Reviews and Problems with Garmin Premium Soft Strap Heart Rate Monitor
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Does what it's supposed to do!
13 June 2013
Summary: I originally bought a Garmin forerunner 110 without a chest strap because I thought the functional chest strap I had would work... unfortunately, it didn't. so, I had to buy one separately. This did the trick, synced perfected with my device, and has provided an accurate estimation of calories burned since. It also syncs with the treadmills at the gym, which is a nice (unnecessary, but nice) additional bit of functionality.
Summary: I have had this particular HRM for about two and a half years. I cycle, and in the time I've been using this HRM I've put in about 750 hours of riding. Here's what I've discovered. The Good: - Out of the box was easy to sync with both my Edge 500 and DigiFit (with case) on my iPhone. - Worked without any spikes or erratic HR readings until about three months ago. Figured the battery was probably getting pretty low, so I went to change it ...
Summary: I purchased the soft strap heart rate monitor after the battery died on my original HRM. From the start I had two issues with it: first getting it to stay positioned properly, it had a tendency to flip on my chest breaking contact unless I tightened it to almost uncomfortable levels. The other, even more bothersome issue, was that the edges of the strap sliced my skin, and so I had two parallel cuts on either side of my chest.
Summary: I highly recommend no one buy this product. It simply does not work! If you are lucky, it works for a month, maybe three. Then it malfunctions in every possible way. Mine alternates between not saying I have any heartbeat at all (usually at the most inopportune times like at the beginning of a race), reading incredibly high like 194 when I am running 17 minute miles, reading incredibly low like 65 when I am running at a 9:30 mile pace, or reading normal and then surging...
Summary: I have worn Polar HRM's for a couple of years now and had a Timex IronMan HRM before that. I switched to the Garmin recently because I wanted Ant+ so that I could move the functionality to my iPhone. The strap does the job from a technical standpoint... Ant+ worked well with the Wahoo Ant+ dongle that I purchased. After my first run of about 5 miles, I came home and found that the strap had chaffed/cut me on my chest immediately below the sensor.
Summary: After wearing the former heart rate monitor strap from Garmin for about 4 years, this new one came as a hug..is softer, feels lighter and you forget you have it. the sensors in the previous were in a long (about 12 inches) piece of plastic that did not allow the skin to breath, and in the hot days of summer was not good. this one breathes much better.
Beware, Shorter strap than regular Garmin HR strap.
Luke Roberts "LR", Amazon
30 July 2012
Summary: I bought this strap to replace the regular garmin strap that came with my 305. Even at its longest strap extension, it is too small. In comparison, I have at least an extra inch of strap on the stock garmin to play with and none on the premium version. For the record I am not a huge man: 6'3" ~205, not fat and not incredibly muscular either. If you've EVER done a bench press, this is not for you.
Summary: This HRM is definitely more confortable than the non premium garmin HRM but it really does not like static! - Bike ride with a synthetic running shirt + Garmin HRM premium + Garmin 305 As soon as I passed 18mph, my heart rate was over 200. I f I put my hand over the shirt on the HR, my heart rate gets back to normal.