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2013-07-16 4:27 PM

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Subject: Heart Rate Monitor Quality
I have paid little attention to HR training, but I wish to. (Thus thead is not meant to discuss that in itself.)

I have used two different straps, each that came with a Garmin, ne from 305 one from 310xt. I think I may still be too fat to get a decent reading. When I am pedaling uphill and the HR reads 60, I know it is off. Honestly, I think my garmin could be off somehow too, as my cadence/speed sensor was damaged, so I out n a new ne, and it is definitely not accurate.

But in the case that there is a solid HRM out there that will get accurate readings through a large wall of man, any suggestions for me? Is the Usual incuded-with-garmin always a cheap junky one? Would any stand-alone unit automatically be better?



2013-07-16 4:57 PM
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Subject: RE: Heart Rate Monitor Quality

I've always used pretty basic Timex HRM's.

Just some suggestions from another thick-chested guy:

  • Make sure the strap is tight.
  • Use some HRM gel on the sensor (as opposed to water or spit).
  • Try moving the sensor a little off center rather than directly over your sternum.

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2013-07-16 5:42 PM
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Subject: RE: Heart Rate Monitor Quality
I'm a waif of a dude, so I can't comment on your specific need. But I've had the same experience that apparently many others have had with the Garmin HRM. My 910xt came with their schmancy 'soft strap' HRM. It worked ok for a while, but then started getting wonky on me, giving crazy high readings when I was just walking around, etc. I followed advice to get the older/cheaper 'hard strap' HRM from Garmin, and it has worked out just great since then. And I don't find it uncomfortable at all.
2013-07-16 6:27 PM
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Subject: RE: Heart Rate Monitor Quality
OK as it turns out, I just confirmed that my watch is indeed, not receiving ANT+ data properly. I turned off my GPS and took a 13 mile ride. Just using my cadence sensor, a brand new one, my distance was less than 5 miles. Something is not right. I think I need to deal with this issue first. Then, I will probably et a new HRM that is both bluetooth enabled and ANT+ for another application.
2013-07-16 7:01 PM
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I've liked both the Garmin heart rate monitors I've used. They sometimes give wonky or spikey data at the beginning of a run, or too low if the strap slips. But if it is in place properly and sufficiently moistened and making good contact, the readings are very consistent. I use to have Polar HRMs and found them not as good.

2013-07-17 6:49 AM
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Subject: RE: Heart Rate Monitor Quality
Originally posted by TheClaaaw

OK as it turns out, I just confirmed that my watch is indeed, not receiving ANT+ data properly. I turned off my GPS and took a 13 mile ride. Just using my cadence sensor, a brand new one, my distance was less than 5 miles. Something is not right. I think I need to deal with this issue first. Then, I will probably et a new HRM that is both bluetooth enabled and ANT+ for another application.


Try to contact Garmin, their customer service is excellent. Im sure they will be able to help you with this.

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2013-07-17 8:37 AM
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My Timex HRM works well and I have had no issues with it. I bought the watch and HRM used from a friend and its about a year or two old and still working. I would also suggest moving it around and making sure the strap is tight. Like others have said, check the watch and make sure you synced the HRM to the watch and if that doesnt work, contact Garming and see what they say.
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