HRM: CardioSport or Polar??

HRM: CardioSport or Polar??

Post by Frederic Co » Tue, 04 Aug 1998 04:00:00


I would like to buy a heart rate monitor that displays
heart rate only.  I do not need "fancy" functions.
I came up with two models:

- Polar Beat
- CardioSport Start 2

Polar has a good reputation but the "company" changeable
battery bother me.  CardioSport has an unknown (to me)
reputation but their chest transmitter has a user changeable
battery.

Does anyone have some recommendations?

Thanks!

Frederic

 
 
 

HRM: CardioSport or Polar??

Post by Ritchi » Tue, 04 Aug 1998 04:00:00

I have a Cardiosport Partner (too many functions for you !), but I've had no
problems with it, having had it for 2 years now. A Cardiosport might work
out better value than its Polar equivalent.

Ritchie

Quote:

>I would like to buy a heart rate monitor that displays
>heart rate only.  I do not need "fancy" functions.
>I came up with two models:

>- Polar Beat
>- CardioSport Start 2

>Polar has a good reputation but the "company" changeable
>battery bother me.  CardioSport has an unknown (to me)
>reputation but their chest transmitter has a user changeable
>battery.

>Does anyone have some recommendations?

>Thanks!

>Frederic


 
 
 

HRM: CardioSport or Polar??

Post by Cybergrp » Tue, 04 Aug 1998 04:00:00

I have been using a CardioSport for the past 8 months with no significant
problems. I've never used a Polar.

My complaints:  The range from the watch to the chest band seems to be 4 feet
or less. If I'm on the treadmill or a stationary bike, I like to place it
somewhere in front of me and sometimes it will briefly ***out.

The other thing is that for some reason it does not work while I'm in my car.
Some kind of interference, I guess.

Neither of those gripes effects is usefulness for training . . . just
observations.

 
 
 

HRM: CardioSport or Polar??

Post by SCPE » Wed, 05 Aug 1998 04:00:00

Quote:
>CardioSport or Polar??

I've been using a cardiosport for about six months. It's the version one step
up from the basic. It has a lower and upper limit alarm, which I never use.
Actually, I wish I'd gone up a level or two for a HRM that gave you average
heart rate for a workout or interval. But cardiosport has been fine.
 
 
 

HRM: CardioSport or Polar??

Post by Runnerbea » Wed, 05 Aug 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> I would like to buy a heart rate monitor that displays
> heart rate only.  I do not need "fancy" functions.
> I came up with two models:

> - Polar Beat
> - CardioSport Start 2

> Polar has a good reputation but the "company" changeable
> battery bother me.  CardioSport has an unknown (to me)
> reputation but their chest transmitter has a user changeable
> battery.

> Does anyone have some recommendations?

> Thanks!

> Frederic

Hi Frederic

I am a Polar user and although I get on well with it the cost of
transmitter replacement in the UK is 32UKP (approx 20 Dollars)

One advantage of the Polar for me is it goes below 40 bpm (My resting
rate is 33), some of the models in my running group do not go any lower
than 40.

The Polar I am using has an average function which I find useful.
I think value wise next time I will look at other makes.

Steve

 
 
 

HRM: CardioSport or Polar??

Post by nos.. » Wed, 05 Aug 1998 04:00:00

I bought a Cardiosport "Heart Safe-T" monitor because I disliked the
battery hassle of the Polar and because it was much better value for
money than the Polar. I have no experience with anything else, but I'm
happy with my Cardiosport. They seem much less common than Polar, at
least in Western Canada.

Fred Kerr
Calgary



Quote:
>I would like to buy a heart rate monitor that displays
>heart rate only.  I do not need "fancy" functions.
>I came up with two models:

>- Polar Beat
>- CardioSport Start 2

>Polar has a good reputation but the "company" changeable
>battery bother me.  CardioSport has an unknown (to me)
>reputation but their chest transmitter has a user changeable
>battery.

>Does anyone have some recommendations?

>Thanks!

>Frederic

 
 
 

HRM: CardioSport or Polar??

Post by Merel Geerlin » Wed, 05 Aug 1998 04:00:00

Quote:

> I would like to buy a heart rate monitor that displays
> heart rate only.  I do not need "fancy" functions.
> I came up with two models:

> - Polar Beat
> - CardioSport Start 2

> Polar has a good reputation but the "company" changeable
> battery bother me.  CardioSport has an unknown (to me)
> reputation but their chest transmitter has a user changeable
> battery.

> Does anyone have some recommendations?

> Thanks!

> Frederic

Hello,

I have been using a Cardiosport (don't know the type since I am at the
office right now) for one cyear now.

No problems so far.
I decided to buy the Cardiosport because I needed no fancy things, just
a HRM with a stopwatch included. The simplest Polar that provided
this was much more expensive than the Cardiosport.

The lower limit is 35, so for most people this will be sufficient.

Bye,
Merel.

 
 
 

HRM: CardioSport or Polar??

Post by Rod lawso » Wed, 05 Aug 1998 04:00:00

I've got a Cardiosport 2000 that's several years old now; they're updated to
something else in the 'new' range. I have a generally unhealthy liking for
gadgets, but I must say that if your budget stretches to it, I would say go
for the gadgets. I think being able to record heart beat is very usefull for
training and racing, and in fact I find it is possibly the most usefull
function of all.
I think it's also quite handy to be able to record splits and things on one
watch, without having to wear the monitor on one arm and a wach on the
other. Through the London marathon, I was able to record my pulse every
second for 2 hours seven minutes. No that's not when I finished, that's just
when the memory is full for recordings each 30 seconds. Also, I was able to
see my split for each mile as I passed the marker by a single button push.
This showed the split for the last mile, without any need for mental
arithmatic. It That also stored all my mile splits for later perusal in
post-race, where-did-it-all-go-wrong mode, together with a heart rate as I
passed each of the mile markers. There's still a few left over functions on
the watch, but I find all those functions to be genunely usefull, and as I
mentioned, once the monitor is zeroed, single button pushes are the limit of
what is required each mile.
The only problem I've had with the monitor is the original old-style chest
strap, which I got replaced free when it broke. The new style one has ben
fine.

--
Rod.

Discoveries are made every 15 years. Yours is particularly good; it hasn't
been made for 150 years.
"The Doctors Dileema" GB Shaw

Quote:

>I would like to buy a heart rate monitor that displays
>heart rate only.  I do not need "fancy" functions.
>I came up with two models:

>- Polar Beat
>- CardioSport Start 2

>Polar has a good reputation but the "company" changeable
>battery bother me.  CardioSport has an unknown (to me)
>reputation but their chest transmitter has a user changeable
>battery.

>Does anyone have some recommendations?

>Thanks!

>Frederic