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Wahoo Fitness Fisica Heart Rate Sensor Review

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Wahoo Heart Rate Sensor

The Bottom Line

The Wahoo Fitness heart rate monitor is a well made device and will serve your basic needs as a device to measure your heart rate during exercise and transmit that information to your iPhone for display. Unless you are interested in just seeing your current heart rate and a basic stat such as average heart rate over an exercise period, the key is finding an app to match that fits your data tracking needs, particularly in monitoring heart rate thresholds and in a visual display that shows your current heart rate in comparison to desired max HR training zones.

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Pros

  • Durable, well made heart rate sensor
  • Compatible with any number of fitness apps
  • Excellent communication between sensor and ant+ sensor device
  • Comfortable, elastic strap minimizes chafing; strap is hand-washable
  • Two-snap connection is easy and fast and includes adjustable length strap

Cons

  • Nothing special about Fisica app offered by sensor manufacturer

Description

  • Sensor pod is 2.5 inches long x 1.5 inches wide x .5 inches thick -- (64 mm x 37 mm x 12 mm)
  • Sends and receives signals up to 10 feet unobstructed
  • Compatible with any ANT+ receiving device

Guide Review - Wahoo Fitness Fisica Heart Rate Sensor Review

Wahoo Fitness offers a variety of performance monitoring options for use with its Fisica Sensor, one of the Ant+ devices that wirelessly connects your iPhone to devices such as your bike speed and cadence meter, heart rate monitor, power meter and more. This review looks specifically at the heart rate monitor made by Wahoo Fitness that is used with their ant+ Fisica sensor.

First a word about the Fisica ant+ sensor. It's pretty straightforward. It's a small antenna that plugs into the base of your iPhone to receive signals from the performance measuring device that you're using and then displays it on your phone. It's about the size and shape of the base piece from your normal iPhone cord that you plug in when you want to charge or sync your phone, so this is something you'll automatically be familiar with.

Wahoo has done a good job with the design of the heart rate monitor. It's a relatively thin elastic band that goes around your chest, with a flat oval shape roughly the size of an egg that centers over your breastbone, allowing sensors to be positioned so that they detect the slight electric current generated by your heartbeat.

In testing this, we had no problems with either the heart rate sensor detecting a heart beat or transmitting this data to the iPhone via the ant+ sensor. The heart rate monitor itself is comfortable and well made. It adjusts easily and at 1.5 inches wide, is wide enough that it won't slip or bind without feeling bulky. The heart rate monitor detected pulse under every condition that we used it, and we had no problems with it reading heart rate, even with dry skin or in a wide range of outside temperatures.

Though Wahoo Fitness offers its own apps, the heart rate monitor is compatible with any number of fitness applications, including Endomondo, MapMyRide and more. A current list of compatible apps can be found here. Of the two Wahoo Fitness apps currently offered, the best by far is the Fisica Fitness. Avoid the Wahoo FisicaUtility, which only monitors current stats. The Fisica Fitness app is a nice general purpose training application for simultaneous use with the heart rate or other sensors such as speed/cadence, on par with ones like MapMyRide. It's easy to use, has a clear display of active stats, plus offers the GPS factor that shows your location in real time as well as allowing tracking and creation of a map of your route post-ride.

All in all, the Wahoo Fitness heart rate monitor is a well made device and will serve your needs as a device to measure your heart rate. The key is finding an app to match that fits your data tracking needs, particularly in monitoring heart rate thresholds and in a visual display that shows your current heart rate in comparison to desired max HR training zones, whether that's in the Fisica Fitness app or another one.

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