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Heart rate monitor recommendations

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Looking for a new wireless heart rate monitor.

 

The only fancy feature I want is recorded duration of exercise at target heart rate, plus the standard target heart rate alarms. Otherwise, something cheap, reliable, water resistant, and a battery which is user changeable.

 

Good ones?

 

Ones to avoid?

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Looking for a new wireless heart rate monitor.

 

um, try your finger. they're usually wireless

 

The only fancy feature I want is recorded duration of exercise at target heart rate, plus the standard target heart rate alarms. Otherwise, something cheap, reliable, water resistant, and a battery which is user changeable.

 

Maybe your brain can record it. Your finger is cheap, reliable, somewhat water resistant, and runs on Fritos.

 

Good ones?

 

your own finger

 

Ones to avoid?

 

any finger which comes with the invitation to "Smell my finger!"

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Looking for a new wireless heart rate monitor.

 

The only fancy feature I want is recorded duration of exercise at target heart rate, plus the standard target heart rate alarms. Otherwise, something cheap, reliable, water resistant, and a battery which is user changeable.

 

Good ones?

 

Ones to avoid?

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Looking for a new wireless heart rate monitor.

 

The only fancy feature I want is recorded duration of exercise at target heart rate, plus the standard target heart rate alarms. Otherwise, something cheap, reliable, water resistant, and a battery which is user changeable.

 

Good ones?

 

Ones to avoid?

 

Proxy for Fairweather

 

Why are you asking us? As someone who used to design them surely you should know more about this market than any of us!

 

 

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Looking for a new wireless heart rate monitor.

 

The only fancy feature I want is recorded duration of exercise at target heart rate, plus the standard target heart rate alarms. Otherwise, something cheap, reliable, water resistant, and a battery which is user changeable.

 

Good ones?

 

Ones to avoid?

Perhaps one that will stick under your fat roll for ease of carrying??? Also, you'll need to check to see if it can pick up a pulse through 6 inches of tubby torso fat...

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Wow, people are tough on you Tvash.

 

I know I have tried the ones with the chest monitor and hate wearing the thing. I have tried the ones that merely wear like a wrist watch and do not need the chest strap, and they had no accuracy or reliability whatsoever. My next one will have the chest strap again.

 

that is all the input I have, but at least it was nice and respectful which has to count for something.

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In the past you have been able to pick up the Polar S150 at Performance Bike for $56. They will match any domestic online price. Has all the features you are looking for.

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Looking for a new wireless heart rate monitor.

 

The only fancy feature I want is recorded duration of exercise at target heart rate, plus the standard target heart rate alarms. Otherwise, something cheap, reliable, water resistant, and a battery which is user changeable.

 

Good ones?

 

Ones to avoid?

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Wow, people are tough on you Tvash.

 

I know I have tried the ones with the chest monitor and hate wearing the thing. I have tried the ones that merely wear like a wrist watch and do not need the chest strap, and they had no accuracy or reliability whatsoever. My next one will have the chest strap again.

 

that is all the input I have, but at least it was nice and respectful which has to count for something.

 

No worries. They're not people.

 

The wrist only HRMs are spot checks only, requiring a button press, no? Or are there models that continuously record (a feature I want) without the chest strap?

 

 

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The wrist only ones that I tried (two different types) required holding a button to check. One moment I would come in at 90, moments later at 140, ... They were consistantly unreliable. They also only worked when I was sweating, which made it difficult for resting rates. Junk.

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Yeah, I need to chest band, then. I want the thing to record how many minutes per workout I spend at or above a target heart rate. That includes swimming laps, so having to press buttons wouldn't be too convenient.

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From one souless knowitall shitbag piece of yuppie scum to another:

 

You'll fall in love with a Suunto. Fortunately Suunto's include a chestband. Unlike every other brand where you have to buy it extra.

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2nd on Suunto - HR3 is nice, but if you go to a gym the machines won't pick up the belt signal, but it does record and upload to PC.

 

Not sure about swimming though...

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my old boss had one that he could plug into his computer and down load info after his work out. it was pretty cool. recorded his heart rate, and the calories burned etc. I think it is a polar watch with the chest strap thinger.

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Not sure about swimming though...

 

My X6 claims to be waterproof and usable in the pool.

 

Based on prior experience using electric devices in the pool I would not expect it to standup to frequent use.

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I think the t1 or the x3 would work nicely

 

STAY AWAY FROM POLAR they suck I broke 2 with my over zelous persperation.

 

buy SUUNTO man

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Looking for a new wireless heart rate monitor.

 

um, try your finger. they're usually wireless

 

The only fancy feature I want is recorded duration of exercise at target heart rate, plus the standard target heart rate alarms. Otherwise, something cheap, reliable, water resistant, and a battery which is user changeable.

 

Maybe your brain can record it. Your finger is cheap, reliable, somewhat water resistant, and runs on Fritos.

 

Good ones?

 

your own finger

 

Ones to avoid?

 

any finger which comes with the invitation to "Smell my finger!"

 

Or comes with the invitation to "Pull my finger!"

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Thanks to those of you who contributed useful recommendations.

 

Hey, if someone tells you "Pull my finger" you don't want to do it!

 

Trust me that is a very useful recommendation!

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I was just trolling ebay to price heart rate monitors, and I see these new "ring" monitors that are worn on the finger like a ring. Anyone know if they have any accuracy? Any experience?

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