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Polar FT4 Men's Heart Rate Monitor and Sports Watch

by Polar
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

RRP: 74.50
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  • Shows when you are improving fitness based on your heart rate
  • Displays calories burned
  • Comes with comfortable textile transmitter and coded heart rate transmittion to avoid cross-talk
  • Average and maximum heart rate of total exercise
  • Total training summary

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  • Boxed-product Weight: 218 g
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  • ASIN: B0090ISOCO
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 27 May 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 973 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Product Description

Product Description

Polar FT4 Heart Rate Monitor - For those who want basic heart rate based features to keep their fitness training simple.

Key Features:

Target Zone Indicator
Target Zone Indicator
Automatic age-based target zone - bpm / %

To help you train safely and effectively, the heart rate monitor determines your heart rate target zone limits automatically according to your age-based maximum heart rate (220 minus age). The limits are determined either in beats per minute (bpm, as pictured on the left) or as a percentage (%) of your maximum heart rate. See also Manual target zone.

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.

Polar OwnCal® - calorie expenditure

OwnCal is the most accurate calorie counter on the market. It 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 your're training.

Body Measurement Features

  • 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.
  • Polar WearLink®+ transmitter
    Polar WearLink®+ transmitter
  • HR-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. When you are out of the preset zones, the training computer will give a visual and audible alarm.
  • 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) or as a percentage of your maximum heart rate.
  • 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.
  • Displays average and maximum heart rate of training
  • HRmax can be manually adjusted

Recording Features:

  • Totals - Totals includes your training data starting from the last reset enabling you to follow your long-term training.
  • 10 training files (with summaries)

Training Features:

  • HeartTouch - button-free operation of wrist unit - When HeartTouch is on during exercise bringing your training computer close to your transmitter, the unit will display the time without pressing buttons, for instance, when gloves make pressing buttons difficult.
Watch features
  • Backlight
  • Date and weekday indicator
  • Display text in English, German, Finnish, Swedish, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian
  • Dual time zone
  • KeyLock
  • Low battery indicator
  • Time of day (12/24h) with alarm and snooze
  • User replaceable battery
  • Water resistant - 30m
What's in the box?
  • Polar FT4 heart rate monitor
  • Polar WearLink®+ transmitter
  • Quick guide

What is a heart rate monitor?

Heart rate is individual and changes according to your exercise. The transmitter measures and sends the heart rate information to the watch unit and the watch unit displays the heart rate and exercise information. Put simply a heart rate monitor shows you how hard you are working.

"Put simply, regularly monitoring your heart rate is the best way to tell how effective your exercise is. I use a Polar heart rate monitor to keep track of how hard I'm working during every training session, but you don't have to be a professional to feel the benefits of heart rate monitoring. I would recommend anyone, no matter how much or little they exercise, to wear a heart rate monitor when working out. It can give motivation by providing targeted workout zones according to your personal fitness level, to ensure you're always training at the right level for you and your body. And by showing you how hard you're working throughout exercise sessions, heart rate monitoring can help you to achieve your fitness or weight loss goals quicker and often with less effort than you think." (Matt Roberts, Celebrity Personal Trainer)

Heart Rate Training Zones
Heart Rate Training Zones
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Why train with a heart rate monitor?

Getting the most out of your training doesn't always mean working faster or harder. The best way to improving and seeing results is to train at the right intensity. So with a heart rate monitor, you can make sure you're not over or under training, and make each session count. Use Polar as your training buddy and you'll have evidence of your progress - motivating you each and every time you train.

Polar will help you achieve your goals:

Weight Loss

To maximise weight loss, exercise intensity needs to be varied. With a Polar heart rate monitor you can control and monitor the intensity of your exercise. Most Polar heart rate monitors show you how many calories you have burned - great for motivation.

Improved Fitness

Polar heart rate monitors have a number of features to help increase your fitness levels. Look out for the Polar Keeps U Fit Program which gives you personal guidance on how often, how long and how hard you need to exercise to reach your personal fitness goals. In addition, there are running and cycling specific products with speed and distance features combined with heart rate to provide you with all the feedback you need to take your fitness to the next level.

Performance Gains

If you are serious about your training and want to maximise your performance, look out for products with features such as Polar Sport Zones, Polar OwnOptimizer and products with Polar Pro Trainer 5 software which enables you to plan and create training sessions and analyse your training data in detail.

Why choose Polar?

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As the inventors of the first heart rate monitor for training over 30 years ago, Polar truly are the specialists in the field. Since then they've been leading this category, and the world's top specialists have been working on the most accurate and intelligent training computers and heart rate based features.

What makes Polar truly unique is that their features give guidance based on your personal information, and individual heart rate and its variation. The state-of-the-art intelligence of Polar products can tell you how much, how often and how hard to train. This is why so many top athletes use Polar training computers. But you don't have to be a professional athlete to benefit from heart rate monitoring. Polar understands how important training is to you and they make it as much a part of their lives as it is of yours.

And their success is clear to see. Today, Polar employs 1200 people worldwide, manufactures all products in its fully owned factories, has 26 subsidiaries globally and manages a distribution network supplying over 35,000 retail outlets in more than 80 countries.

Polar is widely recognised as the leading product and the most respected brand for heart rate monitoring equipment and services in the sports industry. Polar is proud to have exclusive Partnerships with a number of high profile Sports Associations including:-

UKA, PGMO, League Managers Association, England Hockey, Rugby League Match Officials, Rugby Football League and Rugby Football Union Women.

