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my self i like the garmin 301 if it looses the satilite signal and normally finds it and accurate within 47 foot is what the books says and its pretty close..the heart montor on the other hand not so good but it is supposed to be an about range..
i like my garmin it is 3"long and 1 1/2"wide..it keeps track of all my work outs and lets you know how many miles you had ran for the year..
I have a Polar 300sxd. It is fantastic when I was running. It has a foot pod, you do need to calibrate the foot pod to you - it is based on your stride. I do change my stride through out my runs so it does get a bit off. I personally didn't look at Garmins because they are so big, but they are accurate since they use GPS. However, you may lose Satellite connection within a run and get a misaccurate distance.
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Suunto is good. they have some basic models as well as some high end bell and whistle ones.
I think either the polar or the timex would be good. Polar is the known leader, but the timex always get good reviews.
The Nike plus needs to be calibrated. It is pretty accurate, but may need recalibration depending on your stride. It doesn't really account for hills and terrain, which is why it is off sometimes.
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I have been doing some research myself. I have heard from several people that the Nike+ is not good. That it is not accurate. You will run 1 mile and it will say .75. I have a polar f6 and love it so I would recommend a polar. I recently found Suunto. I dont know much about it but it seems like a good one for someone just starting out. Hope this helps.
I'm looking to buy myself a heart rate monitor to help me monitor my training progress. I guess what I need it to be able to do is measure my heart rate during training (spin/strength/running). And help me learn how to pace on outdoor runs. The other thing on the wish list is that it looks good (on a girls wrist) and can be worn full time, not just during training.
I've spent the last 2 days endlessly researching but can't narrow it down to just 1. I'm thinking either the Polar FT60 or going with the Nike + Ipod and Timex Ironman Race Trainer heart rate monitor.
I looked at the Garmin 405CX but I don't like how big it is and I'm pretty new to training so don't need all the bells and whistles of the Garmin.
Any suggestions? What's worked for you and what hasn't.