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Suunto Heart Rate Monitor

Suunto heart rate monitorFinnish sporting goods manufacturer Suunto has a history that dates back to 1936, although it did not start manufacture of heart rate monitors until 2004. It now makes a range of these devices under the name T-series. You can read more at the company website, although you will probably learn more by visiting the Suunto Store at Amazon.com, where you can find special offers and promotions, as well as customer reviews and news about new products.

The Suunto t6c (picture) is an excellent example of the company's technological prowess. It is a Suunto heart rate monitor, although the company also describes it as a fitness trainer and as a sports laboratory. According to an official production description:

* Comprehensive physiological analysis on PC
* Real-time Training Effect and EPOC
* Altimeter for hill and altitude performance
* Speed, distance and cycling cadence with optional PODs
* Customizable screen layout for individual information needs
* Comfort Belt for improved fit and feel
* Available also in Suunto Performance Packs - ready to go solutions with PODs for triathlon, cycling, running, and GPS

Additional functions include real-time heart rate and calories, watch with dual time, date, alarm, stopwatch with lap times, interval and countdown timers.

You will find online some reviews of Suunto's monitors. The PC Coach website did a lengthy (five pages) review of three monitors, including the Suunto t6, and concluded, in part:

The Suunto t6 is set up as a direct competitor to the Polar S625X. The technology used is either similar or licensed from exactly the same provider. Coming out one year later, they had a chance to one-up their cross-town rival. In a strict hardware comparison, the Suunto watch is slightly smaller and lighter than the Polar, and more streamlined, so it looks and feels less clunky. It also looks better aesthetically, in my opinion. Suunto’s choice to use the ANT wireless network is important, and it is an obvious selling point for those users who encounter interference from other athletes.

You can also find some customer reviews at Amazon.com. Here is one five-star review:

This is the best heart rate monitor I've ever owned. I'm a physician and a triathlete and fitness nut. This is the best one I've owned thus far. It is by far the most durable in terms of build quality. I currently own the Garmin 405, T4c, and the T6c. The T6c is the most durable and reliable of the three. The build quality of the t4c is a joke. Having the GPS on the 405 is nice but constantly having to recharge the watch is a real pain. I travel a lot and its just plain inconvenient. Save yourself the money and get the T6c.

And a four-star review:

I've been working out 6-7 days a week for the last 15 years without a break.

I've owned the T6c for about 9 months now and use it 6 days a week - cardio indoor, weightlifting, road biking, and outdoor running. By reviewing the data it collects during workouts I have been able to increase my fitness level. It's given me new insight into my workouts and more importantly an objective set of metrics.

The only issue I have is that the comfort strap that came with it broke after only 6 months. The "clip" simply broke during a workout and checking the web, it seems to be a common problem. I replaced it with the memory strap in hopes that it will have better durability. So far, so good.

* Get Prices and More Information on the Suunto 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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