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New heart rate strap

Postby Farmer Elvis » Sat Jul 27, 2013 7:28 pm

I am sick of this garmin hr strap, I can climb a 16% hill with it reading 88bpm and I can coast down the same hill with hr of 220. Yes it is a premium strap. What are the more reliable straps out there and can I get them online?
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Re: New heart rate strap

Postby Paul B » Sat Jul 27, 2013 7:31 pm

yea mine has been letting me down lately. Reads fine for a few days then randomly produces figures that are half the normal rate.
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Re: New heart rate strap

Postby Farmer Elvis » Sat Jul 27, 2013 7:52 pm

Is yours the same brand paul?
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Re: New heart rate strap

Postby Ben82 » Sat Jul 27, 2013 8:46 pm

Here is your Answer!

http://www.wiggle.com.au/polar-spare-el ... link-plus/

The Polar strap is a direct replacement, you just clip the garmin sender unit straight to it and away you go.
I had the same issues with the oridginal Garmin premium strap it only lasted 3 months, I purchased the Polar strap back in March and it has worked flawlessly ever since.
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Re: New heart rate strap

Postby Tim » Sat Jul 27, 2013 9:27 pm

The Garmin "premium" straps are garbage.
Rob from Highly Tuned Athletes who sold me my Garmin unit told me that they are consumables. That is a load of BS in my book.
My strap lasted about six months.
On Rob's recommendation I replaced mine with the earlier model Garmin strap;

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/BRAND-NEW-GARMIN-HEART-RATE-MONITOR-STRAP-/290946907262?pt=AU_Exercise_Accessories&hash=item43bdc97c7e

This one has been working without fault for nearly twelve months.
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Re: New heart rate strap

Postby DavidL » Sat Jul 27, 2013 9:33 pm

Ben82 wrote:Here is your Answer!

http://www.wiggle.com.au/polar-spare-el ... link-plus/

The Polar strap is a direct replacement, you just clip the garmin sender unit straight to it and away you go.
I had the same issues with the oridginal Garmin premium strap it only lasted 3 months, I purchased the Polar strap back in March and it has worked flawlessly ever since.


These straps are not longer a plug and go arrangement. They have added a little plastic shroud around the clips that won't let the Garmin plug into it. Takes about 5min with a sharp knife though to cut them back and your right to go.

Got that exact strap last month to replace the Garmin one that had all the problems listed above.

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Re: New heart rate strap

Postby Farmer Elvis » Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:24 pm

Thanks david so that means if I cut the plastic shroud off it exposes the clips that then will clip into the garmin sender
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Re: New heart rate strap

Postby Paul B » Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:42 pm

Farmer Elvis wrote:Is yours the same brand paul?


yes.
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Re: New heart rate strap

Postby Crunchy_NuT » Sat Jul 27, 2013 11:03 pm

I happened to look at my garmin today and question what I was reading, good time to stumble across this thread
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Re: New heart rate strap

Postby DavidL » Sat Jul 27, 2013 11:34 pm

Farmer Elvis wrote:Thanks david so that means if I cut the plastic shroud off it exposes the clips that then will clip into the garmin sender


Yes it does. Works like a charm and this is a very worthwhile upgrade to the crap Garmin units.

When you get it, its all very obvious.

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Re: New heart rate strap

Postby yarravalleyplodder » Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:54 am

I found that cleaning the strap after every use has helped my garmin premium

during the week I will put a drop of dishwashing liquid on each pad, rub them together and then rinse under cold water
at the end of a week I will hand wash it in the sink in warm to cold water and then rinse in cold water

after adopting that routine my flaky readings have dropped dramatically
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Re: New heart rate strap

Postby Paul B » Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:35 am

yarravalleyplodder wrote:I found that cleaning the strap after every use has helped my garmin premium

during the week I will put a drop of dishwashing liquid on each pad, rub them together and then rinse under cold water
at the end of a week I will hand wash it in the sink in warm to cold water and then rinse in cold water

after adopting that routine my flaky readings have dropped dramatically


will give that a go... thanks.
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Re: New heart rate strap

Postby Farmer Elvis » Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:41 pm

Paul B wrote:
yarravalleyplodder wrote:I found that cleaning the strap after every use has helped my garmin premium

during the week I will put a drop of dishwashing liquid on each pad, rub them together and then rinse under cold water
at the end of a week I will hand wash it in the sink in warm to cold water and then rinse in cold water

after adopting that routine my flaky readings have dropped dramatically


will give that a go... thanks.

