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    Hi all, had a quick search on the forum and couldn't find an answer to this one.

    I am looking for a good wireless heart rate monitor for a reasonable price. Would love to hear peoples recommendations on what they use, or what they recommend.

    Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    I use the Garmin Forerunner 405, GPS training device, use it coupled to bike sensor too, for full monitoring when road biking. Really pleased with it.
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    • #3
      holy moly, that is one full on training device. i really hope that is not the only recommendation i get otherwise i will be 'forced' to buy it

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      • #4
        Polar makes some quality HRMs, with the most affordable starting around $50 where I live. I also have one from Oregon Scientific that was even less expensive. Timex has some relatively inexpensive ones as well. I've used them all and find them to be reliable and work as advertised. The downside of the Polar unit is that the battery for the chest monitor cannot be replaced by the user. The Oregon Scientific is a smaller watch that doesn't fit my wrist well. The less expensive Timex units are analog and may not always communicate with cardio machines.

        Generally speaking the more you're willing to pay the more features you get. Me, I just like a high/low alarm and an average HR reading, so the low cost models suit me fine.

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        • #5
          i found the polar F6 to fit my needs perfectly. not too horrendously expensive, either.
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          • #6
            If the Forerunner 405 has too many features the Forerunner 50 is a good option, one of the runners at work uses it, but the Footpod is a hassle to fit to Vibram FiveFingers or barefoot The Garmin Forerunners also sync up to the Garmin Connect website so you can monitor your training, automatically create assorted metrics. The range isn't too bad, so you can use the HRM whilst weight training, I sometimes record my Kettlebell sessions.
            Last edited by DidNothingFatal; 04-18-2010, 08:14 AM.
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            • #7
              I don't use a heart rate monitor other than my 'natural' one. Breathing easily---not working enough. Panting ---in the range. Passed out---went too far and am resting.

              I would like to find a device that could go on my wrist, to use for Tabata sprints.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by batty View Post
                i found the polar F6 to fit my needs perfectly. not too horrendously expensive, either.
                I have the F7 and I'm quite happy with it. BTW (@Geoff): You can replace the battery in the chest transmitter yourself for the newer Polar models ... I just replaced mine a couple of months ago (a standard 2025 lithium cell for EUR 3, if I remember correctly). :-)
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by MikeEnRegalia View Post
                  I have the F7 and I'm quite happy with it.
                  Was wondering: is the "WearLink+ transmitter" as comfy as they claim on their website?

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                  • #10
                    ^ It's definitely comfy ... however, I sometimes have a bit of trouble with mine when it comes to transmitting correct data. It might have something to do though with the fact that I'm still carrying around a lot of excess fat, and the previous "solid" transmitters were prone to the same problems. One thing you definitely need to do is to make the transmitter fit very tightly and make sure that it doesn't move around on the skin while you exercise.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MikeEnRegalia View Post
                      ^ It's definitely comfy ... however, I sometimes have a bit of trouble with mine when it comes to transmitting correct data. It might have something to do though with the fact that I'm still carrying around a lot of excess fat, and the previous "solid" transmitters were prone to the same problems. One thing you definitely need to do is to make the transmitter fit very tightly and make sure that it doesn't move around on the skin while you exercise.
                      Great -- thanks for the info! Was doing some web browsing and the F7 is looking out of stock pretty much everywhere; although it's still shown on the Polar site, it's not even available on the Polar Online Store (lot's of FT7's everywhere though).

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                      • #12
                        I did a lot of searching around several weeks ago and wound up going with the Timex T5H911 through Amazon after learning the battery in the chest strap is not user-replaceable in the Polars. I'm very happy with my Timex thus far. Its got a lot of bells and whistles for $55.

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                        • #13
                          I used to use Polar, but when the battery dies, you have to send it in to get a new one. Next came Timex, but the USB connector to the computer is sketchy at best. I just got a Garmin 305 (with built-in GPSr) for $150 from Amazon, and so far it ROCKS! More HRM features than I can ever imagine using, and a GPSr that's good enough for geocaching. My only complaint is that the maps on the wrist unit itself aren't very good, but I'm spoiled from using Delorme GPSr's for so long.

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                          • #14
                            What are the options for a strapless version? We have a treadmill with the chest strap and I have no luck with it so it has made me shy about getting one. Plus the HRM on the unit doesnt always work.

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                            • #15
                              I use the Garmin 310xt for all my activities (Outdoor)

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