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

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