Saturday, June 30, 2012

Review: Sportline Cardio 660

Having a heart problem sucks.

Having a love of running and having a heart problem also sucks.

These two do interfere with one another occasionally, but not as much as you would think.

I'm always on my toes about my heart when I do any sort of exercising simply because it's not something you want to mess around with.

How do I deal with this, you ask.

Lemme tell you.

I wear a monitor.

More specifically I wear the Sportline CARDIO 660 Monitor.

From the press release: 

"The Sportline Cardio 660 Monitor s simple to program and use, while still giving you all the necessary, ECG accurate data you asked for. The CARDIO 660 provides continuous heart rate monitoring and has a fat burn zone indicator, exercise memory and 50 lap timer. This coded monitor provides continuous, ECG accurate heart rate data whether you run, spin, bike, cross train, or perform any other cardio-centric activity."

See, here's a photo of me wearing it.

You wear the black  strap around your chest and it "talks" to the watch you wear on your wrist.  The wrist watch provides the time, as well as works as a timer for your runs and keeps you in the know about what your heart rate is (Oh, and it also counts calories which I adore).

The strap around your chest is not at all uncomfortable either. I forgot I was even wearing it during my run and actually forgot to take it off after a run once (oopps!) 

The one thing I wasn't too crazy about the monitor is that it does so much. So much that there is an inch thick manual that comes with the watch and allows you to program in your weight, height, date of birth, etc.

And I have to admit, I loathe reading instruction manuals. I skim the basics and get what I need out of it.

But overall, I adore this monitor. It has brought me a lot of peace of mind and help me keep track of my fitness goals.

The Sportline CARDIO 660 monitor retails for $69.99 and can be found at retail stores and online. 

I received a product sample for this review. All opinions in this post are 100% my own. Please see my full disclosure policy for more information.

The Sportline Cardio 660 ($69.99) is available at retail accounts including REI and Big 5.


Julia said...

I wonder if you can help me use my Cardio 660, then. My husband bought it for me from Ebay. I have downloaded the manual, but it seems to only log my heart rate sometimes. I am currently wearing it, and it is in heart rate mode, but the area where the heart rate should be is simply three flashing lines. The manual I can download certainly should not be an inch thick - is only 20-something pages. No other manual available online. ideas?

Anonymous said...

If you're just seeing three lines, the watch is not receiving a signal from the chest strap. Look at the page in the downloadable manual titled "CODING THE CHEST STRAP TRANSMITTER", pdf page 6, manual page 11. Follow those steps to synchronize the devices. If that doesn't work, the battery in the transmitter might be dead. Instructions for replacing the batteries are in the manual as well.

Also, the devices need to be near each other to work and the chest strap has to be sensing a heartbeat. Sometimes I have to wet the rubber pads on the back of the chest strap for it to get a good reading. I typically just lick my finger and wipe it across the pads.