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
Why? I like the Garmin’s strap. It looks nice (!) and I sometimes use the Running Dynamics
Bike (All): 1st 4iiii Viiiiva 2nd Wahoo TICKR-X
Why? The Viiiiva bridges those pesky ANT+ sensors to Bluetooth
Waking HRV: 1st Suunto SMART Belt, 2nd Polar H7
Why? It looks nice and does the Bluetooth SMART job required by my smart phone.
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.
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
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.
|Black Friday 2015||Amazon||UK||Amazon||USA|
|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|
|Jabra Sport Pulse||£99.00||Link||$123.10||Link|
|LifeBeam Smart Helmet||n/a||Link||$185.49||Link|
|PowerTap PowerCal ANT+||£104.49||Link||$95.99||Link|
|PowerTap PowerCal Bluetooth||£87.53||Link||$95.99||Link|
|Suunto Smart Belt||£43.68||Link||$54.91||Link|
|Under Armour Armour39||$62.99||Link|