|From DC Rainmaker review of the Scosche.|
Is this Scosche the new and better way to measure your heart rate while running? Yes and no. It's really convenient and comfortable. It synced to my Garmin watch with no problem. It's also pretty darn cheap (I got mine for $70). I love the idea of not having a huge strap wrapped around my chest...one that often needs extra moisture (spit, water, electro-gel) to work correctly until my sweat starts to get going. Also, it's not affected by power lines or static on a shirt. All good...except for one little thing...it often has erroneous readings during the first part of the run! That is NOT good. In the first few minutes (~5-7 minutes), it often reads very high (160-180) when my "real" heart rate is probably around 120-125. It eventually calms down (becomes calibrated?) during that first 3/4 of a mile and then seems to track the HR ups and downs fairly well. I had one run where it actually tracked fine from start to finish. I'll continue to experiment with different arm placements to see if that helps this issue. Also, I'll try to wear it around the house as I get ready for my run--maybe that will help calibrate it correctly (I tried this once and it didn't help).
Anyway, I find it so comfortable, I'm going to stick with it for now. Who needs an accurate HR measurement for the first few minutes? Isn't that just easy warm-up time? Well, I'd love to have that accuracy from start to finish, but I'm going to keep plodding along with my new device. I'll post an update after a few more weeks. If it cannot be trusted to deliver accurate results, then it's not worth much. We'll see.
Here are my main pros and cons of this Scosche Rhythm+ heart rate monitor:
- Very comfortable
- Light weight
- ANT+ and Bluetooth compatible
- Inexpensive (~$75)
- No spit, electro gel, or sweat needed (to maintain good contact)
- First few minutes are often erratic (this is the main problem)
- Battery only lasts 7-8 hours (but is rechargeable)
- Doesn't store or display any data (it requires compatible watch or cell phone to capture, display, and download data)
UPDATE (Oct 5): After experimenting on a few more runs with the Scosche+, the HR monitor seems to work better (from the start) if you really tighten the arm band. Still not perfect, but better.
UPDATE 2 (Dec 31): If I place the HR band on my upper arm (bicep) it seems to be more consistent from start to finish. I also start the HR monitoring about 5 minutes before my actual run. Seems to allow the HR monitor to stabilize its readings. I'm much happier now. Still very comfortable and now accuarate too.