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Recently, I have been doing a lot of cardio training, as part of an exercise regime set for me by a friend and colleague, someone who also needed a 'client' for his personal fitness course in order to give a program to. One of the things we had to do was to measure my heart rate over a certain distance, trying to push my rate to its limit, drop it down and then see how much it could change.
I was a bit nervous at first, wondering if I'd be able to do this, and so he walked me through what the machine would do. We used this one, and essentially it just measures your heart rate. Putting it on was relatively easy, and all I had to do was make sure it was on, and then adjust it for comfort. It was easy to do this, the straps are easily changeable and they are comfy enough. Nothing dug in anywhere, and you have to place it just below the breast area in order to get the proper reading from your heart.
I wasn't entirely sure how accurate this would be, but as I started running, we realised there is a delay of a few seconds as that is how long the reading takes to change as you are running. Using the monitor throughout my 20 minute run was surprisingly comfy all the way through, even when I was going at full pelt and then dropping back down again, sweating profusely and wondering whether it would start to rub or not. Quite simply, it didn't.
This is perhaps the main thing for me. You'd expect the science to be quite accurate, in terms of measuring my heart rate, and it certainly did seem so. Really, this should be the expected part of the device. But for the runner, the test will be whether or not it holds comfort. I have used this a few times now, the device is very consistent and it is also very comfortable. It's easy to clean, and as easy to put on, adjust and take off again.
The device itself is very clinical when it comes to measuring your heart rate. It's up to you to decide which of the other Sole Cardio products you want to use in order to take the measurements. There is a whole range of them to choose from and it depends on what you need to results for. The good thing about the strap with respect to this is that it is compatible with other Sole Cardio products. You'd be confused if it wasn't, I suppose.
Overall then, this is a very good product, and one I'd firmly recommend. It's not cheap, and it seems as if the RRP of nearly £30 would be a lot for a strap that goes around your chest, but it has a purpose and fits in with other Sole Cardio range products, so it's up to you whether or not it's worth the money.
Sole Fitness Heart Rate Chest Strap