Pulse + distance watch
April 19, 2010 7:44 AM   Subscribe

Heart rate monitor + distance counter?

I'm looking for a watch to wear while I'm running. It needs to measure my pulse and my distance.

I was looking at the Polar RS100, but it only measures pulse.

Polar make a S1 Foot Pod but this is expensive and a lot bigger than the Apple/Nike Ipod sensor. It also needs a more expensive watch.

What's the best solution here? Ipod+nike sensor+rs100? or is there a better alternative?
posted by devnull to Health & Fitness (8 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
One thing to consider is whether you want to use GPS or pedometer technology to track your distance. GPS will be more accurate, I believe, and can also be used to track elevation changes.

Another thing to consider is whether you want to graph your heartrate over the course of the run, or just want summary data. I bought my wife a Suunto t3c a while back, and was somewhat surprised to discover it only reports summary data for time spent in different heartrate zones.

Finally, if you've got a Mac, your options for official connectivity are kind of limited. Garmin supports the Mac, and obviously the Nike+ thing does. Suunto and Polar do not support the Mac, although there is third-party software that can (more or less) interface with them.

Having raised all those questions, I don't really have a good answer for you, but if it were me, I'd probably get some flavor of Garmin Forerunner.
posted by adamrice at 7:51 AM on April 19, 2010


Tricky to answer the questions without having used one before.

I can't see very accurate distance being important at the start, but it would be later. Same for pulse.

The Garmin 305 seems a good option. But any more options are welcome :)
posted by devnull at 8:16 AM on April 19, 2010


Garmin forerunner 305 is great and pretty cheap.
posted by ghharr at 8:45 AM on April 19, 2010


Second the Garmin 305. I like it much better than the Nike+/Polar combo I was using.
posted by ivorytower at 11:38 AM on April 19, 2010


Garmin 305 is awesome. Ebay has some really good deals on them too.
posted by JV at 4:32 PM on April 19, 2010


nthing the Garmin 305—it's certainly not perfect, but I think it's about as good as it gets at a semi-reasonable price point these days. Also, while it's true that the garmin software for OS x sucks, there are third-party options that don't. I use and like Rubitrack (not free) but there are lots of other options.
posted by dyslexictraveler at 11:41 AM on April 22, 2010


Also, previously.
posted by dyslexictraveler at 11:47 AM on April 22, 2010


What I eventually ended up doing was not buying the Garmin watch. Instead I bought a bluetooth chest strap and linked it to an Android app on my phone. I figured that the Android app would receive constant updates and features, whereas the Garmin would just age.
posted by devnull at 3:48 AM on July 1, 2010


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