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Anyone know what brand is best and best for your buck?

Mon. Aug 20, 4:45pm

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Polar USA seems to be the top brand in the space. Don't know if that also means they deliver the best bang for the buck.

Monday, August 20, 2007, 4:48 PM

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Many good brands - depends how much you want to spend and what you want out of it to decide the model rather than brand

Monday, August 20, 2007, 8:23 PM

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OP

I would like to track calories burned and heart rate percentages, etc. I want to know if i'm maxing out my heart rate during my workouts- to be able to compare certain classes, machines, days, etc.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007, 8:59 AM

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I've got nothing but good things to say about the polar F6- not too expensive (under $100), just enough features and super easy to use. It's waterproof so using it in the rain is no big deal- I can even use it in the pool when I'm swimming laps. When cycling or running outside, I get pretty minimal interference from powerlines.

So far as I can tell, the only real downside to the Polar products (all of them) is that they require you to send your HRM in to them so they can change the batteries for you. They say that way it stays waterproof.

There are some models with more features, but I'm not sure I'd know what to do with the information...

Tuesday, August 21, 2007, 11:34 AM

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Bang for your buck would be Timex. For about $70 you can get all those features.
Most popular and what people end up buying is Polar. Polar's aren't the best deal, but they are the most accurate. The one caveat about Polar's is if you spend under $200 quality of product varies..not sure why. The people I know with $200 + are really happy with theirs, but everyone else is on the fence.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007, 11:51 AM

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I have to endorse the POLAR f6 as well. It's by far the best quality and most reasonable.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007, 11:55 AM

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I chose Polar because it's compatible with the cardio machines in every gym. I've got a Polar FS...1 I think, but I forget the number. It's got "one-touch programming", which I still haven't figured out 2 years later.

My only complaint about heartrate monitors in general is that the chest band chafes when I jog...partially due to the pressure of my sports bra "body armor". The Polar sports bras compatible with the HRM strap don't offer anywhere near the support I need, so that's not an option.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007, 12:10 PM

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Bump.

Thursday, March 27, 2008, 11:36 AM

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