Timex Ironman Digital Heart Rate Monitor - T5C411

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Timex Ironman Digital Heart Rate Monitor - T5C411

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Overall, does what it says at a reasonable price. I found the pricer models often offer a lot of extra functions I do not need or ever use, so this suits me just fine. Continue reading...
Excellent HRM good value and easy to use. One of the only ones that will fit us girlies too without making you look like you have a laptop strapped to your wrist! Continue reading...
A good HRM to get you started. Will help you focus your training and you should see results pretty quickly if used corretcly Continue reading...
Overall it;s a good HRM once you get the hang of the controls, which can be annoying at times. The correct sequence of button presses can sometimes be awkward to get. Overall though a good wireless signal and c Continue reading...


I am torn between these 2 HRM's. I like the Polars display but prefer the user changeable battery on the Timex. Anybody have any advice or opinions on this?

Posted: 26/11/2005 at 21:57

Polar batteries tend to last up to two years anyway so changing the battery isn't a frequent event. Besides, I changed the battery myself on my Polar S610i (easy enough as long as you're technically minded, remembering how it went together, and you've got a small enough screwdriver).

Personally, wouldn't use ease of battery change as a USP, I'd compare the feature sets, seeing which was more suitable to my needs. So if you prefer the display on the Polar, well thats something that you use every time you go out for a run.

Posted: 27/11/2005 at 09:04

Thanks Reading Road Runner useful advice.

Posted: 27/11/2005 at 21:15

It think Marky meant of the chest strap not the watch. Again not a big issue, but it will cost you £30 every other year. Having said that the Timex Chest strap is not quite as robust IMHO as the Polar ones so might need replacing anyway after about 2 years.

I prefer the timex System now as it is more of a watch with HRM added, wheras the POlar is a HRM with other functionality added...

The Sd100 can be had for silly low money nowadays though.


Posted: 28/11/2005 at 09:55

Hi I did mean both. Having not seen the Timex in action I wasn't sure how the display would show the same data that the polar displays ie lap number, lap time, heart rate and total time. Unfortunately I don't know of a shop near me that has monitors and can demonstrate them properly.

Still havn't made up my mind ;)

Posted: 28/11/2005 at 11:06

As far as I can tell you the Timex will show you all you ask for. However, the major thing it doesn't show is MHR - I seem to rememeber.

Posted: 28/11/2005 at 11:53

Sorry what does the M in MHR stand for, (I assume the HR is heart rate)?

Posted: 28/11/2005 at 15:15


Posted: 28/11/2005 at 16:39

Thanks, thought as much, I have looked at the specs for it and it does give MHR per session. So I think it all boils down to display and batteries.

Posted: 29/11/2005 at 08:56

polar now sell a different "comfortable&washable" chest strap with possiblity to change battery at home.

Timex display is variable depending on your session goal - I've used both - but my ladies timex is my fave now.

Posted: 23/03/2006 at 08:46

Thanks for that, I have actually bought a Polar RS100 which I managed to get online for the bargain price of £44 incl. free delivery. I am very pleased with it.

Posted: 23/03/2006 at 08:53

Wow! that's brilliant (price AND satisfaction!) Well done.

Posted: 23/03/2006 at 09:54

Hi Marky,

Can you please tell me where you got a Polar RS100 for £44 from? Cant seem to find any better than £54.

Posted: 24/08/2009 at 14:50

Hi Mandeep,

Have only just noticed your post.  I honestly can't remember where I got it from being over 3 years ago.  It was an online store but not a specialist fitness site.  Sorry to not be of more help.


Posted: 18/09/2009 at 15:57

Thanks Mark - I didnt realise it was three years old! They must have gone up in value!

Posted: 18/09/2009 at 16:22

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