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is Polar S-150 a good intro HRM?(7 posts)

is Polar S-150 a good intro HRM?komatiite
Aug 20, 2003 5:39 AM
i found one new for $94. I am looking to do some serious training with it. as an noob to hrm's, i would like to get some opinions on this one, as well as any possible other recommendations for ~ the same price. thanks.
As a former HRM noob...biknben
Aug 20, 2003 6:26 AM
I'd get the best deal or the cheapest model you can find. Too many people, myself included, spend way to much cash on their first HRM. They end up not using it after a few months. Save some cash and see if you really end up using it. After using it for a while you'll get a better understanding of what features you really need and want. Then you can make a more educated decision on a better brand/model.

That being said, don't go get a $20 piece of crap either. Polar and CardioSport are respctable brands. They can be had for $50. If it's a steal then look higher.

Years ago I spent $200 on a nice HRM. I didn't invest the time to understand how to best use the features and hated it. I later sold it. Then, when I got to a point in my training that I couldn't be without one, I made a more educated purchasing decision and am much better off.
More than intro...CaliforniaDreaming
Aug 20, 2003 6:32 AM
I owned the S-210 and sold it to my buddy for about $70 after about 1500 hrs. So you're price seems pretty good.

The two watches share nearly all the same functions. The S-210 lacked any cycling functions but had the additional function of storing 5 preprogramed work outs. I believe the S150 can only program one workout at a time. Doesn't seem like a big deal. The heart monitoring(zones, alarms, readouts, etc.) and time splits are the same. For about $100, I don't know that you'd find a better HRM. Much lesser Polar HRMs retail for about $100 or more.

Good Luck!
High quality intro model.MR_GRUMPY
Aug 20, 2003 6:32 AM
Can't go wrong with it. Tough to change the battery without screwing it up. Better to send it in, once a year. I change my own, but a friend made an expensive mistake with his.
High quality intro model.komatiite
Aug 20, 2003 7:27 AM
yeah, i really cant beat the price. I thought of getting a cheaper model, but then if i like training with one, i would most likely want some more functionality. i figure for the price that i found, throwing in another $40 really is worth it in the long run.

thanks for the feedback everyone!
Good HRM, bad bike computerfracisco
Aug 20, 2003 7:36 AM
The S150 works great as a HRM, but poor as a bike computer. The display is just too small for me, and it's a PITA to switch the readout around. I have a dedicated bike computer and the Polar on the handlebar.

I will be honest and admit that I could not figure out how to implement the 'training zone' features and turn off the beeping when I crossed into a different zone, and just use it in its basic HRM readout mode.
Yes, it is excellent. The only thing it lacks is a backlight,Fez
Aug 20, 2003 8:59 AM
if that matters. The S120 is similar but cheaper because it doesn't have the cycling features.

I like any S series because it has a 3 line display and plenty of features. I don't like the A or M series because they have 1 or 2 line display and fewer features.