We've gone to the edges of the earth trying to find the best swim watch combination for those seeking data, especially heart rate
data, as well as laps and strokes data.
The task is made a bit tougher by virtue of the fact that so many heart rate monitors use 2.4 GHZ transmission and that just won't
play in the water. Enter Polar heart rate monitors to the rescue. The Polar FT1 and Polar FT2 with T31 coded transmitters
will get the heart rate measurement job done in real time but they do not have data download capabilities.
To get data download capabilities you can use watches like the Polar FT7, Polar RS300X, Polar RCX5 and the accompanying
Wearlink chest strap. The Polar Wearlink WIND chest strap will not work for swimming. Using the Polar FT7 or Polar you can use
a Polar Flowlink device to download your swimming heart rate data. With the polar RCX5 you need a Datalink stick.
Basically any Polar heart rate monitors using either a T31 coded chest strap will work and then the Poolmate HR and that is it. Those are the only ways we know of to get continual heart rate while swim training.
The Swimovate Poolmate swim watch is a great solution for counting laps and strokes and has proven much more reliable than the
Oregon Scientific swim watch.
We have tried out tons of swimming watch solutions but we deem those mentioned above to be the most reliable and think you will be very
satisfied with any of these as a solution. Sorry the field is not broader, we are constantly looking, but we are committed to telling you what
works and getting rid o f the things that do not.
If you'd like help selecting a swim watch like the Polar FT7, then just call us here at the Heart Rate Watch Company toll-free at
Rusty Squire, firstname.lastname@example.org, copyright 2013