Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor Watch

FT7 Heart Rate Monitor

FT7 Heart Rate Monitor

Easy to Use

Easy to use

Includes comfortable fabric chest strap
for accurate, continuous heart rate.
For best results, thoroughly moisten
the chest strap with water prior to workout.

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FT7 Heart Rate Monitor

The FT7 heart rate monitor is an essential tool for those who want to lose weight and improve their fitness. Its easy-to-use Smart Coaching features such as EnergyPointer and Smart Calories will guide and motivate you so every workout counts.

Exercise Guidance

Continuously displays your real-time heart rate during exercise. With this information you can gauge your intensity and stay within your target zone to maximize your workout. It’s like a personal trainer on your wrist telling you when to slow down or speed up.

Accurate Calorie Burn

Lets you know exactly how many calories you’ve burned during any activity, even playing with children and swimming.

Get Fitter, Faster

The FT7 is the perfect training companion. It doesn’t just give you numbers, it helps you understand what you are doing and how to improve. After each workout, the FT7 will display a training summary with your average and max heart rate and calories burned. In addition, it keeps track of your last 99 workouts so you can see your fitness improvements and stay motivated to reach your goals.

Key Features

• Continuous, accurate heart rate

• Average and maximum heart rate of training

• Automatic age-based target zone – bpm / %

• Smart Calorie feature uses your personal data to provide accurate calories burned

• EnergyPointer feature shows whether you are burning fat or improving your fitness during your workout

• Includes heart rate chest strap made of soft fabric material that adapts to your body shape. Requires and includes chest strap for accurate heart rate

• 99 training files (with summaries and totals)

• Backlight

• User replaceable battery and water resistant (30m)

• Connects with compatible gym equipment using GymLink (5kHz coded transmission)

• Time of day (12/24h) with alarm and snooze

• Connects to Polar’s free training site, polarpersonaltrainer.com, with the optional FlowLink data transfer device (sold separately, not included)

In The Box

FT7 heart rate monitor

H1 heart rate sensor

FT7 Getting Started Guide

Easy to Use

1) Enter basic settings

2) Thoroughly moisten the H1 heart rate chest strap with water, snap on the transmitter and wrap around your chest

3) Start your workout. * Tip: it is best to stand away from others when starting the heart rate monitor.

4) To extend the battery life of your H1 chest strap transmitter be sure to detach the sensor from the chest strap and rinse after each use

H1 Heart Rate Chest Strap Sensor

H1 heart rate chest strap sensor

Includes the comfortable H1 heart rate chest strap. The chest strap sensor (also called transmitter) streams continuous, accurate heart rate to the FT7 wrist unit.

• Soft fabric materials adapt to your body shape so you forget it’s even on

• Convenient side hook mechanism makes it quick to put on when you want to start training and easy to take off when you’re finished

• Coded heart rate transmission to avoid cross-talk with other heart rate monitors

• Bring it to the gym. Its 5kHz coded transmission will show your heart rate on compatible gym equipment

• Hand washable

• User-replaceable battery

• Strap material: 38% Polyamide, 29% Polyurethane, 20% Elastane, 13% Polyester

*Tip: after each workout, detach H1 transmitter, rinse the strap with water and hang dry.


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Meet your goals with our training community

Join forces with other training fans just like you and get more out of your exercise. On polarpersonaltrainer.com, you can plan your workouts in advance, analyze your results, and share it all with your friends. Here you can also monitor your training load and avoid overtraining. Best of all, it’s completely free. To sync your FT7 heart rate monitor, you just need the optional FlowLink® accessory (sold separately, not included.)


Smart Training Starts Here

Smart Training Starts Here

Polar invented the world’s first heart rate monitor and pioneered the Smart Coaching training approach that delivers faster progress and better results. Each Polar product includes unique Smart Coaching features that listen to your heart and interpret the data for you so you can train smarter.


Smart Calories
FT7 heart rate monitor Smart Coaching features:
Smart Calories

Lets you know exactly how many calories you’ve burned.


Shows whether you are burning fat or improving your fitness during your workout

How Heart Rate Training Works

How Heart Rate Training Works

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When you train, you don’t always have to go faster or harder to get the best results. To reach your goals you just need to listen to your heart rate and train at the right intensity.

During training, there are specific intensity zones, each with a benefit.  These zones are based on a percentage of your maximum heart rate- a number calculated by most Polar heart rate monitors. While training you can use your max heart rate to calculate and follow the recommended zones below. Training in the right zone will help you stay on track to reach your goals.

Zone 1 “Very Light” 50-60%: Improves overall health and helps recovery. Recommended for weight management and active recovery.

Zone 2 “Light” 60-70%: Improves basic endurance and fat burning. Recommended for everybody for longer and frequently repeated short exercises.

Zone 3 “Moderate” 70-80%: Improves aerobic fitness. Recommended for everybody for moderately long exercises.

