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Heart Rate MonitorsJonathan Zook
May 14, 2001 9:24 AM
Hello everyone. I would like some feedback on heart rate monitors. I have been extensively researching what is available and what features are imperative to have. I will be using the HRM for training and racing here in Colorado. I have narrowed the search down to the Sports Instruments ECG 3 and Sigma PC7. I believe that the true important features are current pulse (obviously) and target zones, as well as accuracy. Anything more really seems to be just that, more (and more $$$$). Does anyone have either of these two monitors to tell me about? Am I incorrect in what I'm looking to get out of an HRM? The ECG 3 got rave reviews on this website, but I cannot find a review on the Sigma. Thanks for you help!!
re: Heart Rate MonitorsDCP
May 14, 2001 4:46 PM
I think you are right on the functions, although perhaps a more serious athelete could use the other functions. I have been using a Sports Instruments Circuit 7 for four months and am pleased with it. You can buy one new on Ebay for about $50.
re: Heart Rate MonitorsJonathan Zook
May 14, 2001 5:28 PM
Thank you for the information. However, when you say a more serious athlete could use the other functions, what functions are you specifically refering to? How do these benefit?
May 14, 2001 5:53 PM
Mine records time in the zone you set, the exercise time, and average heart rate. Nice features, but I'm not too sure I would pay a lot to get them.

Mine also has recovery heart rate, stopwatch and interval features, which I never use, but would be useful to someone more serious about training.

The more expensive HRM's have the ability to program in multiple zones instead of just one. A more serious athlete than me will train in different zones depending on his or her schedule. I just go as hard as I feel that particular day because I am not training for anything in particular. There are lots of books and articles on zone training. You could do the same thing with a single zone HRM, but it involves reprograming it to that day's schedule.

Some HRM's will download to your computer allowing you to track and analyze performance. Neat, but not worth the money to me.

A new Polar model is supposed to measure power output (the pros measure their watt output when they train), but is very expensive and, as yet, may be vaporware.

There are other features, some completely mind numbing. Look at and open the Products Feature Comparison.