Wahoo announced an optical heart rate solution to their stable of HR monitoring devices today. The new TICKR Fit armband wears like the Scosche Rhythm + and Polar’s OH1 with minor differences between the three but priced near identically at the $79 range.
Scosche Rhythm + optical HR sensors, backed by Valencell, is probably one of the oldest and most versatile wearables you can find on the market; as attested by a 4.1/5 stars rating from more than a thousand reviews on Amazon.
Broadcasting HR readings in both Bluetooth Smart and ANT+, the Rhythm+ remains a trusted favorite of those looking for a robust heart rate monitor that’s not worn on the chest. Unfortunately, the battery life of a mere 6-8 hours is a cause for consideration for those looking to work out for longer duration or those lazy to charge regularly.
Wahoo’s TICKR Fit basically does everything the Rhythm+ does save for Valencell’s technology, preferring to adopt their in house optical HR monitoring tech instead. What it further brings to the table is an impressive battery life of 30 hours. Yep, you heard me right, that’s good enough for a full day of wear and more.
But when compared against Polar’s OH1, the TICKR Fit lacks the capability to store workout data on device nor function independently; it needs to be tethered to 3rd party wearables or connected to a compatible mobile device with app. While it doesn’t have the 30m water immersion rating that the OH1 has, the TICKR Fit does have a lengthier battery life and ANT+ which the Polar OH1 doesn’t.
So it all boils down to which of the 3 wearables will best suit your needs.
Wahoo TICKR Fit features:
- Bluetooth and ANT+ compatibility
- Optical heart rate sensors
- Rechargeable battery with up to 30 hours of battery life.
- LED indicators shows connection or transmission status
- Compatible with 3rd party apps such as Strava, TrainerRoad, Nike+ Running, Runkeeper, and MapMyFitness
- Water Resistant: IPX7
Wahoo’s TICKR Fit optical heart rate armbands are available for purchase at Wahoo’s website or major online retailers such as Amazon. Each TICKR Fit optical HR sensor will ship with 2 armbands for proper fit.