My experience with the wrist-based HR is that it is definitely not as good as a chest strap. I initially had the same issue with the HR never measuring the higher values and found a big improvement by really cinching down the watch strap, much, much tighter than I normally would. Then I seem to get the full range of values.
Yes, wrist-based. I'll try wearing it tighter. I also had problems using the chest strap with my last Garmin. I never seem to have good luck with HR readings....
You probably already know this, but the Garmin instructions say to wear the watch below your wrist bone (not the normal place I would wear a watch...).
My new Garmin (Instinct) has wrist-based HR monitor. I guess I didn't read the instructions about wearing it below my wrist bone, which sounds very awkward and uncomfortable. I've gotten what seem to be realistic readings though, topping out around 170, which I guess is normal for my advanced age. :-p
I am wearing it above the wrist bone as suggested by Garmin: https://www8.garmin.com/manuals/webhelp/forerunner...
Okay that makes so much more sense.
That's what I meant when I said "below" -- closer to the elbow than where a watch normally sits.
(To me, "above the wrist bone" would be closer to the hand...) :-P
That's because you're a positive person, always waving at people or raising your hand!
I don't know whether above or below makes more sense to me. What would a health professional say, proximal side?