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Which Heart Rate Monitor should I buy?(7 posts)

Which Heart Rate Monitor should I buy?litespeedcat
Jan 27, 2002 6:25 PM
I have a Polar Accurex Plus and a local jeweler replaced the battery and did not put the seal in correctly and it is dead after it's maiden voyage. He takes full responsibility since part of the seal was hanging out where the wrist band is hinged. He is willing to pay for a replacement. Polar will give us 40% percent off if we send in the Accurex Plus. Sounds like a no brainer. If you were getting a new HRM, which one would you get? The Polar S510, S610, or S710? I have also been intrigued by the Timex Ironman HRM due to its digital FM transmission. Has anyone out ther had a Timex? If so, how does it compare to polar?

Thanks in advance for your comments, Andrew
re: Which Heart Rate Monitor should I buy?schills
Jan 28, 2002 9:48 AM
If you want cycling functions then go with the 510 or 710. Otherwise go with the 610. If you do want cycling functions and want to add altitude measurement to your workout go with the 710, but the altitude functions only starts working above 1600 ft.
Go with the 710 if you can afford it!Bikeman
Jan 28, 2002 7:03 PM
I've had the S-710 now for about 6 months, and I think its great!!
I'd just like to point out that the altitude function WILL work below 1600ft. I've used it from sea level up to 800 metres (approx 2400ft), and it seems accurate (if calibrated before each ride - easily done if you know your starting altitude).
You can display average HR, %HR or just plain ol' HR. Honestly, it has ALL the functions!
Sometimes it' s nice to know what the temperature is. Oh yeah, I also like the VO2max calculator (calculates it while you're at rest).

I've also had the elusive power meter on there for over 2 months, its difficult to set up but once it is installed it's very reliable. It also tells you the pedalling index which is a measure of your pedalling efficiency. Left/right balance is a bit silly, it too is accurate, yes, but you will know when one leg is putting in more effort than the other. I thought my left leg was a lot weaker than my right, but it turns out that the average is 49/51 balance.
It will tell you cadence and speed if you get the pwer sensor (note the original wireless speed sensor that comes with the unit is a piece of junk).
Overall, I think it is way too much info to have on one display, so I went out and bought an ergobrain as well. I don't think that everbody will necessarily like all that extra info - especially because the power sensor is worth more than the HRM itself! (Plus, it adds about 200grams of weight). However, after having said that, I wouldn't want to remove mine from my bike. :-)
The software is great, you can really plot your progress. Tells lots of info about the ride.
Go with the 710 if you can afford it!Harleyboy
Feb 27, 2002 10:34 AM

I am going to buy the S710. However, my brother has one and he is having problems with the cadence function. When he puts the watch on his handlebars the cadence function will not work. The moment he removes it from the bars and holds the watch just behind or below the bars it works fine. It also works fine if he wears it on his wrist. Has anyone else experienced this with the S710?


re: Which Heart Rate Monitor should I buy?JG
Jan 28, 2002 3:50 PM
I have the Timex HRM and it works great. It has not "missed a beat" (sorry for the pun) since I began using, and what I like most about it is that it is a Timex Ironman watch, with HRM functions. By that I mean that it looks, displays, and functions exactly like a Timex, which I think we are all very familiar with, and adds the HR as an additional function. I can use it as an everyday watch withut having to cycle through a bunch of HR menus first.

On the downside, the chest strap is very large, although not uncomfortable, and the number of HR features are not very extensive. It does not compare to the Polar S series in terms of the number of HR functions, but it does a very good job of providing basic training information. I think for what you are looking for, the Polar is the better choice.

re: Your Timex HRMlitespeedcat
Feb 3, 2002 6:46 PM
Which model did you get?

Have you ever had any interference while using it?

Where did you buy it?
Feb 4, 2002 6:02 PM
Having a bad seal shouldn't kill the watch unless you submerged it. That said I'm amazed that jewlers can and do make this type of rookie mistake. I did have a jewler mess up the seal on my Seiko once and I filled it with salt water while surfing - dried it out and it works fine. I even paid for the pressure test - which he obviously didn't do b/c it failed when he did it in front of me. Replacing the battery and sealing the watch back up is so simple - I've always done it myself. You sure it isn't just bad contact? If the back of the watch isn't all the way down then full contact is not made with the battery which would make it suddenly die. I'd be surprised if the Polar folks couldn't bring it back to life, but then maybe you don't want them to. I think you may need a new jewler - then again maybe not.

The S710 is a pretty amazing piece of technology and the 40% off deal is pretty sweet. I got mine this way when they couldn't fix my old Accurex (the square one) for a reasonable price. It's in a whole different league.