Garmin Heart Rate Monitor

Garmin is known world over for their GPS tracking systems used in cars, airplanes, and motorcycles. Their gear is worn by athletes and consumers seeking to lose weight by measuring activity. This company also makes heart rate monitors such as the HRM Tri and Forerunner 235.

Take a closer look at these two and other heart rate monitors by Garmin, highlighted below. The Forerunner series, in particular, is well-known by athletes but the company carries a wide range of products costing from $70 to several hundred. The brand is also carried by many stores, so customers will have no trouble finding their perfect Garmin product.

Garmin HRM Tri

Garmin HRM Tri

This is a strap monitor, worn around the waists of swimmers, cyclists, and runners. One function tracks acceleration. Another monitors ground contact. It’s the ideal tracking system for triathletes: hence the name “Tri.”

Garmin Forerunner 15

Garmin Forerunner 15s

Instead of a waist strap, we have a watch in the usual format: a wrist-strap monitor which also provides activity data, like a fitness tracking watch. Keep an eye on how long you were moving and how far you went. Track how many calories you used up and even get the watch wet.

It’s safe for 50 meters. Stay on your scheduled course with the built in GPS. Go further fearlessly and always know the way home. Recharge the battery for your Garmin Forerunner 15 to extend its life and be environmentally conscious.

When you don’t use GPS, your battery lasts for weeks. A USB cable acts as a charger and also connects to a computer so you can log fitness and performance data.

Garmin Forerunner 235

Garmin Forerunner 235s

This is another GPS-enabled, water resistant machine. Track both resting and active heart rate plus your steps throughout the day. Reviewers love the 15, an acceptable alternative for the casual athlete.

Garmin FR70 Heart Rate Monitor

Garmin FR70

This chest strap monitor by Garmin is waterproof to 50M like the Forerunner 15. It is sold in two colors and is adjustable, but those are not the parts athletes care about most. It comes with a battery you can replace and recharge for roughly 12 months, again not critical. Consumers want data like the swimming tracker telling you how many laps you completed, Android connectivity, a progress monitor, online tracking system, and goal setting features.

Fenix HR

Fenix 3 HR

Garmin’s most expensive Heart Rate tracking device features a stainless steel antenna, GPS, and an easy-to-read display you can even see when the sun is glaringly bright outside. A compass, barometer, and altitude meter are built in so that hard-core athletes can keep track of everything that might affect running or cycling performance.

Specially treated bevelling, a silicone band, and carefully constructed buttons protect the face of your HR monitor with its fantastic resolution and possible 40-hour battery when not in GPS mode. Count how many steps you take each day, track sleep patterns, and monitor caloric intake.

Figure out your average running speed and oxygen consumption when you ski, kayak, swim, run, or whatever you’re doing in or near water, a dry canyon trail, or anywhere an active lifestyle takes you, never becoming hopelessly lost by the miles your adventurous nature wants to cover.

Garmin Heart Rate Monitor
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Todd Stohrdahl

Todd Stohrdahl keeps a close eye on fitness topics and will never turn down an opportunity to play competitive sports. He’s a fierce competitor and brings his “hustle and muscle” mentality to our editorial team.