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Polar FT80 Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Black)

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  • Guides your strength training with heart rate-based recovery periods between sets, and creates training program based on personal goals while setting new weekly training targets
  • Polar Fitness test measures aerobic fitness at rest and displays progress; comes with Polar FlowLink for easy data transfer to online training diary via Mac and PC
  • Watch has backlight, date and weekday indicator, dual time zones, KeyLock, low battery indicator, stopwatch, time of day with alarm and snooze, and is water resistant to 50 meters
  • Comes with FT80 heart rate monitor, H1 heart rate sensor, FlowLink data transfer unit, and user manual
  • Includes limited two-year manufacturer's warranty
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Product Description

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If there's one word to describe people who train seriously for athletics, it's dedication. And if there's one heart rate monitor that's dedicated to helping you achieve maximum workout efficiency, it's the Polar FT80. The FT80 starts by checking your daily condition, and then guiding you to the ideal training intensity for your age and fitness level. Knowing your heart rate not only helps you reach your personal fitness goal, but also improves your physical condition in general, as it's vitally important to train at the appropriate intensity level. If you exercise too hard, you may quit before you reach the real benefit, but if you work out too leisurely, you'll struggle to lose weight at all. The FT80 helps overcome these problems by encouraging you to map out a complete fitness routine. Please refer to User Manual for more information.

The FT80's intelligent training computer also helps you work toward achieving your exercise goals in other ways. For example, the watch offers a Polar Star personalized training program that adapts to your workout habits. By giving you weekly training targets and providing constant feedback, the watch guides you without being too strict, helping you reach your goals more efficiently. The watch also displays heart rate info in several ways, including as a percentage of your maximum heart rate, as beats per minute, and within a graphical target zone indicator. And should your heart rate exceed or dip below your target zone, the FT80 will sound an alarm that helps you return to form.

Users will also love the variety of proprietary Polar functions, including ZonePointer, Polar Strength Training, and Polar OwnCal modes. The ZonePointer is an audible and visual feature on the display of your FT80 that shows you where your current heart rate sits within your target heart rate zone. The Polar Strength Training mode, meanwhile, helps you optimize your strength training by reading your heart rate and informing you when your body is ready for the next set--an ideal way to optimize your weight training. Finally, the Polar OwnCal mode shows your energy expenditure during one exercise session, as well as your accumulated kilocalories during several exercise sessions. You can also set daily and weekly exercise goals in terms of calorie expenditure, helping you achieve both short-term and long-term goals.

Other watch features include a built-in fitness test that measures your aerobic fitness at rest in just five minutes; a ZoneLock mode that lets you activate a target zone in the midst of training with the press of a button; a Polar OwnZone mode that provides a customized target zone for individual exercise sessions; an OwnCode mode that prevents crosstalk from other heart rate monitors nearby; a recording mode that tracks your average and maximum heart rate, calorie expenditure, distance, and total exercise time, and then puts it in an exercise file (with 100 total files); water resistance to 50 meters; a 12/24-hour clock with a day/week indicator; a built-in backlight; an alarm with a snooze; a low battery indicator; and a Polar FlowLink connection for transferring data between the FT80 and a computer. Sporting an attractive black housing, the watch carries a two-year warranty.

Manufacturer's Warranty
The original purchaser of this heart rate monitor is backed by a limited warranty that states that this product that the product will be free from defects in material or workmanship for two years from the date of purchase.

About Polar
The first EKG accurate wireless heart rate monitor was invented by Polar back in 1977 as a training tool for the Finnish National Cross Country Ski Team. The concept of "intensity training" by heart rate swept the athletic world in the eighties. By the 1990s, individuals were looking to heart rate monitors not only for performance training needs, but also for achieving everyday fitness goals. Today, the same concept of heart rate training is being used by world-class athletes as well as everyday people trying to lose weight. Polar is the leading brand among consumers, coaches, and personal trainers worldwide and the company is committed to not only producing the best products, but also being the leading educator on the benefits of heart rate based exercise.

Getting started:

Getting started with a Polar heart rate monitor is easy. First, make sure you thoroughly wet the electrodes on back of the strap with water and snap the transmitter into place. Then place the strap on your chest prior to starting the watch. Tip: it is best to stand away from others when starting the watch. When you are finished with your workout detach transmitter, rinse the strap with water and hang dry.

Product Description

Optimizes strength training by providing guidance on how to long to rest between sets, delivering the information in an easy-to-read graphical display (see image above)

Product Details

User Manual [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5.1 x 3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: Made in USA
  • ASIN: B001F0PVO4
  • Item model number: 90032297
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
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Customer Reviews

The display is very dark and not readable even with plenty of lighting.
J. Williams
The FT80 comes with a base for the watch so you can download all the information from the watch onto Polar's website so you can track you workouts.
Arvin Araja
This monitor is a great assistant to measure, record and motivate anyone training to inprove their fitness.
N. H. Earnshaw

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

134 of 135 people found the following review helpful By V. Pardo on November 12, 2008
Figured I would expand on my review now that I have used the product now for quite some time.

