'RONSEAL - DOES EXACTLY WHAT IT SAYS ON THE TIN FOR ME'
Strengths: Very comfortable & lightweight - suits my wide feet very well.
Weaknesses: Urm, erm, could be cheaper? A slightly longer tongue and longer laces would be nice for me.
Overall: It's gard to compare them to another shoe as they are my first ever pair of "proper" running shoes. My very old Reebok trainers gave me blisters the first time I tried to run in them, so it was off shopping at Bourne Sports.
Typically, the most comfortable pair were the most expensive but what price on your physical health? I'm happy to say I've had no more blister problems with the Vomeros in the six weeks I've had them. I'm now finding running strangely addictive...
Strengths: It's very comfy to wear - I wear it everyday. The strap seems to be quite robust (touch wood!). I've previously had the straps on two CicloSport CP29 HRMs fall apart (part of the reason I wanted a different HRM this time). It's not small but looks fine on a typical (if I'm typical?!?) male wrist.
The Suunto Activity Manager software is excellent. Downloading logs is easy via the serial interface (new USB only PCs might have a problem with connecting it though you can purchase a USB<>Serial widget) and review the efforts of your last outing. You can create folders so you can divide up your activities (running, MTBing etc). When viewing a log file, it shows HRM data at the top and altitute details underneath - great for getting an idea of how hard you are working as you pound up your local hill. You can also change the configuration of the watch via the software.
Logging intervals for the HRM can be selected from 2,10 or 60 seconds. The 2 second interval gives the most accurate information but you'll need to delete old log files more often (a simple task).
I also enjoy hill / fell walking, so it's always handy to have a compass on your wrist for direction checks (Silva compass still carried in case of battery problems though!).
Weaknesses: Calibrating the altimeter needs some thought (do you know the altitude of your house?) and occasional checking to ensure it's still accurate. Not a major task though.
Overall: The RRP isn't cheap but to be expected given the features. However, I found my X6HRM on Ebay for a smidge over £100 - brand new. I'm not sure I'd have wanted one enough to pay the typical web prices for it (£320 ish) though. Hence I've given a middle of the road "Good" for value.