Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

Good Bluetooth HRM chest strap recommendations?

Road Cycling It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle. -- Ernest Hemingway

Good Bluetooth HRM chest strap recommendations?

Reply

Old 03-14-19, 07:09 AM
  #1  
maartendc
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
maartendc's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 622

Bikes: 1989 Cannondale 3.0, 2010 BMC SLC01

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 340 Post(s)
Good Bluetooth HRM chest strap recommendations?

Hello everyone,

I am looking to buy a, preferably cheap, HRM chest strap to pair with Strava app on my phone. It HAS TO BE BLUETOOTH, because my phone (iphone SE) does not support Ant+. So I guess all the Garmin straps are out, because they only do Ant+

I am looking at the Polar H10 and Wahoo Tickr, but both seem to get pretty poor user reviews, with the products failing, breaking, coming loose, etc. after just a couple of weeks? Should I just get a no-name strap off Amazon for much cheaper and replace when it breaks.

Can anyone recommend a comfortable, durable, Bluetooth HRM chest strap?

Thanks!
maartendc is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-19, 07:21 AM
  #2  
u235
Senior Member
 
u235's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 763
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 267 Post(s)
Had my Polar H7 for years. Been on for more than 400 workouts. Rarely an issue. Connects to various fitness cardio equipment (gymlink/ANT?), my Elemnt (BT), my phone (BT), and my older Polar watch (proprietary) without issue. Occasionally using more than one at a time, like BT to my app to track and the watch on my wrist to spot check HR. Amazon has the H7 and H10 both with a rating of 3.8/5. I occasionally get a glitch where it won't connect but more often than not it is the BT on my phone that is the problem. Also, maybe for a few minutes at random out of maybe 20 hours, it will read erratic, I assume probably also a BT issue. Can't say how it compares to the H10, I had no need to upgrade to the H10 for the save function. Can't say how it compares to other random units, I never had my H7 not working to be looking elsewhere.

Just for giggles.. I did some looking at my Veloviewer stats over time. I have 517 sessions listed with a HR number tracked for a total of 873 hours. Those are all with the same H7.

Last edited by u235; 03-14-19 at 08:17 AM.
u235 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-19, 07:40 AM
  #3  
DrIsotope 
Non omnino gravis
 
DrIsotope's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: SoCal, USA!
Posts: 6,128

Bikes: Nekobasu, Pandicorn

Mentioned: 87 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3246 Post(s)
The new Garmin HRM Dual does both ANT+ and BT (as indicated by the name) but it's also one of the most expensive chest HRMs out there, and is largely untested, as it just came out this year.

But if it works as well as my soft strap Garmin HR, it would be worth it. My Garmin HRM does 700+ hours a year, and needs nothing other than a good scrubbing every couple of weeks (that is, not just a rinse) and a new battery every 6 months or so.
__________________
DrIsotope is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-19, 07:44 AM
  #4  
jadocs
Senior Member
 
jadocs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: USA
Posts: 344

Bikes: Fondirest P4 Carbon, Fuji Cross 2.0, Litespeed T2 Disc, Specialized Fatboy

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 140 Post(s)
Get the Wahoo
jadocs is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-19, 07:47 AM
  #5  
Pirkaus
Coffin Dodger
 
Pirkaus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 1,611

Bikes: Motobecane Vent Noir, Lynskey R345, Serotta Nova Special X

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 425 Post(s)
Had a Wahoo tickr for years, replaced with 4iii viiiva. ANT+ and Bluetooth with bridge for other sensors
Pirkaus is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-19, 08:01 AM
  #6  
maartendc
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
maartendc's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 622

Bikes: 1989 Cannondale 3.0, 2010 BMC SLC01

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 340 Post(s)
Originally Posted by Pirkaus View Post
Had a Wahoo tickr for years, replaced with 4iii viiiva. ANT+ and Bluetooth with bridge for other sensors
Interesting! Does this mean I can use my Garmin Ant+ speed sensor, through the 4iiii Viiiva to my non-Ant+ smartphone? Does that feature work well?

