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The Best Calorie-Counting Heart Rate Monitors: Suunto Quest

I am looking for a reasonably priced heart rate monitor/watch that tracks calories burned. It should also be able survive water sports, like stand-up paddling, swimming, and flatwater kayaking.

Quest     Photo: Courtesy of Suunto

A:Suunto’s Quest ($300) starts life as more of a watch than the Garmin. It lacks GPS, but offers a more compact, wrist-friendly profile, and can be set up for use as a running or cycling tracker. It monitors heart rate, calorie burn, intervals, and all that good stuff. A USB stick transfers data to a computer for detailed analysis. And it’s rated to 100 feet for water-resistance, so it’s fine for sports on the water’s surface.

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