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Poor/flakey connectivity to app/device. The data presentation is basic compared to other HRMs on the market. I'm pleased that the tickr x has a memory. Some smart features but could do more with the basics.
REASON FOR BUYING: Wanted a fitness device that i could train and keep an eye on my heart rate and also keep a count of my reps whilst working out.
REVIEW: I decided against buying a fitness watch because their heart rate reading aren't very reliable and through research, I found this chest strap to be one of the most reliable. When it arrived, I found the strap and the Wahoo system itself surprisingly small! The strap can be adjusted very easily and can be fitted on to most people as you make the strap longer and shorter aswell as it being elasticated to stretch. The strap and the wahoo system come detached and simply clicks in to place. Once in place, the system gives off a little blue flash to show that the bluetooth is on and a red light to show it has been connected and has found a heart beat. There is no on or off for the system, simply disconnect it from the strap and after 10 seconds or so, the light will stop flashing and you will know it's turned off.
I use my system with an IPhone, so i can't speak for android. As soon as i connect the strap and see the blue light, i opened the Wahoo app. It asks me too choose a device to connect too. As soon as i click on the device it connects within 5 seconds and gives me an instant Heart Beat reading. When wearing the strap, it does feel a bit alien at first, but in less than a minute, I forgot i was wearing it. If feels small and discreet and doesn't bulge through my t shirt at all. I dont think people at the gym will even know im wearing one.
I've tested it out with the 7 minute workout app and its really great. Every time i do a star jump or a squat, my phone will count it out aloud. It's really impressive and works really well. It will also keep track of my Personal Best reps and my Heart Rate.
PROS: Lightweight. Counts Reps. Long Battery Life. Adjustable Strap. Accurate Readings. Lots of 3rd Party Apps.
CONS: You cant get it to count reps outside designated apps (I want it to count my bench presses).
SUMMARY: If you just want it to read your Heart Beat, get the basic Tickr for cheaper, but if you want it to count reps and give you workouts, then this is defo worth it!! I hope that someone finds this helpful!
Very simply many of the features above, such as the rep counter, do not exist in the android apps. They are available on the iphone. The Android apps are very buggy, lack of syncing to other apps, workouts stopping, unable to stop a workout without having to start a new session and instantly end it. Huge lag in data, so not very good for HIIT workouts. The iPhone apps on the other hand are regularly updated and work very well. So you've been warned.
Bought the product after reading other reviews online, which were pretty good. However, I have to say I am utterly dissapointed with the product. Not sure if I recieved a faulty product (the box wasn't sealed).
The chest strap itself is actually very flimsy and doesnt stay in place well (especially when you are doing HIIT training exercises like burpees, tuck jumps etc). This is a major drawback as I bought the product to wear while circuit training as well as running and cycling.
The main concern i have for the product is that althoug the leaflet states the product starts recording as soon as you put the product on (when its not connected to any other devices), it did not record anything. I have tried putting it on multiple times and yet it didnt record any data. Giving up on getting the device to record data when not connected to other devices, I downloaded the 2 apps recommended by Wahoo and connected the product and tried to record a workout. Cnnecting the device to my phone was easy but during the workout, the connection fell multiple times which resulted in patchy recording of data. The heart rate measurement stops after the first few seconds of putting the strap on and only measured againt when I touched the strap and adjusted it.
Overall, the device didnt do anything Wahoo stated it would do. Again, I think it might be a defective product. Will be returning the product.
Great reviews - but not if you're basically one of Chewbaccas distant relatives like I am - if you have a fairly hair chest - expect inconsistent results. It worked well when I hacked off a bit of chest-rug, but within a few weeks of re-growth it just couldn't cope. I returned it and plumped for a wrist HRM instead.
Simple enough to set up. I have synchronised the TickrX with the iHealth app. Unfortunately it has not transferred the data from iHealth correctly. There is a 1 foot discrepancy in my height and I can’t change it manually which means I am not exercising in the correct heart rate zones. I have e-mailed Wahoo who replied saying it is a fault with the software and should be rectified with the next update. The app updated last week and I am still registered as a foot taller than I am. Not impressed.
Quite disappointed in this really, although it does seem to monitor my heart rate. I've sync'd it up with my Suunto running watch and that works OK. However the device is meant to have a memory but doesn't seem to sync anything more than heart rate with Wahoo app on my Android phone, it's meant to do more than that.
I've also found that the strap doesn't stay in place unless it's wet i.e. you've started to sweat, which then produces false readings.