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    Heart-rate monitor

    I bought a Suunto t1 heart rate monitor today. I needed a watch and I already have a garmin for my altitude rate of ascent decent etc. Monitoring my heart-rate, calories burned etc. was the only information I was missing and while I probably won't use it much it's just as well to havel. Not to mention I do love the look of this watch. But I digress.

    Do all of the heart rate monitor watches force you to wear a transmitter around your chest to get this information? It's not that it is uncomfortable but I don't exactly enjoy wearing it. I can still take this thing back for one that could get my heart rate say...through my wrist. That would be sweet. Thanks in advance.

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    none i've seen work that way. the chest strap is a neccessary evil that really isn't that bad once you get used to it.
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    yeah, polar/nike/reebok/suunto all make ones that take it through your wrist.
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    I am not familiar with the HRM you mention, so I am not familiar with the design of the strap. But I know that Polar (the industry leader and initial developer of consumer HRM's)

    has three things going for it's latest generation of HRM straps:
    1. The "Wear Link" style of strap is soft all the way around (no hard plastic across your chest for the contacts) except for the 2"x1" transmitter right in the center. So it is very comfortable.
    2. They are coded - which means that they are less susceptible to interference from other HRMs and power lines, etc.
    3. The Wear Link transmitter will work with most professional gym equiptment so when you are in the gym the machine you are on will also pick up your HR from your strap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strykar
    yeah, polar/nike/reebok/suunto all make ones that take it through your wrist.
    Do you have model examples? I am not familiar with models from those makers that take it thru your wrist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrm1
    Do you have model examples? I am not familiar with models from those makers that take it thru your wrist.
    Me either. They do have models that allow you to check your heart rate by touching your fingers to two metal spots on the watch face though. I don't see those as being nearly as useful as getting constant readings from the chest strap.

    I have a Polar model with the older style strap and I hardly even notice that I'm wearing it.

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    I am also not a great fan of the chest strap but Polar's WearLink is very comfortable. I also wanted to use my Polar for swimming but the transmitter does not work in the pool I am using (this is actually mentioned in the small print of the manual)...something to do with amount of chlorine used although my pool does not seem to use much.

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    As far as I understood it, the models that don't require you to wear a strap do require you to stop and press the watch against your wrist to get a reading which IMHO makes no sense
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    Ok, I shall deal with it. I know I'm new here but this is a great forum. Not many places are people this helpful. Thanks.

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    One you wear around the chest works much better when you apply some H2O on the contact surface before wearing it. Otherwise, you have to wait until your body warms up or sweat gets going to get an accurate or any reading at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bvibert
    Me either. They do have models that allow you to check your heart rate by touching your fingers to two metal spots on the watch face though. I don't see those as being nearly as useful as getting constant readings from the chest strap.

    I have a Polar model with the older style strap and I hardly even notice that I'm wearing it.
    Also, I have read that the presure point HRMs are not nearly as accurate. OTOH, I know that the Polar units are as close to medically acurate as a consumer product can get.

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    Try the chest strap for a few more rides. After a while you will not even notice it, and it works much better. I ride with a Suunto T6.

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    The chest straps really aren't that bad. I've been using my Polar F6 for a couple years now and have no gripes with the strap. After a few minutes you forget you are wearing it.

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