Product Description

A heart rate monitor for those that want something quick, simple and to the point without the need for time consuming programming and calibration. Wear the watch, and attach the comfortable and flexible textile transmitter and the new Polar FT4 will do the rest.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 22 July 2011
By mika
Colour Name:Silver
I've used F4 for a few months and so far I am very pleased with it. F4 works very well and has all the basic functionality that I need: heart rate, adjustable heart rate zone, zone warnings, burnt calories, time, average heart rate etc. It's not very stylish but I wouldn't wear it outside the running path anyway:)

Pros:
- easy to set up
- easy to use
- chest belt is comfortable and machine washable (in laundry bag)
- finds heart rate reliably and quickly
- display is easy to read

Cons:
- none really

I may upgrade to a heart rate monitor with a GPS receiver in the future but I can recommend F4 for anyone who wants a reliable monitor with basic functions for a reasonable price.
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job very well, but no G-Shock 5 April 2012
By semu5
Colour Name:Orange/Black|Verified Purchase
I wanted a basic heart rate monitor, primarily to use with an Infiniti (aka LifeCORE) R100 Rowing Machine. I was replacing an old and malfunctioning CARDIOsport Heartsafe-T, which was flaky at the best of times and never really recovered from the last battery change. I could have just bought a Polar WearLink chest strap and transmitter (for around 30-40) and used the HRM computer on the rowing machine, but for the difference in cost I thought a new HRM receiver watch would be useful.

My criteria were;

* accurate and reliable
* comfortable and washable chest strap
* compatible with the industry standard 5kHz HRM receiver on my rowing machine
* user-replaceable batteries
* no needless frills - I didn't need features like PC data interface, etc.

This model seems to fit the bill perfectly. I've certainly found it accurate (at least as accurate as any domestic HRM can be) - the BPM readings match those on the rower's computer (which they never did with the CARDIOsport for some reason) and it monitors reliably throughout a training session, provided you remember to moisten the strap well before use. The WearLink strap itself is very comfortable and I like the fact that you can detach the WearLink transmitter to maximise transmitter battery life and wash the strap.

Initial setup is fairly intuitive (I never had to refer to the supplied quick start manual), though the 5 push buttons have minimal labelling. Date and time are straightforward, then it prompts you to enter your biometric details (height, weight, age, sex). It uses these to calculate your optimum heart rate zone and calorie burn, using the usual generic algorithm. You can override the calculated values if you want to set your own zone thresholds.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value for money 27 Feb 2014
By Andy H
Colour Name:Silver|Verified Purchase
This is my third heart rate monitor from polar and as with the other two this performance is good. It is a very simply watch with the main read out showing heart rate, exercise duration and number of calories burnt which is all I require.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars does what it says 24 Nov 2013
Colour Name:Silver|Verified Purchase
found my heart rate straight away holds all the information i need to no just what i was looking for and batteries are renewable
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Fault It 27 Oct 2011
Colour Name:Silver|Verified Purchase
Great product, 'does exactly what it says on the tin'.
I wear it whenever I go cycling, come rain or shine, and it has never let me down.
Easy to read whilst on the move. Love the fact that it stores 10 Training Files.
Seems very accurate and looks good too. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value 13 Oct 2013
Colour Name:Silver|Verified Purchase
Watch is as described. Bought for a birthday present. My son very pleased with it. Would recommed to anyone thank you
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says 23 July 2013
Colour Name:Silver|Verified Purchase
Good value,easy to use and look after,and so helpful in training and weight loss.
Take no notice of what the machines in the gym say you have burned,get it direct from your ticker to your watch how many calories you have really burned.You will be surprised and inspired to work harder to burn more,quicker.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Product 9 July 2013
Verified Purchase
As well as pulse measuring the FT4M also records basic training albeit it's a little a bit fiddly to access. The chest strap is easy to adjust for size, easy to put on and vey comfortable to wear. The watch strap fitting is also very adjustable having many closley spaced holes embedded in a narrow plastic strip running down the centre of the strap. All in all, an excellent product.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Face a bit small to read heart rate.
Published 1 day ago by Paul West
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor
Extremely poor. Was not satisfied with the product, and therefore sent it back and got a full refund.
Published 3 days ago by Shahil
4.0 out of 5 stars The watch/monitor is excellent, however
The watch/monitor is excellent, however, if the display of the training section heart rate was larger - it would have been perfect. Read more
Published 3 days ago by michael peters
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. Service
Very good overall
Published 17 days ago by Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great and easy to use
Published 22 days ago by daniel dale
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This monitor was really good for me to use in rehab after my heart op. Easy to set up.
Published 22 days ago by Mrs. Evelyn Stainton
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality product & reliable!
Good quality product & reliable!
Published 23 days ago by I Iosifidis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great monitor
Great sports watch, heart and exercise monitor. Easy to use, only problem for me is poor eyesight, which means I cannot look at summaries or change settings without stopping for my... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Lecuelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of training kit but watch out for interference from other...
My husband and I bought 2 of these to wear during gym work outs and mtb rides and they are simple, clear and accurate. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for!
I decided to buy the FT4 after doing a lot of research and I am not disappointed.
I needed to get a Heart rate monitor after having a heart attack earlier this year. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephen Stead
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