If you’re a hard-core swimmer, chances are monitoring your heart rate during training is pretty important. Looking to help you out in that department are Garmin, who are releasing two underwater heart rate monitors – one for swimmers and one for triathletes.

Garmin HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim

The Garmin HRM-Tri is for the triathletes out there (hence the name). It’s smaller and lighter than its brother and it measures running dynamics, cadence, vertical oscillation and ground contact time as well as monitoring your swims.

The Garmin HRM-Swim is, unsurprisingly, the one for swimmers. It has a replaceable battery that Garmin say will last longer than the HRM-Tri – 18 months rather than 10 months.

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Garmin say the monitors can store up to around 20 hours of heart rate date during swims and they’re also both incredibly simple to use. Simply strap it around your body and all the necessary data you’ll need will be recorded.

But where does all this data then go? Well, there’s the catch! In order to use one of the bands, these bands, you’ll need one of Garmin’s key fitness devices; the Forerunner 620, Fenix 3, Fenix 2, or Epix watches. Not necessarily a problem but these wearables aren’t cheap with prices ranging between £250 and £450.

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The Garmin HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim are priced at $129.99 and $99.99 in the US and you’d expect they’d be similarly prices here when they’re released in October.

That’s not actually too expensive in itself but when doubled up with the wearable, it soon stacks up. Chances are, though, if you’re serious enough about swimming to buy one, the price probably won’t put you off – nobody said success was cheap!

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