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Heart Rate Monitor Which One? Polar or CardioSport?(3 posts)

Heart Rate Monitor Which One? Polar or CardioSport?slbenz
Jul 16, 2001 6:07 AM
I am looking at either the Polar Coach or CardioSport Exel Sport PC as my two choices for heart rate monitors. I would like to know what your experience is with either monitor. I chose these two because of the PC download features both provide. I was debating on the Polar Protrainer XT Cycle because it is a monitor and cyclocomputer in one but isn't able to download it's data to a computer. Unfortunately, this site has no information on the Polar Coach. Whatever I purchase, it would be a replacement for a Polar Accurex II that just recently stopped working after 8 years of use. Thanks for your help.
re: Heart Rate Monitor Which One? Polar or CardioSport?jayz
Jul 16, 2001 6:23 AM
i have no experience with CardioSport.
i am currently using a Polar S410 with both download and upload features. its a great monitor. the download feature is sooo helpful.
the PC Coach software is great and easy to use. you should be able to get a good deal on a polar coach now, as i believe they are being discontinued. check performance, i believe they are on sale.

but also, go to you can get a pretty good deal on a package of software, monitor, and microphone.

actually, they sell the "coach" as well...
call them, they are very helpful, and i am very glad i went with thier product.
I have a CardioSport...Jim Burton
Jul 16, 2001 8:21 AM
And it seems to be working out well. I don't own a Polar, but have used one and it seems to be fine, also. One thing that impressed me about the Cardio is this: During a recent Adventure race, I wore my monitor. About half way into the bike, I realized that my chest strap had turned into a waist strap. It was making contact with my skin, though and was still reading! So, I assume that the electro-sensor in the transmitter is very strong. Too strong, it seems as I have a bit of trouble around power lines.