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    So I'm still trying to narrow this down, but it seems as though the HR is not being accurately tracked after starting a new activity. Here are the observations so far.
    Start fenix 5x for an elliptical activity.
    Start workout.
    A couple min in I notice my HR is still showing 60-70.
    I can tell it's higher.
    Grab the elliptical HR monitor and measure HR in the 130's
    Stop fenix 5x activity. Restart fenix 5x activity.
    Fenix immediately starts ramping the HR up to 130's and tracks correctly for rest of workout.

    Anyone else? I'm running the 7.93 beta, but almost certain I saw this in 7.6 as well.

    Other than that, life with Fenix 5x is great (sarcasm). This is just the latest from their random data generator fitness watch.

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    Hello,
    so i guess you are using the optical HR-Sensor of your 5x for the activity?
    If this is the case, two requirements for correct readings of your heartrate:

    (-1-) make sure to really tighten the wristband of your watch before starting your activity. Even so tight you have to loosen it afterwards.

    (-2-) it is necessary to wear the watch like this Garmin-Fenix3HR-Lock_thumb.jpg ; and not like this fenix-5-on-hand-960x645.jpg

    Best regards,
    Thomas

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    • #3
      Originally posted by BeachBumGeek View Post
      So I'm still trying to narrow this down, but it seems as though the HR is not being accurately tracked after starting a new activity. Here are the observations so far.
      Start fenix 5x for an elliptical activity.
      Start workout.
      A couple min in I notice my HR is still showing 60-70.
      I can tell it's higher.
      Grab the elliptical HR monitor and measure HR in the 130's
      Stop fenix 5x activity. Restart fenix 5x activity.
      Fenix immediately starts ramping the HR up to 130's and tracks correctly for rest of workout.

      Anyone else? I'm running the 7.93 beta, but almost certain I saw this in 7.6 as well.

      Other than that, life with Fenix 5x is great (sarcasm). This is just the latest from their random data generator fitness watch.
      I have noticed the exact same behavior, regardless of wrist position with my Fenix 5X (running 7.93 beta, noticed on 7.6 as well). I have tried very tight, to slightly loose. But for me, I have multiple HR straps so I tend to use one of those during an activity. Then rely on my optical HR for normal analysis during the day and night.

      I would however like to rely on my wrist optical HR during an activity as well, especially for indoor trainer rides, etc.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by jupjap View Post
        Hello,
        so i guess you are using the optical HR-Sensor of your 5x for the activity?
        If this is the case, two requirements for correct readings of your heartrate:

        (-1-) make sure to really tighten the wristband of your watch before starting your activity. Even so tight you have to loosen it afterwards.

        (-2-) it is necessary to wear the watch like this Garmin-Fenix3HR-Lock_thumb.jpg ; and not like this fenix-5-on-hand-960x645.jpg

        Best regards,
        Thomas
        All good suggestions. I do where my fitness trackers tight. I've been using different brands for years and it's definitely the way to go to help ensure better performance. I don't believe it is a positioning issue either. I do wear them higher up as well, and as I noted above, what starts the tracking accurately again is the action of pausing the activity and restarting. There is no position change. Release 8 update just came down so I'll be looking to see if there is any change.

        Now if they could just get the altimeter working with some degree of accuracy, maybe I can get some data that makes sense.
        Or the scale data to post in connect without being wiped out.

        Sad that a <$200 fitbit has about the same accuracy, works about the same, and integrates better. I'm not sure what the premium price point gets you. I thought it was a premise of you get what you pay for and I was willing to pay for better, but I don't see it.

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