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Need help deciding on a heart monitorgift giver
Nov 4, 2002 1:43 PM
I want to give one of my friends who rides a few times a week a heart monitor as a gift, but I'm a bit confused, even after doing some homework. My friend wants to start training for some longer races, but has never owned a heart monitor before. Even though he doesn't need anything fancy right now (in my opinion), I know that he wants to look cool and not like some wannabe. I am considering the Polar S120 or S150 and the Sigma Sport PC7. Any comments about those models or any other suggestions? I don't want to spend more than about $150. Any help is appreciated!
re: Need help deciding on a heart monitorJuanmoretime
Nov 4, 2002 2:07 PM
I've owned 3 Polar's, A Timex and a Cardiosport. The one I like the best and it's packed full of features in the Performance Axiom HR-600. Performance Bike has it now on sale for $109.
go w/ Polartao
Nov 4, 2002 2:09 PM
Polar makes the most reliable transmitter on the market. As for functionality, make sure the unit has average heart rate and a time in zones feature. Other stuff is just gravy for a first time user. The biggest knock on Polar is that their receivers drain the battery relatively quickly, on the order of 12–15 months. But anyone with a tiny screwdriver can replace the battery in a few minutes for a whopping 87 cents.
re: Need help deciding on a heart monitorkgrider
Nov 5, 2002 7:13 AM
I have used timex, polar, sports instruments, and the polar had the most features but it cost at least twice as much. My polar died this past summer and I am waiting for the Ciclosport CP 29 to come into the US. The thing that I like about the ciclo 29 is that it is digital transmission and the info is stored in the strap until the strap knows that the watch has recieved it.... i.e. they "communicate" with each other. I have had one on order with my LBS for a month or so now. Performance has them advertised but, they keep pushing the date back. My LBS says that Veltec sports says they won't be in the US until early December.

It sells for $149
re: Need help deciding on a heart monitorgift giver
Nov 5, 2002 9:34 AM
Thanks for the replies. I'm not certain that I have a good answer still, but I have some more possibilities to think about. Thanks!
How about the Polar Pro Trainer XT?B2
Nov 5, 2002 11:48 AM
Performance has them advertised for $90. I don't need the bike computer funtions so I was thinking about this one. Anyone have any experience with the Polar Pro Trainer XT?

re: Need help deciding on a heart monitortrout_bum
Nov 5, 2002 8:19 PM
Just got the SigmaSport PC14- $49.95 from Colorado Cyclist. I recently got back into road cycling and wanted a HRM (my first) for winter training so I can race next season. The PC-14 has great "bang for your buck" with comparable features to $79-$100 monitors as well as German engineered SigmaSport quality. I live and ride in Metropolitan NYC and readings from monitor have been reliable w/o interference.
re: Need help deciding on a heart monitorLactate Junkie
Nov 7, 2002 10:45 AM
The Sigma HRM's are designed and manufactured in Hong Kong. So much for German Quality
re: Need help deciding on a heart monitorGiantTCR1
Nov 8, 2002 2:34 PM
I picked up a new Polar S410 on ebay for $150.00. It has just about anything anyone would want with the exception of a cycle computer functions (whcih the S510 has) or maybe an altimeter (Which I think the S710 has and will set you back $300.00 or more). I think your friend would be impressed with a Polar S410 for a gift.