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Looking for info on Heart Rate monitors
Does anyone here train with a heart rate monitor? Runners, cyclists?
I'm looking for recommendations on a model/ brand. what other types of features are useful, etc.
I have a Polar A5. Bought it from Running Room about 3 years ago. It's one step up from their basic monitor. I like it because it has a programmable zone alarm which beeps when I'm going too fast or too slow.
I use it when walking/running in the mornings, and now that I'm starting to ride the bicycle to work, I use it there too. It's mostly a motiviational thing for me: I buy the trick gizmo watch, it gets me motivated to exercise! And I write down my stats when I get home and "track" my progress. (What progress? Ha ha.)
I have not had any problems with mine. I have replaced the battery myself (a little tricky) and I had to make my own replacement elastic strap for the sensor.
As a casual (ie non-competitive) athlete, I think a base model monitor is a good buy. I can see something with *multiple* programmable zones being useful too.
AKA Newfie Girl
Originally Posted by rockshoxbiker
I use the PolarA3. Certainly not top of the line by an stretch but comes with enough features for a recreational runner such as myself. I picked mine up at New Balance and paid $160 a few years back. It's a two piece model, the strap that goes around your mid-rib cage area and the "watch" that shows all the info. Mine shows training zone (min heart rate and max heart rate), tracks speed, length of workout, can record your session to be compared or reviewed and I believe uploaded to a computer. There are more features but I can't seem to remember as those are the ones I use.
I've got the Polar S625X. It's awesome and has everything. I'm not so much into the heart rate monitor, you can usually judge your rate. I got the S625X because of the 'full package'. It's got the speed and distance monitor for running, heart rate monitor and you can add a cycling package to pick up your cadence. It's cool to analyze your run ... In mile 6 I did x pace and with avg heartrate of Y.
I have the Polar 610i. I'm a cyclist, mostly mountain bike know, so the bike features of the 625X I didn't need. I know what my cadence from years of road riding and speed and distance don't matter to me on the 55lb DH machine.
I got this particular model because the information is downloadable to my computer for analysis. It uses Infra-red instead of the sound(sonic version) on some of Polars other models. I'm seeing a trainer right now to work on core and get myself ready for the ski season so the HR monitor has been my guide for my workouts. HR monitors are great because it tells you how hard you are actually working and not how hard you think your working if that makes any sense.
The Polar website has more information. For the record I wouldn't buy any other brand of HR monitor. This is my second Polar and I've tried others. They aren't worth the money. Buy quality. Buy Polar.
Go to the NEW BALANCE STORE, they are an authorised POLAR Dealer!
They are at 64th Ave & Scott Rd (120th street) in North Delta. Phone # 604 501 1333. I used to work there and they have a few people who can tell you all that you would need to know about the different models. They range from $99-$400 if you want one with all the triathlete plug-ins and software functions as some people noted above. If not then the first 3 models are usually more than sufficient for the average user (especially if yer male - most men don't care about calorie counters and stuff like that). They are tops in customer service and satisfaction.
Check yer PM's for a possible deal.