Garmin Heart Rate Monitor Straps

Garmin Heart Rate Monitor Straps

Best Garmin HRM Chest Straps

Welcome to our independent guide for the best Garmin heart rate monitor chest straps. There are several versions of straps available, each with different benefits and of course price. Which heart rate monitor you need really depends on the data you'd like to see on your watch or uploaded to Garmin Connect after your workout.

If you're new to heart rate monitors our guide should help make it clear for you to understand how they work. All of these chest straps require a compatible GPS device to work, such as a Fenix 3 sports watch.

Unfortunately, these heart rate monitors can't be used a stand alone devices. As technology has developed so has the materials they are made from. Heart rate monitors have become more comfortable to wear over longer periods of time with less chaffing.

Why use a heart rate monitor strap?

There are many reasons to use a heart rate monitor chest strap while you workout. Learning to train in different heart rate zones will help improve your aerobic fitness. Advanced heart rate monitors like the HRM-Run or HRM-Tri will give you access to detailed data from your running. This includes 2nd Generation Running Dynamics and Extended Physiological Measurements which will help improve your running form and technique.

Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate technology

If you already own a Garmin watch with Elevate wrist heart rate monitoring built-in, for example, the Fenix 3 HR or Forerunner 735XT you won't necessarily need to wear a chest strap during training. With Garmin Elevate you'll be able to see which heart rate zones you're training in and know how hard you're working.

garmin fenix 3 hr wrist heart rate monitor

Wrist heart rate accuracy

There have been questions over how accurate wrist heart rate is. When the body is in fast motion and the arm is moving quickly this could have an effect on accuracy. Some users still recommend the 'old fashioned' chest strap if you rely on accurate heart rate data for training.​

If detailed data and accuracy is what you require then we recommend the following chest straps, beginning with the cheaper entry-level version:​

basic garmin heart rate monitor

Basic Garmin Heart Rate Monitor

The basic plastic model does what it says on the tin and works perfectly with all Garmin watches. Made from a flexible material that's comfortable to wear for shorter workouts. It provides instant feedback on heart rate by tracking beats per minute and heart rate zone.

garmin soft strap premium heart rate monitor

Soft Strap Premium Heart Rate Monitor

The basic plastic model does what it says on the tin and works perfectly with all Garmin watches. Made from a flexible material that's comfortable to wear for shorter workouts. It provides instant feedback on heart rate by tracking beats per minute and heart rate zone.

garmin hrm-run black white running man

HRM-RUN (1st generation)

The HRM-run is ideal for the Fenix 3 with wrist heart rate. It has all the features of the updated model. The module on the front (with white running man) can be removed so the strap can be machine washed so no more stinky straps!

garmin hrm-run

Garmin HRM-RUN (2nd generation)

This is the newer version of the Garmin HRM-run. It's 100% waterproof and can be used in the water however it won't track heart rate when submerged. It's made from improved material to help with chaffing. Wear this chest strap to get the following six measurements of intelligence to help improve your running technique: stride length, cadence, ground contact time and balance, vertical oscillation and vertical ratio.

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