Overall I think the FT80 is worth the price, and is a fantastic tool that has completely transformed my life and motivated me to workout more. I will outline the the pros/cons below and hopefully I can shed some light on some other reviews as well from having the product for so long now.

What I love : The star training program and fitness test have worked as my complete motivator and those two features combined have helped me get back in shape after a longish layoff. The star program helped me not overtrain and burn myself out in the begining which was very important and the improvements shown in ownindex kept me motivated along with the trophies.

The design is great and I get complimented on it all the time. I have never had an issue with the display, yes it is reverse black/white but once I got use to it I actually prefer this now.
It was dimmer, but now the contrast is even brighter.(more on this later)

The transmitter is very comfortable. VERY. I have used every transmitter on the market, this is the most comfortable. I also have a Numetrex Tshirt with the strap built in I wear all the time. This GETS RID OF THE STRAP COMPLETELY for you users who are new to HR transmitters and feel you won't like it.

Polar's customer service here in the states is phenomenal. Unfortunately I had to talk to them though:(. I was one of the first people in the US to buy the Ft80, I worked in electronics for a long time, and I knew the risks of buying a 1st release. Software always has issues, in fact every OS I have had since the inception of computers have had problems that updates have fixed -- this computer was no different.
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154 of 163 people found the following review helpful By Christofer Hoff on December 25, 2008
Sadly I must report quite a bit of disappointment with this product:

1) The screen is so poorly contrasted it's nearly impossible to read except in the best of light and the backlight only makes it tolerable -- and only for 5 seconds in a row.

2) I've unfortunately fallen victim to a problem that has affected hundreds of people as represented on the Polar forums -- the inability (over time, randomly) to synch to the web service. This bug is a software/synch. issue between the watch, windows software and the web service. It prevents the upload of your training results and if you're using the STAR program means you don't get the adaptive training routine downloaded to your watch. Further, it means you don't have access to the snazzy zone/interval graphs.

3) The feature set is misleading as it comes to being able to use certain functions; the realtime graph and rest interval display is really only available in the strength training routines and not for general aerobic activity as defined by the training program you choose on the web service.

4) There's no basic interval timer.

5) The buttons are difficult to operate and the bottom button requires more force than the top to push.

If you're a runner or cyclist, this is probably a fine watch, but the FT60 looks like a much better unit that you can actually *see*

Some of these might seem like minor issues, but I am basically left with a watch that does less than my $80 Mio Drive watch that doesn't require a chest strap for the pulse reading.

I'm very disappointed with this purchase.

Be very, very sure what sort of activity you wish to monitor for this price...and the screen absolutely sucks.

I can't see how this would be released as a saleable product. That picture to the right is NOT an accurate representation of the display...
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73 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Dave Cowling on January 15, 2009
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I purchased an FT-80 just prior to Christmas. Whilst I was fairly happy with it for the first couple of weeks (the dim back-light and anemic audio tones notwithstanding), I came across a significant bug in the workout data tracking that renders it useless. There is clearly an issue with the firmware or the memory - after my Monday workout the stats for the week switched to 255 sessions, 65535 calories burned and 99:59:59 hours of exercise. Anyone familiar with computers will realize the significance of these numbers - it looks like the entire data slot got corrupted.

I thought this might be an isolated incident until I checked the Polar forums for the FT80. The posts are full of people complaining about this same issue, along with a host of other issues. There has been no official response from Polar, which is extremely poor. I contacted Polar technical support and have not heard back yet.

I strongly suggest anyone considering this model checks the Polar forums here:
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Weightdog on November 21, 2010
1. Screen Face
a. Okay, let's get the controversial characteristic addressed first. I will admit I waited to buy the FT80 because the black face had so so much negative reaction to it in reviews and blogs. I never saw the black face product in person, but I do own the white face version now. I see no issues with the contrast and ability to read the display-indoors or out. One may argue the size of some of the characters or symbols, but let's be realistic; there is only so much room to display so much information, and old age is old age. That is not a fault of the watch. I will admit those who commented on the reflection of the highly polished watch face have a valid point. A sexy good look has its drawbacks. It is possible to have reflection obscure viewing the readout, but it is definitely manageable and in no way a deal killer.
2. WebSync
a. This is the software and device that transfers data from the watch to the computer. I am not yet completely comfortable with this yet. I had the F55 and the IrDa infrared system before. That just worked- no thinking or tinkering. It just worked. It was consistent and reliable. You could watch the process unfolding. I hope with time I get accustomed to WebSync as well. It does work, but I encountered several times where I got half way through synchronizing and it hung up. Eventually it went through with repeated attempts. If you suffer with this, I did a number of things- including re-installing the software, but what seemed to work was changing a few screens on the watch and it seemed to be happier. I would be happier if it just loaded and went through. I don't want to tinker with it. I just want my hard work and earned data transferred quickly so I can analyze it. This is annoying and I give it a push.
3. Ease of Use
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