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Polar FT2 Heart Rate Monitor

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  • Heart rate monitor is ideal for recreational fitness enthusiasts looking to track their training progress
  • Displays heart rate information on large, clear LCD display; simple one-button start is easy and convenient
  • Coded heart rate transmission helps avoid cross-talk; watch has backlight, date and weekday indicator, 12- and 24-hour clock, and is water resistant to 30 meters
  • Comes with FT2 training computer, T31 coded transmitter, and FT2 Getting Started Guide
  • Includes limited two-year manufacturer's warranty
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A great watch for recreational exercisers who want an easy start to fitness, the Polar FT2 is a great piece of kit for those runners wanting basic heart rate monitoring. The Polar FT2 shows heart rate on large and easy-to-read display and helps improve your fitness with automatic age-based heart rate target zone. The FT2 also displays a summary of your latest workout and offers one-button functionality and coded heart rate transmission to avoid cross-talk. Automatic age-based target zone (bpm) - To help you train safely and effectively, the training computer determines your heart rate target zone limits automatically according to your age-based maximum heart rate (220 minus age). Heart rate (bpm) - Heart rate is the measurement of the work your heart does. Heart rate can be expressed as the number of beats per minute or as percentage of your maximum heart rate. Heart rate can also be expressed as a percentage of your heart rate reserve, meaning the difference between your resting heart rate and maximum heart rate (HRR = HRmax - HRrest) Heart rate-based target zones with visual and audible alarm - You can define your target zones for a training session based on heart rate to help define the right intensity Manual target zone (bpm) - This feature enables you to define the target zone as you want and is suitable for your training. You can set the target zone for your training as beats per minute (bpm), as a percentage of your maximum heart rate, or as a percentage of your heart rate reserve (HRR%). Polar OwnCode (5kHz) Coded Transmission - Coded heart rate transmission automatically locks in a code to transmit your heart rate to the training computer. The training computer picks up your heart rate from your transmitter only. Coding prevents interference from other training computers. Recording Features - Training files (with summaries) = 1 Training features HeartTouch - button-free operation of wrist unit - When HeartTouch is on, different training informa

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  • ASIN: B004C14ARW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,116 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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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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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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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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By Barry on August 29, 2010
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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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If you're looking for just a heart rate monitor (it is waterproof and good for swimming) then this is for you. There aren't any bells and whistles at all. Straight forward, heart rate, time of exercise and that's it. The log only stores your last workouts data, you need to record it before you start another session.
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This comes with Polar's "old" belt, the T31, which is far inferior to their new H1 belt. Besides being uncomfortable, the T31 belt's batteries are pretty much non-replaceable by the user, which really means throwing out the belt and getting a new one since having Polar service it is costly. You'll want the H1 belt, anyway, as it's much more responsive and comfortable. But that doubles the cost of the pair.

The watch's battery, too, is supposed not to be field-replaceable. In fact, Polar just makes it more difficult, using Torx T5 screws instead of common straight or Phillips jeweler's screws. But you can get the T5 in a kid on Amazon for a couple of dollars, and you can source batteries for 2 for $6.00. A lot of jewelers also have the batteries and the Torx screwdrivers.

The service people at Polar are reluctant to give out any information; they stick to the "batteries aren't user-serviceable, send it back to us" script.

But again, Polar seems intent on gouging its customers for as much as they can get for service, or just having them throw the unit away in favor of a new one.

That's too bad, because these are basically good, serviceable, entry-level devices.
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