Thanks!

EDIT: Never mind, I see from the support page on Strava that the iOS and Android apps don't use speed sensor data anyway, they just rely on the GPS signal, so my speed sensor would be useless for Strava anyway: https://support.strava.com/hc/en-us/...the-iPhone-app

Is the 4iii device better in any way than the Tickr, except for the bridging feature? It is about $30 more expensive. ($50 vs $80)

Last edited by maartendc; 03-14-19 at 08:13 AM.
maartendc is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-19, 08:11 AM
  #7  
drewguy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 318

Bikes: Trek Domane 4.3

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 121 Post(s)
Originally Posted by jadocs View Post
Get the Wahoo
I'm sure there are people whose Tickr failed quickly, but mine has lasted several years and is fine.

A piece on the strap buckle broke, but I glued it back on. Could just buy a new strap for $20 if necessary.

No problems - works with Garmin, Strava, and Wahoo without issue (and iPhone SE).
drewguy is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-19, 08:27 AM
  #8  
JasonD67
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Annapolis, MD
Posts: 95

Bikes: BMC Teammachine SLR02 Disc, Cannondale CAAD 4

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 45 Post(s)
The Scosche arm band (not wristband) is highly rated and more comfortable than a chest strap in my opinion.
JasonD67 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-19, 10:17 AM
  #9  
maartendc
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
maartendc's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 622

Bikes: 1989 Cannondale 3.0, 2010 BMC SLC01

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 340 Post(s)
Originally Posted by JasonD67 View Post
The Scosche arm band (not wristband) is highly rated and more comfortable than a chest strap in my opinion.
Thanks for the suggestion. I see Wahoo has a similar model as well the Wahoo Tickr Fit.

Are these as accurate / good as a chest strap? I have heard so-so reviews of the watch-based hrm's.

Thanks!
maartendc is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-19, 11:08 AM
  #10  
Pilky 
Senior Member
 
Pilky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 112
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15 Post(s)
Had two Garmins fail before i switched to Wahoo. Been happy ever since.
Pilky is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-19, 11:58 AM
  #11  
superdex
staring at the mountains
 
superdex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Parker, CO
Posts: 4,170

Bikes: Javelin Boca, Spesh Crux

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 232 Post(s)
Polar H10 here. It's been rock solid, no issues. Dunno where you're seeing poor reviews, but I've used it about 3x a week for more than a year and it's been unflappable.
superdex is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-19, 12:05 PM
  #12  
JasonD67
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Annapolis, MD
Posts: 95

Bikes: BMC Teammachine SLR02 Disc, Cannondale CAAD 4

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 45 Post(s)
Originally Posted by maartendc View Post
Thanks for the suggestion. I see Wahoo has a similar model as well the Wahoo Tickr Fit.

Are these as accurate / good as a chest strap? I have heard so-so reviews of the watch-based hrm's.

Thanks!
The Scosche is not a watch based HRM. Its new optical technology that is as good as the electrical based chest straps. Check out DCRainmakers in depth review: https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2014/05/...h-optical.html
JasonD67 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-19, 12:22 PM
  #13  
ARPRINCE
Senior Member
 
ARPRINCE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: 38 53' 51.635" N 77 2' 11.507" W
Posts: 773

Bikes: Cannondale 2016 CAAD12 eTap + 2011 Synapse Alloy 5 Ultegra

Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 124 Post(s)
Scosche RHYTHM+ (not 24 model) is great! I've been using it since 2016.
ARPRINCE is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-19, 03:07 PM
  #14  
Seattle Forrest
Senior Member
 
Seattle Forrest's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 18,509
Mentioned: 38 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6994 Post(s)
Originally Posted by maartendc View Post
Thanks for the suggestion. I see Wahoo has a similar model as well the Wahoo Tickr Fit.

