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#1 Ange

Posted 27 December 2012 - 03:11 PM

I'm after a heart rate monitor but don't really want to spend the earth..

So, which ones can you recommend that do the job well but aren't too $$.

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#2 Possum_gal

Posted 27 December 2012 - 03:22 PM

I've got a Garmin, which was a bit $$$, but well worth it. For a good starting one you can't go past Polar. They have a good range, starting at $79+.



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#3 beaglebaby

Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:08 PM

NOT the polar FT7, mine has never worked properly on me - mostly works for other people, just not me!

#4 CupOfCoffee

Posted 27 December 2012 - 04:10 PM

I just got a Polar FT4 for Christmas (to replace my Polar F4, which was still working 3 years later, I just wanted a new one).  It is a basic HRM, but that is all I need.

#5 KirbyCat

Posted 28 December 2012 - 06:41 AM

I went from Polar to Garmin and never looked back. I did like the Polar but I outgrew it when I started running more and wanted GPS capabilities. I find the Garmin so fantastic.

#6 SeaPrincess

Posted 29 December 2012 - 10:23 AM

DH and I both have Polar, mine is an FT60, which is the cheapest model with fitness test capabilities and holds 100 training records.  You can also buy accessories to download files to PC or Mac.  DH has an RS800CX which is not cheap and has GPS function but he does triathlons. His is only compatible with PC.

beaglebaby, would yours be under warranty?  I sent mine back and they replaced the transmitter for free.

Edited by SeaPrincess, 29 December 2012 - 10:25 AM.


#7 Katemeister

Posted 29 December 2012 - 11:29 AM

Quick question (sorry to hi-jack) do all HRM require you to wear the chest band? I've tried them before and found it really uncomfortable
Cheers

#8 SeaPrincess

Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:06 PM

QUOTE (Katemeister @ 29/12/2012, 09:29 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Quick question (sorry to hi-jack) do all HRM require you to wear the chest band? I've tried them before and found it really uncomfortable
Cheers

The strap on my new one is much more comfortable than the one on my previous one (almost 10 years old and was an inflexible, plastic thing almost as wide as I am!).  I usually wear a sports crop top for exercise and it sits under the elastic of the crop, so I don't even notice it.

#9 lewis

Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:53 PM

I also have the Polar FT60, it's awesome.

Kate, I don't feel my chest strap at all.

#10 beaglebaby

Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:12 PM

Sea Princess, DH took it into the Polar repairers in Adelaide, they kept it for a week and apparently tested it - by one of their guys wearing it round the office and cycling, they say it is fine.  I got one of the guys at the gym to wear it too, it mostly worked OK for him - a few dodgy readings but mostly OK.  For me though it sometimes works, sometimes it says my HR is 223, and then it says it is 0, I tried to use that as proof my trainer had killed me but she refused to believe I was dead!

#11 elco

Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:28 PM

I was going to get a Polar one however Harvey Norman had 25% off. Trimex just before Xmas so I picked up one for less than $80 (watch and heart strap)

Kate my PT said to me that it is pointless buying a heart rate monitor without the strap because they aren't accurate. I am pregnant currently and my PT strongly urged me to get one so he can keep an eye on my heartrate during our sessions.

#12 mesaana

Posted 29 December 2012 - 05:55 PM

I have this one: New Balance

Fairly basic, but exactly what I wanted, and I've been using it for the last 6 months and love it.

#13 Katemeister

Posted 29 December 2012 - 06:13 PM

Oooh that new balance one looks good!
I wish I had not read this thread, now I want a HRM!!

#14 DandS

Posted 30 December 2012 - 09:35 AM

I've got a garmin forerunner 610 with HRM, and it is fantastic. Dont notice the HRM strap at all. Wasn't cheap though at $330.




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