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surfnrun

Aug 9, 12 22:50

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Used Garmins for years, old style strap. Just got the new soft strap and really like the feel, but on my long runs it is rubbing me raw. I use body glide, but that hasn't helped. It is rubbing me where the plastic makes contact with the skin.

Anyone else? Solutions or suggestions?


bhobbs

Aug 9, 12 23:57

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I suggest that you grow a sack.


surfnrun

Aug 10, 12 0:05

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Valid question, stupid answer.


bhobbs

Aug 10, 12 0:15

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Re: Garmin soft strap and chafing [surfnrun] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

You have the second part right.


earnstrom

Aug 10, 12 0:39

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Re: Garmin soft strap and chafing [surfnrun] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I have the same issue, but no solution.


riptide

Aug 10, 12 2:17

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Re: Garmin soft strap and chafing [surfnrun] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Yes the garmin soft strap gave me skin issues. Deep chaffing, slow to heal open sores at contact points. I have sensitivities to some latex/polystyrene products, and the reaction I had to the soft plastic on the garmin strap was typical of that sensitivity for me. I have switched back to the old style heart rate strap.


TriDigest

Aug 10, 12 4:29

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Same exact issues, no solution as of yet.
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logella

Aug 10, 12 4:35

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I had the same issues when I switched to the new strap. After about 6 weeks or so it stopped happening. I guess I just toughened up a bit.
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joe_77_atx

Aug 10, 12 6:59

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Re: Garmin soft strap and chafing [surfnrun] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

You probably tried this, but I had success loosening the strap a little. It seemed counter intuitive but it helped.


Frayed Laces

Aug 10, 12 7:12

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Re: Garmin soft strap and chafing [surfnrun] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I have the same problem, and even have a lovely "Garmin scar" where it rubs against me. I think it's actually the edge of the soft strap, not the plastic part, that's rubbing. I find that it chafes more when the strap needs to be washed, so start with that. The salt build up makes it less flexible. Also try rotating it on your body. If you switch it so the sensor is on your back you should still be able to get a heart rate reading.


BernardDogs

Aug 10, 12 7:28

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Re: Garmin soft strap and chafing [surfnrun] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Do you lube the contact points before strapping it on? I just use spit. I, too, recently switched to the soft strap and have not had issues. Longest run so far has been 8 miles with it.


dano-oly

Aug 10, 12 11:13

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Re: Garmin soft strap and chafing [BernardDogs] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Same issue; got the chafing only at the lower right corner of the transmitter, and couldn't tell if it was from the strap or the edge of the transmitter. Bodyglide has worked for me (up to 15 miles anyway), and "fortunately", I still have the scar so I know right where to apply it....

I rinse the strap every time now.


earnstrom

Aug 11, 12 13:07

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Re: Garmin soft strap and chafing [joe_77_atx] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

joe_77_atx wrote:
You probably tried this, but I had success loosening the strap a little. It seemed counter intuitive but it helped.

Counter intuitive indeed, but it seemed to work, thank you.


dcrainmaker

Aug 11, 12 15:53

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Re: Garmin soft strap and chafing [surfnrun] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Get a small bandaid, and place it lengthwise around the bottom-half of the strap nearest the transmitter pod (overlapping the transmitter pod and the soft-strap itself). The battery should thus cover the edge of the strap for about 1-2" in length.

This has solved it for both myself and my wife. Otherwise, depending on factors I don't yet understand, I get the same thing from time to time (not all the times, just sometimes). This fixes it instantly. Weird, I know.

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canuk218

Aug 11, 12 23:45

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Re: Garmin soft strap and chafing [surfnrun] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I never had any chafing, but had the Garmin soft strap not work very well at times so swapped it for my wife's old Polar strap. Zero issues with the polar strap from a comfort or performance issue. You may find the Polar strap more comfortable.


Stelvio

Aug 12, 12 5:20

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Re: Garmin soft strap and chafing [dcrainmaker] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Ray,


Can you post a picture? Or is there one on your site? I have the same issue. Haven't worn my strap for a few weeks now hoping the scar heals a bit before next weeks IM.

Tom


bicyclpete

Aug 12, 12 8:04

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Re: Garmin soft strap and chafing [Stelvio] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

Has anyone tried the Bontrager ANT+ heart rate strap?

I was hoping for two things from the Bontrager one:
1) No Chafing
2) Normal HR reading with no more drifting to 215+ when walking.

Anyone, Anyone, Bueller, Bueller?


ottosen

Sep 11, 12 3:59

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Re: Garmin soft strap and chafing [surfnrun] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I came up with a simple solution using a piece of Mouse Pad. See the pictures here: http://tinyurl.com/fix-chafing




(This post was edited by ottosen on Sep 11, 12 11:12)


helo guy

Sep 11, 12 5:40

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Re: Garmin soft strap and chafing [surfnrun] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I had chafing issues as well, right under the transmitter. Body glide has pretty much solved the problem. For very long efforts I've also used a band-aid over the spot where the skin is rubbed. That worked also.


surfnrun

Sep 11, 12 7:54

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Re: Garmin soft strap and chafing [helo guy] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

The polar rep sent me a Polar soft strap...problem solved.


cervelorider

Sep 11, 12 8:04

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I also have had the same experience with no real solution to offer. Tim


Trippertim

Sep 11, 12 8:33

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Re: Garmin soft strap and chafing [surfnrun] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I recently switched to a Polar strap since I was having connection issues with the Garmin. I know have more chafing. Maybe I need to loosen it up.

Do you have any issues with the Garmin transmitter staying snapped into the Polar strap? One side of my transmitter pops out of the snap on its own. I'm not sure if it is a compatibility issue, or a defect in the Polar snap. Any experience? Right now I have one end of the transmitter held into the snap with a few wraps of electrical tape. Thinking this might be some of the chafing issue. Trying to decide before I go back to a Garmin strap.


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125mph

Sep 11, 12 8:46

Post #23 of 25 (3574 views)
Re: Garmin soft strap and chafing [surfnrun] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

surfnrun wrote:
Used Garmins for years, old style strap. Just got the new soft strap and really like the feel, but on my long runs it is rubbing me raw. I use body glide, but that hasn't helped. It is rubbing me where the plastic makes contact with the skin.

Anyone else? Solutions or suggestions?

I just posted on this topic a few days ago! http://forum.slowtwitch.com/...post=4157893#4157893

I used to never get chafing from the soft strap but two months ago it started chafing at the bottom where of the soft strap. I couldn't figure out what it was and I ordered a new strap because I thought the old one was dirty. Well, the new one causes the same issue as well.

I think I figured it out though. I used to wear the straps on my upper abs but lately I've been wearing it much higher on my lower chest. If you where it on your upper abs, I think it will fix the chafing issue. I haven't had a chance to try this theory yet.


elecengrman

Sep 11, 12 8:51

Post #24 of 25 (3570 views)
Re: Garmin soft strap and chafing [surfnrun] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

surfnrun wrote:
Used Garmins for years, old style strap. Just got the new soft strap and really like the feel, but on my long runs it is rubbing me raw. I use body glide, but that hasn't helped. It is rubbing me where the plastic makes contact with the skin.

Anyone else? Solutions or suggestions?

Weird, body glide solves the problem for me.
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Mr X

Sep 22, 12 15:01

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Re: Garmin soft strap and chafing [elecengrman] [In reply to] Quote | Reply

I just successfully put my 910XT HR on my 310XT strap - work just like it did on the 310XT and no chaffing...

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