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Polar FT80 WD Sport Heart Rate Monitor

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Dedication best describes those who are seriously into their training. FT80 WD is the most dedicated training partner for the most devoted fitness enthusiasts. This intelligent training computer helps you achieve maximum efficiency and reach your workout targets for both cardio and strength training, plus its stylish design is comfortable during a hot workout or in everyday use.

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  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • ASIN: B004DP9K9U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,911 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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I thus sent it back to Polar for service.
KC
The weight training feature of the watch is really nice.
Kevin V.
I am posting this so others don't repeat my mistake.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By JNCtheDC on September 17, 2011
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Have always loved the dependency of the polar monitors. This model has difficulty finding the initial starting heart rate. It then has abnormal spiking of heart rates. I have used polar for over 10 years. This particular model has consistently had problems. I am surprised Polar has not been more responsive. If I had a chance to make the purchase again, I would have purchased the FT60. This model also provides the ability to replace the batteries without returning it to an authorized dealer. It has received better reviews as well. The "weight training" component in the FT80 model is not worth the price difference. I am posting this so others don't repeat my mistake.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kevin V. on February 1, 2012
I read the other reviews and can say that I initially encountered the problems they did regarding irregular and dropped HR signals, but once I changed back to my plastic (also cheaper) strap instead of the fabric one, I have not had any trouble. The watch picks up my HR within 5 seconds and stays solid through my entire workout. This includes weight training, where I'm constantly twisting, reaching, bending, and flexing. No issues. I feel that the comfort strap (or whatever they call it) is the problem, not the watch. I moisten the plastic strap and also the part of my chest where the strap will be located. The rest of my workout is flawless.

My first FT80 had to be replaced because it simply froze. Explanation was a software glitch. Polar sent me a brand new one within about a week.

The weight training feature of the watch is really nice. I program the workout I want through polar . com, and it transfers the program to the watch. Once started, I can blow through my workout in short order (I'm no longer wasting time between sets - when the watch tells me, I start my next set).

I do wish I could use the stopwatch while in exercise mode, as I like to also jog. This function doesn't seem to be available while it is recording.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By atlantis on January 27, 2012
I have to say that I have long loved Polar HR monitors. My first one was the M52 which was built like a tank and lasted for years, always accurate, always a delight to use - go ahead and scratch the display with minor bumps, etc., it will not scratch at all!

My next Polar device was the Polar F55, which, while it worked great tracking the HR was sadly of poor build design - the wristbands would often come unglued, even after a short time; plus the display would scratch with even the slightest bump.

At this time I was a bit dismayed with Polar but went ahead and got the FT60, which was an overall OK device. It's screen would scratch, though, and overall the design was flawed - awkward to push buttons flush on the side. Growing concerned with the trend in Polar devices I switch to the Garmin 210, which has worked flawlessly for two years. No skipped HR, no spiking readings, no interference with who knows what. It just works (a tip of the hat to Steve Jobs).

After a while I thought I'd try Polar, especially after two years absence, and generally buying a new HR every two years (warranty). I was horrified to learn of all the woes of the Polar FT80 black display, but was promised (now I see falsely) that the white display rectified these issues. Sadly, they have not.

The Polar FT80 has serious quality issues. The HR spikes (e.g. from a steady 132 to 225, etc) randomly and often takes forever even to get the initial signal. Thinking this was a strap / transmitter issue I bought a new one (Polar refused to replace the strap, etc) - sadly, the same problem. Thus, a defective device. Should I mail in the device and wait 4-6+ weeks and hope they can fix it? Nah... the device was less than 30 days old... time to return it and time to return to Garmin.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gerard Harrison on October 15, 2012
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The main reason to purchase the expensive FT-80 is its ability store, monitor, and track strength training routines. But for 2 weeks it's been impossible to save a strength training favorite to Polarpersonaltrainer.com. The way Polar has things set up, you must create these routines on their website, save them to "favorites" and then drag and drop them one day at a time to a calender. After that you can download them to your watch. If the website doesn't work, you can't load the routines to the watch. That's been the situation for over two weeks, now. Attempts to save the routines just get the error message: SERVER EXCEPTION: CODE 500. That problem renders the strength training program on the FT-80 essentially useless. Numerous emails to Polar only garner the canned response that they will "try to respond" in a day or two, but so far they haven't, and neither have they addressed the problem. Two calls to Polar's customer service center just resulted in 20-30 minute holds, guesswork, and more empty promises, including the promise that tech support would call me by the end of the day, which it didn't. The polar personal trainer website and the grossly deficient documentation make this product difficult enough to use. A malfunctioning web service and indifferent customer service and tech personnel are good reason to take your business elsewhere.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RE on June 24, 2012
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I'm very happy with this product... design is quite nice, it's smaller and lighter than expected; thus I use it also as my every day casual watch. I'm primary a strenght training guy and love the features the FT80 offers for that, but I also do cardio, so I can measure both types of training with this single unit. The white display is perfect and don't have any problems reading it indoors or outdoors. Heart rate is obtained within a few seconds and it won't get lost, no erratic readings whatsoever. I live in a hot and high humidity city, so I swet a lot during training and strap remains wet; I guess problems reported by others about erratic HR readings are because of a too dry strap/wheather/body/etc. Also the features offered by the polarpersonaltrainer.com site are quite good; I can design several strenght workouts, each with as much excersises I wish, and then transfered to the watch (thanks for the Flowlink included) to access them at the gym; only 3 workouts can be transferd, but each one can contain several excersises (bench press, bentover, squat, deadlift, military press, biceps, triceps, etc.), so its fine.
Only downside is that the manual that came in the box is just a Getting started guide, but you can download the full user manual from polar.fi, wich contains much more details and info about using the FT80.
If you've been thinking it too much (as I was because of the bad reviews), don't worry and go for it.
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