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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Smarter Exercise Starts Here
Exercising in the right zone will help you improve your fitness and see results sooner.
A heart rate monitor will help guide and motivate you so every workout counts.
Low intensity training is good for burning fat, while high intensity improves fitness. Your heart rate tells you your training intensity and helps you achieve the results you want.
Polar FT2 Heart Rate Monitor
The FT2 heart rate monitor is ideal for those looking for basic heart rate features. While exercising, the FT2 will display your heart rate in beats per minute (bpm) on its large easy-to-read display.
To help you exercise safely and efficiently, the FT2 automatically determines your heart rate target zone using your age-based maximum heart rate (220 minus age). When you exercise out of the preset zone, the FT2 will give a visual and audible alarm. It's like a personal coach on your wrist telling you when to slow down or speed up.
- Includes the T31 coded heart rate transmitter chest strap which picks up your heart rate monitor and not others nearby.
Top Customer Reviews
-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.
-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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just like my previous Polar FT2. (That one lasted 3 1/2 years.)Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great my girlfriend loved it Arrive on time , solid an good productPublished 5 months ago by JEAN PIERRE
Not a bad watch/ heart rate monitor for the price. I have use this and the fitbit charge hr and prefer this one because the battery life on the fitbit charge hr is terrible (I... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Works really great. I've used it a bunch and never had a problem with it. It's especially good for swimming. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Whitney Vaught
I have had it and have been using it for over a year. It does its job well, and it is reliable and easy to use. Read morePublished 8 months ago by James