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Polar FT80 Heart Rate Monitor and Sports Watch

by Polar
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • STAR Training Programme - Follow the weekly intensity and time targets and your fitness improvement is guaranteed
  • Polar Fitness test measures your aerobic fitness at rest and tells you your progress
  • Innovative strength training guidance feature helps you have a fitter body
  • Individual determination of your optimal target heart rate and three training zones
  • Comes with Polar FlowLink® for effortless data transfer to your online training diary at polarpersonaltrainer.com via both Mac and PC

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  • ASIN: B00C5HA0QA
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 26 Mar 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,278 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Product Description

Dedication best describes those who are seriously into their training. FT80 is the most dedicated training partner for the most devoted fitness enthusiasts. This intelligent training computer helps you achieve maximum efficiency and reach your workout targets for both cardio and strength training, plus its stylish design is comfortable during a hot workout and in everyday use.

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The best way to fine-tune your body. Dedication best describes those who are seriously into their training. FT80 is the most dedicated training partner for the most devoted fitness enthusiasts. This intelligent training computer helps you achieve maximum efficiency and reach your workout targets for both cardio and strength training, plus its stylish design is comfortable during a hot workout or in everyday use. Innovative Strength training guidance feature helps you have a fitter body. New Polar STAR training program gives you weekly training targets, adapts to your training habits to guide you without being too strict and allows you flexibility during the week. Fitness test measures your aerobic fitness at rest in just five minutes. FT80 shows you the calories burned
Comes with Polar FlowLink for connection to polarpersonaltrainer.com


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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super device 29 April 2010
Colour Name:Black/White
I suspect the reviewers who gave this item just the one star, work for competitors to Polar because personally I am seriously impressed.

Lightweight and stylish and always attracts positive comments.

I use it not only for everyday wear but in the gym for strength training and aerobic activities such as rowing and running.

You can customise the training for your needs via the website and train against that, or you can set it to whatever type of training you're currently doing and monitor and record your progress. It even tells you when to start your next set.

The chest strap is comfortable and I am not aware of it even when playing tennis. The batteries can be replaced in both watch and strap by yourself now, but I've had it for 4 months and there's no sign of any battery problem. I honestly expect it to last at least 12-18 months like my other F60.

I have two minor issues with the watch however. Firstly the buckle side of the strap is significantly shorter that the 'holey' side which means the watch swivels round my wrist so that the buckle defaults to the middle. This means the watch also swivels accordingly and sits slightly off-centre on the outer side of the arm. I like to wear my watches loose and I have big wrists so maybe that's just me.
Secondly, the 'return' button on the lower left side is hard to push in. I suspect that it may be part of the design to prevent accidental resets, in any case, it's not a bother, just not so easy to press the button in.

Other than that, it's an excellent purchase. If you shop around it can be purchased for under the £200 mark.

ps. I just got the trophy avatar on the watch for a good week's training!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic product! 25 July 2012
By cantab
Colour Name:Black/White|Verified Purchase
I did a lot of research on Polar products before I purchased the FT80 from Amazon. I visited several retailers and compared the black and white faces side by side. Without doubt the black face is by far the better looking, it looks sexy and sleek whereas in my opinion the white face looks a bit tacky and reminiscent of old fashioned cheap digital watches. When my FT80 arrived (the day after ordering!) I immediately tested it inside and outside in normal daylight conditions and I have to say the dial was, if anything, easier to read than a standard white faced digital watch. Admittedly during low light conditions the dial is not so easy to read...but that is simply rectified by either pressing the backlight button, or bringing the watch into close contact with the belt transmitter so the backlight automatically comes on (which is a very pleasant luminous green colour).
Having worn my FT80 for over a week now I'm so pleased I chose the black face version, i've already had admiring comments about its looks.
But by far the reason why I'm so pleased with this product is because its actually saved my life. During exercise recently I noticed that the display was showing an abnormally high pulse rate, I set the display to show in graphical form how my heart was beating over the past minute or so and it showed my bpm had been remaining high....even after resting from exercise. After a couple of hours of monitoring how high my pulse was I contacted my doctor, who told me to call an ambulance. In hospital I was monitored over a 24 hour period and diagnosed with an atrial flutter which could have proved fatal if not noticed quickly and treated.
The Flowlink accessory which is supplied with the FT80 is simply a joy to use.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Daddy!! 15 Sep 2010
Colour Name:Black/White
I own one of the Polar FT80. I must admit that I only got it because it looked so cool, but once I started to use it I realized it was a serious bit of kit! What you get are all the normal heart rate functions I've come to expect from Polar but also a newer Star Training function. This gives you goals, feed back and advice all automatic. I'm a Personal Trainer and this could put me out of business!! Also other great features include a feature that tells you how many reps and when for weights, a relax feature that monitors your fitness when you have bown time and relax, Fitness Test, VO2max prediction plus a GPS speed & distance sensor option.
All these great functions make it a winner but as I said you may want it just because it looks cool!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Polar FT80 - Great Training Tool 6 Jun 2011
By Robert
Colour Name:Black/White
I've used the FT80 for over a year now, and so I decided to share my experience of this device.

