I'm upgrading from a Polar CS200 CAD (nice soft strap, no data download, and interference prone RF) to a Garmin Edge 500 (strap not included, data download, and ANT+ which won't play with my Polar) and I'd prefer a similar configuration.
People report that the Garmins are unreliable but work better with the Garmin sender on the Polar Wearlink strap until the terminals on the Garmin part rust.
Do any alternatives work better? I also have a Powertap ANT+ strap that'll work if I'm waiting for a metaphorical slow boat shipment from China.
I have used the older Garmin hard strap for years with no issues. I purchased a Garmin soft strap back in January. Works great. Very little rust, I don't wash after every ride so washing more frequently would prevent the rust as was mentioned.
- Is not compatible with my Powertap
- Will not download to Golden Cheetah (like Training Peaks WKO+ but free and runs on Linux + Mac)
- Has no backlight
- Has no GPS to correlate recorded data with geographic land marks
- Uses a properietary protocol instead of ANT+ so I can't re-use the same sensors if I change head units (say to a Garmin with navigation because I start riding to unfamiliar places or to a Droid application using the native ANT+ support in current chipsets)
- Requires a proprietary wireless adapter for downloads instead of a simple USB cable.
- Costs about the same as a Garmin Edge 500 which does all that
So I bought a Garmin Edge 500.
Last edited by Drew Eckhardt; 12-13-10 at 08:33 PM.