Heart rate monitors

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    Sep 02, 2007 7:14 PM GMT
    I'm looking into buying a heart rate monitor to keep better track of my progress during workouts. I've finished up my summer workout and now I'm going to try out the RJ triathlon training program, so I need something to help me keep track during my workouts.

    I also, however, need to find one that's reasonably priced. As in, $50 maximum, if not cheaper. Any suggestions on where to start looking? What to look for, what to avoid? Features I need, features I don't?
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    Sep 02, 2007 7:52 PM GMT
    There are some as cheap as $5 on ebay. I have a timex one somewhere that cost more, but it also seems like a cheap piece of junk. I never use it.

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    Sep 02, 2007 8:26 PM GMT
    chewy..
    check out ebay for sure. but you really do get what you pay for.

    i like suunto's and cateyes. check out performance bikes website.
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    Sep 02, 2007 9:13 PM GMT
    I checked out the ebay earlier and saw those cheapo ones, but I am not going to buy something that's going to be junk. I may be poor, but I'm not dumb.

    That being said, $50 is about my limit because I just can't afford anything more than that.

    Thanks for advice on those brands UStriathlete.
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    Sep 02, 2007 11:42 PM GMT
    I've been using Polaris heart monitors for at least 10 years. They are the most valuable piece of gym gear I have, since I can track my time in the "zone" I want to be in. If I don't have time to do cardio, I will push my lifting to elevate my heart rate.

    They made a huge difference for me in the effect of cardio generally.

    There is no need to buy one with all the bells and whistles. The average one lasts me about 1.5 years.
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    Sep 02, 2007 11:52 PM GMT
    Has anyone ever used a Nike monitor? I found a reasonably priced one on ebay.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320152192905
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    Sep 03, 2007 12:05 AM GMT
    Didn't know Nike made one. The only reason I'd recommend Polaris is that a lot of gym equipment reads the Polaris signal. I have no idea if they read other brands too.
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    Sep 03, 2007 12:10 AM GMT
    Polaris, or polar? I'm guessing you meant the latter.

    That's a really good point that I hadn't thought of, by the way. But if I already have the wrist watch do I really need for equipment to be able to read it? The only reason I hesitate is that the Polars all seem to start around $60.
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    Sep 03, 2007 12:14 AM GMT
    Yes, Polar. Groan.

    No, you don't need for the equipment to read it if you're wearing the watch. It's just a convenience, especially doing interval training when you're changing up speed ever few minutes.

    I think they start at $60 or thereabouts.
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    Sep 03, 2007 12:27 AM GMT
    That's what I was afraid of. I found some on ebay, though, so we'll see if I can manage to get one cheaper than $60.

    If not, I'll probably go for the Nike. I can deal without the convenience factor.
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    Sep 03, 2007 12:29 AM GMT
    The Nike did not look like it has the feature of maintaining a history of your workouts. In honesty, though, I've found the Polars freeze up fairly often and have to be "rebooted," losing that.
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    Sep 03, 2007 12:31 AM GMT
    I wouldn't really even know what to do with that feature. This will be the first time I've used one, so I just want to be able to stay within my target zone (though I still haven't figured out what that is yet; have to do a bit more research).
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    Sep 03, 2007 10:02 AM GMT
    i got Polar cycling computer for the bike, but it was expensive, however it was bought for me in america, which reduced the exhange on it dramatically. its wicked.

    But i had a catseye on the bike and it was pennies when i bought it, and it was great for tracking bike work.
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    Sep 03, 2007 11:40 AM GMT
    Polar is the way to go. Shop online for a good deal. One tip: MAKE SURE YOU DRY OFF THE STRAP CAREFULLY before you put it away, or it will continue to run. Only the factory can replace the battery once it runs down.
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    Sep 03, 2007 12:22 PM GMT
    I've got both Nike and Polar heart monitors. The Nike monitor is terrific for general use and has a nicer form factor than the Polar (read, I wasn't embarrassed to use the Nike monitor as a watch). I bought the Polar when I started swimming because the Nike monitor wasn't waterproof. No real complaints about either ...
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    Sep 03, 2007 2:27 PM GMT
    go with NIke...

    polar's aren't that great. i have the ps100. i'll give it to you. i tried using it yesterday on a long run. it had my hr at 177...then 190 from the start for the first 25 mins. i took it off and just went by effort. there's nothing more frustrating then equipement that doesn't work.

    i'm going back to my t6 suunto. the polar was a gift. i might send it back to polar to fix, if that's what it needs.

    the suunto t3 looks good. save a up a few more $ and get something good. my suunto is 3 yrs old. they last more than 1.5yrs.
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    Sep 03, 2007 4:30 PM GMT
    I've had the same experience with my Polar suddenly reading my heart rate at 177 up to 200. I've taken two back in the last couple of years (buy the warranty!).
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    Sep 03, 2007 5:38 PM GMT
    Thanks for all the advice y'all. I took UStriathlete's advice and went for a Suunto. I found a reasonably priced one on ebay. A little more than I could afford, but I suppose my credit card can take a little extra hit.

    Now, if it breaks down, I'm blaming it all on you UStriathlete. :)
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    Sep 03, 2007 5:52 PM GMT
    I wear a Spalding wrist monitor. It's got all kinds of cool features. Was about 50 bucks and typically matches the rate displayed by the monitors on the cardio machines I use.