The Polar FT80 is quite an expensive gadget, more so if you add the GPS and Foot pod units. Speaking from a male point of view I think it is a nice looking watch with a nice clear display.

In terms of the functions I've used it for running outdoors with the GPS unit, and this is quite a nice option to have. Seeing your speed/pace on the watch helps you hit your targets, or if you are training for HR zones you can see which one you're in. The one thing missing form the GPS unit is the fact it doesn't map your run, showing you the splits, so I use an iPhone app for that bit.
I've used the foot pod for indoor running on a treadmill and it seems pretty accurate once its calibrated.

I do a few different sports other than running and it works well for Badminton, Squash, Kayaking and general cardio workouts. I have done interval training using heart rate zones as a guide and that has proven quite effective for that.

I haven't mastered using the strength training function yet despite reading the manual. It tracks your heart rate data just fine, but I found the bit where its supposed to tell you to start the next set a bit hit and miss. I might just be using it wrong though.

I have set up the "Star Training Programme" for myself and that is quite a good way to aim for some targets. Getting a nice trophy at the end of each week when you achieve your targets is a great boost for motivation.

I've used the fitness test just to check my progress and it gives you a sense of progress, and the relaxation test is pretty similar.

I had no issue synchronising my data from the watch and I've used it on a PC and an iMac.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent computer
Love the transfer of data to PC and then to internet. Excellent
Slim, good looking and very functional.
Would recommend
Published 2 months ago by M. Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent equipment & very informative website
I had been researching several devices and chose this device after comparing Polar devices online. I wanted a device to monitor exactly how many calories I actually am using, as I... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Shazz
5.0 out of 5 stars A top notch Heart Rate Monitor
This is an excellent heart rate monitor. You can select weight training, it beeps at you and tells you when to start your next set, and shows your heart rate on a graph, which is a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Adam
3.0 out of 5 stars not ideal polar
Buttons very hard and not informative, display not bright.
Not much functions in stopwatch. All other functions doing what they must)
Published 6 months ago by Mik
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe a little expensive for the uses I've put it to.......
......but being able to look back at my measured performance on a weekly/monthly basis has certainly helped me to become fitter.
Published 6 months ago by Mammoth
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Bought this as I found myself working above my training zones and probably wasnt training properly. This has great inbuilt function with 3 levels of heart rate up to 85% of your... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Derek Donald
5.0 out of 5 stars I Really cannot understand the negative comments,this watch is a Gem!...
OK First off,Im actually doing 2 reviews on this Watch,one now which is a first impressions/early experience review,then after 2-3 months with this watch I will be doing an... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Toecutter
1.0 out of 5 stars Good test for patience
First FT80 lasted about 2 months before it just stopped picking up HR. Changed batteries but still nothing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by chin nan loh
4.0 out of 5 stars Seeing the screen
Good a lillte difficult to see screen sometimes - but then that could be me also.
All in all a good product.
Published 11 months ago by Phil King
5.0 out of 5 stars Polar FT80
After some research i found this product to have all the functions that i was after mainly the heart monitoring with add fitness programme. It also looks great
Published 12 months ago by James
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