We’ve got a strange device for you today from the folks out at Finis, who sent over an Aquapulse Waterproof Heart Rate Monitor for us to review. And if you into getting outside and getting some exercise, you’re likely going to love this thing.
The Finis Aquapulse Waterproof Heart Rate Monitor offers up pretty much exactly what the name implies, a heart rate monitor that’s fully waterproof. It clips to your ear and then attaches to a pair of swim goggles (though you can attach it to other things, as you’ll find in a few minutes), then, via bone conduction audio, announces your current heart rate in a regular–and user selectable–interval. It boasts a USB connection so you can connect it to your PC, and take advantage of spreadsheet functions to track your rates.
You can see why I suggest this for exercisers, and don’t worry: it may be waterproof, but it’s not just for swimmers. When I was trying this out, I ended up clipping it to the ear stem of a set of sunglasses, and it turned out to work nicely. Quietly, but nicely all the same. It’s clearly geared toward swimmers, though, as you’ll find the volume much better when you’re using it underwater. It’s surprisingly easy to use and modify the intervals for the best and most accurate tracking, though I can’t attest to its accuracy as I don’t own a blood pressure cuff.
Still though, you’ll have one clear impediment to choosing this route, as the Finis Aquapulse Waterproof Heart Rate Monitor is currently retailing for $149.99 out at Amazon.
It’s a pricey alternative, but considering that it will go almost seamlessly from pool to track to computer, well, you’ll be getting what you pay for especially if you’re a fitness buff. The Finis Aquapulse Waterproof Heart Rate Monitor is simple to use but not without its failings.
Terrific for fitness buffs
Easy to use
Very strictly limited in effectiveness
Score 8 / 10