Garmin HRM-PRO – soon

This is a page from garmin.com (google cache working link) for this product https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/digital/p/682155 (not working at garmin.com for now).

It’s a very exciting picture of an empty cell in an HTML table (below). But hey, we know that a HRM-PRO heart rate strap is imminent. About time too.

My guess as to its abilities would be a rationalisation of HRM-TRI and HRM-SWIM to just this one product for all types of swimming and for it to come with running dynamics and BLE plus ANT+ compatability. There might also be some improvements to battery life and on-board cached storage. It’s unlikely to work with the Garmin Conenct app for recording (like Polar’s H10) and unlikely to broadcast 2 BLE channels (like Polar H10).

When? August 29th along with the Fenix 6 launch

Price: I’m guessing at $100/£100, perhaps a tad more at RRP

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22 thoughts on “Garmin HRM-PRO – soon

      • I know this is almost completely not going to happen, but what if Garmin put an LTE chip in the HRM strap?

        You could more easily add more battery power to a strap vs a watch, and then say it’s just for tracking/emergency response. Most people are more likely to accept their HRM strap going out mid race vs their watch. Then you can choose when to use it or not.

        Hell, they could even split the battery sources for lte and HR so if you burn up your LTE battery, no harm no foul in term of your other metrics.

        Crazy, I know, but man what a world that would be!

        • you’re right it’s a good idea and you’re also right it’s not going to happen 😉
          You could even have two power sources so that the HRM still worked or cut out the LTE to leave the HRM with 2 hours (configurable) of juice left to finish the race

  1. I believe it will have accelerometers to measure body movement. I have just seen something new in garmin connect when I registered a cross-country session. There is something new called ski dynamics and that requires an HRM-PRO. The ski dynamics seems to measure the poling rate and poling distance. Really looking forward to this feature… 🙂
    If you wonder about the cross country skiing… it is rollerskis

    • My XC skiing in southern hemisphere is uncovering some functionality in Garmin Connect. Winter Sports is now reported in weekly overview and past XC sessions (without HRM) with Fenix 3/ 5x+ are reporting ski dynamics. Have a look at your old activities.

      Here are some of the help files:

      Ski Cadence
      Ski cadence is a measurement that helps you understand more about your motion while cross country skiing. It’s measured in glides per minute (gpm), or the number of “glides” you make with each ski in a minute.
      Cadence Zones
      You must use a HRM-Pro while skiing to obtain a cadence measurement. Your cadence will be available to view in your activity details in Garmin Connect. Cadence is color-coded based on how many glides per minute (gpm) you achieve:
      Zone Cadence Range (gpm)
      > 120
      90 – 120
      60 – 90
      30 – 60
      0 – 30
      The Importance of Ski Cadence
      Your ski cadence is based on a number of variables, including technique, skill level, snow conditions and even the wax on your skis. Higher cadence does not necessarily equal better performance.
      Knowing your cadence can provide value as you train. If you’re focusing on a particular ski technique, for example, checking cadence numbers over time can help you evaluate performance. If you notice changes in cadence while skiing the same course at different times, this may indicate the use of different ski techniques to match conditions. It can also be a sign of fatigue.

      Ski Glide Length
      Your ski glide length is the full length of each ski movement you make, recorded from when you start pushing forward until the next time you start pushing forward. Glide length is measured in meters.
      How Glide Length Is Recorded
      You must use a HRM-Pro while skiing to obtain a ski glide length measurement. Your glide length will be available to view in your activity details in Garmin Connect.
      The Value of Glide Length
      Glide length is based on a number of variables, including your ski technique, skill level, snow conditions and even the wax on your skis. Higher glide length does not necessarily equal better performance.
      Knowing your glide length can provide value as you train. For example, glide length that declines as you repeat laps on a course can indicate that you were using a different ski technique to match conditions. It can also be a sign of fatigue. If you’re focusing on a particular ski technique, checking glide length numbers over time can help you evaluate performance.

      • Interesting. So it would seem this is a new band and not something to replace the HRM Tri or Run. I would think that the sensors would have been the same for running and skiing Dynamics, as the differences between the activities should be all software side.

        Maybe they are bringing in BTLE and giving it a new name and charging more…

        • my assumption was that the hrm-pro ties in with the fenix 6 pro versions.
          so i would further assume that there will be enhancements to the existing sports that are covered and new sports (maybe like skiing)
          yes ble will be there. maybe dual ble bands plus ant+, certainly caching.
          yes i would think the internal sensors are already fine

  2. So I take it this is not one of the “imminent” announcements, but something that may be on deck by the end of year? Im in the market for a new HRM-Tri, but would like to see what the heck this thing is before I buy one.

  3. Anymore news on this new HRM? Was thinking to buy a Polar H10, after my H7 broke down, but this information is withholding me to buy it for now. Releasing it with Garmin Fenix 6 or the Vivoactive 4 didn’t happen, but what are they waiting for?

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