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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is perfect for the job it is intended!

It has some good features, including:
* the zone you are in whilst training (good to know, depending what your aims are whether it be fitness or fat burning etc)
* calories
* a storage system of you past training / workouts (which means you can see the improvement you have made over a period of time)
* you can sync with the fitness machines at the gym (lots do use the polar system - probably worth checking if this is an important function for you)

This is a pretty basic machine in that you don't get GPS info or distance etc. But if you are looking at getting fitter or maintaining fitness, it is a really good tool. It is ideal in the gym, which is my main purpose for it. It is fairly light and looks good.

Recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I had the FT1 and I decided to buy a newer version hoping that the accuracy would be better. For that reason I chose the latest version, however I am quite disappointed with it. I must point out I was interested in a consistent and accurate heart rate monitor. Having said this, the watch does not have much extra functionality (compared with FT1).

My main concern is that sometimes the heart rate gets stuck in a very high number (unrealistic number) and it would not recover the real heart rate until I move the strap... this means my maximum and average heart rate after the exercise are not realistic. Also the way it counts calories is wrong, it is usually twice as much as the values provided by the gym machines or the typical values... in that sense you can just halve it every time to get an estimate of the calories burned.

One positive thing is that the strap is quite comfortable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 June 2014
Friend recommended this to me and I'm so happy as it's absolutely fantastic. I had complained about only being able to see what calories I had burned by using either gmaps pedometer or the machines in the gym, for any weights or cardio workouts I was clueless. This gives you the exact knowledge for all the exercise you do, example, I did a 30 minute weight session, results showed that 10 minutes were fitness but 20 minutes were fat burn! Also, did a 3 mile run which normally shows 300 calories on gmaps pedometer but this showed 345 cals. This little kit gains you the exact knowledge of your training so you can fine tune it into what it is that your body needs, plus, it is really simple to use. Cannot recommend it enough.
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on 1 March 2013
Having tired of borrowing my wife's Black/Silver FT7 and having to re-enter the user information every time we swapped, I decided to buy a Black/Gold FT7. When it arrived we quickly realised that the watch strap on the Black/Gold FT7 is narrower and slightly shorter than the Black/Silver model so we have now swapped as my wife is smaller than me and the Black/Gold is a better fit for her. The F on the end of the precise model number that shows when you order should have been the giveaway (the Black/Silver ends with M). Looking at the Amazon images, I suspect that the Red model is the same size as the Black/Gold and the Black/Red is the same size as the Black/Silver.
Both our monitors came with a M to XXL sized soft strap for your chest. We ordered separately a XS to S sized soft strap via Amazon and this is a better fit for my wife as it fits chest sizes up to around 28 inches, whereas the supplied M to XXL soft strap has a minimum size of about 28 inches.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 14 March 2013
I bought this for my wife, but have a similar one in Black. We are using it to assist in monitoring workout effort and calories burnt for a weight loss program we have joined. The watch is plasticy but looks 'sporty'. My wife often leaves it on for convenience but wouldnt consider it a 'fashionable' watch - purely functional for its purpose.

The contrast is not to bad on this model, but Polar really need to improve this overall - it could be MUCH better and easier to read - particulary indoors where the readouts are quite dim. The buttons also are a bit plasticky and sometimes 'stick' but in the 4 weeks my wife has been using, they are still working.

The workout data (saves up to 7+ days on the watch)can be auto uploaded to Polars own fitness site. An accessory is required at extra cost (shame it is not bluetooth connection directly from watch). Or you can update manually from reading the stored values in the watch itself. It is good to capture your data so you can get an overview of progress ongoing. Shame that the Polar stats does not integrate with other sites/products (as many 'fitness' products seem to offer now - eg MyFitnessPal, MapMyExcercise, FitBit etc) so you seamlessly integrate stats. (we use Fitbit and MyFitnessPal (food/exercise journal) which work together really well - but have to load Polar stats (calories/exercise time/duration etc) manually into MFP where it then synchs up with FitBit data. Its all pretty clever - but if you are not interested in using such tools then this will not be an issue you will need to consider.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 October 2014
Fast service, my order arrived promptly, the heart rate monitor works well, would recommend it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2015
Bought it as a present. Discovered it would be good but its a bit of a faff to get the data off the watch and onto a spreadsheet etc unless you buy the interface which is apx another £40.. Given other products now out there would recommend you look around before buying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 April 2013
Sometimes the heart monitor goes offline and it is really frustrating mid-workout. I don't know if it is the product but I've tried to use it exactly as specified and the same thing keeps happening. When it is working, it is a very good product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2013
Absolutely love this heart rate monitor, the only reason i gave it 4 stars is because it stopped working after 3 weeks, i was using it every day. However, i sent it off to Polar and they fixed it straight away. So im now loving it again : )
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 4 April 2013
Watch is great and works well counts calories and training time very accurately. The main problem is in all the reviews it talks about how you can use the polar software on your phone and computer. The problem is that is not the case unless you buy the Bluetooth heart rate monitor (or seperate device to sync) as the monitor it comes with does not have that feature. I feel this is very misleading. Being a girl the monitor is also slightly uncomfortable under a bra or sports bra. Not a bad product just slightly misleading in the sales pitch!
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