Polar Ft1 Heart Rate Monitor


A great watch for recreational exercisers who want an easy start to fitness, the Polar FT1 is a great piece of kit for those runners wanting basic heart rate monitoring. The Polar FT1 shows heart rate on large and easy-to-read display and helps improve your fitness with automatic age-based heart rate target zone. The FT1 also displays a summary of your latest workout and offers one-button functionality and coded heart rate transmission to avoid cross-talk. 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 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. Watch Features – Backlight – Date and weekda

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110 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Polar Heart Monitor, October 30, 2010
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It works as advertised. It is very accurate. I know because I wore it while at a rehab session where I was also connected to professional equipment. The two monitors were in sync.

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155 of 164 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars
Works as advertised, March 26, 2011
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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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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars
Item was horrible, one button functionality just does not work., February 16, 2013
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When you cycle through the different options, display light stayed on. Fine during the night time but during daylight screen whites out and is not viewable. Fortunately Amazon allowed me to return the item, look elsewhere at Timex Ironman watch more bang for the buck. If you must buy Polar don’t settle for anything less than the Polar FT4 model, at least that model you can change your own battery. This model requires you to send the heart rate sensor to the factory to have the battery changed.

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