Reviews and Problems with Suunto M5 Men's Heart Rate Monitor and Fitness Training Watch
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poopsy woopsy, amazon.com
4 February 2012
Summary: The Suunto M5 is amazingly simple. Just like it says on the front of the box, It's "Easy to Use". I have used many heart rate monitors in the past and Suunto is my favorite brand. I decided to buy the M5 model after I had used the M2 for about a year. I bought it because it is by far the best looking heart rate monitor(IMO)and it has a decent price tag. I was a little worried about not being able to see the display based on other reviews, but it's not a problem at all.
Summary: I bought this watch on the suunto website based on the high reviews here at amazon. When I received the watch in the mail about 6 months ago it worked perfectly without a hitch. Then about a month ago the readings starting acting up. It said my hr was 120 at rest when it really should've been something like 50 or 60 bpm. I thought it was a fluke. Then I got the dreaded no hr or -- symbol on my watch. Sometimes it would show my hr and sometimes it would not.
Summary: This is the second M5 that I have owned. The first one was perfect; it never lost it's signal, always kept a consistent reading, basically it functioned the way it was supposed to. Then after a year of perfect use, it died. I sent it into Suunto, they sent a replacement, with excellent customer service. However, the replacement, will just not hold a signal. I constantly lose the HR during a workout, or run.
It is good for what it claims (Review is for the silver/white face, woman wrist band)
12 October 2011
Summary: This is my first HRM, finally bought after researched for a few months and asked many opinion leaders. I bought this along with a Sigma PC9 for my mom who doesn't need a coded transmitter. I have used this for 6 weeks now, with 3-5 uses a week. I initially wanted to get M2 because of the beautiful look, but as it doesn't support foot pod, I had settled for this one. I bought the M5 running pack that comes with the foot pod and the Movestick.
Summary: The Suunto M5 is very comfortable on the wrist and the strap is also comfortable around the chest. I wore it to measure a 2 hour tennis (singles) match with another weekend warrior and found the results useful. One thing to note, if the strap is worn for more than 2 hours in one session, slight discomfort may occur as the strap gets saturated and may tighten a little around your chest. A quick adjustment should take of this minor discomfort.
Summary: First, do not get the black face. It's completely illegible except in direct bright overhead light. Even the white faced version is hard to read without direct lighting. Second, if you've been wowed by Suunto's high tech EPOC, Training Effect, yada yada yada, don't get excited to buy this watch because the M5 doesn't take advantage of any of those high-tech features.
Summary: I'll start my review by saying I've never owned any other heart rate monitor...that being said... I bought the monitor because I started a workout program to lose weight. I wanted to monitor my heart rate and improve my performance over time. I've owned it and worn it almost daily for the past two months. It's been with me walking to work, at the gym, cycling, skiing, etc. Here's why I have mixed feelings.