Is there a heart rate monitor/watch combo that doesn't make me look like Batman?

Is there a heart rate monitor watch that doesn't look like a HR monitor/watch. I am in the market for a new everyday watch and HR monitor and was wondering if I could kill two birds?
(Pittsburgh, PA)

Sep 28, 2010
Outside Magazine
The t3d

The t3d


That makes sense. So you can walk around and always know your HR, yes?

Alas, the short answer really is: no, there aren't any heart-rate monitor watches that look anything like a "normal" watch. Although some models sort of pass muster. Polar's F4 ($100) has a digital watch face, but it has full watch/calendar functions as well as basic HR and calorie-counting measures. Suunto's t3d ($169) also is sort of tech-y looking but it's no worse than most digital watches out there. And it has day/date/time, plus an alarm.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Timex makes an HR monitor that looks pretty good: the Ironman Race watch ($150). Still digital, but it's a contemporary design that wouldn't be out of place around town.

Myself, I'd probably get something like the t3 for heart-rate use. For a watch to wear, I'd opt for a St. Moritz Pathfinder ($160), a nice-looking, very tough, analog-face watch that has day/date/time plus a rare feature in an analog watch: An alarm. It comes in a variety of face colors and band styles, to suit the look you want.

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