Did that got a few more weeks out of it that was it
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Re: New heart rate strap

Postby jamesn184 » Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:06 pm

I replaced my rubbish premium strap with the polar one, I just taped mine and that works just fine for the past 6months
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Re: New heart rate strap

Postby warthog1 » Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:22 pm

My garmin premium gave me the shitzens for a while when I first got it. Been trouble free for a good 6 months now.
I'm thinking that coincides with the colder weather, during which I wear a tight fitting polypropylene undershirt over it. No flapping jersey = less static electricity generation and less haywire readings :idea: :?
I have no idea if that is the reason or just coincidence. I guess I'll find out when the weather warms up.
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Re: New heart rate strap

Postby Bah77 » Sun Jul 28, 2013 8:42 pm

warthog1 wrote:I'm thinking that coincides with the colder weather

Colder weather = less sweat = poorer contact
At least in my case, if i wet the contacts before i start though its fine, otherwise it will read 220 until i sweat a bit.
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Re: New heart rate strap

Postby drnick79 » Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:13 pm

I use the Polar one on my Garmin as per a number of others have noted. I always wet the pads before use and never have any issues with it.

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Re: New heart rate strap

Postby Marty Moose » Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:30 pm

The polar one fails too mine did after 12 months.I bought a std Garmin one no more problems :)

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Re: New heart rate strap

Postby jamesf0 » Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:54 am

I've been through this whole process, and have now gone full circle back to the Garmin strap. Except now I'm using a smear of chamois cream (Assos) on the contacts before use. It hasn't missed a beat (pun intended) since!
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Re: New heart rate strap

Postby warthog1 » Mon Jul 29, 2013 5:47 pm

Bah77 wrote:At least in my case, if i wet the contacts before i start though its fine, otherwise it will read 220 until i sweat a bit.


I lick the plastic contact areas of the strap, mmm tasty :) , before each use. The polypropylene thermal means I generally sweat eventually anyway.
I reckon it's down to not having a nylon jersey flapping against it.
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Re: New heart rate strap

Postby grantw » Mon Jul 29, 2013 7:07 pm

I replaced my premium stap recently and read the care instructions (for the first time) which recommend washing the strap after every 7 rides or so. I've been doing that and it seems a lot more reliable.
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Re: New heart rate strap

Postby Farmer Elvis » Mon Jul 29, 2013 7:51 pm

jamesf0 wrote:I've been through this whole process, and have now gone full circle back to the Garmin strap. Except now I'm using a smear of chamois cream (Assos) on the contacts before use. It hasn't missed a beat (pun intended) since!

I haven't tried that option, all the other ones, licking, spit, washed regularly etc, it will often work at the start of the ride as the ride goes on it usually fails that's when you would think the sweat would be making it work better
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Re: New heart rate strap

Postby g-boaf » Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:22 pm

Tim wrote:The Garmin "premium" straps are garbage.
Rob from Highly Tuned Athletes who sold me my Garmin unit told me that they are consumables. That is a load of BS in my book.
My strap lasted about six months.
On Rob's recommendation I replaced mine with the earlier model Garmin strap;

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/BRAND-NEW-GARMIN-HEART-RATE-MONITOR-STRAP-/290946907262?pt=AU_Exercise_Accessories&hash=item43bdc97c7e

This one has been working without fault for nearly twelve months.


I got a powercal to replace the Garmin premium HR strap. It isn't the best power meter, but it is a decent HR monitor.
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Re: New heart rate strap

Postby AlMac » Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:29 am

I've gone from Garmin Premium (soft) to Standard (one with some hard plastic on it).

Premium was rubbish. Had two. Both eventually failed, even when washed etc.

Standard has ben fault free.

No difference in comfort between the two.
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Re: New heart rate strap

Postby Marty Moose » Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:37 pm

AlMac wrote:I've gone from Garmin Premium (soft) to Standard (one with some hard plastic on it).

Premium was rubbish. Had two. Both eventually failed, even when washed etc.

Standard has ben fault free.

No difference in comfort between the two.

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