I picked up a new heart rate strap some months ago and I thought I’d suggest it to my exercise, fitness, cycling, triathlon, and running friends. Before I mention the type and brand, I’d like to think about what people want in a good heart rate chest strap? I personally only need one that will last, has quality fasteners, and works. Maybe a good battery life is expected too. Secondary affordability is a must.
I introduce you to the CooSpo ANT+ heart rate monitor. Really it is just the strap and unit, but the box calls it an actual monitor. This particular one is made to sync with a smart phone primarily, but will work with any ANT+ watch or bike computer. CooSpo makes 3 straps. A Bluetooth sensor, an ANT+ sensor, and one that reads both ANT+ and Bluetooth transmissions. My device it the ANT+ only model. It features a comfortable chest strap, removable sensor for easy strap washing, long battery life (about 1 year-they say), it will pick up anything BPM from 30-240, works out to 5 meters, and is water proof. They come in black only and only 1 size, that adjust from 65-95 centimeters. This device is compatible with any ANT+ unit or phone. As I look at the CooSpo web page, I see that they make other strap colors for later purchase.
the strap to the other is kind of cheap feeling, but I have not had a single issue with it. They all ship from China where CooSpo is, or they can be found on amazon, ebay, or even at your local store. Do not, I repeat do not pay over 30 bones for the version I have, or 50 for the one that is both Bluetooth and ANT+. Why do I say that, because I see them on-line now for 100, and I paid 25 plus shipping?
So why buy this over any other product. It is super affordable with pretty good quality. If you can wait for the amazon box to show up, it’s perfect. On my 1-5 scale, I give it a 4 only because to the plastic clip buckling part, which again has held up fine, but seems not as reliable.