Wahoo Tickr X heart rate monitor review

HRM that works with Garmins and your phone on both ANT+ and Bluetooth

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £79.00 RRP | AUD $135.00 | USD $99.99
The Tickr X works with cycling computers and smartphones

Our review

ANT+/Bluetooth combo sets this strap apart. Other features are cool but we'd recommend the cheaper base model Tickr
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The Tickr X heart rate monitor strap has more features than I know what to do with, but it has been my go-to strap for the past year for two simple reasons: it’s comfortable and it works seamlessly with both Garmin head units and my iPhone.

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Most heart rate straps currently are ANT+, meaning they will work with virtually all cycling computers like those from Garmin. In the past two years a few Bluetooth straps have sprung up for use with smartphones, tablets or newer laptops. What makes the three-model Tickr line special is the combination of ANT+ and Bluetooth. 

The top-end Tickr X seems to be aimed at triathletes, as features include things like treadmill mode and the ability to record internally (without a paired device) so you can swim with it on and download the data later.

There are also calculated measurements like cadence. I say calculated because the Tickr X measures body movement and calls that cadence.

For me, I appreciate the simpler features: LED lights show when the thing is measuring your heart (red light) and when it is connected to a device (blue light).

The soft strap snaps on to the back of the Tickr X, and is easy to hand wash.

I use a Garmin for most of my rides, but occasionally I’ll use my iPhone to record a ride on Strava. Either way, ANT+ and Bluetooth mean HR data is a given.

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For my money, I’d recommend that cyclists go with the regular $59 (£38) Tickr, which has the Bluetooth 4.0 and ANT+ connections but not the run-specific features.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Tickr X
Brand Wahoo

Weight (g) 48
Available Colours Black
Batteries Included Yes
No Of Batteries Required 1
Activity Type Cycling Multi-Discipline
Heart Rate Monitor Type Chest Strap