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What Are the Best Calorie-Counting Heart Rate Monitors?

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.

Modern watches can do everything from count your calories to track your route. Via Shutterstock     Photo: duoduo

A:Interesting combination: Something for surfing and all-around water sports, plus heart rate and calorie-counting functions. And not much money.

What’s surprising is that these days that isn’t an unreasonable thing to ask. Several watches today manage all those functions. The issue may be price–that kind of functionality isn’t cheap. But let’s see what’s out there.

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