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Heart rate monitor watch for running


Postby Lesleyfool » April 13th, 2018, 7:57 am

I want to buy a new one of the above.

Can anyone give any recommendations please? I have searched websites and they are not always clear about what they do.

This is what i want:

I want it to tell me my heart rate all the time ie not have to press it to find out.
If it has a chest strap it needs to be comfortable and work. I am female and have had issues with chest straps before.

This is what i don’t want

I don’t want to carry an iphone with me when i run outdoors. Not a problem if i’m in the gym.
To press a button while i’m running to tell me the heart beat.

I don’t want to pay a fortune but would do if i have to to get what i am looking for.
Any advice please?

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Re: Heart rate monitor watch for running


Postby kyu66 » April 17th, 2018, 10:15 am

I have been using basic Polar HRM watches and chest straps for years.

I just buy the cheapest model available at the time - all I want is to see an accurate HR and get a min/max for the workout.

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Re: Heart rate monitor watch for running


Postby HowardRoark » April 17th, 2018, 10:41 am

Yep, Polar seconded. Though I've been using a Garmin (910xt) for several years now with GPS functionality I've had on occasion problems with their own chest straps on my earlier 310xt model (solved by putting the clip-on module to a Polar strap!). Touch wood, I haven't had these issues with the 910xt.

Anyway, probably more info than you need! Polar have been a reliable supplier of working HRMs for donkeys' years. Sounds like you just need one of their basic models though check out if any of the other features on their or other brand watches would suit further down the road (e.g., setting zones, GPS, speed, etc.): you should get many years out of a Polar! But if your budget/level of need stretches to the Garmin 910xt I can recommend it: I have it set to continuously show actual HR, speed, distance, average pace on the one screen (other combinations are available, e.g., average HR for the training session, lap pace etc.). Battery life is great too.

Personally I'd stay clear of the wrist method of heart rate recording for any brand: seems to be unreliable technology in my experience (Fitbit and Polar), and can give wildly different readings from chest strap monitoring. I use my Garmin for training/races and a Polar wrist-based HRM for day-to-day use . . . the latter isn't as accurate.

Once you've made a possible choice head to to see if it's listed with a detailed review.

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