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Old 02-05-09, 03:13 PM   #1
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HRM for person with nickel allergy

Hey guys, my wife wants to start working out with a HRM. To clarify, she's not riding a bike (well, sometimes) but doing stuff like running and other aerobic activities. So, she has to wear it on her wrist (no pockets on her workout clothes). In the past she had a Polar HRM but the metal backing gave her a rash, which we assume is a nickel allergy. So does anyone know of a HRM that has a rubber backing?
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Old 02-05-09, 03:27 PM   #2
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what about a heart rate chest strap? My polar heart rate strap appears to be plastic on the back, but it could be some special compound, I'm not sure. Some of the receiver watches have metal backs, but you can just strap it around handlebars or the exercise machine you're on. Alternately there are some cycle computers which will receive the signal from the polar chest strap, saving space on your handlebar.
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I guess I should have been more specific, it's not the strap that bothers her its the back of the watch. And she won't be riding or using gym equipment, she'll be outside. So I was hoping there was a HRM that had a rubber backing on the watch.
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Don't know about a rubber back on the watch, but what about putting clear nail polish on the metal? It worked for a belt I had that gave me a really bad rash on my stomach.
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Don't know about a rubber back on the watch, but what about putting clear nail polish on the metal? It worked for a belt I had that gave me a really bad rash on my stomach.
+1 Nail polish works.
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Don't know about a rubber back on the watch, but what about putting clear nail polish on the metal? It worked for a belt I had that gave me a really bad rash on my stomach.
Wow, didn't think of that. I'll have her try that. Thanks.
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Most of the chest straps are plastic/rubber. Not sure if that would still cause a problem. Other wise all the wrist ones are metal that I have seen. Try the nail polish trick.
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Does the Garmin Forerunner have a metal back? It might be plastic or rubber...
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Does the Garmin Forerunner have a metal back? It might be plastic or rubber...
The back on the forerunner 50 is stainless steel, which has a lot of nickle in it. Don't know about the 305 and 405.

BTW, I my forerunner 50.
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I have a Sigma Onyx series HRM that is all plastic. There is no stainless steel back. Sigma also make the PC series HRM's and I'm not sure about them but the Onyx series which have the advantage of being digital are all plastic.

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