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reliable altimetry on Ciclosport HAC4? Also: deals on Powerbars?(6 posts)

reliable altimetry on Ciclosport HAC4? Also: deals on Powerbars?BergMann
Aug 10, 2003 2:49 PM
Anyone have any experience with the Ciclosport HAC4 heart rate monitor? Aside from the cyclocomputer functions, I'm really most interested in its altimetry features, which is why I think I'm going to chose it over the Polar 710/720's more primitive present/max altimeter feature. As for the HRM functions, sure they'll be nice, but I don't compete anymore, so I won't be doing much but checking current HR from time to time.

Before I drop the coin on the product, however, I thought I'd put this choice up to peer review. Anything I should know about the Ciclosport before I buy? (I found a couple posts in past threads on power-meter inconsistencies on the HAC4, but that's not an issue for me...)

EQUALLY IMPORTANT: anyone know where the best deals on the HAC4 are?

While we're at it, I'm also looking for a couple boxes of Powerbar Harvest bars for less than the $1.30/ea. they charge in my local supermarket.
re: reliable altimetry on Ciclosport HAC4? Also: deals on Powerbars?torquecal
Aug 10, 2003 3:17 PM
The HAC4 Altimeter is pretty awesome. Since I work in a calibration lab I was able to put mine in an altitude chamber and compare it to a 0.003 inHG absolute pressure standard. The HAC4 has a resolution of 10 feet and from a range of -300 feet up to 12,000 feet every point I checked was well within it's resolution.
Now that's what I'm talkin' 'bout!BergMann
Aug 10, 2003 7:51 PM
Now that's what I call an informed opinion!
That seals the deal for me.
Thanks!
re: reliable altimetry on Ciclosport HAC4? Also: deals on Powerbars?tarwheel
Aug 11, 2003 4:20 AM
A friend of mine has one and seems pretty pleased with it. The altimeter functions seems pretty accurate, based on my experiences riding with him. We rode a metric century last weekend that supposed had about 6,200 feet of climbing and his altimeter said 6150.
Love my HAC4, but for you, I wouldn't recommend it...noveread
Aug 11, 2003 7:02 AM
I won't add anything on athe altimeter functions, but I will point out that if you don't care for the HRM or power functions, why not save some coin and get the ciclosport computer that is just a basic cycle-computer plus the altimeter functions? The CM 434 or 436? Save a bunch of $$$...

http://www.ciclosportusa.com/cyclometers.htm

Noveread
The Empty Wrapper
Thanks for the advice, but I want a sportswatch!BergMann
Aug 11, 2003 1:41 PM
I'm also a skier, climber, hiker, snowshoer, runner, etc. and I want an altimeter/hrm that isn't tethered to my bike. I know the HAC4 is a pricey unit, but the bike is only part of the picture for me.