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Which HR monitor do you use? Which functions are useless?(12 posts)

Which HR monitor do you use? Which functions are useless?ronniedee
Feb 12, 2003 3:07 PM
They come with so many different functions and prices. Which functions could you not do without?
You can't do without heart ratePODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Feb 12, 2003 4:55 PM
Seriously thats the most important feature you'll ever need. Possibly percentage of max to remember your zones easier. From there its all gravy... I use the S710 and am about to burn the battery out and now the features I use are heart rate, average hr and time the workouts were done at. Thats it.

re: Which HR monitor do you use? Which functions are useless?Thorman
Feb 12, 2003 6:11 PM
The HRM I have is a Polar. It's the cheapest one they make. I won it at a race last year and now that my Nashbar HRM broke in two I have been using the Polar. I thought I'd miss all the features that my Nashbar had (min, max, avg, calories, etc.), but I really don't. I guess all you really need is heart rate.

re: Which HR monitor do you use? Which functions are useless?rogue_CT1
Feb 12, 2003 10:57 PM
I have the Polar Coach and the S710. On both I use the time, hr avg and the interval timer. I do like the temp feature of the S710 but IMO the altitude feature is worthless and doesn't give an accurate reading. Save your money and buy a mid-level HR monitor. You can usually find a good deal on the net.
Ciclosport CP-29kgrider
Feb 13, 2003 6:39 AM
cost = $149
digital transmission = no interferance
Data is stored in the strap.... until the strap knows the watch has the correct info.
has interval timer (up to 99 repeats)
gives HR in percentage of Max
3 year warranty
user replaceable batteries....does not void warranty
really all you need is HRColnagoFE
Feb 13, 2003 6:50 AM
I have a Polar Coach. though a stopwatch is a good feature. a backlight is nice on occasion. multiple zones are nice if you're training seriously. and time and alarm functions are nice if this will double as a watch as well as a HRM. I also like the average and max hr function. i rarely use the interval function and never download data to my computer. the download novelty wore off about a month after i got it.
The simpler and cheaper the better.OldEdScott
Feb 13, 2003 6:51 AM
You need accurate heart rate. Period. The rest is just distraction.
Timex with limit alarmsDougSloan
Feb 13, 2003 7:07 AM
The limit alarms are great when time trialing; you can set an upper and lower about 5 beats apart and keep your effort right where you want it. My Timex has this and works great.

Polar beat. Single function. nmContinental
Feb 13, 2003 7:59 AM
re: Which HR monitor do you use? Which functions are useless?mfuchs1
Feb 13, 2003 8:48 AM
I just bought a polar s120. I paid $89.99 at and got a free bike mount and shipping. I started looking at the s510 and after thinking it over all of the gee whiz features were not worth the additional cost.

Main Features:

* Exercise Set - program your favorite workout
* Full function stopwatch with 60 lap splits that display exercise time, lap time, HR, and average HR
* Three target zone settings with out of zone alarm
* Recovery function
* Independent Count Down/ Count Up timers
* Age based Hrmax
* Watch functions
* Single recall file includes:
* Total exercise time
* Average and max HR
* 3 target zones
* Time spent in, above, and below each target zone, recovery and average HR

I may not ever use all of the functions but it was the right price for me and has functions that I might use later.
Sports Instrument ECG5Psalm 147-10_11
Feb 13, 2003 8:51 AM
This is a great HRM and looks pretty good too. I use it as my everyday watch.

In addition to basic HR reading, it has
time in target zone display
upper/lower limit settings
time in, above, below zone memory
average heart rate memory
audible/visible out of zone alarm
calorie counter

I think the calorie count is useless, but find all other functions helpful.
Handlebar mount is a good investment. n/mfracisco
Feb 13, 2003 1:27 PM