For Women By A Woman
PRODUCT: Mio Drive Petite Women’s Heart Rate Monitor, Strapless, With Five Exercise Timers (Up, Down, Up With Warm Up, Walk/Run and Repeat), With Calorie Management System To Track Your Calorie Burning Goals
5 stars on Amazon but off only 1 customer review.
Cool Fact: Liz Dickinson, founder of MIO and mother of 3, created the first strapless heart rate monitor in 1999. Its Smart Touch Technology was the first to allow people to train the heart rate way without a chest strap. Kudos Liz!
Liz is a typical entrepreneur: She created something that she needed. The main motivation to creating MIO was to have the strapless heart rate monitor. She wanted to train knowing what heart rate zone she was in but did not want the chest strap. So the entire MIO brand product line works without a chest strap. Some models do have the option of chest strap but by no means is it necessary. MIO seems to offer each watch in a normal and petite version. Petite meaning smaller – ladies.
Looking at the MIO website all their monitors are unique looking. They definitely have a distinct style – as does Polar, Timex and Garmin. Whether you like it or not I commend them for not just copying the futuristic looking Polar or run of the mill Timex.
What Does The Sole Reviewer Have To Say On Amazon?
Diamondhouse says, “great watch, I like the ease of use. I haven’t had it for long, so I’ll have to come back and write again.”
Tell Me About The Specific Features of This WatchPlease
Straight off the watch page on the MIO website is the features list:
- On demand, ECG accurate heart rate without a chest strap
- Calculates calories burned during exercise
- Visual indicator of exertion level
- Percentage of maximum heart rate
- Resting heart rate
- Get results faster with the MIO 3500 Calorie Club program (online community)
- Five (5) exercise timers: Count up, Count down, Count up with warm-up, Walk/Run and Repeat
- Smaller case design, made for those with smaller wrists in mind
- Water resistant to 30 M (do not push buttons underwater)
- User accessible battery hatch
When you purchase this MIO you also gain access to what MIO calls “MY mio.” It is an online tracking system similar to polarpersonaltrainer.com or the like.
My favorite feature is the 3500 calorie countdown (calorie goal setting) and the performance bars that indicate your progress. You can see in the photo to the right where the performance bars are.
I think many people would find this to work well. Goal setting and then tracking progress works very well for many people to lose weight. The bars also indicate effort level when you are checking heart rate.
MIO Are The Polar Of Strapless
So Polar has this epic brandname in the heart rate monitoring world because they invented the first one. Mio, for the same reason, are pretty top notch in the strapless side of the niche.
If you are looking for a strapless, stylish and fully feature packed heart rate monitor go for the MIO.
MIO was invented by a women and that fact definitely shines through in all their monitors. I think for this reason their watches are somewhat feminine looking. Judge for yourself – but being a guy, I just get that vibe.
In the box:
- 1 MIO Drive Petite Women’s heart rate monitor
- 1 Users manual
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