Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The HRM Saga Continues...

I received a call from a representative at the Polar Service Center in Ann Arbor, MI about my Polar S120 watch.  Basically, it's toast.

I'm still using my older and more basic model watch right now, but I know that once I start upping the training with intervals and running in races where I'll want my splits I'm going to want to see more than just my HR on the screen.

So here are my options:
  • Take the trade-in plan from Polar for a new HRM.  This will cost me in the $75 to $150 range - depending on which model I choose.
  • Buy an old, refurbished or used HRM on eBay.  This may end up being about the same price as the first option.
  • Get into the world of GPS and go with a Garmin Forerunner.  If I want to go with the 305, it looks like I can get one on eBay for about $175 and the newer 405 is about $310.  I've heard good things about both and most Garmin peeps swear by them.  The 305 is definitely more in my budget, but it looks like you're toting a brick on your wrist.
I'll ponder it over the next few days.  I've used Polar products for the past 4 years, so it will be tough to turn away from them.  However, I've heard great things about the Garmin and since I have to purchase a new running watch anyways, I may take the plunge...

On another note, my Hundred Push Up challenge continues as well.  Today was the first set of Week 4.  I did 113 total - sets of 21, 25, 21, 21 and 25.  Let's see if I can get out of Week 4 this time around!


Marcy said...

Oooohhhh you will never be the same if you go Garmin LOL. You get used to the bulk of it. Go for it!

Rick said...

I have a friend on the fire department that just got a 405 from his wife for Christmas and he was exchanging it for a 305 after using it a couple of times. Apparently it has a touch face and every time it hit his sleeve, the display would change? Just food for thought and, I love my 305 and it really is not all that cumbersome. I think the dollars saved is worth any inconvenience in size.

Kirsten said...

I also love my 305. If it died today I'd get another one without giving it a second thought. I don't care for the 405 as much...lacks the geek appeal and the face is too small to show as much info. at one time.