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Sigma HRM - 25.10 - Be careful what you wish for!,
First the good things about the watch: it looks good, is well constructed, is comfortable to use and measures your pulse well.
BUT there are some downsides:
1) This watch is digitally encoded, so you need to wet the strap before you can start monitoring your pulse. I never bothered to do this with my old watch - I was happy to wait 'til I had built up enough of a sweat before seeing the pulse.
2) Does not communicate with the equipment at my local Gym like my old watch did. Not sure if this is the digital encoding on the strap or just due to it being a different make.
3) The watch is simple to use, but every operation takes a load of button clicks. For example, to start a session (after wetting the strap) you hold a button for 2 seconds then click 3 more times before you are up and running.
4) The Clock functions are completely separate from the Training (HRM) functions and you can not get from one to the other without interrupting the monitoring of your current training session.
This last is the biggest annoyance for me. I had envisaged using the countdown timer for interval training, while continuing to monitor my heart rate. This is just not possible. Similarly you can not see the stopwatch in the Heart Rate screen. Oh and to switch from Training to stopwatch takes about 10 button presses!
So please be clear about the features that you will use before selecting this watch. This watch has lots of features but they are impractical to use the way I wanted to. NB - you can download the manual from the Sigma site - worth looking at before you commit!