Monday, April 26, 2010
Death of my HRM
It finally happened. After a few years of use, the battery on my heart rate monitor (HRM) chest strap has died. Sad, but fix-able.
That said, I've had a great run of about 2-3 years with this product. No complaints here. I have a Timex HRM, a very basic model, with a chest-strap and wrist watch. No calorie burn, predominantly heart rate and time. It has fit the bill for me and I've had zero complaints. I bought it at a Time Zone outlet store and spent maybe $40 (maybe).
I've been toying with purchasing a new HRM because I'm VERY curious about calories burned during a spin class. I had really wanted it for my six hour Spin Odyssey ride, but alas ran out of time and never made the purchase. I did a bunch of research and learned some interesting things. Most notable is the fact that it seems that Polar monitors require you to send the strap back for a new battery (or at least purchase it from them). I don't like that. If I have a problem, I want to be able to fix it myself, not rely on a third party.
Do you have a Polar monitor and if so, is this true?
So the other limiting factor is that I'm cheap. Simply put. I don't want to drop $100 on a new HRM when my current one is just fine. Do you have a brand/model you'd recommend?