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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 9:01 am 
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I've clocked up over 100,000kms (5years) with my old garmin strap and still going strong... Granted they aren't the best looking strap but it's been damn reliable for me.... No static issues. Only gripe would be that now and again it doesn't initially pick up my HR for a few minutes til I get a bit sweaty. So unless a number of people can convince u that there's something better out there, stick with the old style. It's laughable, but after how good the old garmin strap was for reliability and longevity, how could they fark up the premium one so badly?

Thankfully, I've got an (new) old spare to move onto if I ever need to replace it...


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 13, 2014 2:14 pm 
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Same situation here. Old strap works great, and I usually apply a little saliva before heading out the door.
My wife had one of the new versions... I tried it twice before it ended up in the trash.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 7:57 am 
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The new Wahoo strap?

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 14, 2014 2:28 pm 
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I've logged maybe 8-9 workouts with the mio link (half cycling half running) and I can say that it is probably the most accurate HRM I've used yet. Not once have I had it completely drop out or log a 220bpm value.
Downsides are the $100 price tag, relatively low battery life (about 8 hours) and potentially a slower update rate, but I've got to say that I'm impressed. I've logged data both with an ant+ watch on my wrist and my cell phone in my pocket on my back or on my opposite hip.
There's clearly some some issues as there's a lot of negative feedback on the dcrainmaker review site, but I get the feeling that it either works for you or it doesn't based on your wrist size, skin color, etc.
Biggest thing for me is that I actually use it, because it's not super inconvenient to put on.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 12:41 am 
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I had seen plenty of reports of bad experiences with garmin premium. Interwebz research suggested that Bontrager had same OEM as most others but they spec'd a higher quality strap that was more durable, so I forked almost full retail for a Bontrager. So far (6 months), no complaints.
Beware: Unless something has changed since I did my research, Suunto use ANT but not ANT+, which makes them incompatible with anything but Suunto.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 8:02 am 
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I used the premium Garmin strap at first, went through one rinse in only water, then didn't work properly anymore. Then I switched to a Polar, worked really well until again, a rinse in water, then came the erratic readings.

I've since gone back to the CycleOps strap I got with my PowerTap and it's worked flawlessly every time.

Same as this one
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:23 pm 
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I just went through the search for a new HR strap as well. I have the very reliable Garmin (older plastic version that came with my 705 which Kevin posted above).
Sadly, it wasn't working once I got an ICD. The wireless signal from the ICD certainly isn't in the same ANT+ spectrum, but for some reason the HR data was no longer reliable.
I got both the Mio Link (~$85) and the newer Garmin Premium Soft Strap to see what would work.

The Mio Link worked ok, but if I put in a short effort, the Mio sometimes didn't notice (at times, showing a dropping HR when it should be increasing).
I had it tight (as they recommend) but it just wasn't as accurate as the Garmin - though the Mio Link data probably is fairly accurate for average HR for an entire ride as the signal was never dropped.

The newer Garmin Soft Strap worked well (no interference) so I think I'm going to continue with that. Hopefully it won't fail after a year or two as some on this thread have experienced.
I wanted to like the Mio Link, but I don't think the technology for wrist-based ANT+ monitors has evolved to it's fullest potential yet. The short battery life is also another reason to look elsewhere.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 09, 2014 1:03 am 
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No need to quote above...


I wonder if your ICD goes off whether it will fry the sensor in the heart rate strap! Would certainly make for interesting data! [THUMBS UP SIGN]


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I kept the Mio... just in case :wink:

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 25, 2014 6:52 pm 
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I worry if your ICD goes off while on the bike (downhill) you might have other issues to worry about than the heart rate strap.. I have read it is a painful and shocking experience.

I have a bi-ventricular PM myself, it wirelessly communicates with a device on my nightstand, but I don't think it sends any wireless signals at other times. Still I always thought it was the cause I could never get the Garmin "Premium" straps to work well, dropping out every single ride. Now I got the Polar soft strap and using it with the Garmin sensor, there are no more dropouts. So it was just the Garmin design being incompatible with my skinny body shape or steel wire bumps remaining in my breast bone after an aortic valve replacement surgery.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 7:21 am 
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drmutley wrote:
No need to quote above...


I wonder if your ICD goes off whether it will fry the sensor in the heart rate strap! Would certainly make for interesting data! [THUMBS UP SIGN]


Really mod? Over officious?

Admin edit: or, you could read the post from Frankie-B...

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=126225&p=1077509#p1077509

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 01, 2014 6:23 pm 
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I have both the Mio watch and the wrist strap (that sends my HR to my Garmin). I've found it to be very good and much prefer it to using the Garmin chest strap. The data also equates to my BP/HR monitor.

It's important to me because I had quadruple bypass surgery on 23 May so I like/need to record my HR.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 15, 2014 1:53 pm 
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I had Garmin Premium HR strap. After a few months, readings started to be unstable, which is a problem everyone sees.

I did everything written on internet to fix the issue, icluding buying the polar strap.
Just waste of time and money.

Go for the original, old, cheaper garmin HR band.
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