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Old 12-11-11, 06:14 PM
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Heart rate monitors

Looking for recomendations for heart rate monitors. Who uses what and what do you like about it?
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Old 12-11-11, 06:55 PM
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If you can afford a garmin, get one. You can find much cheaper alternatives, but if you are also interested in tracking other data then the Edge units are pretty hard to beat. If you also run or want it as a watch for some other reason look at the Forerunner series.
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Old 12-11-11, 06:58 PM
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I bought a cheap Polar HR monitor about 6 years ago. The thing has worked perfect everyday since. I have no idea how the battery could even last that long.
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I use the Garmin 705 and HR is fine. HR would probably be the first fitness indicator I would give up if needed. You know when you are panting and reaching too far. Polar is great if you don't need any mapping feature. There are many others but I would stick with Garmin or Polar. You know they are built for all weather elements and accurate (no interference).
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Polar used to be the "gold standard" years back.
The last one that I bought (also with speed and cadence) was extremely "temperamental"; sometimes would stop working for no clear reason (with fresh batteries) in the middle of the ride.
The HRM with the PT and the one with a Garmin unit, have worked flawlessly.
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Old 12-11-11, 07:25 PM
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Garmin Premium HR monitor (ANT+ wireless) is the only one worth looking at IMO. It's so comfy you never know you are wearing one even after a 7 hour ride.
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Old 12-11-11, 07:33 PM
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I use a Sigma PC 15 HRM that has all the features that I need and it doesn't break the bank. My wife, on the other-hand, has the Garmin Forerunner 405CX with HRM and cadence. She loves it. I tried it on one of my rides and it's really nice except that switching between modes can get tricky while you are riding. The Sigma has all I need to see in one view.
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I use the Zephyr and connect via BT to my android phone. I use Sportypal Pro for speed, distance, HRM. Don't have cadence or power though.

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Old 12-12-11, 08:50 AM
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The Forerunner series looks interesting.....
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Old 12-12-11, 10:45 AM
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I have the forerunner from garmin. It works well, came with a heart rate monitor, can be used as a regular watch for about a week and a half without needing to be charged, and was only about $250. Hasn't let me down yet.
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Also if you get it from REI and your a member you can get the 10% back at the end of the year and if you time it right you can use your 20% coupon and prob. get it for closer to $200
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Old 12-20-11, 07:46 AM
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Anyone have feedback on the Polar CS 500? Normally $315 I can get it for $199.
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I have a Suunto that's worked very well for ~10 years now. Suunto is a Finnish company, like Polar, incidentally. I also have a Garmin 705 and find the HR to work pretty well, though as others have experienced it sometimes shows anomalously high heart rates. Wetting the strap and chest pre-ride tends to help. Comfort wise, both have a traditional flexible solid plastic strap on the chest and adjustable woven elastic strap around the back. Once riding, I don't notice either.
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Old 12-20-11, 11:36 AM
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I use a Forerunner 405 and have been pleased - I had hoped to get a Forerunner 910 XT for Christmas as it can be worn swimming and appears to be easier to switch between sports that previous Forerunners but good ole Garmin has backed up release date untill after the 1st of the year.
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Old 12-20-11, 12:27 PM
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Garmin really is the way to go. Started with a Forerunner 305 for my runs, and have since added an Edge 500. ANT+ connectivity makes it extremely versatile. That alone sold me on them compared to the competition.
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Old 12-20-11, 02:38 PM
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I've still got a Polar from 7 or 8 years ago and I can't wait for it to stop working so I can justify buying a Garmin, but the damn thing just keep going.....
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I bought a Garmin FR60 for running and biking. It came with the Foot Pod and HRM and was capable of reading a Cadence sensor. After I started riding I got an Edge 800 for making maps and following routes. I have the Garmin Duo-tap also for Cadence and Speed. My Heart Rate Monitor from the FR60 talks to my Edge.

The only reason I started with Garmin is because I have had other products from them and have been happy with the reliability. I have never ever needed any service from them. I am also glad I choose Garmin as it gave me the option to add things as I go. Next week a Power Tap is in my list and the Edge will communicate with it.
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Originally Posted by Miller2 View Post
Anyone have feedback on the Polar CS 500? Normally $315 I can get it for $199.
Yes. Don't waste your money on a non GPS, non ANT+ device. Either go a few dollars up and get a Garmin 500, or save money and get a cheap simple Polar for $79.
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love my cateye V3, strap is very comfortable, better than the cycleops i used to use. computer also comes with speed/cadence

you can find them for a little less than 150$ on ebay
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Another Garmin user. I have the 705, the HR strap is imperceptible, the count is accurate, and I rely on it greatly. So, yeah ... that.
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Over the years, I've had HRM's from Nashbar, Oregon Scientific, Timex, Suunto, Polar, and now Garmin. Garmin is far and away the most comfortable and most reliable I've ever owned.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
Yes. Don't waste your money on a non GPS, non ANT+ device. Either go a few dollars up and get a Garmin 500, or save money and get a cheap simple Polar for $79.
Word.
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Old 12-20-11, 11:03 PM
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I just got a Bontrager Node computer with a HR strap. It works well, and it's comfortable. It's ANT+ compatible and can be upgraded to use cadence and power meters, too. If you don't need the mapping features on a Garmin, it's a somewhat cheaper alternative- buying the computer, HR strap and speed/cadence sensors comes out to about $180 vs. $350 for a Garmin Edge 500 with HR and cadence included.
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Do I live in an alternate universe? I have used four different straps with my Garmin Edge 500 and nothing works 100%. It could be that it's dry here, but no matter what I do, I eventually get erratic readings from static electricity. If you have a suggestion, don't bother, I've tried it.

Hope the OP has better luck than me.
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Old 12-20-11, 11:39 PM
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Had the premium strap with my edge 500, stopped working correctly.
Went to the older, classic garmin HR monitor ( Plastic one)

But what I'm really waiting for is an Hurt Rate Monitor.

it tells you when to HTFU and when you're doing okay.
Best tool ever.
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