I don’t really plug new products, but I recently came into contact with a new product that I have found to be a personal gamechanger when it comes to measuring heart rate while I’m running.
The SMS BioSport Earbuds not only provides quality audio, but also have a built-in sensor which measures your heart beat in your ear. This means no longer having to wear that tight strap around your chest (which in all fairness, I don’t mind, but given the option, prefer to not to).
I was introduced to this product somewhat by accident at the Sports & Fitness Expo back in late April. SMS Audio was exhibiting along with Runkeeper, and after bumping into Erin from Runkeeper, she mentioned they were teaming up with a new form of headphone technology which measured heart rate.
I immediately said “show me!”
I tested the product right there on a treadmill at the booth. The BioSport marketing team did a brief interview with me and let me take the earphones home. I have now used them many times, and each time my satisfaction grows even more.
Four main reasons:
1) Easy to wear – The rubberized earbuds that go into your ear have just enough traction where I know they won’t slide out regardless of how much I may sweat during a run.
2) Accuracy – The heart rate monitor is very accurate. I’m still amazed at how the technology allows it to read heart rate via the ear lobe.
3) Integration with Runkeeper – the headphones pair very easily with Runkeeper, my must-have running app. At the end of each run when I view reports I’m now able to see how my heart rate fared during the run. This is a crucial feature because of my atrial fibrillation; it is essential that I know heart rate at all times during my runs.
4) Audio quality is excellent (if you do a basic online search for “SMS Audio” you’ll quickly find that they are a market leader in the audio product space).
The earphones retail for $149 (Disclaimer: I did not have to pay for mine), but if you’re serious about measuring your heart rate without having to mess with those annoying chest straps, then this product is worth the money.