Polar RS400 Heart Rate Monitor Review

Suitable for the more advanced athlete the Polar RS400 heart rate monitor is packed with features. These features do come at a price of over $150, but this would not be uncommon for some of the more advanced types of HRM. The styling is very cool, but this does not come at the expense of using some functionality and ease of use. But it will take a little bit of time to get used to the interface and you learn how to fully utilize it.

There is a foot pod available at an extra cost, but it is very useful to indicate your speed when you are running. The Polar RS400 also has the ability to set speed targets before your training session and it will sound an alarm when you are in the target zone you set. This gives you huge flexibility when planning and executing your training.

This HRM comes with training planner software that you can install on your computer and use to track previous workouts and plan different intensity levels for upcoming ones. This really lets you work towards an optimum level of fitness which you will be able to achieve through a process of planning and focused training execution.

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Suunto M1 HRM

The Suunto M1 heart rate monitor is the entry level and cheapest model from this manufacturer of high precision and design HRMs. As it is an entry level product it does not have many of the features some of Suunto’s other products have, but at a price of $90 this cannot be expected. But you do get a great style and design associated with Suunto.

 

If you are new to using heart rates to improve your performance and fitness level then this is a very good choice. It doesn’t have many advanced features but they can be distractions when you are trying to get used to this type of training. Being able to focus on heart rate at the very start is important as you will not overload yourself with trying to over-optimize your performance.

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Polar CS300 HRM

The Polar CS300 heart rate monitor is a mid level HRM that packs quite a lot of features for a more advanced athlete looking to really analyse and improve workout sessions. It is specifically designed for cycling and cross training and comes with the bike mount and speed sensor in the box, all for $140. Overall this is a great value package.

 

The CS300 also includes the ability to use a wireless speed sensor that gives you feedback about your pace while cycling. This is particularly handy to have for your training data tracking as you will not be tracking data from your HRM and your bike’s odometer separately. More flexibility in data tracking will give you a much better picture of you perform on each training sessions.

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Omron HR-310 HRM

The Omron HR-310 heart rate monitor is a basic entry level HRM and is the most fully featured device offered by Omron. With a price tag of $40 it is very affordable especially for people who are just trying to get started with heart rate guided training. When you are just starting out with this form of training then you might not want to spend a huge amount of money at the very start. This device makes it a very good option.

A fantastic feature of this HRM is that it will alert you visually and through an audio signal when you enter your optimum heart rate zone. This is very useful, as it means that you do not have to constantly check whether or not you are optimally performing during your workout. You can simply focus on your pace and technique or just let your mind drift without underperforming.

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Suunto M5 HRM

The Suunto M5 heart rate monitor is a fully packed HRM that features some very advanced functionality, usually only found on very high end and expensive types like the Suunto Ambit. While the M5 does not come with a built in GPS, you do have the option to buy either a foot, bike or GPS POD that will allow you to track your speed and distance.

 

Along with your real time heart rate the M5 will also calculate your calories burned which is a great feature if you are aiming for a specific weight loss. The display of the watch is large enough to accommodate multiple data points meaning that you do not have to constantly switch between different views.

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