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Sportline Heart Rate Monitor

Sportline heart rate monitorSportline is a prominent manufacturer of fitness equipment, particularly heart rate monitors and pedometers. It is a subsidiary of the EB Brands group, which also manufactures products such as Samsonite and American Tourister travel accessories.

Its heart rate monitors are sold under three main labels - the Duo series, the Solo series and the TQR series. There is also the company's innovative Meta 1075, which incorporates an MP3 player. You can read more about all these products at the company's own website.

Sportline products tend to be at the cheaper end of the scale, with fewer high-tech functions than some of the advanced models from companies like Polar and Garmin.

One of its most popular devices is the Sportline Solo 900 Heart Rate Monitor Watch (picture). According to a product description:

Easily measure your intensity level while jogging or working out with the Sportline Solo 900 heart rate watch. Boasting patented S-Pulse One-Touch technology, the watch responds to a single touch of the finger to deliver accurate EKG heart readings in just a few seconds. Merely hit the center button and you're set.

Even better, he Solo 900 doesn't require an uncomfortable chest belt, nor does it require you to stand still to measure your pulse. Easy to use, accurate, and responsive, the Solo 900 is a must for the modern workout enthusiast.

Other details include a built-in chronograph, 12- and 24-hour time settings, a large digital backlit display, an hourly chime, and an alarm. Water-resistant to 30 meters, the unisex watch is backed by a one-year warranty.

It is not easy to find online any objective reviews of the company's monitors. However, at online sales sites such as Amazon.com you can find customer reviews of its products, and these can provide some useful guidance.

Here, for example is a review of the Solo 900 monitor, from a user who awarded it three stars (out of five):

I recently bought a recumbent bike and I was curious as to how much of a workout it was actually giving me, so I wanted to invest in a heart rate monitor. Yes, I could have gone much more fancier, gotten something with all the bells and whistles, but I would have paid a ton more.

It works for what you need it for. There is no chest strap, and the idea of needing one bothers me, so for what I was looking for, this does a good job.

Great starter / entry level monitor.

And a five-star review:

I found this heart monitor watch on clearance at a local department store and bought it due to its low price. I was looking for a heart monitor that would stand up to water as my main form of exercise is water aerobics. For the price I figured I wouldn't mind if it did not stand up to the humidity, moisture, and possible accidental drop in water.

It has more than lived up to what I wanted. I even measured its heart monitor rate against my doctor's rate for my heart and it came within two beats. It has endured the pool environment successfully and impressively. I don't have to slow down much to pick the watch up, put it over my wrist and press the button. And yes, I did accidently drop it in the pool without realizing immediately. Less than a minute I did realize and was able to get it from the pool floor with it still working. The display faded out for a few minutes but then it was right back, working without any problems or side effects from the drop in the pool.

Although I paid bare minimum for it I would easily pay this price or more. I am now looking for one that does have a few more bells and whistles. This one is bare minimum on features but has sold me on its brand name.

In February 2009 Consumer Reports named the Sportline Solo 960 as one of its top rated heart rate monitors.

* Learn More and Get the Latest Prices on the Sportline Heart Rate Monitor.

See also my Guide to Buying the Best Heart Rate Monitor. And check out the heart rate monitor bestseller rankings at Amazon.com to see what people are currently buying.

November 23rd, 2009

 

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