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Heart rate monitors(6 posts)

Heart rate monitorsFrosty
Mar 8, 2002 2:55 PM
Was wondering if someone could give a newbie some advice on heart rate monitors (any differences in functions between makes, price ranges, recommened models, etc.) Thanks,

re: Heart rate monitorsjtolleson
Mar 8, 2002 3:33 PM
First, buy Polar. They've been at it the longest, and theirs is compatible with the sensors on cardio equipment at most health clubs.

Their base model, the A1, starts at maybe $45. As you move up the "food chain," you get more features. Typical ones include the ability to gather info at the end of your workout such as highest heart rate, average heart rate, how long you spent in your (pre-set) training zone. By the time you get the A5 (about $110) I think you've got everything most folks need. Calories burned, assistance in calculating AT and LT.

The benefit to some of the supermonsters of the HRM world are the combining of those features with cadence, altimeter, speed and so forth to give you a global look at a cycling session. VERY cool, VERY pricey.

I have an A-3 and it gives me all I want.
re: Thanks jtollesonFrosty
Mar 8, 2002 3:53 PM
Thanks for the info jtolleson. I was thinking of something around a hundred bucks, so that sounds great. Love this board!
Just got my first one, so I'm no expertStraightblock
Mar 8, 2002 3:36 PM
but I bought one of Supergo's $35 combo HRM/bike computer. It's got all the features I'll ever need, and for the money I figure it's worth a try. Besides, I'm not much of a gadget junkie, and this way I only have one thing cluttering up my bars.
re: Heart rate monitorsJekyll
Mar 8, 2002 5:37 PM
The Performance Axioms are a pretty good deal. Feature for feature about half to 60% of the price of Polar. I don't know if they are compatible with gym equipment like JT says Polars are.
I've had and HR600 for 2 years without any problems. More features then I have ever bothered to use.
If I get a new one I will probably get the Polar that also works as a cycle computer - too much money but high on the techno geek scale.
re: Heart rate monitorsdicklynn0585
Mar 9, 2002 3:46 PM
Just purchased a SPORTS INSTRUMENTS EC5 - see reviews. TS is great; talk to Bill Corless. The only small problem I have had is that it may be a little too sensitive to power lines. It can be adjusted. Comes with a bike mount. I recomend it.