Heart Rate Monitor - Problems and Suggestions?

  • runnermtl

    Posts: 129

    May 24, 2012 11:43 AM GMT
    Hi Guys - My heart rate monitor (Oregon Scientific) is worn out, I think. I've had it two years and I've given it a beating. Manual says it works down to -10C / 14F but I've used it temperatures lower than that.

    It gives me crazy readings - jumping from 110 to 205 while running, for example. I decided to test it this morning when I woke up and it gave my resting heart rate as 130 before swinging between 72 and 95. I tried changing the batteries already.

    Can someone recommend a reliable, not too expensive brand?
  • RunnerMD

    Posts: 157

    May 24, 2012 11:50 AM GMT
    I have always had good luck with Polar and now Garmin. I've never spent a fortune on either of them (I think the Polar's were usually $80-$100 and the Garmin was in the low-to-mid $100's).

    Edited: The Polar watch I had doesn't even show up as a model type anymore. The Garmin I actively use is the Forerunner 110. In hind sight I'd probably spend a little more for one with Bluetooth syncing, but the 110 has treated me very well so far.
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    May 24, 2012 2:07 PM GMT
    I've used Polar and Garmin. No problems except I found Polar more susceptible to interference. Now I use Suunto. They work on a different frequency, all digital and never any problems. They also have a dual mode belt that works simultaneously with a Suunto wrist monitor and also with exercise equipment that work with the Polar belts. Suunto's are not all that inexpensive, but I think they are worth the money.
  • runnermtl

    Posts: 129

    May 27, 2012 2:12 PM GMT
    Thanks for your advice guys. I am wondering if I didn't somehow break it by using it in the extreme cold (last winter was my first running outside). In any event, now I have some good options for replacing it.