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Updated: March 20, 2007

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If you don’t want to spend extra money for bells and whistles, the Omron HR-100C is for you, as long as you are not a very petite woman. I highly recommend it.
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Pros
  • Easy to use
  • Ventilated watch band
  • Replaceable battery
  • Audible reminder when out of your target heart rate zone
  • Backlight
Cons
  • Doesn’t have a smaller size for women
  • May need to wet your skin before using the chest strap

Description

  • Backlight function
  • Mounting bracket for use on bikes and treadmills
  • Soft, zippered storage case
  • Full watch functions
  • Replaceable batteries
  • Water Resistant up to 30 feet
  • Ventilated Watch Band

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I’ve heard very few bad things about the Omron HR-100C heart rate monitor over the years and, personally, I think it is the best basic heart rate monitor on the market. It doesn’t cost a fortune, is easy-to-use, durable, and accurate. What more could you ask for? The one complaint I’ve heard about this product is that the chest strap and watch band are too big for very petite women. This is a common problem among heart rate monitors, unfortunately; if you are petite, be very careful about which HRM you buy (or make sure they will refund you if it doesn’t fit). For those of you that aren’t very petite women, this HRM is a superb find. It can be mounted on a treadmill or bike, comes with its own carrying case that can easily be thrown in a gym bag, and, as I’ve said before, is very accurate and durable. I’m sure you can tell, but I just love this product! Great job, Omron, and thanks for keeping your product affordable!
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