Zone 4 “Hard” 80-90%: Increases maximum performance capacity. Recommended for everybody for shorter exercises.

Zone 5 “Maximum” 90-100%: Develops maximum performance and speed. Recommended for fit people and athletic training.

(Calculate your Maximum Heart Rate: 200 – Your Age= Maximum Heart Rate.)

Recommended Accessories

H7 heart rate sensor Bluetooth Smart
H7 heart rate sensor Bluetooth Smart

A combo heart rate sensor that provides real-time, accurate heart rate to your mobile training app, including Polar Beat. The H7 also connects to many Polar products as well as compatible gym equipment.

Polar FlowLink
Polar FlowLink

Transfers data between the FT7 and polarpersonaltrainer.com, our free online training diary. Mac and PC compatible.

Comparison Chart

FT4 FT7 FT60
Watch Functionality Yes Yes Yes
Continuous Heart Rate – BPM / % Yes Yes Yes
Water Resistant (will work in the water) Yes Yes Yes
High & Low Target HR Zone w/ Alarm Yes Yes Yes
OwnZone – personal heart rate zone     Yes
EnergyPointer – shows whether you’re working out in your fat burn zone or fitness improvement zone   Yes  
Fat Burn %     Yes
Calories Burned Yes Yes Yes
Training Files 10 99 100
Downloads to polarpersonaltrainer.com   Yes (w/Flowlink)
sold separately
Yes (w/Flowlink)
sold separately
Fitness Test     Yes
STAR Training Program     Yes

Polar Customer Care

Purchasing a Polar product is only the start of your experience with us. We’ll be there to provide training advice and assistance and help you get the most out of your new product.

Polar is committed to customer satisfaction. Review the FT7 User Manual for more information. You can find additional support and information about this product at polar.com/us-en/FT7, by email at customer.service.usa@polar.com, and by phone at 1-800-227-1314.

$ 119.99

Customer Reviews

1,343 of 1,357 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not Too Basic and Not Too High Tech, January 30, 2010
AthenaKTT (Los Angeles, CA USA) – See all my reviews

Before settling on the Polar FT7 Heart Rate Monitor, I did a lot of research on the various types of HRM out there. I was looking for a HRM that wouldn’t just give me my heart rate, but I also wanted a bit more features, but I didn’t need a lot of features that the higher numbered FT models offered.

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.

Chest Strap

– 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…

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475 of 525 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good monitor, with one main flaw, April 12, 2010
Topeka Larry (Topeka, KS USA) – See all my reviews

I’ve had the ft7 for maybe two weeks now, using it many times, since it is my first heart rate monitor. Overall, i think it is a good deal. It feels and looks like a high-quality instrument – solid, if not “flashy”. It fits my wrists just fine and seems to have plenty of adjustment for larger wrists (I have fairly small wrists for a guy, at a “healthy” weight of 157 at 5’8″, at age 40). I believe the watch band is anti-microbial (and anyway, has a cool yet subtle almost snakeskin kind of look to it). The band’s connection to the watch seems quite integrated and sturdy, with the vertical thickness of the band being the same as the watch where the two meet. The watch’s main body, while plenty large, does not dwarf my wrist or anything.

I understand that it is a fairly recent development for Polar that the chest strap and the watch will both take regular batteries, rather than having to order replacements from Polar. Certainly that is more convenient. Also as I reviewed potentially replacing my ft7 (see reason below), I found that it is also a treat to have a fabric strap for the heart signal transmitter, as a lot of manufacturers use plastic or rubber (?). I find the fabric strap to be no discomfort at all.

The “heart touch” (i think that’s the name) feature, is at least a cool novelty – bring your watch close to your heart strap and the watch will beep then flash to show the time, then go back to the previous display after a few seconds.

You can manually rotate through several displays as you are training. I would prefer a display that shows the heart rate and the training time at once, but that combination doesn’t exist. The heart rate is a part of one of the combo displays, but oddly, it is paired with the time of day rather than the training time.

Also, the timing functions are rudimentary. As far as i can tell (and i’ve read the manual too), there isn’t a timer or stopwatch function separate from the heart rate training – to use any kind of timer you must “start training” which then looks for a heart signal. If you continue without the strap, it will warn you there’s no heart signal, but once you acknowledge that, that warning disappears and you’ll see the timer again. There is no interval or lap timing or countdown function, which seems odd to me as a newbie, for a 0 watch, even if lesser timer/stopwatch functions might be usual for this heart rate monitor watch industry. The watch just keeps track of your training duration, but you can pause and continue your work as many times as you want.

The recording of your training sessions is exceptional – the manual said up to 99 training files will be saved. I know i’ve already got over 20 that are definitely in the watch.

It also automatically keeps track of how much time you spend in “fat burning” or “fitness” zones during your workout. The calculation for that is automatic based on the input you gave when you set up the watch. (age, height, weight, maximum heart rate).

