barrylevine wrote:I think this forum is mostly people who have this already! I got one, and I'm not too happy with it. First of all, it won't work if you just wear it around the house. You have to be sweating for the strap to make a good contact. Secondly, it gets erratic readings. Sometimes, it's right on, then you look at it, and it reads 235 bpm, then 85, then back to 135. If I wanted to guess my hr, I wouldn't even need this. Third, it loses the signal a lot. The instructions read "range of about 62.5 centemetres (25 inches)." Oftentimes, I look at the watch and it has no reading.
It seems to work well with the Polar enabled machines at the gym (no 235 readings!), so I think it may be that the watch unit is the culprit, but I'm not taking the time for warranty service. If it worked perfectly, they wouldn't be selling it on Woot for 1/4 the regular retail!
Sounds to me that all you're doing wrong (i.e., ALL of the problems you are stating above) is NOT SWEATING for more than several minutes at a time. I'm not sure, but since this is made by Reebok, that it was/is designed (i.e., its nominal use) for being used at heart rates that are conducive to sweating, versus other [medical] heart rate monitors that are meant to be used to monitor a person's heart rate at closer to mid-ranges, including while fully resting, at which time most ppl would not be sweating, and if they desired to use this monitor in these conditions (again, NOT what it is meant to do), then you should use a gel specifically designed to make good electrical contact between the skin and medical electrodes/sensors.
In other words, I heard no REAL negatives in any of your complaints, at least any that are relevant to the uses this thing is supposed to be used for.
Maybe you should try keeping your heart rate at the proper levels at which the thing was meant to be used at? In other words, try sweating for more than a several minutes at a time, and I think you'll find it works just fine.
Let me know, tho, if I'm wrong. I doubt you'll have the problems you mention if you USE IT TO KEEP YOUR HEART RATE "IN THE ZONE," i.e., in the way/conditions it is designed to for. And, if that's not what YOU bought it to do, then try it with an electrolytic gel! If it STILL keeps losing proper readings (and I would wager HEAVILY against this being the case, i.e., give you GOOD ODDS on a $10-40 bet...like 2:1...contact me if you'd like to arrange something), then there's the possibility that your unit is defective...maybe an intermittent wire shorting.
Again, tho, I'm base my assumptions on all the reviews I've just read (e.g., MANY, and from MANY different websites...from medical forums, to athletic forums, all the way to several shopping/consumer ones, like Amazon, etc.).
However, if you DID get a bad one (however unlikely, according to all the reviews I've read, from pro written electronics, medical, and exercise journal editorials and reviews, to casual joggers) call their tech cust-service....I'd bet it's toll-free...and from what I know of Reebok's other product lines, there would be a good chance they would help you EVEN IF yours is WAY OUT of warranty....just tell them, "...didn't know it was defective until you read the forums, bla bla bla..."
SIDE NOTE: I read a LOT of reviews on things, and it struck me fairly quickly that there was something VERY different about this thing's reviews than maybe any other product I've ever read about...there was NOT ONE item I read stating ANYTHING EVEN RELATED TO anyone having heard of or receiving a defective or DOA unit. In fact, QUITE THE CONTRARY: they pretty much ALL, at very least, mentioned how they viewed this as a product that DEFINITELY would stand up to EXTREMELY heavy duty cycles! In other words, it seems that Reebok put out one QUALITY thing here.
Again, tho...I'm pretty sure there is absolutely NOTHING WRONG with yours, other than you not exercising all the time you are asking it for readings.