Heart rate monitors what do you use.

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    Dec 16, 2011 5:00 PM GMT
    Im wanting to get a heart monitor / pulse wondering what kind everyones had the best luck with? Nike polar reebok etc
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    Dec 17, 2011 6:43 PM GMT
    Garmin here.
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    Dec 17, 2011 6:51 PM GMT
    hows the comfort of the chest strap does it take a bit to get use to it? Thanks for the reply.
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    Dec 17, 2011 6:53 PM GMT
    The machine that goes *ping*
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    Dec 17, 2011 7:00 PM GMT
    I've had Polar, Timex and Nike over the years. My favorite is the Nike, even though it has the fewest features. All I really ever want to know is the time of day, heart rate and a stopwatch, and it does all of those really well.

    I find with too many functions, it gets to be maddening remember which combination of buttons to press to get at data.

    However, my Nike is now about to give up the ghost, and I see that most Nike heart rate monitors have been discontinued.

    Polar is really good, but the past three years the design has been really ugly.
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    Dec 17, 2011 7:54 PM GMT
    rendon saidhows the comfort of the chest strap does it take a bit to get use to it? Thanks for the reply.
    The comfort is awesome as long as you dont have a lot of body fat its very comfortable without having to be tight at all.. I forget I'm wearing it.
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    Dec 17, 2011 7:58 PM GMT
    I use a Garmin chest strap with an attachment for my iPhone.

    Of the ones I researched, Polar seemed to have the best overall features, depending on what you want to spend. I think I'd recommend a Garmin is GPS tracking is very important to you.

    It doesn't take long to get used to the chest strap, but don't buy a cheap one because they'll slip and need to be readjusted constantly.
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    Dec 17, 2011 11:58 PM GMT
    I've used Polar and Garmin in the past, mostly Polar. I never had any issues except the Polars were susceptible to interference from the electronics in either the machines or the old style TV monitors, before the gym switched to all flat panels.

    I switched to Suunto and have never had similar problems. My current Suunto strap puts out two signals, a Polar-compatible analog to work with cardio equipment, and a digital to work with the Suunto monitor.
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    Dec 18, 2011 5:11 AM GMT
    Thanks for the input looks like ill be going with the polar
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    Dec 18, 2011 5:14 AM GMT
    Adidas MiCoach Pacer... Best investment EVER!





    There are three versions of MiCoach, the pacer and zone give you heart rate among other information. The pacer is better than the zone because the zone only gives you color codes as to where your heart beat is at. With the pacer you can track your progress via MiCoach.com and track your progress. The MiCoach App is a little different and I haven't really worked all that much with it.
  • RunnerMD

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    Dec 30, 2011 1:17 PM GMT
    I always had Polar until this last one which is a Garmin. I'm really liking the Garmin more but I was always buying the sub-$100 Polar units and this is the entry level but almost $200 Garmin unit so I can't really do an apples-for-apples comparison.
  • tllguy

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    Dec 31, 2011 12:10 AM GMT
    NC3athlete saidI've had Polar, Timex and Nike over the years. My favorite is the Nike, even though it has the fewest features. All I really ever want to know is the time of day, heart rate and a stopwatch, and it does all of those really well.

    I find with too many functions, it gets to be maddening remember which combination of buttons to press to get at data.

    However, my Nike is now about to give up the ghost, and I see that most Nike heart rate monitors have been discontinued.

    Polar is really good, but the past three years the design has been really ugly.


    Yeah, like some watches of late, "what were they thinking?" There's some really ugly stuff out there to put on your wrist!