My Favourite HRMs

4iiii Viiiva V100 Heart Rate Monitor, Polar H7, Wahoo TICKR-X, Suunto SMART Belt, Garmin HRM-RUN

4iiii Viiiva V100 Heart Rate Monitor, Polar H7, Wahoo TICKR-X, Suunto SMART Belt, Garmin HRM-RUN

I still haven’t found the perfect heart rate monitor, for me, for everything I do.

For anyone that’s interested here are my favourites by sport/activity

Running (All): 1st Garmin HRM-RUN 2nd Wahoo TICKR-X

Why? I like the Garmin’s strap. It looks nice (!) and I sometimes use the Running Dynamics

the5krunner-WAHOO-Fitness-TICKR-X-Totally Unbiased

the5krunner-WAHOO-Fitness-TICKR-X-Totally Unbiased

Bike (All): 1st 4iiii Viiiiva 2nd Wahoo TICKR-X

Why? The Viiiiva bridges those pesky ANT+ sensors to Bluetooth

4iiii Viiii V100 on a Garmin strap

4iiii Viiii V100 on a Garmin strap

Waking HRV: 1st Suunto SMART Belt, 2nd Polar H7

Why? It looks nice and does the Bluetooth SMART job required by my smart phone.

Scosche Rhythm+ HR Arm Band Strap

Scosche Rhythm+ HR Arm Band Strap

Gym (weights): 1st Scosche Rhythm, 2nd Wahoo Tickr-X

Why? I try and pop it off when doing bicep curls (my weedy arms always fail)

Rowing (Concept): Scosche Rhythm, Wahoo Tickr-X

Why? Normally because I combine with weights afterwards. The Scosche stays on for me.

Garmin HRM-TRI (HRM-SWIM) Review

Garmin HRM-TRI (HRM-SWIM) Review

Swimming Pool: Nothing or… 1st Garmin HRM-TRI 2nd Wahoo Tickr-X

Why? I can’t afford the HRM-SWIM and I’m trying to gather as much back data as possible so that when eventually all the 3rd party products that I use work properly with the HRM-TRI I will be able to analyse the data.

Swimming (Open Water): Garmin HRM-TRI, 2nd Wahoo Tickr-X

Triathlon Race: 1st Garmin HRM-TRI, 2nd Wahoo Tickr-X

Running Race: 1st Garmin HRM-RUN or nothing

Duathlon Race: 1st Garmin HRM-RUN 2nd Wahoo Tickr-X

Walking/General Activity/Sleep Tracking: Nothing

4iiii Viiiva V100 Heart Rate Monitor Bridge

4iiii Viiiva V100 Heart Rate Monitor Bridge

Best Generic Strap (not pod): The new stripy Garmin one. Contrary to popular belief that Polar straps are more accurate/reliable, I prefer this to the Polar generic strap and indeed have no evidence that the Polar strap is better than this new Garmin one (Polar *WAS* better than the older Garmin straps).

Best ANT+/Bluetooth Bridging HRM: 1st 4iiii Viiiiva 2nd MIO Velo

Why? 4iiii is more versatile

Best Overall? It should be the HRM-TRI but the data ecosystem I use for that doesn’t work yet. So the Wahoo wins.

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4iiii Viiiiva V100 HRM £79.99 Link $77.64 Link
4iiii Viva Mini TBC
SMS Bio Sport Ear Bud £40.97 Link $69.99 Link
Garmin Heart Rate Monitor (Hard) £31.00 Link $39.09 Link
Garmin HRM-RUN (Soft) £51.36 Link $99.99 Link
Garmin Premium (Soft) £31.89 Link $39.99 Link
Garmin HRM-Swim £76.00 Link $98.99 Link
Garmin HRM-Tri £96.52 Link $129.99 Link
Jabra Sport Pulse £99.00 Link $123.10 Link
LifeBeam Smart Helmet n/a Link $185.49 Link
MIO Fuse £94.95 Link $129.95 Link
MIO Link £58.95 Link $61.51 Link
MIO Velo £84.35 Link $111.19 Link
Polar H6 £54.50 Link $42.99 Link
Polar H7 £37.49 Link $51.45 Link
PowerTap PowerCal ANT+ £104.49 Link $95.99 Link
PowerTap PowerCal Bluetooth £87.53 Link $95.99 Link
Scosche Rhythm+ £70.00 Link $79.95 Link
Suunto Smart Belt £43.68 Link $54.91 Link
Under Armour Armour39 $62.99 Link
Wahoo RFLKT £71.99 Link $89.99 Link
Wahoo RFLKT+ £79.99 Link $128.57 Link
Wahoo TICKR £44.14 Link $59.85 Link
Wahoo TICKR-RUN £64.99 Link $71.92 Link
Wahoo TICKR-X £79.90 Link $99.90 Link

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