Looking for an heart rate monitor. Powrlabs are a serious contender.
Suunto has been gradually refining the Spartan line of watches over the years. The Suunto 9 is the companies latest top of the line watch, and they have made some very competitive improvements
Wahoo has a range of heart rate monitors in the TICKR line, all using the standard chest strap. As optical heart rate devices have proliferated on smartwatches, we are also seeing the growth of stand-alone optical HRM units. How has Wahoo tried to differentiate themselves with the Wahoo TICKR fit?
I made no secret of the fact that in my mind the Suunto Spartan was a bit naff. The Suunto Sport HR, was a little bit less naff, with optical HRM. So is third time the charm for the Suunto Spartan range? Let’s see what the Suunto Spartan Trainer Wrist HR has to offer!
Not all running tech costs the earth! Nowhere is that more evident than with Garmin’s Forerunner 35, which I’ve been putting through its paces over the last couple of months. So the question has to be if Garmin does a budget price, does that mean you only get budget performance? Let’s see!
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 of 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 with a MAJOR question: How does the power reading compare with strain gauge derived power meters? It…
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…
When the FitBit Blaze launched earlier this year in Las Vegas, in spite of the Blaze’s smoking looks, I think it’s fair to say it didn’t set the world on fire. Which is a shame! After living with the FitBit Blaze for a few months, whilst it might not have initially been a white hot…
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?
Mio is not just one of the pioneers of optical heart rate sensors, they are also a sports technology in their own right, and produce, my opinion, THE BEST STRAPS on any wrist mounted device out there. In hearing Mio was releasing an activity tracker AND optical HRM device, well, I couldn’t wait for a…