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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 16 January 2013
The gym I go to had a load of new equipment fitted over the festive period and while I was trying to loose that tractor tyre that somebody decided to dump around my midriff over said period, I noticed that the machines would accept a signal from a heart rate sensor. Well a quick search online revealed that Polar was the brand that worked with the equipment and so I ordered a new toy to play with.

Well it arrived on Monday and after spending around 10 minutes in getting to get the damn thing out of it package, I was left with 1 strap and 1 thingamajig which houses the actual sensor which affixes to the strap via the use of 2 press studs. I was a little unsure if the sensor was active, seen as most electrical gadgets arrive with a wee strip of plastic which prevents the battery from making contact with the anodes. In this case there was no wee plastic strip and presuming (wrongly) that the battery may have been inserted upside down. I opened the battery pack to see that actually it was inserted correctly. So actually the strap is ready to go out of the box. It would be nice for Polar to mention this in their burb. The strap is simple to adjust and the hook inserts into the wee loop at the end of the strap and then its 'Bobs your mother's brother'.

Its comfortable to wear and the instructions state that you should wet the inside of the strap before use. Well I did that and the first machine I used was the Cross trainer. Initially the telemetry to the machine was ok, but after a while, I started to lose the signal which resulted in false readings and in the end a total loss of feedback. I presumed (Incorrectly) that either the strap was a lemon, that I was wearing the strap incorrectly or that the battery had drained. As I don't own a Heart rate watch I couldn't tell and if it could have recorded my blood pressure I can assure you it would have gone off the scale.

Well my next machine was the Spin bike, which for the next 35 minutes reported my heart rate and allowed me to sweat a good one as I attempted to keep within the target it presented. Which told me, that actually the strap was good to go and that the intial problem lay with the machine and not the strap. Phew! relief.

Pro's
Comfortable to wear
Ability to change the battery
Allows me to up my game in the gym

Cons
Would have been nice if the battery was separated before use.
Inability to check if it is working correctly without a watch. (My own tightarse problem)
Would be nice if more information was given about exactly how and where to wear it.

All in all most impressed.I really do need to up my game and the HR sensor allows me to do just that. The only real issues I have experienced is with the one piece of equipment and really that isn't that big an issue. In order to get more benefit, I have ordered a Book which hopefully will allow me to use the sensor to the max.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 27 March 2013
Purchased as a replacement for a T31 monitor, a much better design as the battery can be replaced at minimal cost. ( proberbly not quite as good for swimming, but for running and cycling far superior). Also the strap is superior to the T31. Would recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2014
The H1 Heart Rate Sensor I found to be functional and the battery life reasonable if the sensor is removed after each session - there is no on off broadcast button so it should be removed to save the battery...

Note on Polar HR watches:

Understandably Polar watches use polar encoded signals meaning that only polar transmitters can be used.
The transmitter itself is very small (about an inch and a bit long) and easily losable when detached from the strap (which it has to be between sessions to save draining the battery).
As a result, if the small transmitter for your Polar HR watch is lost you have to pay almost as much as the watch originally cost (with transmitter) to regain its functionality, just for this tiny little sensor/transmitter. This leaves a bit of a sour taste in the mouth as the transmitter, by design, is very easily lost when detaching it in-between training to protect the battery....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 October 2014
Polar chest straps have a number of flaws. This model does have a user replaceable battery, which is a relief as many models have to be thrown out when the battery runs out. However, the chest strap is stupidly small. It is made of stretch elastic and adjustable from 20 to 26 inches (unstretched). Its way too tight for me and I'm a modest 36 inches. Its not possible to exercise with it on without the strap making me breathless. Luckily I had a spare strap from a previous model. The unit functions ok, but is bulky and not practical for use on every gym visit. It also transmits to the heart-rate function on at least 3 treadmills in my gym so its not possible to use in a gym without cheesing off people training on either side of you.
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on 23 December 2013
I am now on my third chest strap this year!! (not sensor) The original sensor gave up the ghost about 2 weeks ago and I have had to use an old coded chest strap in the interim.
Yes, its easier to wear, yes you forget your wearing it (apart from the obvious square in the middle of your chest) but, and there is a but - the strap is so much thinner than older models that the elastic just doesn't last. You would be lucky to get 6 months wear out of it if you trained 5 days a week - I was sometimes doing 3 cycle sessions a day so may be thats a little unfair.

What I would like to see is Polar putting a stronger strap in place of this. At least it might give it a longer life span!?

UPDATE;
I have reviewed my rating to ONE STAR for the folloing reason;

I have been using this strap for less than a month and have had numerous 'false' readings including the fact that my heart managed to STOP 4 times whilst on the bike and went to a heart-busting 245bpm!!
As stated above I think the issue is with the strap itself and not the sender unit (H1).
If the problem persists I may be forced to just bin it and go with my Garmin Edge 500 and the chest strap that comes with.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2013
The best item you can get for the gym , motivational and inspiring
compatible with the FT40 COMFORTABLE TO WEAR
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2013
Very useful . It was a replacement for a previous model. Plug and play. works well with my watch and no problems with it since.
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If you have a gym with gear that has heart rate detection, chances are that wearing this it will detect it as you step up - so I no longer have to hold onto the cumbersome hand rails for it. It is probably also due to the design of the treadmills and fitness cycles, but there was no configuration - I just walked up and used my normal gym settings - it picked up the band with no config at all.
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on 28 January 2014
It's unfortunate that this post has to be negative because the Polar watch I have is fantastic, however this is the second band I have bought in a year because in spite of me following the washing guidelines, the rubber which sits against your chest comes unstuck from the belt itself and the readings become unreliable. I'm extremely disappointed in this. I wore my belt daily as i exercised.
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on 3 October 2014
My previous strap broke although I still had the watch. This works really well with the watch and the machines in the gym. The sensor is detachable and this is a useful feature. You need to keep it away from the strap when not in use to avoid it draining the battery when not in use. I don't tthink his is a real issue however. Comfortable to wear and would recommend.
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