- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 5.1 x 3.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
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- ASIN: B001U0OFDM
- Item model number: 90039171
- Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
- Average Customer Review: 201 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,046 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors) Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
Polar FT7 Women's Heart Rate Monitor Watch (Black / Gold)
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- Includes the comfortable H1 heart rate chest strap.
- Not bluetooth compatible
- Sophisticated Heart Rate Monitor with full watch functions and Polar WearLink+ transmitter
- EnergyPointer--tells you if the main effect of your training is fitness improvement or fat burning
- Smart Calories--lets you know exactly how many calories you’ve burned
- Training Load--helps you find the perfect balance between rest and training
- Provides data transfer with PC and Mac computers and compatibility with polarpersonaltrainer.com via Polar FlowLink
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For those who want to know if they're improving their fitness or burning fat. So if you want clear training guidance and an easy start to heart rate based training, you got it with the FT7.
For those who want to know if they’re improving their fitness or burning fat.
The Polar Ft7 Heart Rate Monitor device packs a high efficiency workout computer into a compact package that fits on your wrist. In addition to highly accurate heart rate tracking with the Polar WearLink+ transmitter, the Ft7 helps you analyze the data as you train so that you can optimize your results. Log into polarpersonaltrainer.com to keep a training diary, access training programs and more. When you are not working out the Polar Ft7 continues to function as a regular wrist watch with a 12/24-hour clock, date/weekday indicator, alarm, and a backlight for use in any lighting.
EnergyPointer: If you want to improve your fitness or burn fat, EnergyPointer is an easy-to-use feature that visually shows you what the main effect of your training is so that you can focus on what you want to achieve.
Smart Calories: OwnCal calculates the number of calories expended during a training session based on your weight, height, age, gender, your individual maximum heart rate (HRmax) and how hard you’re training--for maximum accuracy.
Training Load: Training Load helps you to find the perfect balance between rest and training. Find out your training load status at polarpersonaltrainer.com. It shows you at a glance your daily cumulative training load and advises if and when rest days are needed and when it’s best to train harder in order to maintain your performance improvement.
Body measurement features:
- Average and maximum heart rate of training
- Heart rate--beat per minute (BPM) / percentage
- Heart Rate max (user set)
- Manual target zone--BPM (upper limit)
- Polar EnergyPointer
- Polar OwnCal--calorie expenditure
- Polar OwnCode(5kHz)--coded transmission
- HeartTouch--button-free operation of wrist unit: When HeartTouch is on, different training information during training can be accessed without pressing buttons, for instance, when gloves make pressing buttons difficult, by bringing your training computer close to your transmitter.
- Graphical target zone indicator: This feature points out graphically on the display the zone you are in during a training session helping you to stay on the desired intensity zone.
Data transfer features:
- Compatible with Mac (Intel-based) via Polar FlowLink
- Compatible with PC via Polar FlowLink
- Compatible with polarpersonaltrainer.com via Polar FlowLink
- Training analyzing
- Training diary
- Training Load
- Training programs
- Training files (with summaries)--99
- Weekly history
- Date and weekday indicator li>Display text in English, German, Finnish, Swedish, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian
- Dual time zones
- Low battery indicator
- Time of day (12/24 hour) with alarm and snooze
- User replaceable battery
- Water resistant to 30 meters
What's in the Box?
Polar FT7 training computer, Polar WearLink+ transmitter, FT7 Getting Started Guide
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When I saw the FT7 model, I was surprised to see so little reviews or mentions of this model. I'm not sure why, maybe this is a newer model or Polar just prefers directing people to the more expensive models because I kept seeing numerous reviews for the F6 or F7, FT40, and FT60 models.
After comparing various Polar HRMs, I settled for the FT7 because it had all the features that I was looking for in a HRM.
- Monitors heart rates. I found the monitoring to be accurate except underwater. (I'll go into detail about that a bit later.)
- Counts Calories. The Calorie counter seems to be quite accurate. I have used it for walking, spinning classes, swimming, and strength training sessions and the calorie counts are reasonable.
- Target heart rate graph. The graph is useful for seeing where you are and if you're within your minimum and maximum HR "fitness" ranges during a session.
- Very user friendly. Even though there aren't any instructions on setting up the watch, I didn't think they were needed. I didn't even bother looking at the manual until I was done configuring the watch, but I've never been one to read manuals. However, others may find the lack of a detailed manual a bit frustrating.
