Timex IRONMAN Heart Rate Monitor question

  • manpit209

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    Apr 19, 2009 5:57 PM GMT
    I'm thinking about getting a heart rate monitor that will count calorie burn to help me make the best of my workout. I've never owned a heart rate monitor before but after doing some research I've discovered that most require you to wear a chest strap. Are there any out there that doesn't require a chest strap? Is there anything where I can just wear it on my wrist? I don't really want to put on all this stuff just to make a heart rate monitor work.

    The IRONMAN Heart Rate Monitor I was looking at online looks like it has a smaller strap thing which is probably the equivalent to a chest strap. It looks small enough to be worn on my other wrist.

    http://www.timex.com/gp/product/B001GWWCJ8/sr=1-14/qid=1240163304/ref=sr_1_14/179-9904328-3856155?ie=UTF8&m=A1S5XB33AHYRMX&n=389899011&timexBrand=core

    Any advice or insight is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  • NYCguy74

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    Apr 20, 2009 12:33 AM GMT
    the chest straps aren't bad at all. i hardly notice mine once i get into it.

    I think that the photo has been "shopped" a bit, and that's really a chest strap in the picture, the watch is just shown larger "for detail".
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    Apr 20, 2009 1:10 AM GMT
    I agree it's not uncomfortable. I have a Germin Forerunner 405 that combines a heart rate monitor and GPS. I hardly notice the chest strap once I start running.
  • CAtoFL

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    Apr 20, 2009 1:33 AM GMT
    Same here. I use an Acumen HRM and I forget I have the chest strap on. Just rinse it off when you're done.
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    Apr 20, 2009 2:01 AM GMT
    You might want to check out Garmin's line of GPS monitors/personal trainers. They have some really cool features. Here's their website: https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=142

    My brother just did a bunch of research on this (not sure of the criteria he used) and decided Garmin was the brand to go with. He got a Forerunner 305 (retail $300) on ebay (slightly used) for $82. He loves it.
  • NYCguy74

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    Apr 21, 2009 7:46 PM GMT
    also just saw this, it's for swimming, but doesn't have a chest band, and is all one piece.

    goes around your head, and senses your pulse at the temple, and speaks it to you using bone conduction, so it doesn't actually have to be in your ear.

    You just look kinda like a borg.


    http://www.engadget.com/2009/04/21/finis-aquapulse-monitors-communicates-heart-rate-to-swimmers/
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    Apr 22, 2009 6:08 PM GMT
    Garmin's next line of HRM/GPS watches are coming out this quarter, probably in late May.

    The 405CX, update to the original 405:
    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?pID=31859

    The 310XT, update to the original 305
    (great for swimming, biking, or triathlon)
    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=142&pID=27335

    And for a HRM only, the FR60, update to the original FR20:
    https://buy.garmin.com/shop/shop.do?cID=142&pID=27483

    If you want to buy an older Garmin, you still might want to wait for these to hit the market anyway, as they'll probably force a price reduction in the older models.