(Closed) Heart Rate Monitor Suggestions!

posted 4 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Posting to follow! I intend on putting this on my bday list 😀

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Ive been using HRMs for the better part of 10 years and have had a few diferent models- while polar ones are the “best” (most bells and whistles) they have one huge sticking point for me: you CANNOT replace the battery in the watch or the chest strap without sending it in! That means you have to pay to ship it back and wait for it, plus pay for the batteries and it takes weeks. I loved my polar but when I found this out I tossed it and bought another Timex. The timex ones I’ve had are not as fancy, but honestly all I want it to do is track and calorie count.

All that said, I got FI a Wahoo for xmas and he loves it because he always has his phone on him. When this timex dies I will likely get one as well since I now have a newer phone that I can actually use with it.

Good luck! I love my HRM- if I leave to go to the gym and forget it, I will actually go back home to pick it up!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@bkrocks13:  not all polar watches are like that.  the one I have, you can switch out on your own. I think the whole FT series is like that but the one I have is the FT40. 

the FT40 is a pretty good basic watch that does what you want and it looks like you can get it on amazon for about $100 so it’s reasonably priced.  however, if you think that you might want to at some point start running or biking or swiming then it might be worth it to spend a little more to get one with GPS or a foot pod that will measure distances for you.  I started with the polar FT40 and then upgraded to a suunto quest (with a foot pod) because I wanted to keep track of how fast/far I was running.  

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have the Polar RS100 and have really been enjoying it. (Had it for about 6 weeks now.) I really love the calorie count feature, as well as my new-found ability to keep my heart rate right where I want it during at-home workouts. 

Every once in a while it gives me a wonky reading or won’t find my heart rate at first – generally a washing with soap and water fixes this. 

And I’m 90% sure you can change the battery on this one yourself – there’s a little “door” on the back of the receiver that I haven’t paid much attention to recently. 

For $62 on Amazon, I’m definitely happy with it. I also heard you can use an app called Runkeeper with it? Something to do with GPS? I don’t know too much about that though!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Sunflower–girl:  ah good to know! the one I had was from about 3 years ago and I remember googling it and a lot of other people complaining about it (as well as looking for one that did allow for it to be changed, and I couldn’t find one at the time.)

Post # 11
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Helper bee

@mrs_pudding_pop:  Polar Ft7.. I lovee it! I got it 2 christmases ago and the battery just ran out now!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@mrs_pudding_pop:  you might want to look into a garmin then since they’re pretty much the gold standard for runners/triathletes.  this is the one that I’m currently lusting over https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/into-sports/running/forerunner-910xt/prod90671.html but it might be a bit more than you need at the moment.  🙂 

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/into-sports/running/forerunner-310xt/prod27335.html is the one that most people I know have and they seem to like it.  they’re a little bit pricier but if you look around you can find some good deals usually.  I’ve seen a lot of people selling them used recently because they’re wanting to upgrade to the 910xt. 

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