- Stores Training Files. Which include records of session durations, calories burned, average HR, Maximum HR, and the amount of time your workout HR was spent in the target range.
- Weekly Summaries. This basically sums up the total amount of time spent training, the total calories during each session, and how many sessions during the week.
- Settings are very easy to change especially if you have any weight changes and want to keep an accurate count of calories being burned.
- There is also a backlight, which is quite handy if you're somewhere with minimal lighting.
- I also found out that if you hold the "down arrow" button, you can change the time to a second time zone that you can set by going through the "quick menu" which is accessed by holding down the "backlight button (*)" which also leads to the "button lock" feature. If you hold down the "up arrow" button, you can change the "Watch face" to just display the time and date or the time and date and logo, which is smaller on the face, but it includes seconds and FT7 logo along the bottom.
- The women's watch is black with a gold stripe down the center of the band. I found the design to be all right. It is less flashy and colorful as the other models, which is one reason I like this watch. I can wear it with my work clothes and it does not stand out much.
- User changeable batteries. This was something I really wanted out of my HRM. I never liked sending something to the manufacturer for replacements even under warranty. I just don't like dealing with shipping, waiting, and extra fees.
- Water Resistant. I have used this HRM in the pool and the monitoring is relatively accurate when it actually reads the transmitter. I believe the Polar website notes that in some highly chlorinated pools or seawater the transmitter will not be picked up underwater. The pool in my gym is very chlorinated and there were times when the HRM will not pick up my heart rate. But if I just sit still in the water for a minute or so the watch will pick up the signal again. Though this can get annoying if you are trying to swim laps for endurance. The watch still gives me a fair calculation of calories I have burned during my swim sessions. Though the calorie count is most likely lower since I'm not sure how long the watch is not reading my heart rate during times when I am swimming several laps nonstop. I also tried using this in a saltwater treated pool and the moment I went underwater the transmitter does not work at all. So I'm guessing that this HRM will not work if you are swimming in the ocean.
- The Chest strap is very comfortable, and I usually don't feel it, but then again it might be because I'm used to having something strapped around my chest all day. And I have had no problems of it slipping. It is also recommended to wet the straps a little. I usually just wet my hands a bit and rub against the cloth area, and I'm good to go.
- User changeable batteries. The transmitter pops off easily from the strap, and like the watch, I can change my own batteries, but unfortunately the watch and transmitter use different types of batteries.
- Another perk is that most of the machines in my gym also pick up the transmitter readings, allowing me not have to keep glancing at my watch while I'm on the elliptical or cycling.
Overall, I really like this watch. For the price I paid, it was worth it and it gives me all the basic things I need to monitor my workout sessions.
If you want a simple watch that gives you fairly accurate heart rates, calorie burns, training records, and user changeable batteries the FT7 is a cheaper option to the FT40 and FT60 models.
Now for what has really ticked me off. Two days ago I paid $89.00 and today it is $77.00 - I will be hesitant purchasing this type of item from Amazon in the future. Amazon shipped and sold the item. The watch seems accurate and is semi friendly, but I would not buy from this seller again.
The strap that goes around your chest that measures your heart rate was surprisingly comfortable and not restricting at all. I have fairly small wrists, so I wouldn't mind a smaller display screen on the watch, but it's really not too bad. It makes it easy to track your workout. You can switch between metric and imperial measurements, 12 vs. 24hr time and the screen also has a backlight.
I only used it once so far, but it seemed to work well. The monitor even linked with the equipment at the gym (if they're Polar compatible). No complaints so far, but I will have to update this as I use it more.
I am pleased to say that I have not had any major problems yet with the watch or the strap. A couple things I do want to note.
The signal from the chest strap is a little strong and I can notice my HR being read up to 3 treadmills over. I'm usually at the gym when it's more empty so I am not sure if it would interfere with someone else's unit if they had one. Another thing is the accuracy of the monitor. I normally have a higher resting HR and I can get somewhat tachycardic when exercising, but I have had conflicting numbers between the watch reading and the machine reading (handles on the elliptical, for example) which have been up to 20 BPM difference. That may or may not be important to you.
The last minor thing is that the watch cannot be turned off once you start it up unless you remove the battery. I injured my back and was unable to exercise for a couple months and I hate to see the battery drain when I'm not using it.
Besides that, I've had a good experience with this watch. Clean it regularly and dry thoroughly.