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SMASH637 Posts: 386
10/31/13 12:40 P

Hi everyone-

Thanks so much for your input - you've definitely given me some food for thought! :)


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10/30/13 2:12 P

SMASH637: A few years ago, I had a Polar RS200sd. It received good reviews, and I liked it up until I had to put in a new battery. It allows the consumer to replace batteries instead of having to send it in or take it to a shop that services Polar HRM. Once, I put in a new battery and then did my Settings, I found that they "locked" and I could make no changes. So I tried a different battery -- same problem. I read on-line on one site that my mistake was that I should not have replaced the battery myself, but should have sent it in. However, I read several posts on other sites by people who sent their Polar RS200 or RS200sd in and had the exact same problem when they got them back. Then not too much later, my Polar just basically went haywire.

I think my experience was probably the exception, based on all the reviews I have read; but for as much as my Polar cost, I doubt I would buy one again.

One thing I did find out is that the chest strap that came with my Polar will work with the module on my AirDyne, some of the time, at least.

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10/30/13 2:02 P

I have two a Polar F4 which is not as good as my Garmin forerunner 110 but I have seen that most have some problems. The Polar seems to lose contact with your heart a few times on a run.

The Garmin can have s/were problems

It is a matter of you pay your money ..........

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AGILEDOBE Posts: 428
10/29/13 7:31 P

I have a Polar FT7 which seems pretty accurate for me, found on Amazon and stores last 7 or is it 10 exercise sessions.

SMASH637 Posts: 386
10/29/13 5:23 P

Thanks, Lotus! I've heard good things about the Polar series, so that's a top contender.

LOTUS737 Posts: 2,056
10/27/13 8:29 P

i have a polar 7- love it! not sure how to determine how accurate the cals are, but as with any estimating device, i put my weight in 10-15 lb lower than it is to adjust for overestimating. hr-wise it is accurate based on a few tests i had done when i first got it!

also, sometimes when the readings get off it helps to change the battery- and wash the chest strap *thoroughly*. sometimes that fixes it!

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SMASH637 Posts: 386
10/27/13 7:57 P

Hi everyone-

I'm in the market for a new pedometer/heart rate monitor, but I can't break the bank. Which brands would you recommend, and how accurate have you found the calories burned output to be?

I have a Mio Active right now, but I'm starting to question it's sanity since it read my heart rate as 250 bpm the other day. Based on my resting heart rate, I think I'd be in the hospital if 250 were accurate! :)

Thanks for your help!


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