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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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.
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;
This one has been working without fault for nearly twelve months.
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.
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.
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
2011 Felt F75
2012 Fuji Nevada 2.0
will give that a go... thanks.
Did that got a few more weeks out of it that was it
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
I have no idea if that is the reason or just coincidence. I guess I'll find out when the weather warms up.
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.
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.
Giant TCR Advanced SL0
Jamis Dakota D29 Pro
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 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.
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.
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
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.
Giant TCR SL1
Specialized Langster Pro
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.
+1 x 1000
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