Most helpful critical review
Decent First HeartRate Monitor, Excellent Price
on July 3, 2014
I have been using it for around a week now, and I believe I have already experienced results. I used to always train fast and hard in an anaerobic state much of the time while running / biking, but I have begun doing aerobic / aerobic threshold training with this tool.
I am no expert, but I have 'read' that training in the aerobic state / or aerobic threshold, greatly benefits endurance athletes as it builds the aerobic engine which burns fat for fuel, so it is a level of exertion that can be sustained for longer periods of time than a more demanding anaerobic state, so I am giving this type of training a try (I am not saying however, that anaerobic efforts shouldn't be done as well depending on the training program). The aerobic state is determined by what your heart rate is, and this tool gives the necessary measurement for you to tell. The watch also comes with a little booklet which shows the different heart rate training zones by age etc., which can be used for reference. Otherwise there is plenty of information on the internet at what level a person should train at for whatever it is they are attempting to do.
I believe this product is really necessary in order to do train in at aerobic threshold / zone properly, as otherwise I don't know how someone would accurately be able to tell their heart rate, other than perhaps guessing by feel.
It is a great tool to build up your fitness level.
It comes with timers / clock / heart rate / calories burnt etc. (I haven't delved into all the settings, I'm mainly interested in the heart rate monitor and timer) The chest strap that is used to measure your heart rate is also comfortable, and can be pulled tight, it does not restrict breathing, and it also stays in place (on me).
I have small wrists, and it fits fine, it has a generous amount of holes.
It is also a reasonable price, I find.
However, my experience after using this product for some time (I don't know for sure if my product was simply defective or just didn't hold up past a few months) is that it was quite unreliable for me. Here are some issues I experienced with this product, - Difficulty finding heart rate when first put on (doesn't seem to be an issue anymore)
- Irregular and very erratic incorrect readings while training (this can occur minutes into the workout or after an hour or so, and reapplying water or Spectra Electrode Gel 360 doesn't seem to help, this makes using it very unreliable)
- Heart rate on watch gets stuck on a certain number for extended periods of time despite my heart being different (for example I may stop moving or slow down a lot, and it wont change)
- Heart rate may be 30 beats lower or higher after a certain point in a workout, with the watch gives the wrong reading
The unit is low in price compared to other heart rate monitors. For the price it is not a bad unit at all, it has helped me a lot and gotten the job done. It does also have a 1 year warranty, I however am in the process of seeing if it will even be refunded though, as it is hard to test a defective unit that is only defective in exercise I guess.
It would make a decent first heart rate monitor, or a gift to someone looking to get into shape. But for long term training, you may be best going with a higher end product -- but I don't know if they are worth it, in that I never owned one or know if they will last longer than this one and if all the fancy features are really worth the price.
Anyways, for some people this heart rate monitor has lasted a long time, but for me, it just has given me too much struggle at times.