Heart Rate Monitors
The best heart rate monitors, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on September 12, 2017. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.
These watches include features that allow you to monitor your heart rate. They do not have GPS functionality, and tend to be more affordable than GPS watches.
Recent Heart Rate Monitor Reviews
I had the watch for about five years. I like it because it is comfortable and not too heavy. After replacing the band for the third time, the display went south and now shows all features displayed at once. If I take the battery out the display shows normal for about 1 second then goes out for lack of power. I done fooling around with this turkey. Older watch so you don't have to worry about buying one. They were advanced when they first came out. They had lots of problems. Customer support is … Full review
Garmin vivosmart HR
A multi-functional health tracker combining wrist-based heart rate monitor (HRM) with ANT+ broadcasting capability and simple smart/sports watch abilities. Nice device for those who are tired of chest-based HRMs. Unfortunately the feature set is very limited in comparison to true smart/sports watches. Background I’d been using the chest-based HRM with my old Garmin GPSMap 62s in 2011-2013. I liked the possibility to examine my pulse during the rides, especially the reaction of my body to various… Full review
Garmin vivosmart HR+
The Garmin Vivosmart HR+ is definitely not perfect, but packs a lot of useful features into a relatively compact package. I have been using the Garmin Vivosmart HR+ for about a year now, mainly for day-to-day health tracking and hiking. Here is a summary of what I think is good and bad about it. ProFeatures: Provides lots of features including step count, heart rate, GPS tracking, sleep monitor, Bluetooth connectivity, notifications from phone and control of music on phone (I don't use this). Size:… Full review
I used the AXN300, which was a load of rubbish. I wouldn't trust Polar ever again. My watch was repaired four times and constantly let me down and cost me a lot of money to own and maintain. The manual says I can replace the batteries, but Polar declined all responsibility. The repair facility in France is a rip-off, charging over 20€ plus battery to change a battery which doesn't last very long. The watch is massive and snags on clothing and sleeves. I apologise for my review being so negative. Full review
Highgear Axio HR
The HR monitor and altimeter just aren't very reliable. If you really want the HR and altimeter recording functions that this watch offers, consider paying more for a Sunnto or Garmin. Still useable as an altimeter if you just want to know your elevation. I've had this watch for over a year now but have held off reviewing it to give it a second chance. The last straw came this morning when, after a week or so of fairly normal operation, it once again started showing heart rates that are well above… Full review
5 batteries and 3 straps ago, from Asia to the North America and it's still serving me like it did when I first got it - not to mention the original transmitter - whew! I've used this in the tropics backpacking from beaches to 9K+ ft peaks, running, swimming, work, parties ... and the great thing is it helped me monitor, record and improve my fitness. I wish Polar will come up with a second/third generation of AXNs and also replacements for the wrist strap "plates" (those 2 black plastic plates… Full review
Suunto X6M Black Collection review. For the purpose of this review I will be using the Suunto Core as a reference since most are familiar with it. Let me say, I love my "All Black Core" and I am not trying to belittle it. It is what it is. The Suunto X6M Black Collection has the superior build quality of the Observer with the features of the Core. It uses a dot matrix display that is THE clearest I have ever seen. The font is more rounded than the block type of the Core. It also has sub screens… Full review
This is an extremely useful bit of gear. I bought the AXN 700 several years ago as I was doing lots of hiking at altitude, and I liked the fact that it would give me both a way to measure my exertion (through heart rate) as well as my progress (through the altimeter). As you would expect from a Polar heart rate monitor, the heart rate and training functions work solidly. The altimeter works reasonably well, about as well as my old Suunto Vector. The compass is iffy at best but these things often… Full review
Strap Problem. I will not recommend to buy this product. Although the watch itself is very good, after a year of casual wearing (having postponed my climbing for a while) the strap snapped off unexpectedly where the rubber meets the titanium joint. From the very unfriendly Suunto service I was informed that the strap has only 1 year warranty, compared to the watch which has 2 years, and charged me 90EUR for its exchange. This represents 15% of the total watch cost with a possibility of paying this… Full review
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