This is definitely one of the better heart rate straps. Why?
Here are the reasons:
1) Super durable,I've had this one for years. The soft straps wind up breaking after a few months of use or just cease to read well.
2) The batter is very easy to change. The biggest problem with the soft strap monitors is that when it comes time to replace the battery you need to unscrew these little baby screws from the device. The screws are so weak and it's very easy to strip them. This heart rate strap has a very simple design,any coin can be used to unscrew the device to get to the battery. Stripping is not possible unless you purposely do it.
3) Maybe it's just me but I get better readings using the hard strap vs the soft strap.
4) Cheaper than soft strap. I know people tend to go for the lightest high tech thing out there,but this thing is solid. Yes you can feel it on your chest more than a soft strap,but who cares. Eventually you get used to it.
This comes from someone who runs between 60-75 miles a week depending on the time of the year
Get a quality workout with our heart rate monitor. When worn around your chest during an activity, it wirelessly transmits your heart rate to your compatible device for instant feedback on how hard you're working. The front part of the strap contains the heart rate module and is made of flexible plastic. The part of the strap that goes around your back is made of a soft fabric and is adjustable to your size. Use and care of the heart rate monitor is a snap. Once it's paired with your compatible device the first time, it will automatically recognize it each time. The fabric of the strap can be removed and hand-washed as often as needed.