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When it works it works but don't count on it
on April 8, 2013
This unit is wrought with errors and failures. For one moment it is reporting a heart rate consistent with my effort. Then the unit reports values significantly below or above with no appreciable change in effort. This is typically followed by a zero reading or unit cannot be found error. I then attempt a series of recoveries: i.e., I try a repositioning, I try spitting on my fingers and rewetting the the strap contacts, I try unsnapping & re-snapping the transmitter, I've tried hand washing it after each use, One last thing left to try, and that is electrode cream. I hope that works and even if it does, it is an extra step that I shouldn't have to make. Garmin needs to get it together, because it is dangerous for me to try an execute the aforementioned recoveries, with limited or intermittent success, while riding at average speeds of 20+.
I bought an inexpensive timex Heart Rate Monitor watch and strap setup for running and lately I've been wearing them both and the timex is reliable but it will not interface with either my Garmin Edge 510 nor my Bontrager Node 2.
So for what it is worth, the one Garmin that I have is a dangerous and unreliable device. Garmin must do better or get out of the business claiming to provide products that can provide this service. Maybe we'd all be better served if Garmin would open up their units to accept connection from other devices such as the Zephyr, Timex, Polar, Bontrager or any other reliable device