Which Heart rate monitor?

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    Nov 11, 2007 9:14 PM GMT
    Hi all, I'm looking to get myself a heart rate monitor so I can track how effectively I'm working out and how many cals I'm buring.

    Polar seem to be a popular choice, but the cheapest in the Polar range (Polar FS1) appear very basis, does anyone know if it shows you how many cals you have burned, average heart rate, etc? I was wonder whether to opt for a strapless one? Are they as good or less reliable than the strap ones?

    Can anyone make recommendations for something in the budget end of the HRM market?
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    Nov 11, 2007 9:42 PM GMT
    I posted a similar thread as well at one point in time and got a lot of good responses.

    http://www.realjock.com/topic/30755/

    I eventually decided to go with the recommendation to spend a little more for a good one, so I looked around on eBay for a few days and eventually got a reasonably priced Suunto T1. I absolutely love it, and it's full of functionality, plus it's somewhat stylish in comparison to most of the Polars that I've seen. The T1 shows cals burned, saves multiple instances of workouts so you can get a general picture over the last week or two or month of your workouts, average heart rate, time, lap timer, waterproof up to 3m, and an overall well-designed layout.

    I would recommend being patient and hunting on eBay for a higher quality HRM.
  • cowboyupnorth

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    Nov 11, 2007 9:54 PM GMT
    I have the polar F11 and I love it.
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    Nov 11, 2007 11:26 PM GMT
    I've had another Polar give up the ghost. They never last longer than a year for me. I'm gonna try a new brand.
  • atxclimber

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    Nov 12, 2007 6:24 AM GMT
    I think Polar's wireless models use wavelengths that are very contested or something. Most of the time when I'd bike by an office building my heart rate reading would spike to 238 or so. I think it was microwave alarm systems or something. I think my Polar HRM needed a miniature tinfoil hat.

    I have no input on a budget HRM, because I upgraded straight to the top-end Garmin Edge GPS+HRM+etc. for my bike, and now my only complaint is its crummy battery life (like 8h, and that's on the high end.)
  • UStriathlete

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    Nov 12, 2007 2:43 PM GMT
    Suuntos are really good. Any good HRM will have a chest strap.
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    Nov 12, 2007 3:10 PM GMT
    I dropped $100 for a Polar F6 and I haven't regretted it for a second. I've never had any problems with interference like ATXclimber mentioned, but I just stay in the gym on the elliptical (those built-in monitors just aren't reliable).

    I think it's been totally worth the extra $$ for the F6 too -- you can set it so that it keeps track of how long you've been working in a certain HR zone, it keeps a record of how much time you've worked and how many calories you've burned over the past week (maybe longer, but I only check for the past week).

    And don't worry about the chest strap. As soon as you start exercising you forget you're wearing it, and from what I've read, it's the best way of getting an accurate HR.

    Hope this helps!
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    Nov 12, 2007 7:43 PM GMT
    "I think Polar's wireless models use wavelengths that are very contested or something. Most of the time when I'd bike by an office building my heart rate reading would spike to 238 or so. I think it was microwave alarm systems or something. I think my Polar HRM needed a miniature tinfoil hat."

    Exactly my experience in the gym and out.
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    Nov 12, 2007 7:55 PM GMT
    The only annoyance I've had about chest straps is properly adjusting their tightness. I don't want it to constrict my breathing, but I seem to often have a problem keeping it situated in the right position. It took me a while to finally get it adjusted correctly. That being said, however, the chest belt on my Suunto is pretty forgiving in terms of where it's placed. If it slips down 3 or 4 inches it usually isn't a problem as it still picks up my heart rate. I wouldn't worry too much.
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    Nov 12, 2007 9:17 PM GMT
    Thanks for all the tips, but I landed up buying a used one online for just £15. Its a Decathlon CW-700. Although I can't find much info on Google(at least in English) I did find this link http://www.decathlon.co.uk/EN/cw-700-o-10309025/ and one blog review so I think it'll be fine as a starter HRM.