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SlowerThanYou Rookie 2 posts since
Nov 10, 2009
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Nov 18, 2009 2:16 PM

What tracking device is best? Polar, Garmin, etc?

I am looking to track time, distance, hear rate, heart zone, calories, etc.  I mostly run outdoors, but also lift weights and do cardio indoors.  Any suggestions?  What you like, don't like?

  • DSchiemel Pro 45 posts since
    Nov 24, 2008

    First of all, great question! It is one that I constantly find myself going back to. While I cannot say one brand is better than the other; I realize this leaves you still in the lurch, as its been several long weeks of research on which watch is better for myself I can at least confidently share some hopefully helpful information. It’s a monumental task to figure out which is perfect for your lifestyle. As a Tri-athlete I still haven’t come to conclusion to make a purchase. Most importantly in today’s economic climate you have to present a budget and try to stick within it. As you look to add additional features to the watch you begin to rack up the net price. I say net price because the base price of most watches isn’t terribly expensive (lets say 200 to 350) but when you want to track miles, mph, calories, speed, distance, GPS maps, heart rate, zone heart rate etc…(the list can go on and on) you can very easily cross the $500. That’s a lot of green for athletic watch! I digress, I would recommend going with a middle range Polar watch one of the FT (stand for Fitness & Cross-Training) models. Buy one from a retailer with an excellent return policy so if you try the watch and hate it you can at the very least return it (obviously before purchasing find out the return policy). As a cheap alternative I would recommend the Nike+ product (runs you about $30 bucks relying on that you already own an ipod) this keeps track of distance, pace, calories, and lets you log your runs/work outs online at I purpose this as an alternative way to determine if you really need all that additional data that a watch along with a heavy dollar invest can provide you with. Let me know if you decide to pull the trigger on the watch thing. Good luck with you decision. All the best.

  • kevingoorijan Rookie 4 posts since
    Apr 19, 2010
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    2. Apr 20, 2010 9:46 AM (in response to DSchiemel)
    Re: What tracking device is best? Polar, Garmin, etc?

    Best device in what?  Climbing, running, skiing? For running, the best running shoes I could think of is mizuno.  For Skiing, it should be spyder jackets.  For basketball, its molten.

  • mscrowder Rookie 1 posts since
    Oct 24, 2010

    Personally I prefer Garmin to Polar. The FR60 is a great intro level heartrate moniter and while it doesn't use GPS is will allow you to track your workouts when indoors (with GPS you can't can pace and distance information on many indoor tracks). If you really want GPS then the 210 with HR moniter is great but their really amazing watch is the new 610. It gets rave reviews and uses a touch screen. This will be my next watch.


    Polar recently came out with the first really functional underwater HR moniter and GPS watch but for the price and easy to use features I prefer the Garmin products.

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