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Old 03-07-18, 01:02 PM
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Replacement Strap for chest HR

My Garmin chest strap has seen better days. I need a replacement but I don't want to give Garmin $25+. Are there any non-branded ones that work well?


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Old 03-07-18, 01:17 PM
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New one for $40:
https://www.clevertraining.com/garmi...0-10997-00-hrm


Costs more but it's not Garmin, and it works better:
https://www.clevertraining.com/wahoo...ckr-heart-rate
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Are you talking about just the strap or the whole strap + sensor unit?
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I bought an ANT+ chest strap with an Adidas logo on it. It works with my Garmin 62S, but I have no idea if different Garmins use different electronics. But I paid over $20 so not a huge savings.
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Are you talking about just the strap or the whole strap + sensor unit?
Just the strap part. My sensor is fine strap has about had it. Sorry should have been more clear
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Just the strap part. My sensor is fine strap has about had it. Sorry should have been more clear
How do you know?

I'm not trying to challenge but am sincerely asking.

Mine is flaky. I've replaced the battery but the problem persists and I'm not sure if it is the sensor/transmitter or the elastic strap itself. There is a big difference in price.

So how are you able to tell? Is there visible damage to the strap?


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Old 03-08-18, 06:52 AM
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How do you know?

I'm not trying to challenge but am sincerely asking.

Mine is flaky. I've replaced the battery but the problem persists and I'm not sure if it is the sensor/transmitter or the elastic strap itself. There is a big difference in price.

So how are you able to tell? Is there visible damage to the strap?


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Yeah it works fine but the straps elastic is just falling apart. I don't think it will make it through the spring season. The clasp area where they connect are getting very frazzled!
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Yeah it works fine but the straps elastic is just falling apart. I don't think it will make it through the spring season. The clasp area where they connect are getting very frazzled!
OK, so the material is physically breaking down.

I have some kind of electronic failure. Visibly my strap is fine.

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I have the Wahoo HR monitor - I've replaced the strap on it once but it's starting to have random issues - just losing connection or not updating my HR for several minutes, etc. I've replaced the battery several times. It seems to be less reliable when I'm super sweaty on the trainer in the basement than when I'm actually riding outside so I'm wondering if my sweat is causing connection problems?

But last year I never had any issues with it during my sweaty trainer sessions, so I suspect it's the sensor is going bad. I think I've had it for about 2 years so I guess it's due... although you'd think it would last longer.
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I got more years out of that particular strap than all the other ones I've had combined. It's also the least comfortable one I've ever worn.
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Mine is flaky. I've replaced the battery but the problem persists and I'm not sure if it is the sensor/transmitter or the elastic strap itself. There is a big difference in price.
Garmin's newer chest straps are one piece, so it doesn't matter anymore. They're also crazy expensive. Nice trend.

* HRM-Run costs $99, and doesn't seem to last more than 2 years. Sometimes less. First generation of this strap, the transmitter was a separate piece that snapped in and out, now the whole thing is one piece.

* HRM-Swim costs $99, is one piece.

* HRM-Tri costs $129, is one piece.

The running one has accelerometers to measure the bounce in your step; the swimming one has a memory to store the data until you get out of the water; the triathlon one has both. Cyclists don't benefit from those features, and it's odd to see Garmin price themselves out of the bike market.
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Just the strap part. My sensor is fine strap has about had it. Sorry should have been more clear
https://www.clevertraining.com/garmi...ent-soft-strap
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Garmin's newer chest straps are one piece, so it doesn't matter anymore. They're also crazy expensive. Nice trend.

* HRM-Run costs $99, and doesn't seem to last more than 2 years. Sometimes less. First generation of this strap, the transmitter was a separate piece that snapped in and out, now the whole thing is one piece.

* HRM-Swim costs $99, is one piece.

* HRM-Tri costs $129, is one piece.

The running one has accelerometers to measure the bounce in your step; the swimming one has a memory to store the data until you get out of the water; the triathlon one has both. Cyclists don't benefit from those features, and it's odd to see Garmin price themselves out of the bike market.
Comparing prices, I use a Polar and just ordered their two-piece H10 strap and transmitter for $89. This is their latest and greatest.

I could have gotten it cheaper but will do an in store pickup locally tonight and so paid full retail.

It seems like all manufacturer's have straps and transmitters with limited lifespan and I'm sure they make lots of money selling replacements.


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@TimothyH ,

Let us know how they treat you when they arrive.

Beth had an H7 when that was their newest, she said it was more comfortable than my Garmin straps.
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For the "older" style HRM for Garmin I replaced my strap with a HRM USA branded one (it was $13 or so off of Amazon). Works much better than the original strap that came with my HRM (it was part of the Edge 500 Red bundle). No more odd spikes, cadence reading errors (when running) and no stuck at 220bpm before I even break a sweat.

http://www.amazon.com/Heart-Monitor-Replacement-Garmin-Transmitters/dp/B00U2TF2UC/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1520550841&sr=8-1&keywords=hrmusa+soft+strap&dpID=212fQ3fZfpL&preST=_SX300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

I've also heard Polar replacement soft straps work but seems the newer ones are slightly different so the actual Garmin HRM unit doesn't snap in so well.
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Thanks all. I ordered the one of amazon. Price was right
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@TimothyH,

Let us know how they treat you when they arrive.

Beth had an H7 when that was their newest, she said it was more comfortable than my Garmin straps.

The H10 is not as comfortable as the H7. Maybe it is because my H7 is old and broken in nicely.

The H7 has a metal hook closure while the H10 has a plastic clip which does not seem robust. Time will tell and it has a 2 year warranty. I'm saving the box and receipt.

REI screwed up the order. I won't get into the details but had to purchase a second one tonight and wait for the one I paid for yesterday to be shipped, cancel the order when it arrives and get a refund.... next week.

I argued with the manager and five minutes before closing, when it was clear that I was willing to stand there all night, the manager offered me $25 off. Still.


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Does the h7 / h10 connect to your phone? I don't want to wear my watch all the time and be able to still able record my rides / work outs...? little help would be appreciated.
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Does the h7 / h10 connect to your phone? I don't want to wear my watch all the time and be able to still able record my rides / work outs...? little help would be appreciated.
I have not connected the H10 to my phone but both the H7 and H10 are bluetooth and the H7 connected to my iPhone 6 many times.

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Originally Posted by sdmc530 View Post
My Garmin chest strap has seen better days. I need a replacement but I don't want to give Garmin $25+. Are there any non-branded ones that work well?


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If you have the old style HRM, I bought this one and it's fine.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000KRGI4K/
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