Been a few weeks now since I received the Wahoo TICKR X heart rate monitor, which I’ve been putting to the test mostly on indoor Zwift rides and outdoor rides.
Your heart rate is the most accurate measure of workout intensity, recovery level and long-term progress.
Before getting this device, I was using the MyZone HR monitor, an older version of the Wahoo TICKR and the Wahoo TICKR FIT.
Anyway, let’s dive right into what TICKR X is all about…
Wahoo TICKR X Overview
The Wahoo TICKR X is a Bluetooth and ANT+ heart rate monitor. It tracks heart rate, calories burned, running analytics, and indoor cycling cadence.
You can connect this heart monitor device to your watch and phone at the same time with a maximum of three simultaneous Bluetooth connections.
I’ve been connecting it to Zwift, to the Wahoo ELEMNT RIVAL and the Wahoo ELEMNT ROAM and it’s been super quick to connect on all devices.
Using The TICKR X With The Wahoo Fitness App
It’s interesting how you can keep track of your calories and heart rate in real-time. It’s super useful if you’re training / working out using apps like FIIT or following your own training plans.
Wahoo TICKR X v TICKR
The TICKR X is the more expensive of the two as it has the internal storage and extra analytics, while the more affordably-priced TICKR is a traditional / more typical heart rate monitor.
On the subject of Wahoo TICKR X x FIIT, you get much better data when using this heart rate monitor as it allows you to track your reps in the workouts too. That’s a bit of a game changer for the strength based workouts!
I’ve not personally used the fitness app too much with the HR monitor, I just use the ELEMNT app to sync my RIVAL and BOLT.
Using The HR Strap Without The App
When I learned about the Wahoo fitness app for your phone, I thought I’d have to carry the phone everywhere to record my runs or workouts. But thankfully, the strap is capable of collecting data as it has it’s own internal memory.
According to Wahoo, the TICKR X has 50 hours of onboard memory for heart rate and calorie data. So you can always sync it back with the app whenever you have access.
The TICKR X has a built-in accelerometer, which I’m looking forward to trying, that measures indicators of running form: Stride cadence, vertical oscillation, and ground contact time. So if you connect it to your GPS watch, it will broadcast that data in real time.
Where To Buy Wahoo TICKR X:
Heart Rate Data For Zwift
Now, I’ve not started racing on Zwift yet, but if you do, I think you need to have HR data and a Zwift Power profile to qualify.
If you’re new to Zwift, check out these tips for using the platform. My Zwift set up is pretty sweet these days – a Wahoo KICKR (previously an Elite Direto), a Lifeline Trainer Table, mat, fan, HR monitor and headphones.
Wahoo TICKR X Frequently Asked Questions:
It’s supposed to be 12 months; I’ll have to come back with an update! It comes installed with a CR2032 battery.
The TICKR X is compatible with almost any device you can get your hands on.
It has an IPX7 water rating, making it waterproof up to 5m. They don’t actually mention swimming at all on the product page, so I’m not 100% sure tbh. I won’t be testing this out anytime soon either! Sorry!
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If you are looking for a heart rate monitor right now, I can highly and personally recommend the TICKR X. It’s pretty good value for money too!
Do you track your heart rate when you’re training? What HR monitor are you currently using?
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