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Polar FT2 Heart Rate Monitor

by Polar

Price: $47.87 - $359.80
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  • Heart rate (bpm) - Heart rate is the measurement of the work your heart does. Heart rate c
  • Heart rate-based target zones with visual and audible alarm - You can define your target z
  • Manual target zone (bpm) - This feature enables you to define the target zone as you want
  • Polar OwnCode (5kHz) Coded Transmission - Coded heart rate transmission automatically lock
  • Recording Features - Training files (with summaries) = 1

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Product Description

Provides easy start for recreational exercisers. Large display can be read at a glance. Automatic age-based heart rate target zone. Includes monitor watch, chest transmitter, and user guide. Manufacturer's warranty included (see product guarantee).

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 3 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B004C14ARW
  • Item model number: Polar
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,571 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Unfortunately this is still not working well for me - its inconsistent - hard to determine when it will and will not work.
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Then I found out you can't change the battery.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

62 of 66 people found the following review helpful By J. Minter on September 16, 2011
I bought this because a sales person told me they were the best; not sure I agree. It works absolutely fine; no problem with basic operation, but it lacks some features you may want.

PROS:
-Low profile face
-It has a lot of notches in the band to allow a practically perfect fit.
-Seems to be very accurate
-One button operation means you just hit the button and start running; no setup
-Stores the information from your workout: time, avg HR, and max HR.
-The watch beeps when you're out of the "zone" that you predetermine, so you know when to speed up or slow down.
-HeartTouch feature means you can switch view between time and HR by just putting the watch close to the monitor. Pretty cool.

CONS:
-One button operation means that once you've started your workout, you can't make any changes; you can only stop the workout. (ie, you can't turn off the zone beeping!) You can see different displays (workout time, time of day, and heartrate) during your workout
-It only stores your last workout, so if you do have to stop and start your workout again, you lose the first part of your workout.
-The time and HR have to run together, so you can't track your recovery or warm up if you want to have an accurate run time.
-I don't think it times splits; I don't use this, but might be pertinent to another runner.

It's a great monitor for running. If you plan on using the monitor for gym workouts/cross training, you might want something more suited to that. I'm personally not a huge fan of the one-button feature. I don't like it as a casual watch because it lacks seconds on the main time display.

Edit: I originally thought this monitor didn't have a "light up" mode, but apparently it does. I just couldn't find it.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Cameron C. Cook on August 29, 2011
Color Name: BlackSize Name: One Verified Purchase
I have Atrial Fibrillation and this monitor helps monitor my heart rate during workouts. It is quite simple to operate and I have had no difficulty using it. I wish it had the ability to save multiple workout times but at this price I'm happy with it.

An amazing thing is that everything is set and operated with just one button.

So far it is working fine and I'm happy with it.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By William Webb on March 8, 2012
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Basics: Cardio machines (treadmills, ellipticals, spin cycles, etc.) in today's gyms usually have heart rate displays. These can pick up your heart rate in two ways; (1) by your holding on to the special conductive areas on the handles of the machine or (2) by picking up the signal from standard hear rate transmitters like this one.

I bought the Polar FT2 when I started a spin class (cycling) at our gym. The spin class bikes are equipped with a heart rate receiver that picks up the signal from heart rate monitors and displays the rate for you.

Summary: For the Polar FT2, there are 2 pieces to the heart rate monitor, the transmitter that uses an elastic band to fasten around your chest and a digital watch/receiver that goes on your wrist. The wrist part is not needed if the machine you are using has a display. In the case of my Polar FT2 the heart rate transmitter worked fine (the 5 stars); the watch/receiver not so well (the 2 stars).

Transmitter: The transmitter worked great and did reliably send my heart rate to the cycle's display and to the displays on the other cardio machines I used. I did not need any conductive gel (as some have mentioned) for the sensors to make good contact between the sensor and my chest. I just moistened them a bit with tap water before I put the strap around my chest. The transmitter worked great.

Watch/Receiver: The wrist receiver was a nice-to-have part but did not really figure into my purchasing decision initially. However, after using the watch/receiver I can see that it is useful for when I am using other non-cardio equipment or just want to know what time it is during my workout.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Barry on August 29, 2010
Color Name: BlackSize Name: One Verified Purchase
Works as advertised. Used it at least 20 times so far--works very well as long ad your chest is wet with sweat!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jay on February 13, 2012
Color Name: RedSize Name: One Size Verified Purchase
Got this for P90X workouts and running. Works great, easy to use. The chest band also works with the built in heart rate displays on LifeFitness and other ellipticals, treadmills, etc. I got it for the large numeric display on the wrist band.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Corinne M. Strittmatter on November 6, 2010
Color Name: BlackSize Name: One Verified Purchase
This is a great heart rate monitor for the price. It is used about 6 days per week while on the treadmill. I would have given 5 stars if it came with a good instruction booklet. It works great even when drenched with sweat and is easy to read even when in motion.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Rowe on January 10, 2013
Color Name: RedSize Name: One Size Verified Purchase
I was concerned about the chest strap-- I am a big girl and very busty. Would it be comfortable? Would it even work? The answer to both of those questions is yes! The bottom band sits flat next to my bra strap, and works fine with both sports bras and underwire bras. I have not had any problem with the chest strap picking up my heart rate, but my Significant Other had to adjust it a few times to avoid the chest hair before it would work consistently on him.

The feature that changes the display when you hold your wrist near the band is awesome: if you want to look at the time, the stopwatch for your workout, or your heart rate, just swing that wrist over the band and there is a beep to indicate the changed display.
The HR chest strap works with every cardio machine that I have used so far without any need to old handles or push buttons. It just works.

The watch itself will set your min and max 'zone heartrate' based on your age, or you can manually set the values. There is a different beep to indicate that you are above or below your zone, or you can turn the beeps off (when I strength train, I turn the beeps on to make sure that I am staying mostly in my zone-- when I run, I often turn the beeps off because my HR gets really high on hills-- surprise!).

The watch will store 1) the date of the workout, 2) length of workout, 3) Average HR, and 4) Max HR. It will only store the previous workout, so if I want to look at multiple workouts I have to write them down (or log them on my free Fitness Tracker on the SparkPeople website)-- not a problem unless I want to look at my numbers specifically for the treadmill and the elliptical in one workout-- I just have to remember the first set until I am done with both (good for memory? hopefully!).
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