I am interested in purchasing a Heart Rate Monitor for myself. I am overwhelmed by my choices and am leaning towards "what my friend has"...but want to hear about other options before making the purchase.
I have been working out all winter long, and recently won my gym's New Years Weight Loss Challenge. Hooray! One of the prizes was three free months of membership dues, so I am going to spend the money I WOULD have spent on dues...on a HRM.
One of my friends has a Polar FT7
and loves it. I am leaning towards purchasing something like it, but would like some advice.
Requirement #1: Accuracy.
Right now I get my HR info from the elliptical, treadmill, and bike machines I use at the gym. That's been working okay, but I don't always believe the numbers they throw at me. The same workout on two different bikes will often give me two wildly different numbers.
Requirement #2: Flexibility: Can be used for biking/hiking/jogging.
It's starting to get nice outside, so I'd rather go biking/hiking/jogging outdoors than staying in the stuffy old gym. So I'm looking for something that I can use while biking/hiking/jogging.
Preference #1: Not too much!
I look at some of the really fancy HRMs and know that I don't need all of the bells and whistles. I already track my workouts on my computer, so I don't need a "website membership" or any other sort of computer/internet program to go along with the HRM.
I do not need something like the Fitbit, which seems to monitor every move you make (pedometer, vertical distance, how long you sleep, etc.). I will be putting the HRM on when I am actively exercising, not wearing it all day and night to see what my body is doing.
I don't need anything that can be submerged in water. I am not planning on swimming for exercise.
Preference #2: Not too expensive!
I'm looking to spend no more than $150.
Preference #3: Chest band optional?
I don't know if such a thing exists - an accurate, flexible HRM that does not involve a chest band? The Polar FT7 has a chest band, and my friend doesn't mind it. I can see myself being annoyed by it but it certainly isn't a deal-breaker.