Does anyone else have trouble with heart rate monitors not properly tracking heartbeats? I find that with my Polar HRM, as well as the heartbeat sensors on gym equipment, that at least 1/3 of the time the monitor tells me that my heart rate is around 60-70 (and clearly it's not). It's as if the monitor is not picking up my heartbeat. I've fiddled with the strap, and I've used a lot of gym machines that have sensors in the handles and all of them have shown this kind of irregularity. Is it me or the machines?
Shari-Ann, your title is "HRM recommendations?" but your first reply is that you are more interested in tracking mileage. You can get an HRM without GPS or a GPS without HRM or you can get one device that does both. An HRM only is the least expensive device, but it also has limited application for runners. There are GPS only devices available for under $100. A combination GPS/HRM is the tool that provides runners with the most information, but it is also the most expensive device starting around $150. Consider the data you want from a device and weigh that against your budget. That will help you narrow down the type of device you are looking for. If you decide a GPS/HRM is what you want, I give the Garmin 405CX two thumbs up for accuracy, data, tracking and ease of use. Right now is a great time to shop because there are so many specials.
I started off with a Polar FT4 and it was great and basic. I've upgraded to the Polar RS300X. Yep with more numbers and letters you can do more stuff. It tracks your heart rate (of course) your pace, distance, calorie burn. You can set up training plans to help get you ready for a race. It might do other stuff too but those are the things I track.
For a fairly low-priced model (abut 60-70 dollars) that does the basic stuff I recommend the Polar FT4. The only disadvantage is that the beep is kind of soft on all the Polar models. Chest strap is very comfortable, overall well-made. If you want one where you can upload the files online get the Polar FT7 for 20.00 dollars more. Birgit
Actually you can buy the chip/sensor for any running shoe. I do have the Nike shoe as it works well for me. Then I wear a little watch/wrist band and can see anytime how I'm doing. I'm not techy and it is so simple. I get home from my run and download to computer. I think there's an app for the iPhone. I love it! Look at the Nike site.
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