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FT7-M Men's Heart Rate Monitor Watch

by Polar
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  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • ASIN: B0031ZI88M
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233 in Health & Personal Care (See Top 100 in Health & Personal Care)
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It's a great replacement watch if you don't need a lot of bells and whistles.
BigTimeBookie
I like that you can view various stats while working out: heart rate (inst. and avg.), time worked out, calories burned, fat burning vs fitness training, etc.
Ryan
Or sometimes during a workout, even with the strap tight around my chest, I'll suddenly get 00 reading on my heart rate also frustrating.
Dave Kaplan

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78 of 87 people found the following review helpful By Reliability Maven on February 2, 2012
I have owned my FT7 for approximately 18 months. It worked great for about 13 months then started to become erratic. I had the same problems as some of the early reviewers in terms of high readings and constant Check Transmitter messages. I changed the batteries in both the watch and the transmitter. Seemed to work for a month or so then once again reverted to erratic readings. Now it just won't read at all. I use an elliptical machine in the gym that has a Polar monitor in it. It can't decipher the transmissions from the transmitter either. It was able to give readings when the watch couldn't until recently.
I always rinsed the belt after use, washed it at least every two weeks. I would classify this as a watch that provides more features at the expense of quality to target a price point. I also don't like the customer service. Having to mail it back, authorize a $75 charge upfront, pay for shipping etc. is enough to turn me away from Polar. If you are looking for a product that will probably only work until the warranty is up, this is the one you want.

Update: This might be a bit premature but I was reading a lot of reviews on HR monitors (trying to find a replacement for the FT7) and the lack of reliability over time was a common complaint when using chest strap models. One reviewer mentioned a call to customer service that informed him that the contacts on the transmitters can corrode causing erratic readings. I took my Wearlink transmitter and with some fine sandpaper cleaned the round connectors on the transmitter and also rolled up a tiny piece and cleaned inside the connectors on the strap. I couldn't see any corrosion on either part before or after sanding them. However, I hooked up the transmitter and tested it.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on October 11, 2011
I still own a Polar M21. I loved it, still do as a matter of fact, even though I've had it since the late 90s. It displays what I want to see on one screen. I put my wrist near the transmitter if it's dark and it lights right up so I can see the screen. No button pushing. I did get tired of having to ship it back to Polar for battery replacements (I do not have an authorized service center nearby), so when the wrist strap broke in two, I decided it was time to buy a new one.

I have had the FT7 for almost two years now. The watch is bulky and uncomfortable. The chest strap is larger and protrudes more due to the detachable transmitter. To this day, I push buttons in hopes it will do what I want, but it never does. It did have an adorable little birthday cake on the screen on my birthday, which I missed the first year because I was on vacation. A few months ago, I was constantly getting "Check heart rate transmitter!" messages, which had happened all along but eventually I'd get the darn thing to register...which is not to say that it maintained throughout a workout. I'd often get so frustrated trying to get it to work again that it derails me mid-workout. Now, nothing I was doing would get my heart rate to register. I decided to replace the battery, even though there were no indications it was dying. Still nothing. Then I discovered this model also has a second battery in the chest strap! Ah ha! (So how did the old one work? Why does this one need a battery now?) I replaced it, for another $6. Still the thing wouldn't work. I discovered that I had been a Very Bad Heart Rate Monitor Owner after re-reading the instructions. I had never once washed the strap. So I did, and it finally worked. I was very happy, I finally conquered it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Reader on January 26, 2011
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I bought my Polar FT7 one and a half years ago. For the first year it worked 'as advertised.' After some practice, I got used to its display and selection quirks, and faithfully followed the use and cleaning regimen provided by the owner's manual. The manual needs work to be more complete, but is easily available online. I did notice the recorded calories burned during my workouts NEVER matched those given by my other chest monitor, which came with my Landice treadmill (to be explained.) After 13 months, the watch started malfunctioning, giving error messages that it was not receiving signals from the chest monitor, either at the start of workouts, or irratically throughout workouts. A fresh battery did not fix the issue, and customer service did little to help except to say 'send it in.' I do not appreciate relatively expensive products that malfunction 'immediately' after the warranty period, and this was the second unit that died after barely past warranty (the one given with my Landice treadmill also died after 16 months.) That's $200.00 worth of heart rate monitors for barely 1.5 years of use. It's not from abuse that these units are dying so soon - perhaps design issues? My other large complaint with this Polar product concerns customer service. When trying to determine the difference in calories burned between the units, the Polar customer service representative I emailed and called was in the top five WORST examples of customer serivce I have ever dealt with. She was adamant about not giving me any details to explain what the difference was caused by, citing that all their calculations and formulas were 'proprietary.' I didn't ask for the equations, I merely asked for qualitative reasons for the difference.Read more ›
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