|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 rate||PODIUMBOUNDdotCA|
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.|
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 HR||ColnagoFE|
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 alarms||DougSloan|
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. nm||Continental|
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 heartratemonitorusa.com 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.
* 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 ECG5||Psalm 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
I think the calorie count is useless, but find all other functions helpful.
|Handlebar mount is a good investment. n/m||fracisco|
Feb 13, 2003 1:27 PM