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Old 09-29-02, 06:54 AM   #1
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HRM + everday watch= in one?

I'm looking for a Heart Rate monitor/watch that I can wear around all the time. Not some big clunky thing on my wrist, and not too much $$. I looked at the Timex ironman HRMs but they were massive and I felt like a freak wearing that around all day...Suunto is pretty expensive, but nice, and Polar look nice but the good ones are $$ and still rather large...

ANY HELP!!??

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I'm looking for a Heart Rate monitor/watch that I can wear around all the time. Not some big clunky thing on my wrist, and not too much $$. I looked at the Timex ironman HRMs but they were massive and I felt like a freak wearing that around all day...Suunto is pretty expensive, but nice, and Polar look nice but the good ones are $$ and still rather large...

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From my point of view you seem to be contradicting yourself. My friend has a Suunto and I think it looks HUGE!

Have you looked at the Polar A3? Pretty basic, but works well. Got mine for $65.00.
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yeah, I meant to say the Suunto is huge, expensive, but they have tons of features which make them= nice. my bad.

I would like to stay away from Polar because I just found out you must send them in to the factory to get the battery replaced and I plan on using this as an everday watch, so i assume i would replace the battery often.

Any other companies make nice, everday HRM's that arent HUGE???

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I would like to stay away from Polar because I just found out you must send them in to the factory to get the battery replaced and I plan on using this as an everday watch, so i assume i would replace the battery often.


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Battery replacement = $10.00 Frequency of replacement = Every 2 - 3 years.
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really? My friend told me it cost him 50-60 bucks total when he sent his in, solely for battery replacement (he has the $300 model)

Will the battery last 2-3yrs even if I use this thing as an everyday watch and use the HRM ALOT?
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Called the factory before I bought mine. I shared your cost concerns! (They quoted me $10.00). This is my second Polar, I lost the first and only replaced the battery once in 5 years.
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wow, sounds good. My only concern is if the Polars are BIG? IE: like the Suunto or timex ironman? I am looking at the s-150, 210, 410, m71ti, etc.

Are these things like a normal wristwatch, maybe a wee bit bigger? or are they massive and noticeably stand out? (want to use as an everyday, take to school, work, watch....)

Thanks much for your help

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The monitors you mentioned are no where near the size of the Suunto, and are in my opinion only slightly larger (and I emphasize only slightly) than the A3 that I have. I'd say you should go to your LBS or running store and compare them side by side. As for the Timex I never considered, nor looked at it and can't make that call.

You have also mentioned that cost is a concern. The "S" Series you are considering are certianly feature packed, but at a much higher cost! (For me the extra features could not justify the higher price).

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Here are a couple of sights you may want to try:


http://www.roadbikereview.com/Heart,...S_1635crx.aspx


http://www.outdoorreview.com/pscOutd...S_3015crx.aspx

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Will the battery last 2-3yrs even if I use this thing as an everyday watch and use the HRM ALOT?
well, i don't use my Polar as an everyday watch, but i use it 3+ times/week for rides and runs (average about 24hrs/week heartrate measure) for over 3 years now...

the time is displayed all the time, so unless you're pushing buttons all day it shouldn't reduce battery life much more...
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Called the factory before I bought mine. I shared your cost concerns! (They quoted me $10.00). This is my second Polar, I lost the first and only replaced the battery once in 5 years.
That was my biggest concern...I wanted the S-210, but I was afraid that battery replacement cost lots of $$$...but if it's only $10, I think it's a fair deal.

BTW, where did you get your Polar from? Did you get a good deal?
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wow, sounds good. My only concern is if the Polars are BIG? IE: like the Suunto or timex ironman? I am looking at the s-150, 210, 410, m71ti, etc.

Are these things like a normal wristwatch, maybe a wee bit bigger? or are they massive and noticeably stand out? (want to use as an everyday, take to school, work, watch....)
Size is also a big concern for me, as I have a really small wrist. I really want to see the HRM in person before making a purchase....but it seems like no one around here has them in stock (not even the many LBSs around)!
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