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Suunto T1C Heart Rate Monitor Review

RRP: £90.00

Suunto T1C Heart Rate Monitor

Suunto T1C Heart Rate Monitor

This first thing to mention about the Suunto t1c heart rate monitor is that it’s a pretty simple unit; if you’re looking for something which measures distance, speed etc then you’re better off checking out some of the more advanced units here.

Anyway, onto the review – firstly, there is a reason Triathlon Plus magazine gave this unit their Gold Award… it works; many heart rate monitors fall down in some significant way, be that accuracy, comfort, functions, etc. But the Suunto t1c does what it does very well.

It has all the features you’d expect at this price point, (see below); additional data storage on the unit would be nice as would data download; but chances are if you’re anything like us you keep your own training diary and you’d end up putting the data in your own format anyway. We’ve also found things such as the ‘coach’ feature you’ll find on the more expensive t3c and t4c units to be largely overrated and underused, (although different people have different training needs – we’d love to hear your opinion on this if you have one).

The unit itself looks nice and can easily pass for a civvy watch, (although the ‘Orange Flare’ colour may turn a few heads… personally we love it); the ‘inverted contrast’ display you can opt for sure looks good but is a little hard to see when training in low light and not looking directly at the screen… we advise against this option. The screen, being plastic is a little scratch prone so a screen protector may be a good investment.

The chest strap was comfortable enough… you forget you’re wearing it while running or on the bike – enough said.

Overall this is a fantastic heart rate monitor that will suit any beginner/intermediate; it has all the bells, whistles, beeps, zones, averages, calories, etc you’ll realistically need and can certainly make a significant difference to your training and help you hit your fitness goals. As stated above you can get more feature packed units but for one that works as well as this one you’d be looking at paying a hell of a lot more.

Click here for functions and features

Pros:

  • Accurate
  • Comfortable chest strap
  • Good looking watch

Cons:

  • Screen can scratch
  • Could store more workout information

Rating: 7/10

Available From:

Evans Cycles

Functions:

  • Current heart rate
  • Current zone (determined as a percentage of your max)
  • Heart rate limits and alarms
  • Calories
  • Averages
  • History log
  • Stop watch, Dual time, alarms, etc.

Features:

  • A comfortable heart rate chest strap (improvement over the non ‘c’ model)
  • User replaceable battery
  • Use with compatible gym cardio equipment
  • Receive accurate readings in 29 different codes
  • Colour options: Black Pattern, Espresso Pattern, Orange Flare and the new True Fuchsia
RRP: £90.00This first thing to mention about the Suunto t1c heart rate monitor is that it’s a pretty simple unit; if you’re looking for something which measures distance, speed etc then you’re better off checking out some of the reviews units here.

Anyway, onto the review – firstly, there is a reason Triathlon Plus magazine gave this unit their Gold Award… it works; many heart rate monitors fall down in some significant way, be that accuracy, comfort, functions, etc. But the Suunto t1c does what it does very well.

It has all the features you’d expect at this price point, (see below); additional data storage on the unit would be nice as would data download; but chances are if you’re anything like us you keep your own training diary and you’d end up putting the data in your own format anyway. We’ve also found things such as the ‘coach’ feature you’ll find on the more expensive t3c and t4c units to be largely overrated and underused, (although different people have different training needs – we’d love to hear your opinion on this if you have one).

The unit itself looks nice and can easily pass for a civvy watch, (although the ‘Orange Flare’ colour may turn a few heads… personally we love it); the ‘inverted contrast’ display you can opt for sure looks good but is a little hard to see when training in low light and not looking directly at the screen… we advise against this option. The screen, being plastic is a little scratch prone so a screen protector may be a good investment.

The chest strap was comfortable enough… you forget you’re wearing it while running or on the bike – enough said.

Overall this is a fantastic heart rate monitor that will suit any beginner/intermediate; it has all the bells, whistles, beeps, zones, averages, calories, etc you’ll realistically need and can certainly make a significant difference to your training and help you hit your fitness goals. As stated above you can get more feature packed units but for one that works as well as this one you’d be looking at paying a hell of a lot more.

Click here for functions and features

Pros:

·Accurate

·Comfortable chest strap

·Good looking watch

Cons:

·Screen can scratch

·Could store more workout information

[Rating:75/100]

Functions:

·Current heart rate

·Current zone (determined as a percentage of your max)

·Heart rate limits and alarms

·Calories

·Averages

·History log

·Stop watch, Dual time, alarms, etc.

Features

·A comfortable heart rate chest strap (improvement over the non ‘c’ model)

·User replaceable battery

·Use with compatible gym cardio equipment

·Receive accurate readings in 29 different codes

·Colour options: Black Pattern, Espresso Pattern, Orange Flare and the new True Fuchsia

 

 

 

1 comment to Suunto T1C Heart Rate Monitor Review

  • kirk klepfer

    Although I’ve never used the T1c. I have owned the t3c and love it. Its comfortable, affordable and reliable. I’ve just recently purchased the t6c and it is amazing. If money is not an issue and you think you will continue to advance and train in cycling then the t6c is the best model.

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