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Old 02-11-18, 06:40 AM   #1
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Plastic electrodes Peeling Away...

I have a Garmin Heart Rate chest strap monitor, Model # HRM3-SS; I purchased it last year and have noticed the plastic electrodes that make contact with your skin are starting to peel off. I've contacted Garmin about this and they are sending me a new soft strap, less the monitor; I'll continue to use the original monitor with the new soft strap.

Anyone else have this problem with the soft strap?

I'm hoping this is just a one-time issue, but I'm also seeing cracking in the plastic sections of the strap, both under and on either side of the attachable sensor/monitor.



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Old 02-11-18, 07:42 AM   #2
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Not the same brand, but my Wahoo Tickr strap is also starting to peel the same way.


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Old 02-11-18, 09:16 AM   #3
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I have a Garmin strap but I don't use it enough to have really experienced any wear issues so far. It does seem a little strange that this is happening. I'm sure if you go to some fabric store they probably have some kind of glue that would fix that up for you.
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If the strap is an ANT+ strap, you can probably use a different strap from another vendor. I have an Adidas heart rate monitor strap that works with my Garmin 62S.
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Bontrager HRM soft strap electrodes began peeling off on me at about the six month mark. Warrantied replacement is entering its' third year of service.
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If you're washing the soft straps in a washing machine, they will not last you very long. Hand wash and let air dry and they should last for years. The strap on my Wahoo TICKR is four years old and still looks like new after a washing.
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The "Premium" HR strap, strikes yet again...
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I was afraid to throw it into the washing machine, despite the directions say to after every 7th use...or something like that.

I just hand wash it and hang to dry; I use a mild soap, usually Dawn dishwashing soap.

P.S. I don't use soap every time, but I do rinse with water after each use.
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woah, you're supposed to wash it?

Does Wahoo sell a replacement strap? I see they do, costs $20

I just use mine on the trainer, and it's cold in my basement, so it doesn't really need washing that much.
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Did you ever wear it with some sunscreen on your skin or some other cream or lotion that may not like the plastic?

Many won't bother it at all, but I'm sure some do. There used to be some people griping about sunscreen destroying the rubber buttons on their Garmin Edge 500 in the Garmin forums.

I've had good luck with the garmin soft straps I have. The first lasted over five years before starting to give funny readings. The second is just over two years old. No signs of deterioration of the plastic electrodes on either.

Reading your post again, could the cracking be from removing the pod? I don't take my pod off. I just rinse it each time I use it with the pod on. I don't let the water run over the pod, but I don't worry about splashes. If I was going to toss it in the washing machine, which Garmin recommends, then I'd take the pod off. Otherwise, the pod only comes off for a battery change.

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I don't use sunscreen, other than on my nose, so it's not that.

I also don't remove the sensor, because I was concerned with it being too harsh on the metal connectors, specifically I was worried about wear/tear on the metal connectors. I just recently removed them to inspect the strap and that's when I noticed the cracking.
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If the old one is still working, then use it and save the replacement.
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I haven't had this happen with the version you posted in the Ebay link, but I have with the previous version of the same strap as well as some generic ones. I just kinda figure I'm going to go through one or two a year.

I tried a Polar branded one that seemed to work well for a while. I'd say as long as Garmin is sending you free ones, milk it and get what you can out of them. The straps are pretty much all the same, I'm using my Wahoo TICKR with my Garmin strap, so when you need to buy a replacement, you can get just about anything from Ebay or Amazon and make it work.
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