I’ll emphasize that this watch will allow you to change your maximum heart rate setting, which presumably will change the watch’s calculations for your different training zones (I’m not sure how big the effect is, having just learned enough about my probable true maximum heart rate to change it today). I’ve read that for similarly trained people of the same age in the same athletic endeavors, max HR can differ by as much as 60 bpm (!), so this feature seems very important. I seem to have a much higher max HR than what the usual formulas calculate. (That, or the watch doesn’t detect HR well, which I don’t think is the case, as I’ve noticed this tendency for a long time on gym equipment with pulse detectors).

Besides being able to set your own maximum heart rate, the ft7 has a zone alarm, that will beep when your heart rate has exceeded the limit (which you can set). UNFORTUNATELY (and this is why despite liking the watch overall, i will be taking it back), the sound the watch makes is very very low in volume. If I’m biking against the wind – I’ll hardly hear it if at all. If I’m running on a quiet trail, I’ll probably hear it if i’m listening for it. If i’m running on the sidewalk along a main road, I’ll probably not hear it above the vehicle noise. As is, kind of defeats the purpose of having an audible alarm if despite having it I’m always having to steady my hand while running, or let go of the handlebars while riding to see what my heart rate is. I can find no volume adjustment, looking through the watch settings or reading the manual.

I’d like to say I know more about whether this might simply be a problem with my particular watch, or a design defect. I started a forum question at Polar’s site, but got little response. One other person said they had the same problem there, last i checked. The watch’s alarm-clock function also has a very low volume when it…

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161 of 176 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
Perfect Device For Basic Heart Rate Based Training, June 7, 2010
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BACKGROUND: Since buying my Garmin Forerunner 305, I found that I hardly scratched the surface in terms of taking advantage of its features. I was also disappointed that it only calculates calories burned if you are running outside. I know that this allows for a more accurate algorithm, but I workout in the gym 90% of the time. So I opted for the Polar FT7 as a simplified device that would give calories burned for all workouts.

SETUP: There isn’t a lot to do here. When turning the device on it walks you through basic setup of date, time, and personal information such as age, height, weight, and gender. I wanted to verify that the WearLink unit and watch were able to communicate prior to going for my first workout so I connected the WearLink unit to the chest strap, wet the sensors, and put it on. The wrist unit began receiving heart rate data within a couple of seconds. Satisfied that everything would work OK, I put the watch and chest strap into my gym bag.

USAGE: Since the wrist unit is a digital watch, you could use it as your primary watch since it doesn’t have an off button. However, I don’t think it is very visually appealing, and I do not plan to do this.

The chest strap seems to be designed for right handed people. I say this because it only attaches on one side, and it felt natural to me. This is different than my Forerunner which had attachments on both sides of the strap to accommodate both lefties and righties.

The buttons on the watch are fairly small and somewhat stiff. While I’ve gotten used to this, it almost gives it a bit of a cheap feel. This is merely a perception, but it is not one that I had with the Forerunner. That being said, using the FT7 is about as straightforward as you could ask for. After putting the wrist unit and chest strap on, simply push the middle button on the right to establish a connection between the two. When you are ready to begin training, push the button again to start recording your workout.

During your workout, the top and bottom buttons on the right navigate the display between heart rate, calories burned, elapsed time and clock time, and exercise zone (fitness or fat burn based on heart rate). When you are done, press the bottom left button. You can then scroll between resume and stop and select your choice. Once you have stopped, the FT7 displays your summary stats that you can scroll through, and it saves the file with the date and timestamp of your workout.

You can also review your workout history. While in the main time display, press either the up or down button on the right side. You will have a choice of “Settings” or “Data”. Selecting “Data” gives you access to week by week information. You can look at weekly summaries as well as data for a specific day. The unit stores up to 99 data files so this should hold 4-6 months of data for most people.

If you need to change any of the information that you entered during setup, you simply choose “Settings”, and navigate to the appropriate place.

I was curious how the calorie burn numbers would compare to those of the cardio machines at my gym. I was able to compare with a Precor Elliptical trainer, and I found that the numbers are fairly close. While they did not track identically, they usually came out within 20-30 total calories out of 600 in a 35 minute session. This gives me confidence that the numbers are reasonable, and that what it tells me for activities in other settings are close enough. I also noticed during my session on the Precor that the Elliptical picked up the heart rate from the WearLink unit. This should be the case for any cardio equipment that is labeled for use with Polar technology.

I found the FT7 very easy to use. If you can navigate menu driven software such as Windows Explorer or Windows Media Player you should have no trouble with this device.

CONCLUSION: If you want an easy to use heart rate monitor that tracks calories burned, this is a great place to start. It does what I expect it to do in a straightforward manner. If your needs are not beyond what I have described, there is no reason to spend more money on features that you will not use. If you have questions that I have not addressed, please feel free to ask in the comments section below.


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