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Anyone Experience the CardioSport Club HRM?(6 posts)

Anyone Experience the CardioSport Club HRM?Kristin
Aug 28, 2001 5:49 AM
GW was true to his word and sent me some much needed cash. I think I'll invest in a HRM and rollers. I've been watching the CS Club on Nashbar on sale for 70% off for some time. It seems like a great deal, but the "for some time" part makes me nervous. Why can't they sell out of these? Anyone used one of these? Are they any good?

Bought onejtolleson
Aug 28, 2001 6:17 AM
through Nashbar at the sale price. The watch is large and unwieldy and the buttons are not so user friendly. It is OK, it shows your heartbeat... and has other features if you can figure them out.

But it makes me miss my Polar. I should have held out to spend another $20 and gotten an entry level Polar. It also doesn't have the chest-contact turn on method that Polar does.
re: Anyone Experience the CardioSport Club HRM?steeveo
Aug 28, 2001 6:32 AM
They've been 'on sale' for at least two years, because I bought mine pretty cheap in the fall of '99. (I think they inflate the MSRP to make it look like you're getting a heckuva deal). Anyway, I have no complaints. I've used the bejesus out of it and other than having to replace the battery in the transmitter belt every two months ($3 and easy to do)I've had not a single problem.

The only feature it doesn't have that you might find useful is something that tells you 'time in zone.' It DOES have a calories-burned counter, though -- which in my experience inflates the figures
well beyond even ballpark.

Good buy at the price.
"Time in Zone"Rich Clark
Aug 29, 2001 5:21 AM
I've come to believe this is the most usefule feature of a HRM. It is to me, anyway.

It's the only way to get the One True Answer to the question "how hard was that ride?"

(I've spent more time in-zone on some hilly, windy 2-hour rides than I have on some flat rides that lasted twice as long.)

re: Anyone Experience / hope you don't have any ....TC
Aug 28, 2001 12:18 PM
problems with it though and have to send it back. I had nothing but the run around from them on another model and after talking to them over the span of 3 months I got the answer I was looking for. It quit recording after 2:25 minutes. I asked them what could you have been thinking when you designed this. The guy in customer service finally had to get one of the "engineers" to call me back, and explain it to me. I told them that a large share of cyclists work out for more than 2:25. Doh!!

I'll never buy one of their products again. I bought mine on a close-out and will just use it till it wears out.

Thanks for all the input!Kristin
Aug 29, 2001 6:21 AM
Sometimes it is better to spend more on a tried and true product than cut corners and save a few bucks. It sounds like Polar is the way to go. Thanks for giving your feedback!