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Heart rate monitors

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Polar RCX5 Multi

Polar has persisted with the armband-mounted sensor approach to GPS speed/distance monitoring. The advantage of this is a compact wrist unit that’s noticeably slimmer than the Gamin 610. The downside? It’s another piece of kit to misplace or remember to strap on when you’re heading out to train. The RCX5 has plenty of great features, […]

Polar RCX5 Multi
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Garmin Forerunner 110

Stripped down to the bare necessities, the 110 offers combined GPS and heart rate training without frills or complication. Size-wise, it’s incredibly compact, and GPS watches have certainly come a long way from the Star Trek-esque monstrosities of a few years ago. Out and about, it quickly locks onto its satellites and the reassuringly thin […]

Garmin Forerunner 110
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Polar RS300X G1

This recreational heart rate monitor from Polar, the forefathers of this type of technology, is solid, lightweight and a good all-round performer. This package includes the G1 GPS unit, like the Polar RS800CX, but we do wonder why anyone but the most data-hungry would stump up the difference. This watch supplies a wide range of […]

Polar RS300X G1
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Suunto T3c Running Pack

This Suunto monitor has an understated but masculine style and boasts a good level of technology, notably via the ANT+ communication that permits bike and running peripherals to be integrated into your training. The bundled foot pod doesn’t compare to the micro offering from Garmin, but it’s still lightweight and certainly a cost-effective equivalent to […]

Suunto T3c Running Pack
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Cardiosport GT5

From the packaging through to the watch and dock design, the GT5 looks like old stock from the 1990s! But no, this is the pinnacle heart rate monitor from Cardiosport with a comparatively low profile and simple design. The coded heart rate strap is the same as you’ll find in the Sigma Onyx and the […]

Cardiosport GT5
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Garmin Forerunner XT310

Very rarely do we come across a piece of technology that can perform to our highest expectations. With the XT310, Garmin has exceeded them. This is a truly multifunctional device with a simple and completely reconfigurable interface. The extensive levels of functionality even allow a relative technophobe to be up and running (quite literally!) in […]

Garmin Forerunner XT310
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Polar RS800CX Multi

Polar demands respect when it comes to performance, but as the RS800CX is one of the most expensive monitors we’ve tested, it needs to prove its worth. Specification-wise, everything is covered, and when combined with the improved Polar Pro 5 software, this really is a device that can help you guide, improve and plan your […]

Polar RS800CX Multi
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Ciclosport HAC 5 Titan

The Ciclosport definitely lives up to its name size-wise but how does it compare to Goliaths such as the Garmin XT310? Well, after reading the functions list and spotting the ‘pod’ design that allows you to attach the monitor to the bike without the strap, you’ll soon understand: Titan by name, Titan by nature it […]

Ciclosport HAC 5 Titan
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Sigma Onyx Pro

Sigma’s Onyx Pro is one of the cheapest HR monitors available, but the company with a strong track record cycling computers hasn’t skimped on the details. While the Onyx Pro may not be the sexiest object, it feels well built, with some quality materials and simple design. As soon as you get your fingers on […]

Sigma Onyx Pro
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Garmin FR60

One of our favourite phrases is ‘keep it simple’ and the FR60 does just that: it’s simple to set up, simple to use and simple to look at. If all you’re after is reliability, a high specification and a solid database for recording all of your training efforts, then you’ll really struggle to find a […]

Garmin FR60