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    Heart Rate Monitor Recommendations

    I have searched the forums but most of the posts are old and the models recommended out of date or no longer available so I am seeking advice, this seemed like the best place to start searching. I would like to purchase one to start Tabata sprints, also use during mountainbiking and skiing. Just another gadget to play with I suppose. Looking for something affordable with a few bells and whistles, doesn't have to be the best product out there, just one of reasonable value. Any current recommendations would be much appreciated. Meanwhile I will begin my search scouring the web as well.
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    if you're looking for something for running/biking I would suggest the Garmin Forerunner 305 - i just picked one up for $150 at costco - it tracks distance, elevation and HR - it will also compute pace times and the like if you want to do races

    I have a Polar F6 HR monitor, i paid around $100 for it - works just fine but you won't get more than exercise time and HR monitoring out of it, with avg HR when you stop the timer.
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    Sorry, I've had mine for several years. If you live anywhere near an REI, you might ask there.
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    I've got a Garmin 405. LOVE it. It replaced a Timex HR monitor that crapped out on me after about 4 months of use....granted, I was in the tropics and sweating quite heavily but, still, the Timex was just wasted cashola.
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    There are really two options when you are looking for a high quality HR monitor. Polar makes very good ones and their RS 400 is a kick ass unit. If you want to go with a GPS enabled unit, Garmin has eveyone else beat by a country mile. The "silver tuna" of the GPS enabled HRM is the 310 XT. It will make you breakfast if you program it right. Just kidding. I have a 310 XT and it does EVERYTHING, because it is ANT+ compatible (open source programming) and there are a lot of devices it will "talk" to like cadence sensors, foot pods (to run indoors), power meters on the bike, etc...

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    I have a Polar F6 and it suits me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karma View Post
    The "silver tuna" of the GPS enabled HRM is the 310 XT. It will make you breakfast if you program it right. Just kidding. I have a 310 XT and it does EVERYTHING, because it is ANT+ compatible (open source programming) and there are a lot of devices it will "talk" to like cadence sensors, foot pods (to run indoors), power meters on the bike, etc...
    I debated getting the 310XT or the 305, in the end the only benefit to me of the 310XT over the 305 is the fact that it's waterproof (305 only meets minimal requirements), but even then you can't use any of the features in the water besides the timer. I couldn't justify $200 more for something a $20 walmart watch can cover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by federkeil View Post
    I debated getting the 310XT or the 305, in the end the only benefit to me of the 310XT over the 305 is the fact that it's waterproof (305 only meets minimal requirements), but even then you can't use any of the features in the water besides the timer. I couldn't justify $200 more for something a $20 walmart watch can cover.
    The battery life on the 310xt is far superior to the 305. Also, the ability to switch between sports on the fly is only a function on the 310. The ANT+ wireless data transfer on the 310 is also much less of a hassle for me. You walk in the room with the watch turned on and it just starts downloading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karma View Post
    The battery life on the 310xt is far superior to the 305. Also, the ability to switch between sports on the fly is only a function on the 310. The ANT+ wireless data transfer on the 310 is also much less of a hassle for me. You walk in the room with the watch turned on and it just starts downloading.
    I never said it wasn't better, I just don't see it as $200 better for what I'm going to be using it for. And, when my 305 craps out, the 310xt will probably be $200 cheaper.
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