View Full Version : Heart Rate Monitors

September 4th, 2004, 12:38 AM
I'm looking for a good heart rate monitor to wear while swimming.

I have tried the two that I have here at the house and neither one works in the water. Both are water proof but neither registered the heart rate once they were submerged.

1) Cardiosport chest strap and watch - works great until the chest strap transmitter touched the water, then the watch didn't register the rate. If I stood up and got the strap out of the water it immediately started tracking the heart rate again.

2) MioSensor watch (no chest strap) - works great until it got in the water. Wouldn't ever display the heart rate during the swim and didn't start picking it up again until about a 1/2 hour after the swim.

I've been looking at some Polar models since they advertise they are water proof, but the other two were water resistant and handled the water just fine, just didn't work in the water. I don't want to spend another $200 and have another dryland monitor.

Anyone using anything that registers the heart rate WHILE you're swimming?


September 20th, 2004, 06:09 PM
I had a cateye monitor and ran into the same issue. I just got a polar s150 and it does swim, bike, and run with a chest strap. I was in a lake with it 3 times so far and YES it does register while you are swimming. When I get tired, I flip over on my back to rest and reach my hand up and check my heart rate. :)

It does not work the greatest for the bike features as I was told that if you use it as a bike computer it is not really accurate. Moreover, for use on a mt. bike, the bike mount to hold the watch is a little weird. SO- it did not register on a ride 2 weeks ago. I believe the S120 is the same unit without the bike functions and maybe is a better deal. It is rather cheap- $119-$139 for the S150.