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Polar A3 Heart Rate Monitor Watch

by Polar

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  • Wireless ECG gives accurate heart rate measurement from chest to wrist
  • Wrist receiver water resistant to 20 meters
  • Large, easily read LCD
  • Zone Pointer visually indicates where you are within your target zone
  • Also displays your heart rate limits (which can be set manually), fitness bullets, exercise time, date, time, and average heart rate of total workout

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Product Description

Product Description

Set Your Own Limits! Let your heart rate monitor guide you like a personal trainer. The A3 has the new Zone Pointer" feature that helps keep you in your Target Zone. Every exercise in your TZ puts you one step closer to your goal. File storage allows you to view previous workout data to help establish goals for your current workout. Main Features: Continuous HR Zone Pointer - visually guides you within your TZ Auto/Adjustable HR Limits % of Max HR Fitness Bullets - visual indicator of exercise time spent in TZ Exercise Timer Watch Functions 1 Storage File Avg. HR Total exercise time. An economic, yet very durable heart rate monitor from the trusted leaders in this field. The Polar Target Heart Rate Monitor is designed to indicate heart rate during physical activity and no other use is intended or implied.

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Offering a step up in features from the F1, the Polar A3 heart rate monitor offers manual and automatic heart rate limit settings and personal target heart rates, in addition to display of current/average heart rate, exercise time, and time of day. You can use the A3 monitor to conveniently view your heart rate while walking, swimming, cross-country skiing, or any other exercise without disturbing your exercise rhythm. It comes with the A3 wrist unit (which resembles a watch), a transmitter that's worn comfortably around your chest, and an elastic strap to hold the transmitter in place.

The A3's visible and audible Zone Pointer feature on the monitor's display shows your target heart rate zone and where your current heart rate is within that zone. The Fitness Bullets feature shows a bullet on the monitor's display for every 10 minutes spent exercising/training in your target heart rate zone. The Time in Target Zone feature calculates the amount of total exercise time spent in your personal target zone. You can use this feature together with the Total Exercise Time to determine the effectiveness of your exercise program.

Feature Detail:

  • Displays heart rate, exercise time, and average heart rate
  • Manual and automatic heart rate limit settings
  • Personal target heart rate zones; heart rate Zone Pointer with alarm function
  • 24 hour clock with day/week indicator and stopwatch
  • Large easy-to-read display with split screen
  • One-year average battery life
  • Water resistant to 30 meters (100 feet)

What's in the Box?
A3 heart rate monitor watch unit, wireless transmitter, elastic strap, battery (built-in CR2032 lithium cell), printed instructions

Manufacturer Warranty
2-year limited warranty

Note:
Polar heart rate monitors are precision instruments; consumers are not advised to change their own battery. Polar recommends that all service be done by an authorized Polar Service Center which will include a warranty for 90 days on repairs and 6 months for batteries.


Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00005MEOA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,400 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Customer Reviews

It is programmable, and easy to use.
Jeep Girl
It would get 5 stars except that the transmitter (the half of the monitor that you wear around your chest) does not allow you to replace the battery.
Joe in Ohio
I've used my A3 for 4 years, works great and is very dependable.
Jseis

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Johnny on July 3, 2006
I've owned my Polar A3 for about four years. I bought it from a sports equipment store. I would give it 3.5 stars if I could do so. It has been robust and reliable. It has functioned well over this time and I would recommend the product with a couple of reservations:

1) The battery in the chest strap is not replaceable because Polar wants to sell you a whole new chest strap later with a list price of $39.95 (rather than a $2 battery). Speaking from an ecological or financial perspective this is disappointing. Fortunately for me, the chest strap from my stationary exercise bike works just fine with the Polar A3 so I now use that.
2) When using the A3, the standard display is your current heart rate (clearly shown in large numerals) and above it the upper and lower limits you've set up to cause it to beep when your heartrate moves out of the desired range. You can switch the display to elapsed time, but you cannot (or I have not yet figured out how to) simultaneously display elapsed time and current heartrate, which would be ideal.

I've learned a couple of things as a new user of heart rate monitors:
1) The age-based pre-programmed heart rate range on the A3 was much lower than what my exercise physiologist recommended for me. If you feel you cannot get a proper workout staying within this range (or conversely if it feels like a strain) you should get the help of a professional to determine the right range for you.
2) When you first put the chest strap on and activate the monitor your heart rate sometimes doesn't register or appears erratically high or low. As soon as you start exercising and sweat a little it works fine. To avoid this I wet the underside of the chest strap a little when I put it on.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Temple Caretaker on August 9, 2005
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I owned a simple Polar heart rate monitor a few years ago and always wished that it had a watch function. I was delighted when I noticed the A3. I wanted a very simple HRM, and the A3 fit the bill. It has even more functions than I need. But I'm very pleased with how it works. Just set your age and it automatically calculates your target heart rate. I found that my perceived exertion exceeded my actual heart rate! Like other reviewers, the only change I would want for the Polar A3 is the battery -- I'd like to be able to change it myself.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Arwenmed on August 27, 2005
Easy to read, acurate reading (even w/o glasses), it helps me with my workout.

If you don't want anything high tech but looking for something worth your workout, this item is it, **NOTE** It DOES NOT count your calores as the description says.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Span man on April 20, 2005
This is a great item. I had tried 2-3 other monitors and for the money this is by far the best. It has all the features most beginner/intermediate athletes would need and is easy to use running or in the pool. I love it.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Edmondson on September 6, 2005
Overall this is better than the most basic monitor, but having used it a few times I think it is worth going for one with more features. It is easy to wipe out the summary of your last workout, so one that stored data from several sessions would be good.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jeep Girl on June 14, 2006
I have this product and use it at the gym with the elliptical machines and treadmills. Some of these machines at your local gym have an onboard heart rate sensor that will send signals to this watch that will tabulate your target heart rate, with these units, only the watch is needed. On non-computer chipped machines, you'll need to wear the the Polar chest strap that will detect heart rate information to the Polar Wrist Watch. This information will keep you aware of your target heart rate and allow you to work out smarter, not harder, to burn more fat and build more muscle. It's a MUST HAVE for anyone who is trying to stay fit or lose weight! It is programmable, and easy to use. If selected, the watch will sound a beep if your target heart rate falls below what you've programmed, so you can work a little harder to get that rate up.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Holleman on February 24, 2006
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I gave this HR monitor to my parents as a gift. They are in their early 60s and shifting to a healthier lifestyle, including regular exercise.They both like the Polar and find it very helpful. My Mom uses it at the health center, where it is compatible with the exercise machines (a health center trainer showed her how to use it to get the right workout). She is generally not good with technical things, but she said she found the main function - the heart rate monitor - very easy to use. My Dad uses it when he goes cycling outdoors and he really enjoys the technical functions - it is his new "toy".

As a long-time owner and user of HR monitors, I recommend this model as good value for money.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Joe in Ohio on March 30, 2006
I have used this monitor for about a month now for running, Spinning and indoor workouts. It has performed flawlessly. It would get 5 stars except that the transmitter (the half of the monitor that you wear around your chest) does not allow you to replace the battery. Buying(...) I suppose it is a disposable consumer product.
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