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Heart Rate Monitors

Postby Argon18 » Thu Sep 17, 2009 9:30 pm

Im on the market for a Heart Rate Monitor which I can use for both running and cycling.

I know this topic has probably been done to the death but I would like to hear from people that have bought this product.

I have looked at the Garmins (forerunner 305 and Edge 305) but obviously you cant use the Edge for running (or can you)?

I have a couple of friends that swear by Polars and say its a better product than Garmin.

I dont know - hence my request for feedback!

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Re: Heart Rate Monitors

Postby Rockford » Fri Sep 18, 2009 8:03 am

I've got a 705 and a Polar F11. But they are horses for courses.

*touch wood* I've no issues with either so far, although the Polar will sometimes get mucked up when on the bike without the 705 and give me really high heart readings. (interference from the wireless computer on it)

I'd get a Polar with a user changeable battery so you don't have to send it back for servicing on the chest strap. I think the Polar is a 'better' monitor but I'm only talking 1-2% difference.

Garmin and Polar have a few models which have optional mounting kits so you can make the transition from wrist to bike. You can't run with the 705 too bulky.
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Re: Heart Rate Monitors

Postby Argon18 » Fri Sep 18, 2009 10:07 pm


Thanks for the heads up. No I have a dilemma! I made up my mind today to go the Garmin Forerunner 305 which is wrist and has an accessory for a bike mount. I already have a cateye Australe on my bike but I really liked the Edge 305.

Since I intend to do some running also now and then, I'm thinking the Forerunner 305 because I can monitor my heart rate also.

But now... Polar. hmmmm, mates have sworn by the Polar yet my Doctor who does veteran tri's LOVES the Garmin Forerunner 305 and he swears by this!

Decisions, decisions!
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Re: Heart Rate Monitors

Postby Max » Sat Sep 19, 2009 9:22 am

I have a Polar F11. It's worn on the wrist, but you can buy a bike mount for it if you like. I bought a bike mount but found I hardly ever looked at it. So I removed the mount and kept the HRM on my wrist. If I absolutely must know my current HR, I just take my hand off the bars for a moment and have a look. No big deal. I also like that it's wearable because I can use it for other activities eg swimming, on the trainer, other sports etc.

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Re: Heart Rate Monitors

Postby nagomonaro » Sat Sep 19, 2009 9:48 am

Polar have a massive following, but we have had a high percentage of them with warranty issues.
Suunto make excellent products, but are not as popular as Polar.
The Garmins are good, but well overpriced.
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