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New Heart Rate Monitorblanchaa
Dec 4, 2002 7:09 PM
I'm looking for a new HRM with more features than my old one (just a display). I want it to have max, average, % HR, and a number of programmable zones that will be saved. I have heard good and bad things about polar, and other companies don't seem to be able to complete with their features list. I don't need a download feature.

What do some of you use and what would you recommend?
re: New Heart Rate MonitorLactate Junkie
Dec 5, 2002 9:51 AM
At the recent bike show, Sports Instruments introduced a new line of watches. They will automatically program 5 training zones based on your AT or Max Hr. They will show you on screen, which zone you are training in and either your heart rate or your percentage of AT or Max, dependigh on what you used as the basis for your zones. The top unit has 5 individual training files it will store with all workout information. They track Average, Maximum and Last heart rate for each lap or split the user performs, and as far as I could tell have a bunch of other cool features. They are not downloadable but they are going to retail for between $150 and 180 when they are introduced early next year. They might be worth waiting for.
Polar still the way to go.gnailuh
Dec 5, 2002 5:27 PM
I went through this when I had to find a monitor last year. After extensive research, Polar was still the best option. S610 or 710 for the cycle option. The download is actually very useful. I'm not a full time racer, but I still use the download feature. What I really like about it is not the ability to monitor every beat of the my heart and chart it, but it's a great calendar and training log. You simply download the workout, and it's in your computer with the date, time, duration, activity, cal output... etc, etc. And you can take notes. Interval function on the Polar is a big plus.

As for why not the lower, 410 or 510 models. Two main reasons:
- infrared transfer on 610 and 710 is far more reliable
- hold unlimited files (up to few hundred hours) very good for long vacations, you can get home and log all your rides by just downloading

And if you do get more serious? You don't need to upgrade.
Polar download?blanchaa
Dec 5, 2002 10:02 PM
I would get the download, but does it work on Mac OS X?
Doesn't look like they support mac...gnailuh
Dec 6, 2002 8:44 AM
I looked on www.polar.fi, doesn't look like it. Might email them to be sure.
What's a "mac"? (nm)shirt
Dec 7, 2002 3:32 PM
What's a "mac"? (nm)Lactate Junkie
Dec 8, 2002 9:55 AM
Just in--Apple is sponsoring a pro cycling team this year!! Apparently they are supposed to be 20% faster than all the other teams, they never crash, are not susceptible to virus' that effect other teams!! The only down side is that they only make it to 15% of the races.
But they have to run Mavic components and wear wool.shirt
Dec 9, 2002 8:07 PM