Pedometers and heart rate monitors (HRMs) are two of the most useful exercise and workout accessories. They provide the most raw data about your body’s state and physical efforts. They are simple devices that you can wear in watch form.
And it has been common that the functionalities of these two devices are combined in modern sport watches. The Sportline 960 Pedometer Heart Rate Watch is one of those. But what sets this watch apart from the rest?
The Manufacturer’s Claim
According to Sportline, this rather new product is completely different from all the fitness sport watches and fitness products that you might have bought or seen. Primarily, it boasts of its Any Touch Technology feature, and the absence of the bulky chest strap that usually comes with common heart rate monitors, which is a major plus.
With it, you do not have to worry about sweaty chest straps and strap marks after you exercise. To know your current heart rate, just touch the watch’s face. Despite being useable without a chest strap, its heart rate monitor function is as accurate as an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) — thanks to the 3Beat speed sensor technology it has.
It also comes with nifty features that can allow you to have the perfect and complete training tool and achieve your fitness and/or training goals. With its accelerometer, you can track your movement speed and the distance you will cover. With its heart rate target zone selector, you can easy check if you are overexerting yourself. If you do, an alarm pops up to inform you.
Its design is slick and simple. Thanks to its built-in pedometer — which is accelerometer-based — and calorie burn tracker, you can easily track how much steps you have taken and compute the amount of calories you have burned. Lastly, it can store your exercise sessions for you to easily review and analyze your progress and improvement.
The Sportline 960 Pedometer Heart Rate Watch comes in two designs: one for women and one for men. It has backlights, so you do not have to worry about using it during cloudy days and at night. It has added features, and they are:
- Heart Rate Target Zone Selector
- Step Tracker
- Calorie Burn Tracker
- Distance Tracker
- Speed Tracker
- Countdown Timer
- Regular Watch Functions
- Alarm Clock
It runs on one piece of CR2032 3v Lithium Battery. It is also waterproof. Its water resistance can withstand the pressure of being submerged in 50 meters of water. You can just leave it on your wrist if you are an active diver, swimmer, or triathlete.
Aside from those, it comes with a one-year warranty, in case there are manufacturing defects, and a 30-day money-back guarantee with no questions asked.
For beginners, the Sportline 960 Pedometer Heart Rate Watch can be too much to handle. It hosts a variety of functions — and all those functions are integrated into one small watch with a small digital display and five small buttons. Nevertheless, this setup is common and more sports watches have more functionalities than this one, so this is not a major setback.
However, patience is required in reading its manual since it is long and can be a bit confusing. Since this is technically a “smart watch” that does not rely too much on traditional methods of measuring heart rate and steps, you will need to set up the watch according to your preferences and movements. You might spend a few minutes of trial and error in setting it up to allow it to provide you with accurate readings.
But if you just want to use the pedometer and heart rate monitor, you can learn how to use them in a jiffy. However, it is advisable that you take advantage of everything that it has to offer. The added features make the watch your all-in-one tool or accessory that will assist you in your training or exercise program.
When it comes to the actual heart rate monitor, a few things will come into mind when you purchase your watch. Primarily, you must think about the sports and exercises you will do together with it.
In case that your sport or exercise is cycling, you will need to consider on how you will use the heart rate monitor function of this watch. Due to its touch-based feature, it can be a safety hazard when you are pedaling on your bike. First, it takes out one of your hands from the handlebar of your bike. Second, it takes away your attention from the road. Both things might lead to an accident.
Nevertheless, if you are a regular jogger, runner, or sprinter, its touch-based feature is advantageous for you. Essentially, without the need of straps is the biggest benefit you will have.
The Minor Cons
In case that you are in an office environment that requires you to be in formal attire every day, getting away with the watch’s design can be a bit difficult. Sure, it is trendy and sporty, but it is not something you would not want to be caught wearing during formal functions and serious business meetings.
Aside from that, the design and material of the watch can be a bit problematic for women. The Sportline 960 Pedometer Heart Rate Watch for women is colored light blue (black for men) and its strap is made of rubber. Not only is it unfashionable to wear during formal events, but it also gets dirty quickly. In addition, it is a bit difficult to clean using regular soap and water. Nevertheless, the men’s version of the watch does not have any problems with this case since it comes in black.
What’s more, the watch’s touch-based heart rate reading function can be affected by extreme temperatures. According to some users, the watch might not immediately respond if the weather or the watch is too cold. On the other hand, the heart rate function activates without being touched when the weather or watch is too hot.
Overall, the Sportline 960 Pedometer Heart Rate Watch is a decent watch, especially for those who are aiming to get fit. It comes complete with all the functions you need if you want to train, lose weight, or just track your physical activities. And the watch delivers almost all the claims of the manufacturer to a T.
However, it is not for everyone. Minor considerations should be made before you get one of these. But if you are just looking for a handy pedometer and heart rate monitor for a cheap price and without the hassle of wearing a chest or belt strap, this can be your best choice.