxers or briefs, but both: boxer briefs!

  270. ChrisC

    Coke, wheatbread, briefs

  271. boxers….haha…i’m late, but better late than never!

  272. Ben

    Hamburgers (making me hungry now)
    Straight tie
    Coke (Zero)
    Wheat bread

  273. Ian

    Hotdogs with liquid cheese, recently ate a hamburger which I bought ’cause I thought it was a doughut.
    Pepsi, though not Pepsi Dry (which is gross)
    Mac, though if you need windown; Mac running Windows!

  274. Coke, in boxers. Both straight out of the fridge, it’s hot.

  275. Boxers
    straight tie
    Mac or PC (BOTH)

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  277. My kids have a stuffed animal they named Mac n’cheese pants. He wears boxers.

  278. Jeb

    Wheat of course!!!

  279. Briefs for the win!

  280. Coke. Never like Pepsi.

    Choon Kiang

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  282. Diet Coke!!!
    Hamburgers on Wheat Bun, with ketchup, mustard, pickles, onion and lettuce (making myself hungry just typing that out..)

  283. Mac all the way! iPhone 5 with iOS 5 is going to be Super Duper AWESOME!


  284. Could this be the last entry?

    Wheat bread

  285. briefs! Nothing to beat the ‘snug’ feeling.

  286. Mac, Burger, and Wheat bread as a good Frenchman.

  287. Coke
    Hot dogs
    More importantly POLAR!!

    Eric Apple

  288. BOW TIE

    Because they spark conversation.

  289. Boxers
    Veggie Pizza!
    straight tie
    Dr. Pepper!
    wheat bread
    – Cheers, Venkat

  290. Coke
    Pc, of course.

  291. Mac! No question there.

  292. Hamburgers
    Straight tie
    Wheat bread

  293. Definitely, MAC!

  294. Bow ties for holiday parties, straight ties for business.

  295. Boxers
    Wheat bread