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Garmin Forerunner 230 GPS Running Watch + Heart Rate Monitor

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Includes heart rate compatibility, activity tracking (tracks distance, pace, time, heart rate and VO2 max) and connected features like automatic uploads to Garmin Connect. - Discombobulated

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Written by DJ3xclusive Edited May 10, 2017 at 02:46 PM by johnny_miller
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Just checked. Bumped from rhr of 59 to 82 for about 2 minutes.
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Not everyone needs or wants to know heart rate. I've raced for several years and haven't bothered much with it.

24/7 tracking of heart rate and other stuff does seem the in-thing lately though. A co-worker has one of the Vivo watches, and for some reason at work was showing everyone the heart rate logging while he was sleeping. It was mildly interesting, I guess. For like 30 seconds. Next it will be tracking their heart rates while taking a dump, lol.
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Presumably, you're comparing HR functionality with strap versus on wrist. I'd say that the chest strap HR monitors still have their uses.

My old Garmin (don't recall what model number) with a chest strap was nearly 100% accurate. Except when absolutely dry (which was almost never with Hawaii's humidity index), it reported accurately pretty much all of the time.

My new Garmin 225 with optical wrist monitor works "good enough". It may skip a beat or two. Sometimes it reports outrageous figures: 180BPM while resting. 110BPM while running up a hill. But knowing what my rates should be, I can easily discern when it is misreporting. In my opinion, it is about 95% accurate about 90% to 95% of the time. (In reading Amazon reviews of the Garmin Vivoactive, customers report basically the same issue.)

So, it would seem that the wrist monitors have a way to go before they are as good as the chest strap HR monitors.
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FANTASTIC price for a FANTASTIC watch. HR is a bonus'
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I don't understand why anyone wants a watch without hr built in. My vivoactive hr is spot on with the hr. And no more chafing from a damn strap.
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155.00 at amazon.com
Garmin Forerunner 230 - Black/White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016PAP...-ybZ0Y86A9

But no HR...
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155.00 at amazon.com
Garmin Forerunner 230 - Black/White
very nice. looks like the lowest ever according to camel! $4 for the hrm is a no brainer though..
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I don't understand why anyone wants a watch without hr built in. My vivoactive hr is spot on with the hr. And no more chafing from a damn strap.
Not everyone needs or wants to know heart rate. I've raced for several years and haven't bothered much with it.

24/7 tracking of heart rate and other stuff does seem the in-thing lately though. A co-worker has one of the Vivo watches, and for some reason at work was showing everyone the heart rate logging while he was sleeping. It was mildly interesting, I guess. For like 30 seconds. Next it will be tracking their heart rates while taking a dump, lol.
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I don't understand why anyone wants a watch without hr built in. My vivoactive hr is spot on with the hr. And no more chafing from a damn strap.
Lots of folks. With that being said, I've had the regular vivoactive for a year and love it. But I'm upgrading to a Garmin with a HR soon.
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Not everyone needs or wants to know heart rate. I've raced for several years and haven't bothered much with it.

24/7 tracking of heart rate and other stuff does seem the in-thing lately though. A co-worker has one of the Vivo watches, and for some reason at work was showing everyone the heart rate logging while he was sleeping. It was mildly interesting, I guess. For like 30 seconds. Next it will be tracking their heart rates while taking a dump, lol.
Just checked. Bumped from rhr of 59 to 82 for about 2 minutes.
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I don't understand why anyone wants a watch without hr built in. My vivoactive hr is spot on with the hr. And no more chafing from a damn strap.
Presumably, you're comparing HR functionality with strap versus on wrist. I'd say that the chest strap HR monitors still have their uses.

My old Garmin (don't recall what model number) with a chest strap was nearly 100% accurate. Except when absolutely dry (which was almost never with Hawaii's humidity index), it reported accurately pretty much all of the time.

My new Garmin 225 with optical wrist monitor works "good enough". It may skip a beat or two. Sometimes it reports outrageous figures: 180BPM while resting. 110BPM while running up a hill. But knowing what my rates should be, I can easily discern when it is misreporting. In my opinion, it is about 95% accurate about 90% to 95% of the time. (In reading Amazon reviews of the Garmin Vivoactive, customers report basically the same issue.)

So, it would seem that the wrist monitors have a way to go before they are as good as the chest strap HR monitors.
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just checked. Bumped from rhr of 59 to 82 for about 2 minutes.
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THIS IS NOT A SMARTWATCH. Many people who hate the screen are expecting everything out of this watch, but honestly I love it. It's like an eInk screen akin to that of a kindle, but with color. Works GREAT is any normal daylight/working light conditions. I rarely need to use the backlight and I've never had issues ever seeing anything on the screen, even in bright sun. Sure, the colors don't look as vibrant as on a phone or apple/galaxy/moto smartwatch, but what you lose in color vibrancy, you earn in battery life.
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Heart rate strap offers a way more accurate reading than the wrist sensors. They'll get there eventually but just not yet. Garmins are great.
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THIS IS NOT A SMARTWATCH. Many people who hate the screen are expecting everything out of this watch, but honestly I love it. It's like an eInk screen akin to that of a kindle, but with color. Works GREAT is any normal daylight/working light conditions. I rarely need to use the backlight and I've never had issues ever seeing anything on the screen, even in bright sun. Sure, the colors don't look as vibrant as on a phone or apple/galaxy/moto smartwatch, but what you lose in color vibrancy, you earn in battery life.
Agreed. I've had this watch for about a year now and wear it every day. I love it. Battery life is excellent and some of my favorite features are built-in GPS, notifications, waterproofing, and it's really lightweight! I opted to go for the 230 vs. 235 (built-in HR) because I've heard the HR measuring isn't all that accurate. I bought the HR strap featured in this deal and have no issues with it. This is a GREAT deal on a GREAT watch. Just know what you're getting and you're good.
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amazon has it for $155.03

Garmin Forerunner 230 - Black/White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016PAP...-ybHV1P4GZ
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