Are these as accurate / good as a chest strap? I have heard so-so reviews of the watch-based hrm's.

Thanks!
Reputation is very good. It uses similar technology to watches, but being on your arm instead of your wrist seems to make all the difference for a lot of people.
Seattle Forrest is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-19, 11:31 PM
  #15  
jch3n
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: PNW
Posts: 123
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
Regarding no-name HRM straps on Amazon, I've been using a $30 CooSpo H6 for over a year with no problems. Connects just fine to my phone via Bluetooth for TrainerRoad workouts and works just as well getting picked up by my Garmin over ANT+ out on the road.
jch3n is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-19, 08:01 AM
  #16  
maartendc
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
maartendc's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Posts: 622

Bikes: 1989 Cannondale 3.0, 2010 BMC SLC01

Mentioned: 5 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 340 Post(s)
Originally Posted by jch3n View Post
Regarding no-name HRM straps on Amazon, I've been using a $30 CooSpo H6 for over a year with no problems. Connects just fine to my phone via Bluetooth for TrainerRoad workouts and works just as well getting picked up by my Garmin over ANT+ out on the road.
Thanks for the suggestion!

Coospo actually have a similar armband to the Wahoo Tickr Fit and Scosche Rythm+ for $50. It actually has better reviews on Amazon than the name-brand ones, go figure. I am tempted to try that one, seems to use similar technology.

It seems like most people have mixed results with these things, regardless of brands, some people reporting bad HR tracking, I guess it just depends on your body or something.
maartendc is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-19, 08:59 AM
  #17  
motosonic
Senior Member
 
motosonic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 603
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 262 Post(s)
I've got a Tick'r and I love it.. Mine works great and I sweat like it's my job! I just dry it off after each use. Maybe that's why mine's lasted? But, I like it. Inexpensive and works like a champ!
motosonic is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-19, 12:03 PM
  #18  
wipekitty
on the road again
 
wipekitty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: organic valley
Posts: 1,776

Bikes: Yes

Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 472 Post(s)
I had the same question a few months back, and decided to go with the Polar H10. I love the strap: it's comfortable, and seems to fit very securely. Their app has worked pretty well for indoor training, and it's paired with my cheapo computer just fine.

The previous version, H7, is out of date but can often be found for much cheaper.

If you go with Polar, there is a 10% discount available if you order directly from their website. Just google 'Polar coupon' and it should come up!
wipekitty is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-19, 01:55 PM
  #19  
wphamilton
Senior Member
 
wphamilton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Alpharetta, GA
Posts: 14,252

Bikes: Nashbar Road

Mentioned: 53 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2351 Post(s)
Does the Polar 10 app sync up the phone's GPS with the heart rate monitor? So that you can get pace or speed, upload it to Golden Cheetah or Strava, that sort of thing. If it does use the phone's GPS, can the wrist monitor display pace, transmitted from the phone, or is it all one-way from the strap to the monitor and phone?

Last edited by wphamilton; 03-17-19 at 10:25 AM. Reason: typo edit
wphamilton is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old 03-17-19, 07:49 AM
  #20  
BiggFred
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 41
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 20 Post(s)
CooSpo H6

Originally Posted by jch3n View Post
Regarding no-name HRM straps on Amazon, I've been using a $30 CooSpo H6 for over a year with no problems. Connects just fine to my phone via Bluetooth for TrainerRoad workouts and works just as well getting picked up by my Garmin over ANT+ out on the road.
Ive also been using this for 3 months indoor training with Zwift, no issues so far. I wanted to try out a chepo HR strap to see how it was and Im pretty happy. Just get a good battery beforehand and swap out whats in there.
Also I have been using it mainly with IOS iPad. The one thing I found though is not to pair it with the iPhone, just log into the app you are using and let the app locate the hr strap.
Good luck.
BiggFred is offline  
Reply With Quote

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service