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What HR monitor features do you actually use?(6 posts)

What HR monitor features do you actually use?GMS
Oct 18, 2002 11:08 AM
The other day I almost bought a Polar ProtrainerX because it was really cheap, but then I asked myself what features I'd actually use. I decided heart rate, upper bound, lower bound, and the audible alarm for the bounds. That doesn't seem like a huge feature list, and even though the Protrainer is cheap ($75), I can probably get one that does the three things I listed for less money than that.

But, since I've never used one before, I don't know what features are the most useful. So, what do you use?

One other thing: Why Polar? Is the transmitter superior? Is there something they have over Ciclosport or other makers? Feature for feature they all seem pretty similar. In fact other companies have more features, and user-servicable transmitters. Is the coded transmitter important, or just unnecessarily heavy? I know Polar is extremely popular but I do not know why.

Thank you.
Features I use on my SI ECG5Cima Coppi
Oct 18, 2002 11:12 AM
I have a Sports Instruments ECG5 HRM, and I use most of the features the unit came with. I log the time below, in, and above my zone, my average HR, and my calories burned for each workout and ride. I find it useful to do this so I can see trends in my fitness level.

CC
Current heart rate onlyKen of Fresno
Oct 18, 2002 11:26 AM
I have one with zones and alarms and stuff, but this one is my favorite. It was only $39. I already know my zones, and don't really need the alarm, because I am always checking my current hr. I like the big numbers too.
PolarFez
Oct 18, 2002 12:07 PM
Don't think the transmitters are superior, but the new Polar T61 coded transmitters are compact and fit the body nicely. Polar says fully sealed design ensures water resistance and prevents corrosion from saltwater and sweat. The transmitter is guaranteed to last 2 years and after that you send it in, pay a fee and get a new one. Is it a pain? I don't know, I haven't had one go out on me, but you can always pick up an extra transmitter if this sounds like a hassle so when one goes out, you'll have the other while you send the dead one back to Polar.

If you are looking for something basic, then Nike, Timex, Ciclosport, etc all make one that does the job. The chest straps all vary in design and comfort, but I find one that lacks velcro like Polar to be the easiest to clean and softest against the skin. Velcro can smell funky if you don't clean it after a good workout.

At the higher end, I guess Polar pretty much has that market cornered. I don't see many other choices if you want lots of features and computer downloadability.

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Why Polar? Is the transmitter superior? Is there something they have over Ciclosport or other makers? Feature for feature they all seem pretty similar. In fact other companies have more features, and user-servicable transmitters. Is the coded transmitter important, or just unnecessarily heavy? I know Polar is extremely popular but I do not know why.
Look elsewhereJuanmoretime
Oct 18, 2002 4:06 PM
I've owned 3 polars and all of them started to get iradict readings after a while and especially after they were older. New batteries, new straps, new transmitters, they never worked great. I also tried time, the best I have used and current owned for the past 2 years is the Performance HR600, it works flawless and can be had at a pretty good price. The features I use are current heart rate, I do set the high and low alarms and stop watch. I will also use the interval timer on ocassion. I also must confess I use it for training in cycling as well as running.
Ciclosport CP 29carbonconvert
Oct 20, 2002 10:16 AM
I have had Polars and they are a pain.... any time I passed a house with a DSS dish my HR read 225! I am waithing for the FCC to approve the CP 29 for US use...already have one on order with my LBS.
Here's why:
1) Digital transmission
2) 3 year US warranty
3) All batteries user replacable & does not viod warranty like with Polar.
4) Extremely thin transmitter belt (saw a demo, non-digital mock up)
5) all info is stored in the chest strap and then sent to the watch....that way if you have interference from another user as soon as they pass your watch will get the corrected info and it will not mess up your data....HR avg or max.
6) Ciclosport says one hour's use every day should give you six years of battery life.
7) $149.99
To see all of its features go to www.ciclosport.de

Veltec sports says they should be in the US by this December.