I purchased this for me and my boyfriend (as a gift for him) so I could have a heart rate monitor in the gym. I have traditionally worn a garmin, but thought this would be a nice option without the heart rate belt, in the gym where the exercise equipment already monitors your other info like mileage etc. I was very disappointed to know you had to hold two fingers on the unit for nearly a minute before you could get a reading! This is not practical when you are needing your arms to keep balance or going very fast. Great Idea just not a great product in application. Doesnt work well at all.
4 people found this review helpful
I wanted a heart rate monitor that would be easy to use during a workout. I bought it be cause of the name; Bowflex designs and makes good equipment. This turned out to be a wrist watch with small numbers that to use it as a heart monitor, one has to hold one's young just right, involve several fingers in various combinations.... Towards the end of a hard work out all that I want is a device that shows what my heart rate is, as I am about to collapse, without having to do too many gymnastics. This gadget doesn't cut it.
4 people found this review helpful
I was unable to set split times for training purposes, just couldn't figure it all out. I did not like the fact that I had to stop running to place my fingers strategically on the metal to get a pulse. Finally, when I could not figure the watch out, I decided to call the two phone numbers given and heard back from no one. Perhaps if you had called with help all would be well? Unfortunately, I allowed the two weeks to pass before realizing I would need to send them back, so in light of the fact that I'd bought 3, two for gifts, I am out almost $50.00.
3 people found this review helpful
This watch looks nice, but the HR monitor does not work at all. I've managed to get 2 inaccurate readings sitting perfectly still and trying over and over. When you are moving or want a quick reading it's useless. The stop watch function cycles over and over up to 59:59 and doesn't keep track of the hours you are timing, so that function is useless to me as well, since I work out for 2+ hours frequently. It's also too large to comfortably wear on my 5'4" female frame. A waste of my money.
2 people found this review helpful
Very plain watch. Well worth what I paid for it (I think $13) but absolutely not worth the list price of $129. But it is nice to have a way to take my pulse when I want to. It seems very accurate. Does not always give me a reading, but I have A-Fib and I think it may just be getting confused with the irregular rhythm. But all in all I like it and wear it all the time.
1 person found this review helpful
Versatile & stylish. I've bought several to replace the broken strap of the previous watch and always get a new color. It seems the rubber strap breaks due to taking the watch on & off frequently. But for this price, I'm okay with that. Besides it gives me something new to buy!!!
The heart monitor function is easy to use and accurate to a few bpm (i.e. good enough). It does have some trouble getting a reading in dry conditions (I live in an arid climate), but putting a little moisture under the watch and on your fingers fixes the problem striaght away. Clock and stop watch functions are easy to read and work how one would expect. I have not tested how rugged it is yet, but as I wear it every day, it is only a matter of time before I do. So far so good.
I wouldn't recommend the device. It takes entirely too long to get a reading and it takes two hands. I had hoped/expected that I could look at the device and get a pulse rate during exercise but being worn on the wrist doesn't get a reading. You must push a button on the watch with your other hand and then use two fingers from that other hand to hold sensors on the watch. It works but not what I had wanted. Shame it doesn't get the pulse rate from teh wrist strap.
I find the fit, the feel, and the readability of the watch to be excellent. I rarely take it off. I like how it quickly picks up my heart rate.
However, I find the alarm to be too quiet, and I wish the light would stay on longer. These are minor, and they do NOT take away from my enjoyment of the watch.
I am an oarsman I row for fun and train hard for it. I use my heart rate as a guide for listening to my body. This frees me from having to use a strap around my chest which is very uncomfortable and it has all the other gadgets of a regular digital watch. It works great, I highly recommend it