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3.0 out of 5 stars Works as advertised, March 26, 2011
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This review is from: Polar Ft1 Heart Rate Monitor (Sports)
It's not fancy and doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles but it does do what it's supposed to do and that is be an accurate heart rate monitor. The numbers are easy to read and programming is pretty simple. If not for a few minor issues I would have given it 5 stars. First, it would have been better if it had separate buttons instead of the one button does all. It's not that bad, but does take some getting used to. Secondly, there has been a couple times where for some reason while in the heart monitor mode it reset itself to time mode. No big deal just mash the button to get back to heart monitor. More of an annoyance that a real problem. Third, the band is el cheapo and when it breaks I guess you can chunk it. It doesn't look like the band is replaceable. Fourth, your skin has to be moist before the chest strap will work. I spray myself with a misting bottle before putting the chest strap on and it works every time.
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Initial post: Jul 20, 2011 4:13:24 AM PDT
AlyV. says:
When the watch comes too close to the chest strap, it will go back to time mode. Hope this helps.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 2:28:54 PM PST
RC Flyer says "Third, the band is el cheapo and when it breaks I guess you can chunk it. It doesn't look like the band is replaceable." I assumes he/she means "chuck it". If the band isn't replaceable, then what do you do? Sounds pretty bad.

Posted on Jul 4, 2012 9:29:40 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Dec 28, 2012 9:20:09 PM PST
Dr Who says:
use saliva. lick your finger and wipe the two obvious contacts on the transmitter. I go swimming with mine and this always works right from the changing room. I suppose if you have very dry skin it might not work but I doubt it. Saliva is slightly alkaline or acid and this would help conduction through your skin.
You can change the mode cyclically in the water by drawing the watch towards and from the transmitter. Just move your watch to and from the transmitter until it changes back to where you want it to be. This is very useful as you are not allowed to press the button under the water, as doing so, it would not be guaranteed waterproof. If you don't touch the button under water then it is fine.
Lastly if you hit the button accidental it will go back into time mode and stop your monitoring mode so you have to be careful not to hit the button inadvertently.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012 2:37:46 PM PST
J. Condray says:
I'm in upstate NY and today's high was 25 deg. I was planning on using it for walking (no fun running and sliding on ice), so no sweating to wet the band. Any word on how it works if you're not sweating?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2012 8:54:20 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Aug 18, 2013 1:44:38 PM PDT
Dr Who says:
I think that as long you wet the contacts in the beginning with water or your own saliva, which has salts and I think is slightly acidic, or some say slightly alkaline, but which ever it is it will aid electrical conduction and you will be OK. Once the skin is wet is should maintain the contact for a fairly long time. If it does not you will see the pulse disappear. You only need a little water to reduce the impedance of the skin at the point of contact. I also think that you will sweat a little even if you are not aware of it. When I use mine I wipe the two areas which is where the contacts are with a little of my own saliva. Then I set off the program and it always immediately registers the heart beat which I can see on the watch after a short initial 15 sec count and I have done no exercise, nothing, not even walked. I always wet only the contacts on the band and not the area between. I would think you need good conduction between the contact points but not between them which I would think could add more strain to the battery or at worst not let the HRT monitor to work. Likewise I try to make sure mine is very dry after use again to save the battery. If you leave it in a bag even with just damp clothes it could drain the battery.

Posted on Mar 11, 2013 1:12:50 PM PDT
does the POLAR FT-1 have a STOP WATCH feature?

Posted on Mar 11, 2013 1:41:49 PM PDT
Thanks for the info. Just want to point out that replacement chest straps are available. I bought one so two different sized family members can use the HRM. So far they've been working fine.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 11, 2013 7:35:50 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 11, 2013 7:38:34 PM PDT
Dr Who says:
no it doesn't have a stop watch.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 24, 2013 3:26:52 PM PDT
Joe Gassie says:
In Texas and the South in general, Chunking it means to throw it.

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 7:19:04 AM PDT
offtheback says:
Misting or saliva will work but often in a cold dry climate,I need to use KY jelly to make it work reliably.The cheap generic version works great.If you want to get fancy try Spectra 360 Electrode Gel - Parker Laboratories - 8.5 oz Tube - (Pack of 3)
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