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A few months ago, I was in the midst of spirited hike in Boyce Mayview Park which I was quickly ascending and descending the park's ridgeline trails to push my physical limitations.
I found out, my cardio was not where it should be and that I needed to dial-down my pace. My heart was thumping out of my chest, and the Highgear Axio HR on my wrist was sending me warning signals before I got to this point. I should have listened.
After a break and seeing my heart rate drop to normal, I went back to work much slower.
The Highgear Axio HR is a multi-sport and multi-function wrist computer that includes an altimeter, barometer and heart rate monitor. Highgear includes numerous functions while keeping it under $200. The biggest difference is the Axio HR does not allow workout data to be uploaded to your computer to track your training progress.
The Axio HR becomes part of your wrist since it's not to large or chunky on your wrist. The display packs a lot of info while still keeping the display easy to read. When I tested it road running, the display was easy to read even while keep a pretty hectic pace
The Highgear Axio HR has a short term weather indicator. Combined with the barometer, the weather indicator gives a heads up to weather fronts on the approach. And you can layer up and throw on a rain shell before the first raindrop is felt. The altitude features shows the altitude change during your workout to give you an accurate measure of how much you ascended and descended.
The heart rate function delivers the basics. An adjustable chest strap is included and fits similar to other ones. In addition to tracking your heart rate, it summarizes the average heart rate, calories burned and total workout time.
The Highgear Axio HR brings a lot of features to a multi-function wrist computer. If you do not need to upload workout data to your computer, this will cover your needs. (MSRP $190)
Jason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of OutdoorInformer.com. Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to Examiner.com, Trails.com and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with OutdoorInformer.com.
Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.
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