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IMO the premium heart rate belts from garmin deserve the bin...
I ended up going back and getting the old style as my last one survived 3 years before I screwed up the battery change. Get anything but the Garmin premium strap!
Masi Speciale CX 2008 - Brooks B17 special saddle, Garmin Edge 810
I agree with Baalzamon - I am on my third and last Garmin premium heart rate strap (all replaced under warranty) but they have been disappointing.
2012 Giant TCR Advaned SL0
2011 Pinarello FP3
I'll add my voice to the chorus. My premium heart rate strap worked great for awhile. Now it still works, but the output is garbage. I'll be going hard, like 90% max, and it'll be reading 45bpm.
Fausto Coppi Reparto Corse | Giant Farrago Cross
Google Garmin Flapping Jersey Syndrome.
Basically I use mine daily and I am lucky to get more than four months out of a Garmin Premium Strap. Been using the Polar ones - there was a nice little lurk where you could buy the Polar strap only from Ribble for $15 odd - I got three, and they are starting to get unreliable after eighteen months.
Going to go to the Old School Non Premium Garmin strap like Baalz next.
One of the things about HRM transmitters that I have just found out is you have to wash the pick up pads regularly.
I used to have a Polar and never had any problems but with my Brynton 30 I was getting spurious readings, up to 245 bpm. The Polar had a different type of sensor pad.
My LBS contacted Brynaton and they took it back, checked it out and the transmitter was Ok,just a build up of salts in the web of the sensors on the belt causing the readings to go haywire.
Brynton sent back the transmitter, my old belt plus a new one at no charge. They only arrived yesterday but everything worked fine on this mornings ride using the old belt. I haven't used the new one yet and I will be washing the old one more regularly and see how it goes.
My Garmin strap lasted less than 12 months. I rang Highly Tuned Athletes and was told they are a consumable product and not covered by warranty and that I'd had a good lifespan at just under 12 months. Sounds like BS to me. Expensive, poor quality product. Not happy.
The Premium strap has been plagued with problems since the day of it's release. There are a multitude of dissatisfied customers out there.
We don't hear from Rob at Highly Tuned Athletes around here much any more. Perhaps he's tired of defending an accessory with known faults. Been quite a few problems with the Edge800 too from what I've read.
The arrogance of these big corporates bugs me. Garmin continue selling expensive fault ridden products at massive profits and basically turn their backs on their customers when things go wrong. Try ringing support, pftt.., waited 40 minutes and gave up. Email, no reply after several, polite efforts. I'll look elsewhere next time.
There's a one year warranty on Garmin products so you should make a claim. The procedure is on the Garmin Australia website.
I gave up on my Garmin premium straps some time ago and that was after Rob at Highly Tuned Athletes replaced them a couple of times. I now use an Adidas HRM strap with the Garmin sensor. Works a treat.
I did similar to you Aus used a pillar wear link strap, it worked fine two battery changes later the transmitter died Now use the garmin std strap it seems good do far.
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I cannot kill the old strap. The new one I've had less than 12 months of use, but just over 12 months of ownership (left it at home whilst I was overseas for 4 months).
Add me to the list of those not getting a 'premium' strap again...
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