The Polar M430 is an update to the excellent Polar M400 running watch, with the inclusion of heart rate monitoring on the rear. So now that optical HRM has trickled down to the mid levels of Polar’s portfolio, what’s the M430 like out on the run?
Has a year of further firmware development and new hardware in the form of optical heart rate monitoring made the Suunto Spartan into the watch we had always dreamt of, or it all spec sheet and no substance?
The Fitbit Alta HR launched nearly one year after the debut of the original Alta. Has the addition of an optical heart rate monitor managed to catapult the Alta from being an “Also ran” device to one of the categories best devices? Let’s take a long hard look
The Garmin Fenix 5 is out! The successor to the phenomenally successful Garmin Fenix 3. Has Garmin taken all the lessons learnt since the Fenix 3 was released in 2015, and made the Fenix 5 a must buy? Or does the Fenix 5 have an Achilles heel that might keep it from greatness? Let’s see!
The PowerTap PowerCal is a bit if an odd device. A heart rate meter, which also estimates your wattage output when cycling. In such a small package, the PowerCal might be the definitive travel equipment for Zwift, but for the need of one MAJOR question, how does the power reading compare with strain gauge derived…
The number of heart rate monitors on the market is mind-boggling. Most sports gadgets come with an HRM in the box, or at least the option. I personally have 5 knocking around the house – so why buy a separate HRM? Extra features!! With the 4iiii Viiiiva Heart Rate Monitor working as an ANT+ to…
Currently, many Garmin devices now come with optical heart rate monitoring, but currently, they DON’T support optical HR whilst swimming. In which case, if you use a Garmin watch for triathlon training or swimming in general, how do you monitor your HR zones? With the Garmin HRM-Swim, that’s how! Plus you might be able to squeeze…
The Fenix 3 its great. It’a my personal watch. What would have made it better is an optical heart rate sensor. Well Garmin have answered my heart’s desire… The question this Garmin Fenix3 HR Review will ask, is it worth the price of admission however?
Fitbit is to sports trackers as Apple is to MP3 players. Fitness trackers are *almost* colloquially referred to as Fitbits. So whilst I’m waiting for the Fitbit Aria to arrive, I thought it would worth while looking at the Fibit Charge HR, which is ostensibly Fibit’s break out device.
Polar have released their first optical HR device, the Polar A360. The press shots certainly show a very stylish device, with a crystal clear screen, but that could be press shots for you. So how does the A360 work as an activity tracker, and more importantly as a stand-alone optical heart rate monitor?