For dedicated phone app or GPS watch users, TICKR X ($100, Wahoofitness.com) provides a great way to add training zones into workouts. Wahoo’s Bluetooth-enabled heart rate strap looks and feels like traditional versions, and adds a few features to cooperate with popular training tools.
TICKR X stands out for two reasons: First, the chest strap has memory. You can wear it during a workout and record data without having to lug a phone or look at a watch. Secondly, when used with the Wahoo Fitness app, accelerometers in the strap monitor cadence, ground contact time and Wahoo’s own “smoothness” metric.
Usefully applying these data is another challenge.
What it Does
Measures heart rate and seamlessly links to many popular training apps
How It’s Better
Can be used without a device to collect data without mid-run distractions; provides interesting stride info
Why You Need It
Adds more info about your effort level and stride for those who train with an app or watch.
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