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on 6 March 2011
Excellent heart rate monitor if you want something simple, relatively inexpensive and easy to use. It comes with a belt which is coded, so it will only measure your own heart rate and not somebody elses if you're training together. By shortly keeping the watch close to the belt you can switch between showing your heart rate, duration of your training and the current time. It stores the average and maximum heart rate and duration of one training in its memory, so you will have to write it down if you want to keep a training log. It is waterproof.

Be aware that the battery of the belt cannot be replaced, so you will have to replace the entire belt if the battery runs down. The manual states avarage battery life is about 2500 hours though, so it probably won't run down very quickly.
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on 21 January 2011
Bought the Polar FT1 some time ago and have been using the product regular for running and general fitness, no problems, the item does as it says.
The pluses.
You put the watch on attach the strap press start and off you go, on completion of the run or workout you press the button again, the information will tell you, ave hr max hr, the time taken- thats it you can store your workouts on the watch & the stopwatch is an added feature, there is also a handy backlight, IF your looking for an easy to use heart rate monitor you wont go wrong with the FT1, if you need more info relating to workout try one of the other models, 4 out of 5 nice product, on a budget i think its a great little peice of kit, nice one POLAR Polar FT1 Heart Rate Monitort!!
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on 1 July 2011
I spent ages looking for a heart rate monitor which was in my budget range. I needed something accurate due to health issues so looked at loads of monitors. In the images this looks quite big but when it came it didn't look half as big as I thought which is great because I have narrow wrists. The strap is very thin & flexible and you don't notice you're wearing it because it's comfortable & very light. It's simple to set up with your own target range for training, you really can't go wrong, and it beeps when you've gone out of your target heart range which I found really handy for what I do. The chest strap is comfy and works perfectly, other reviews mentioned that it doesn't pick heart rate up straight away but if you read the manual is does say to wet the sensors before you start. What I liked too was the fact that to change the display between time & heart rate is that you don't have to press buttons on it, just hold it near the strap and it beeps to let you know it's changed display. It also records details of your workout. All in all it does everything I need it to do, simple to use, accurate and so comforatble you don't know it's there. I'm glad I didn't spend more on a different monitor cos this is perfect!
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on 26 May 2011
This is a great value monitor and it does the job. You don't need to spend more unless you have specific additional requirements. However, there are some minor niggles:
1. The watch strap is too stiff and too short, with an awkward buckle which is difficult to fit on.
2. The chest strap is small to medium, and not really long enough for men with chests 42" plus.
3. The automatic function change when the watch is held near the transmitter is a real nuisance if you tend to hold your arms near your chest when exercising.
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on 14 May 2011
I purchased this watch from the British Watch Company via Amazon. Ordered Thursday night, chose free delivery, and it was delivered Saturday afternoon! The watch is really simple to use. Comprises of a chest strap, which is easy to fit and then the watch itself which displays the time, duration of the work out and tracks your heart rate continuously. You can set upper and lower limits for heart rate and it beeps when you are out of that range.
Great if all you want to do is monitor heart rate and train within a certain range.
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on 6 May 2011
this watch is pretty much perfect for what i wanted. i am a general university level athlete and play a number of sports and train both on land and have used this underwater (but you cant press the button submerged!!). this HRM works immediately out of the box, the watch looks absolutely fine and looks the part whether you wear it while training or just leave it on all the time and the strap is waterproof, easy to put on and also syncs with the watch pretty quick (takes 5-10 seconds maybe..). the strap only works once the electrode points are moist (either sweat or lick your finger and wipe over them) but basically if you just want a cheap HRM that will give you instant and average HR that is very very easy to use and you want to spend the minimum then this is an absolute winner.

also battery lasts at least 2 years according to manual and my friends so is an absolute winner. hope that you enjoy it too if you get it !

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on 9 December 2015
Expecting this to be great. It's a Christmas present so hasn't been used yet.
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on 13 January 2016
Well received birthday present
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