The Reebok InTouch HRM Watch is a Heart Rate Monitor without a chest strap. Unlike, the Polar FT60, all you need is the watch to track your heart rate during exercise. That's definitely a plus if you find the chest strap cumbersome or awkward since it bulges out of your clothing.
The selling features mentioned on the packaging are:
- Heart Rate at a Touch
- Fit Zone Indicator
- Time in Motion
- Calories Burned
- Speed, Step and Distance Tracking
It's a really cool looking watch and it's very easy to set up. It also has a stop-watch functionality. I wish I had this watch while I was doing my Couch 2 5k training. The stop watch feature, distance tracking, and heart rate measurement would have come in handy then.
I found the heart rate monitor to be most useful when speed walking or (perhaps) hiking. I used it in a Zumba class and didn't feel it tracked my movement and calories burned as well as the Polar does. I think it may have to do with the "step and distance tracking" feature. Most Zumba movements are side-to-side versus running - walking forward movements. I did take it out for a quick run, and found it useful. It's light-weight and the lack of accessories are perfect for a neighborhood run.
However, I did have trouble reading my heart rate while running. You really can't just check your wrist along the way. I have become accustomed to doing so and with this heart rate monitor, you have to remember to stop and touch the face of the watch to get a heart rate measurement. This can be a problem for long distance runners as well.
Overall, it's a nice watch for its price. I saw it listed on Amazon.com for $60. Anytime you are in the process of purchasing a heart rate monitor, you do need to consider a few things. Primarily, functionality and use. Check out this post for a few tips on purchasing a Heart Rate Monitor.