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...