Garmin might make great bike computers, but they can't seem to make a heart rate monitor that will last more than a year. last one made 11 months. I don't expect them to last forever, but for the price, a couple of years would be nice!
Used it for training, both on the bike and running. Lasted less than a year before the strap became too loose to fit comfortably. And, before that, it started having inaccurate readings even after I changed the battery and paired it again. Overpriced because the Garmin Regular Heart Rate Strap is half the cost and, for me, has lasted years. Ideally, any ANT heart rate strap that pairs with your computer would be better than this one as long as it was reliable and around half the price.
The Garmin Premium Heart Rate Monitor Soft Strap really is the cat's jammies! The strap is soft, pliable and comfortable, even during strenuous long durations. Long gone is the uncomfortable, unforgiving hard plastic chest straps that would create a permanent mark on your body for days (exaggeration). This soft strap is a break-through!!!!
If you are looking for a replacement strap or if this is your first foray into the heart rate monitoring venue, you won't go wrong with this product!!!!
On the previous generation of HR monitor it was acting very erratically. Tried a fresh battery and it wasn't the cause. So I replaced with this one, works 100%, no issues, feels comfortable (but had no comfort issues with last one either). Have used it on about 35 rides now since buying. Better design.
This heart rate monitor is much improved over the prior Garmin soft strap in terms of consistency and comfort. The other straps I have used could be effected by the base layer or other layers on top of that and this new does not have those problems.
Unlike the other strap I have used, this one sucks. First, it does not split in two, so you have to pull it over your head or under your legs every time you put it on, which is a giant pain, especially when it is soaked with sweat. Second, the material used in the back is really thin, so rather than staying flat, it bunches up into a skinny string. I love Garmin, but they really missed the mark with this product!
Just replaced my Garmin HR monitor and so far it seems to work much better than the original monitor that I had and was broken by my parrot. This model has 2 additional contact points that seem to really help get a consistent reading on the Garmin 800. I would recommend this unit if you like to follow your HR while training.